Every day, millions of Americans dutifully open a bottle – or two, three, or more – and swallow pills prescribed by a health provider. On average, older adults take four to five prescription drugs a month. But, nearly a third of Americans age 19-64 say that they have not taken the medicine that their doctor wants them to take because it’s too expensive. The skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs is forcing them to make tough decisions that put their health at risk.
Earlier this month, AARP made a big splash in the run-up to the 2020 elections, hosting a series of presidential forums in Iowa – the first-in-the-nation caucus state. Over the course of six days in five Hawkeye State cities, 17 Democratic contenders answered questions about Social Security, Medicare, prescription drugs and other issues that are top of mind for voters age 50 and up.
Whenever I chart a course - whether it be for a trip, scheduling my day or planning for the future - I am confident of two things. First, I need a map. Second, I must have tools on hand to avoid – or manage - pit falls on the way to my destination. But, when it comes to planning and saving for retirement, women experience a lot of obstacles that are nearly impossible to overcome.
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