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Medicare & Medicaid News

Boomers with Obamacare health plans may face choices before joining Medicare

Some soon-to-be senior citizens may want to keep their marketplace subsidy

Cross roads signs Medicare and MarketplaceJuly 1, 2015 - Before the Affordable Care Act, older adults who couldn’t afford to buy their own health insurance would count the days until their 65th birthday, when Medicare would kick in. Now, 10,000 Americans hit that milestone every day, but for some who have coverage through the ACA’s insurance marketplaces, Medicare may not be the obvious next step. More...

Sex Health News for Seniors

Senior citizens keeping web hot with discussions about sex

curious couple searching the internetNew study monitored discussions on websites in U.S., United Kingdom, Canada and Australia

June 30, 2015 - A newly published study indicates senior citizens and other older adults are keeping the web hot with discussions about the joys of sex and the sharing of advice about how to keep their mojos working. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Alzheimer’s research funding nears historic levels in Congressional action


Key Senate and House committee pass 60% increase to $350 million to fight AD

capitol at nightJune 29, 2015 - The TV box was over flowing with news last week and generally pushed out of the headlines a very big story for senior citizens – record shattering funding for Alzheimer’s disease research was sailing through Congressional committees. More...

Political News for Seniors

Senior citizens led swing to support same-sex marriage but still most against

Two senior men reading newspaperPew Research has followed issue for years and has insights into change

June 29, 2015 - You will probably be surprised to learn that senior citizens – called the Silents by researchers at Pew Research Center – led the nation in the wide-spread swing over the last 10 years to acceptance of same-sex marriage, which was approved by the U.S. Supreme Court last week. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

In-Home senior project achieves better care, lower cost for Medicare

home health aid helping elderly manIndependence at Home practices introduced with Affordable Care Act  improving care, lowering costs for thousands of seniors

June 22, 2015 - For years, older Americans have expressed a strong desire to stay in their homes as they age, even if they need personal care. A major step in that direction was just announced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. More...

Health News for Seniors

Hope for millions of senior citizens facing heart failure found in new research

Adding protein vinculin helps fruit flies extend lives 150%

fruit flyJune 19, 2015 – Millions of senior citizens threatened by heart failure, a disease of aging marked by a weak pumping heart, could possibly see their lives significantly extended by the protein vinculin. At least there is the hint of this possibility in new research published this week. More...

Sex Health News for Seniors

Is sexual intimacy between unmarried senior citizens sinful?

senior couple dancing and she has rose in her teethRabbi guest writer for Grand Rapids Press asks fellow religious leaders their opinions

June 18, 2015 - An 82-year-old widow asked in a letter to Rabbi David Krishef, “How far can we go?” She is referring to the relationship with her new found love, an 81 year old widower. The two had long marriages and do not wish to marry now. So, Rabbi Krishef put the question to other religious leaders, too. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Pharmacist holding pill bottle talkiing on telephoneMost Americans want government to negotiate lower drug prices for Medicare patients

They also say drug costs are ‘Unreasonable,’ although they can still afford them

June 17, 2015 - Americans expressed a strong preference for the government to begin negotiating with drug companies on behalf of Medicare patients for lower prices on medications, which most consider too high, according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medical symbol with dollar signPrescription drug price battles show no sign of letting up - driving Medicare cost up billions

New drugs to fight heart disease projected to cost up to $12,000 a year; 10 new drugs could cost Medicare $31 billion

By Jordan Shapiro, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch

June 17, 2015 - The decision last week by experts at the Food and Drug Administration to endorse a pair of medicines aimed at combating heart disease brought on the latest round of hand-wringing over prescription drug costs. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare and Medicaid 50th Birthday Celebration Underway

Daily posts by CMS until party starts closer to July 30 date when bill signed by President Johnson

President Johnson signs Medicare-Medicaid bill on July 30, 1965June 16, 2015 – This summer will be the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid. On July 30, 1965, President Johnson signed legislation to establish Medicare for the elderly and Medicaid for low-income adults, children, pregnant women, and people with disabilities. More...

Aging & Longevity

senior citizen using an ipad (tablet)Tablets can help senior citizens cross the 'digital divide'

They make it easier for older people to get online, breaking down barriers that kept them from getting connected

June 9, 2015 - Too often, senior citizens are introduced to the digital world through a computer or tiny hand-held phone. And, too often, they find the challenge too much for their resolve. There is an easier way, according to new research, and it’s called a tablet. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Some senior hospital patients charged 10 times rates paid by Medicare

Biggest problems are for-profit hospitals located in Florida

By Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health Nets

June 9, 2015 - Talk about sticker shock: Some U.S. hospitals charge patients more than 10 times the rates paid by Medicare. Of the 50 U.S. hospitals with the highest charges, 49 are for-profit institutions, 20 operate in Florida, and half are owned by a single chain, according to a study published in the journal Health Affairs Monday.

Health News for Seniors

Statins probably do not cause memory loss says giant study

Statins have proven very effective at lowering high cholesterol and you should stick with them

statin pills by exclamaition pointJune 8, 2015 – Previous studies – mostly limited research – have indicated memory lapses resulting after taking statins. Whoa, that may not be the case, says new research involving about a million patients. These researchers suggest you stick with your statins. More...

Aging & Longevity

Seniors who have trouble sorting out different smells face shorter lives

This is not first study to find smell as factor in longevity.

Jayant Pinto, M.D., lead author of the study last year is shown with one of the Sniffin' Sticks used to test a patient's ability to identify scents. June 3, 2015 – A new study supports earlier findings that when older people have trouble distinguishing between odors they appear to have a shorter life span. The latest study of people on Medicare found a high death rate for those with the worse smell test scores, which was the same finding of a study released last October. More...

Social Security News

Members of ‘my Social Security’ can get replacement cards online

SSA announces to service to further encourage members to sign-up for site to do business with the agency

June 1, 2015 - The Social Security Administration today introduced the expansion of online services available through its my Social Security portal – seniors and others with a Social Security membership who have also established a my Social Security account can now obtain a replacement card online. More...

Health News for Seniors

Seniors age 75 and older run high risk using newer anticoagulant meds

Use caution when considering anticoagulants, say Mayo Clinic researchers

beating heartJune 1, 2015 - If you are over age 75, and taking an anticoagulant, the old standard may be the gold standard, Mayo Clinic researchers in Phoenix and collaborators have determined.For older patients, particularly individuals greater than 75 years of age, the risk of gastrointestinal (GI) bleeding is 3 to 5 times higher when taking newer anticoagulant medications dabigatran or rivaroxaban compared to when using warfarin. More..

Fitness News

Five top fitness activities senior citizens can do easily at home

All seniors know they need exercise and here are some easy ways to get it

By Alan Wu of Bay Alarm Medical

senior lady takes a swing at wiiMay 28, 2015 – It would be difficult to find a senior citizen who does not know that regular physical activity can reduce the risk of a variety of serious ailments. An active lifestyle, however, can become challenging as aging bodies become more susceptible to arthritis, joint pains, and other health problems. To celebrate National Senior Health Fitness Day yesterday, Bay Alarm Medical has suggested five activities that seniors may do to exercise easily and safely in their homes. More...

Social Security News

Social Security logo for 80th anniversary celebrationSocial Security begins 80th anniversary countdown on new website

Social Security was signed August 14, 1935

May 27, 2015 - Social Security is about to celebrate its 80th birthday and has announced a new website featuring many activities leading up to the main event on August 14. The bill was signed in 1935. More...

Aging & Longevity

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This is despite higher rates of multiple underlying conditions on admission

May 26, 2015 - Patients aged 80 and above are significantly less likely to be carefully examined or aggressively treated after surgery than their younger counterparts, reveals a national audit of hospital deaths in Australia, published in the online journal BMJ Open. More...

Aging & Longevity

‘Elder Orphans’ emerges to identify childless, unmarried, vulnerable baby boomers

22 percent of Americans over age 65 currently or at risk to remain unsupported, vulnerable while elderly, says new research

May 20,2015, Great Neck, NY - With an aging Baby Boomer population and increasing numbers of childless and unmarried seniors, nearly one-quarter of Americans over age 65 are currently or at risk to become "elder orphans," a vulnerable group requiring greater awareness and advocacy efforts, according to new research by a North Shore-LIJ geriatrician and palliative care physician. More...

Retirement News for Seniors

Small house as symbol of home equity changing handsThree strategies for using a reverse mortgage to improve retirement security

Forbes contributor Jamie Hopkins offers insights for seniors on smart ways to use reverse mortgage; recent regulations changes makes it better  

May 20, 2015 – Home equity is probably the most valuable asset owned by most retirees in the U.S. Properly leveraging this home equity is becoming a crucial part of a secure retirement, according to an article in Forbes by Jamie Hopkins. He sees a reverse mortgage, particularly with the new rules passed by HUD last month, as a way for some to significantly improve retirement income security. More...

Features for Seniors

Will the self-driving car preserve mobility for senior citizens?

Google launching more self-driving cars onto California streets

Google's driverless car may keep senior citizens on the roadMay 18, 2015 – When most people hear or read about the progress of the driverless car they surely conjure up a vision of young people clamoring to get on board. Maybe they should give this a second look and imagine grandpa and grandma in the back seat. The loss of the mobility and independence seniors have enjoyed with being able to drive is one of the most crushing events of aging. Maybe the driverless car will end this misery. More...

Health News for Seniors

Loss of muscle in senior citizens remains costly health problem with no clear solution

couch potato senior woman changes tv channelResearchers see possible hope in right combination of exercise, diet to fight sarcopenia

May 14, 2015 – Along the way from about age 40 to age 80, about 30 to 50 percent of your muscle mass just goes away. This terrible process is known as saropenia – it is common and clearly linked to frailty and poor health in senior citizens. New research from England suggests the combining exercise with proper diet may offer some hope but existing studies have produced inconsistent results. More...

Health News for Seniors

Fat around girth increases your risk of developing cancer

Latest studies show that young and postmenopausal women are particularly affected by this negative trend toward obesity

May 14, 2015 - Cancer is more likely to develop in people who are very overweight (obese), because surplus body fat interferes with various hormone cycles and with glucose and fat metabolism. And, don’t use BMI to measure your danger level – these Austrian researchers say only girth tells the story. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Top-rated nursing homes are hard to find in Texas, ten other states

Natalie Sealy (Photo courtesy of Billie Pender)'She was just lying there being eaten alive' - said Billie Pender, who had repeatedly complained about a broken windowsill in mother’s room

By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News

May 14, 2015, Lockhart, Texas - The call from the nursing home came just before dawn, jolting Martha Sherwood awake. During the night, fire ants had swarmed over her 85-year-old mother, injecting their stinging venom into Natalie Sealy’s face, arms, hands and chest. “She was just lying there being eaten alive,” said daughter Billie Pender. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Seniors with long-term depression double their risk of stroke

Depressed womanReducing the depression symptoms does not lower stroke risk, especially fore older women

May 23, 2015 – Research with seniors over age 50 has determined that persistent depression doubles the risk of stroke for older people and this danger remains high even if the symptoms of depression go away. This is particular true for women. More...

Sex Health News for Seniors

Senior couple showing puzzlementSenior citizens and young adults are an earthquake apart on sexual attitudes

Researchers find generational shift in beliefs about sex; biggest divide came between Boomers and Greatest Generation

May 12, 2015 – Most of today’s senior citizens – generally people born before the end of World War II, with a flood of baby boomers joining their ranks – are still shocked every time they turn on TV to see how sexual attitudes have changed. Acceptance of premarital sex is at an all-time high, along with an acceptance of homosexuality, and that is just the beginning, according to new research. More...

Fitness News

Men with good cardio fitness may avoid cholesterol through senior years


New study says those with poor cardio fitness may see cholesterol developing in 20s or 30s

May 12, 2015 – Most senior men know that regular physical activity is very good for your health. It improves cardiorespiratory fitness that lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke and other ailments. A new study finds it does even more - it helps men avoid increases in blood cholesterol that generally occur with aging. For some, it offers a lifetime of protection. More...

Aging News for Seniors - Other Media

Discreet Safety Monitor Takes The Stigma Out Of Aging For Seniors

May 12, 2015 - For any senior who has cringed at the infamous "Help! I've fallen and I can't get up" ads, there's a new product in store that can take the stigma out of aging, far more discreetly. "We've been looking for something like this for about two years," 72 ...More at Huffington Post

Nutrition News for Seniors - Other Media

Adjusting your diet to boost an aging brain

May 12, 2015 - Adding more olive oil or nuts to a Mediterranean diet -- one rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains and low in red meat -- may help keep your mind sharper as you age, a new study suggests. The Spanish researchers found that seniors following ...More at CBS

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Senior citizens doing quite well at meeting cancer screening goals, CDC reports

CDC Healthy People 2020 reports on cancer screening targets for colorectal, breast and cervical cancers

May 8, 2015 – Americans are not doing very well at being screened for key cancers, says at new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Senior citizens, however, are doing surprisingly well...More

Health News for Seniors

Seniors do much better than younger adults at affording, taking meds

Lots of U.S. adults skip taking prescriptions because they cannot afford them

May 8, 2015 - Okay, even most of us senior citizens would assume that when it comes to taking meds regularly, our age bracket would not do as well as younger adults. Wrong! Well at least we do better at not skipping prescriptions because we can't afford them, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...More

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