He Had A Financial Plan For Retirement — Then He Was Diagnosed With Alzheimer’s
Not only can a diagnosis of dementia rock patients' financial security by forcing them out of the workforce early, but a common symptom is money problems -- such as not paying bills on time and giving away funds needed for living expenses.
The Washington Post:
Facing Financial Reality When Early Dementia Is Diagnosed
Chuck McClatchey had a sound retirement plan. Already retired with pensions from two jobs — one as a U.S. Air Force master sergeant (E-7) and the other as an electrical operations superintendent for 20 years with the Arizona Department of Transportation — he landed another job with the state of Texas working on traffic signals and traffic intel systems. He moved to Fort Worth at age 61 with his partner Bobbie Duncan, and they spent $25,000 in savings on a fixer-upper house. His plan was to work until he was 70. (Hamilton, 10/27)
In other news on aging —
The Philadelphia Inquirer/Philly.com:
Why Are Urinary Tract Infections Such A Big Deal For The Elderly?
For many young women, urinary tract infections are an occasional annoyance. They cause a few painful hours and many trips to the bathroom, but are soon dispatched with medication. Why are urinary tract infections such a big deal for the elderly? But they are something else again for the elderly. They send millions of women - and men - to the hospital every year and can kill if infection spreads to the kidneys or blood. (Burling, 10/28)
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