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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

Health News for Seniors

Statins tightly linked to diabetes, disease complications in large study

Risk of diabetes with statins has been known, thought this was because people prescribed statins had greater medical risks to begin with

May 7, 2015 - For the millions of seniors taking statins at the recommendation of their doctor, it has to be punishing to read week-after-week the new studies that often highlight some new risk. The latest study is a big one - 26,000 members of Tricare...

Recognize Stroke - face droops, arm weak, speech difficultHealth News for Seniors

People with a bleeding stroke have best chance in comprehensive stroke center

By Tucker Sutherland, editor & publisher

Stroke centers have equipment, personnel to deal with most severe strokes, including neurological critical

May 6, 2015 — People with hemorrhagic strokes (brain bleeds) are more likely to survive if they are treated at a comprehensive stroke center. If not in a stroke center, their loved ones should move them, says research leader. More...

Henry Allingham recognized as one of oldest living menAging & Longevity

Longevity facts revealed in 50 year study of men who made it to 100

Among interesting discovers: longevity more closely related to mother’s than father’s; 20% had dementia; cardiovascular disease big killer

May 5, 2015 – A 50-year study of men born in 1913 has found that only 10 of 855 (1.2%) lived to become centenarians – 100 years of age. The study provides interesting insight after the age of 80 as to the causes of death and the numbers with dementia. The researchers also have some ideas on what it takes to reach the age of 100. More...

Retirement News

Running out of money is more than just a worry for many seniors

Among those age 85 or older when they died, 20% had no assets left but their homes

By Michelle Andrews May 1, 2015

May 2, 2015 - For many older people and their families, particularly those dealing with conditions such as Alzheimer’s or cancer that often require long-term, pricey medical care, running out of money is a nagging concern.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare releases data on billion dollars in drugs bought through Part D

See what the docs are prescribing for senior citizens in the drug plan

key to the moneyApril 30, 2015 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced the availability of new, privacy-protected data on Medicare Part D prescription drugs prescribed by physicians and other health care professionals in 2013. This data shows which prescription drugs were prescribed to Medicare Part D beneficiaries by which practitioners. More...

Social Security News

Social Security releases Vision 2015: long-range plan of service delivery

Subhead says it ‘Ensures a commitment to local field office presence nationwide’

April 27, 2015 – Today the Social Security Administration released a news release cheering Vision 2015, their latest program designed to motivate those who work for the agency. The primary goal, according to Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, is to be sure the agency keeps up with changes in technology and society. More...

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Features and General News

Grandparents help grandkids succeed by providing summer books, reading to the youngest

Key to providing free books is let the kids choose them; MRI proves success of reading to the preschoolers

April 25, 2015 – Want to be a better grandparent? Who doesn’t? Here are a couple of ideas being presented today that can put you at the top of the class. Giving your school age grandchildren books as school ends for the summer can help them avoid the “summer slide.” And, if you go the extra mile and read to the youngest ones, new research says you will enhance their reading skills. More...

Retirement News

happy senior couple checking their investments onlineRetired seniors lead jump in U.S. confidence to afford the golden years

Annual Retirement Confidence Survey of workers, retirees says confidence up but few signs they are actually doing anything to achieve the goal

April 24, 2015 – Senior citizens who have already retired are leading the way in a resurgence of confidence about being able to afford their retirement years among both working and retired Americans. The researchers most be scratching their heads, however, since they say they are few signs they are taking the right steps to accomplish this challenge. More...

Aging & Longevity

Senior citizens need to understand Cognitive Aging – not Alzheimer’s or dementia

New free report from Institute of Health is a good source for understanding the mental challenges of aging

By Tucker Sutherland, editor-publisher,

April 23, 2015 –As one who for years nursed a mother as she faded into the abyss of Alzheimer’s and has written extensively on senior citizen topics, I am stunned at how little we know about “cognitive aging.” Still, AD and memory problems come up almost every time two or more senior citizens get together. A new book that is available free from the Institute of Medicine has already made me a whole lot better informed on cognitive aging and I hope it gets wide distribution. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare accountable care medical groups cover almost two-thirds of U.S.

U.S. Map showing areas covered by Medicare Accountable Care OrganizationsNow 424 ACOs dedicated to better care for seniors, others in Medicare fee for service

April 22, 2015 – Almost 70 percent of the U.S. population now lives in communities served by accountable care organizations (ACOs), which were created by Obamacare to provided Medicare patients with better coordinated and higher quality health care. A new analysis also shows that 44 percent live in areas served by two or more ACOs. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Seniors 75 and older may find statins guard against heart attack, stroke

question mark behind statin pills…but should they be given to senior citizens not already taking them to protect against cardiovascular events

By Michelle Klampe

April 21, 2015 – Statins could be a cost-effective tool for preventing heart attacks and other cardiovascular incidents in adults over age 75, but the benefits would need to be weighed against potential side effects, a study being published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare card will finally drop Social Security number

One of many provisions added to bill to increase pay for doctors in Medicare program

April 21, 2015 - One of the many - and probably better things - buried in the bill passed by Congress and signed by the President to increase the pay for doctors caring for Medicare patients is a provision that will finally remove a seniors Social Security number from their Medicare card. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Deadly pancreatic cancer cells steered back into normal cells

Ability of treated cancer cells to form tumors greatly diminished in test with mice

April 20, 2015 - Deadly pancreatic cancer cells were coaxed into reverting back toward normal non-cancerous cells by a protein called E47. The success of this new research provides hope for treatment of this disease that kills 40,000 a year in the U.S. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Breast Cancer to Make Big Jump in U.S. but Some Encouraging Research News

Cancer researchers hear fasting may lower risk, combo drug may break breast cancer resistance, more below; increase in women over 70

April 20, 2015 – The bad news about breast cancer is there are expected to be a 50 percent increase in U.S. cases by 2013, compared to 2011, according to research presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. But there was also a ton of good news among the many research reports being presented that have found encouragement in the fight against this killer of women – primarily senior women. More...

Senior Citizen Politics

White House Conference on Aging gets big boost from Gerontological Society

Society publishes magazine dedicated to this conference that happens every 10 years - conference details below news story

April 17, 2015 – The activist involved in issues of aging in America are working feverishly in preparation for the White House Conference on Aging, which includes the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), which has just published an issue of their magazine that is totally about the conference. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Most seniors take a daily aspirin if they need it or not

Why do so many older adults gobble down aspirin when it is not recommended by FDA?

April 16, 2015 - More than half of older Americans – those age 45 through 75 – take an aspirin every day, even though this use is not recommended by the Food and Drug Administration for most people who have not yet had a heart attack or stroke. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare's Hospital Compare adds star rating but fails to score with critics

Editor's note: New star rating system gets some hoarse criticism at Kaiser Health News

April 16, 2015 – Medicare’s Hospital Compare website may have added the star rating system today but the new service – well, even the earlier service – is not getting five stars from Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News. His article published today is below. It is a “must read” for senior citizens planning on using the service to choose a hospital. More...

Aging & Longevity

two happy older womenSenior citizens jubilant after a good house cleaning, so the research shows

Keeping their homes maintained more important physically, mentally than where they live, what they own

April 16, 2015 - Senior citizens who keep a clean and orderly home tend to feel emotionally and physically better after tackling house chores. The reason for this jubilance is the exercise it takes to get the job done, according to new findings by a Case Western Reserve University school of nursing researcher. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Hospital Compare adds star ratings system

Latest comparison ratings by CMS to help seniors, others compare and choose hospitals, other medical services

April 16, 2015 – How well does your hospital rate with Medicare? Today senior citizens and others can find out online. The famous “star rating” was added today to the Hospital Compare website provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS says this will make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and understand the quality of care they deliver. More...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Alzheimer’s study points finger of blame at immune system

art of brain should parts in colorSearch for treatment, cure seems headed in new direction today after Duke study

April 15, 2015 – The search for a cure or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease appears to being going in a new direction today. New research points the finger of blame away from "plaques" and "tangles" and toward a failure of the immune system. More...

Senior Citizen Politics

Wealthy seniors to pay more for Medicare under bill passed to fix doctor pay

Medicare’s troubled physician payment formula will soon be history, Congress passed bill and here is what it says

By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News

April 15, 2015 - As expected, the Senate last night easily passed legislation to scrap the formula, accepting a bipartisan plan muscled through the House last month by Speaker John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. The Senate vote came just hours before doctors faced a 21 percent Medicare pay cut. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Senior men with history of reflux disease need test for Barrett’s Esophagus

New treatment for common digestive condition Barrett's Esophagus also recommended by landmark study

By Tucker Sutherland, editor

April 14, 2015 – Men over 60 with 10-year history of a serious form of reflux disease should be screened for Barrett’s esophagus, which makes them more likely to develop a rare cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Senior citizens hopeful new therapy can slow age-related macular degeneration

Currently no treatment to stop the advance of AMD, leading cause of vision loss in seniors 65 and older

April 14, 2015 – The leading cause of blindness in senior citizens - age-related macular degeneration – may have met its match. For the first time, there may be a therapy to at least slow the progress of the disease. More

Parkinson's, Alzheimer's & Mental Health

Tango may not cure Parkinson’s but puts new step in their walk

Study looked at changes in patients’ motor abilities following a 12-week tango course

April 14, 2015 – A little tango dancing for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), who are usually senior citizens over 60, may not have improved their motor functions but it did significantly improve their balance and functional mobility. Maybe most importantly, it seemed to encourage greater appreciation of their therapy, improve cognitive functions and reduce fatigue. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Tylenol kills the pain but also keeps you from enjoying it too much

‘Rather than just being a pain reliever, acetaminophen can be seen as an all-purpose emotion reliever’ - popular with many senior citizens; used often for arthritis pain

by Jeff Grabmeier, Ohio State

April 13, 2015 - Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen found it has a previously unknown side effect: It blunts positive emotions. More...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Dramatic rise in cost of long term care may shock seniors and their children

New Genworth cost of care study has some good news – home health care cost increasing slower than facility care

April 10, 2015 – For senior citizens it may be hard to not get depressed when reading the latest report from Genworth on the cost of long term care in the U.S. It just keeps on climbing at a pace well above inflation or the growth in Social Security benefits. The 2015 Cost of Care study has one bit of better news, however, the cost of home health care, which most seniors seem to prefer, is rising more gradually than the cost of care in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. More...

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