How the aging brain can affect your finances

Trouble brewing

You’ve heard it all before — simply being over 65 can be a serious strain on your finances. With most Americans living longer these days (and expected to live even longer in the future), experts are quick to advise us to start planning for retirement as early as humanly possible. But while you can save for your golden years, there may be one factor involved in potential financial distress that has nothing to do with the ups and downs of the stock market or projected future health care costs. Some of that trouble may be directly linked to simple changes in the brain as you age — changes that occur as part of the normal aging process as well as some related to common neuropsychiatric diseases. Here’s where those changes occur and how they can hurt you …