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Retirement expert Bob Carlson’s research and knowledge on how to get the most out of healthcare options

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Long-Term Care Costs Around the Country

October 4, 2017

Long-term care is expensive, but the cost varies by both the types of care and where it is received. You can receive care at home, in assisted living, or in a nursing home. The cost of each varies considerably. But greater differences exist around the country with prices varying greatly between expensive metropolitan areas and […]

Retirement Medical Costs Keep Rising

October 3, 2017

The annual retirement health care estimate prepared for Fidelity Investments found that costs keep rising. The estimate for 2017 says that costs are 6% higher than in last year’s estimate. The report estimates lifetime medical expenses for a couple that is 65-years-old today will be $275,000, compared to $260,000 last year. That estimate doesn’t include […]

A Long-Term Care Update

September 21, 2017

Here’s a video and article from that gives an overview of the long-term care insurance market. It’s a big picture view that’s a refresher for Retirement Watch readers. But it has useful information. A recent example–in 2016, the federal government, for the long-term care policies that it was offering to federal government employees, those […]

Nursing Home Care: Your Kids and Your Long-Term Care

August 30, 2017

This article has a lot of interesting data about nursing home care. It explains how long people are likely to need a nursing home stay and how much it could cost. It also makes the interesting point that elderly people with adult children are likely to need less long-term care than others. You can use […]


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Less Expensive Hearing Aids Coming

August 29, 2017

Many people put up with poor hearing because obtaining hearing aids is too expensive and difficult. That’s largely because of regulations. As this article points out, that’s about to change. (Subscription might be required.) Congress directed the Food and Drug Administration to rewrite its regulations so that people can obtain hearing aids without a prescription […]

Solving the Long-Term Care Conundrum

June 22, 2017

Long-term care expenses are one of the great retirement fears. For many people, the cost and uncertainty of long-term care are only one reason for the anxiety. Even more anxiety is triggered by trying to sort through the options to fund potential long-term care expenses. Comparing the choices baffles even many financially savvy people and […]

Medical Spending in Old Age and Retirement

June 14, 2017

This is a policy/academic paper by economists at the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond. Yet, it’s interesting reading. It points out that medical spending varies by income level, with lower income people on average spending more on medical care. But most of that spending is due to nursing home costs. The paper also looks at […]

Two Interesting Health Articles on Alzheimers

May 18, 2017

I know many of you have an interest in Alzheimer’s research and treatment because you’ve known someone with the disease. This article has an interesting take on the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and its approval process for drugs. The thesis is that the FDA’s approval process is too restrictive. The result is that drugs […]


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