A brief history of human longevity

Here’s a narrative you’re probably familiar with: During the Stone Age, back when our cavemen and cavewomen ancestors were roaming the world and fighting off saber-toothed cats with big ole’ clubs, the typical person would be lucky to live past his or her teenage years. And only as humans began developing agriculture, civilizations, and more […]

The most affordable places to retire

One of the biggest misconceptions people saving for retirement have is that Social Security alone will cover basic expenses later in life, like housing, healthcare, and food. The reality? Not so much. There are nearly 44 million retired Americans currently collecting Social Security benefits, but the actual dollar amounts might not be what you’d expect. […]

What’s the difference between stocks, savings, and annuities?

Saving and investing for retirement is a massive topic, and the fact that everyone’s situation is different means longevity planning isn’t one-size-fits-all. While we can’t give you personalized financial advice, we can provide an overview of common longevity planning products, including stocks, savings accounts, and longevity annuities, such as AgeUp. We’ll also cover the benefits […]

You haven’t saved enough for retirement. Now what?

Due in part to the financial crisis in 2008 and COVID-related market dips, many baby boomers are approaching retirement with smaller nest eggs than they’d like. If you find yourself behind on savings and short on years before retirement, don’t give up hope. It may take some work and a bit of sacrifice, but there […]

How to age without getting old

Age is just a number. While one 93-year-old may cook, visit friends, and take her dog for long hikes, her 83-year-old neighbor might require 24/7 care. As we age, it’s important not to focus on a number, but on maintaining quality of life, no matter how many candles are on our cakes. Some people are […]

Why you may need an annuity now more than ever

As anyone who scans the financial news will know, the stock market can be volatile. In the Panic of 1907, the value of the New York Stock Exchange dropped by 50%. In the three years after the Wall Street Crash of 1929, the Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 89% of its value. On Black Monday […]

What you need to know about your parents’ finances (and how to ask)

Talking to your parents about their finances likely isn’t at the top of your to-do list. In fact, it probably isn’t even on your to-do list. After all, your parents’ finances are none of your business, right? Wrong. There’s a good chance you will have to become involved in your parents’ financial lives as they […]

The science of immortality

Humanity has been obsessed with immortality for millennia. We’ve been so obsessed, in fact, that one of humanity’s very first pieces of literature, The Epic of Gilgamesh (written in 2100 BCE), finds its hero on a search for the secret of eternal life. Flash forward to Ancient Greece around 300 CE and alchemists begin trying […]

Winning at life: meet the oldest people in history

Hoping to live as long as possible? You can start with our post on the science of living to 100, but it might also pay to take advice from the people who went a step further. Here are the five oldest people who ever lived, plus their tips for living a long and healthy life. […]

How to live to 100

We’re all gonna die! It’s a sad truth. But just because death is the final destination, it doesn’t mean we need to hurry on our way. If, like most of us, you’d rather delay the inevitable, there are some proactive steps you can take to improve your chances of hitting the century mark and beyond. […]