Features for Senior Citizens

Ten Percent of Grandparents Live With a Grandchild, Census Bureau Reports

Oct. 22, 2014 - Of the 65 million grandparents in the United States in 2012, 7 million, or 10 percent, lived with at least one grandchild, according to Coresident Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: 2012 , a new report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The percentage of children who lived with a grandparent in 2012 was also 10 percent, rising from 7 percent in 1992. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Many Elderly Found with Puzzling Mutations Linked to Leukemia, Lymphoma

Researchers find no connection with blood cancer that seldom strikes senior citizens

Oct. 22, 2014 – A surprisingly large percentage – 5 percent – of senior citizens over age 70 have been found to have genetic mutations linked to leukemia and lymphoma in their blood cells. The vast majority won't get blood cancer, however, as the incidence of these cancers is less than 0.1 percent among the elderly, according to the researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Flu Vaccine May Hold Key to Preventing Heart Disease with a Shot

A new study in Vaccine explains how flu vaccines prevent heart attacks

Oct. 21, 2014 – One of the reasons senior citizens should not hesitate to get a flu shot every year is the added protection it provides against heart attack. Those who get vaccinated are 50 percent less likely to suffer a heart attack in a year. The potency of this protection has motivated researchers to learn more about what is causing it and how to create a vaccine just to prevent heart disease. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Problems Seniors Have with Medicare Advantage Plans Highlighted

Medicare Rights Center highlights Advantage Plan denials of coverage and appeals

Oct. 21, 2014 - The Medicare Rights Center has released its first Medicare Snapshot: Stories from the Helpline, spotlighting Medicare Advantage (MA) plan denials of coverage and appeals issues as experienced by a typical caller to Medicare Rights’ national helpline. Over one-third of all callers to the helpline express difficulty managing coverage denials and appeals. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

How to Pick a Medicare Advantage Plan: Consumer Reports

CR’s October issue has lots of tools to help with your decision and ranking of  MA plans


Oct. 21, 2014 - In the months leading up to the fall Medicare open enrollment season, your mailbox may be overflowing with sales brochures from Medicare Advantage plans. Our advice is to ignore them. There are better, unbiased ways to pick the right plan for you, according to a Consumer Reports. More...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Mental Benefits of Physical Exercise for Seniors Decease with Age

Participants who were older than 70 years of age tended to show no benefit of exercise in German study

October 14, 2014 – A new study from Germany questions the benefits of exercise for both men and women after they reach the age of 70. For people in their study between the ages of 60 and 70 regular training on a treadmill tended to improve cerebral blood flow and visual memory. However, trial participants who were older than 70 years of age tended to show no benefit of exercise. More...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Elderly Improve Physical Function After Encouraging Subliminal Messages

Challenge was to enable the participants to overcome negative age stereotypes acquired from society

Oct. 20, 2014 – Want to make elderly people feel better about themselves? Just flash some positive words about old people on their computer screens, so fast that they are not even aware they saw them, and see their attitudes and physical function improve and stay great for weeks. That’s what researchers from the Yale School of Public Health report. More...

Social Security News

Sixth Years of Record Low COLAs Unprecedented, Says Senior Citizens League

Oct. 20, 2014 - The annual Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will remain at record low levels again in 2015, says a new forecast by The Senior Citizens League (TSCL). According to the most recent consumer price index (CPI) data through August, TSCL forecasts that COLAs will be 1.7 percent in 2015. “That would make the sixth consecutive year of record low COLAs,” states TSCL Chairman, Ed Cates. “That’s unprecedented since the COLA first became automatic in 1975,” he notes. More...

Social Security News

Social Security COLA for 2015 Looks Like 1.5, Maybe 1.7, Percent

Posting by Social Security Office of the Actuary looks like Trustees' projection of cost-of-living for next year was correct

Oct. 19, 2014 - Senior citizens are going to receive a Social Security cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) of about 1.5 percent for 2015 according to projections releases today by the Office of the Chief Actuary at the Social Security Administration. Based on current projections the increase could, however, be as high as 1.7 percent or as low as 1.4%. More...

Features for Senior Citizens

Majority of American Senior Citizens Would be in Poverty Without Social Security

New supplemental poverty report from Census Bureau drops 2.3 million more seniors below poverty level – medical expense the significant factors

By Tucker Sutherland, with materials from U.S. Census Bureau

Oct. 17, 2014 – The last time we got a report on poverty in the U.S., which was just weeks ago, senior citizens seemed to be doing pretty well. Although the “official poverty” report said 4.2 million seniors lived in poverty, the rate was flat with 2013. Now, the Census Bureau has reported a different look, called the “supplemental poverty rate” and a few million more seniors have dropped below the poverty rate. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Five Costly Mistakes Boomers Make When Enrolling in Medicare

NCOA's My Medicare Matters is designed to help seniors make smart choices; also offers help on Open Enrollment

Oct. 16, 2014 – Signing up for Medicare probably presents more options than most Baby Boomers assume before they reach age 65. With hundreds of policies to choose from, and so much information to understand, many seniors guess when choosing a policy and end up paying too much for a plan that doesn't cover what they need, according to the National Council on Aging (NCOA), which created a website to help senior citizens. More...

Retirement News

Boomers Facing Retirement Very Concerned About Health Care Cost, They Say

Most are concerned but few are taking any financial action to do anything about it

Oct. 16, 2014 – The overwhelming majority (86%) of baby boomers express concern about the affordability of health care in retirement, but very few pre-retirees admit they have taken financial steps to prepare for health care costs in retirement, according to a study released today by Ameriprise Financial. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Seniors to Find Medicare Advantage, Drug Plans Improving as Enrollment Opens

CMS touts better quality and more variety and steady prices as Open Enrollment period begins today, runs through December 7 (Links to more news on Open Enrollment below news report)

Seniors and people with disabilities are benefiting from improved quality in Medicare health and drug plans at competitive prices.”

CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner

Oct. 15, 2014 - For 2015, steadily increasing quality of plans should give seniors confidence that they have an array of quality choices at competitive prices, according to a news release today from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reminding seniors that Medicare Open Enrollment begins today. More...