It’s 50:50 on The Aspirin

Science 2.0 reports that in a recent survey, slightly over half of all elderly Americans (52%) are currently taking aspirin, mainly for primary prevention of a first heart-attack or stroke. Unfortunately, while it’s 50:50 that an elderly person is taking aspiring, it’s also 50:50 whether it does good or harm. The FDA currently indicates that for every first heart-attack or stroke prevented, there’s also a major bleeding event that’s caused. Even in so-called “baby aspirin” dosages, aspirin is a blood thinner, and can cause bleeding events. This is currently a very contentious issue, and new research findings are coming out on a regular basis. If you haven’t yet had a heart-attack or stroke, and are considering aspirin as a preventative measure, you should definitely consult your doctor first.
Low dose aspirin in a heart shaped stethoscope

1 in 5 over 85 Dies Broke

For those nearing retirement, the median savings is just $14,500. Does that sound like it’s enough to last the rest of your life? Probably not. Which is also probably why, while the title for this article is shocking enough, those who died between the ages of 50 and 64 are actually worse off than those who made it to 85. If you’re still working (and as mentioned in Monday’s article, there’s a growing chance you are, for positive reasons), keep in mind — you should still be saving at least something. NBC News reports the latest data from the University of Michigan’s Health and Retirement Study.

A senior couple looking at an empty wallet

 

3 Discounts for You

You may not be enthralled with the prospect of aging, but as they say in the military — RHIP (Rank Has Its Privileges). Certain discounts become available to you as you get older, and you shouldn’t hesitate to take advantage of them. Selena Maranjian, Sean Williams, and Matt Frankel cover the many discounts available through AARP, travel and vacation deals, and shopping and dining deals over at the Motley Fool. Check out their article for some specific recommendations, then, with those in mind, you’ll have an idea of what to look for at your favorite locations.

Sign, reading senior discount