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Health News for Seniors

Older woman crippled by arthritisDeaths from heart disease declining among rheumatoid arthritis patients

Mayo clinic presents arthritis research on rheumatoid, gout and opioid use

Nov. 25, 2015 - Rheumatoid arthritis patients, most often senior citizens, are twice as likely as the average person to develop heart disease, but a new study shows that efforts to prevent heart problems and diagnose and treat heart disease early may be paying off. More...

Fitness News

Another study proves exercise means better memory for senior citizens

senior couple walking for exerciseMany studies find fitness equals better mental ability – this one links it mostly to long-term memory

By Tucker Sutherland, editor,

Nov. 24, 2015 – A new study released today declares that older adults who take more steps than most by walking or jogging performed better on memory tasks. Really, how could this be news? It is just another way of looking at physical fitness and how it enhances memory and cognitive ability. But, this one does find a new twist. More...

Social Security News

Social Security offers tools to help seniors have a better retirement

You should open a ‘my Social Security’ online account – do it here

By Tucker Sutherland, editor

Nov. 24, 2015 - Earlier this month the Retirement Security Project at the Brookings Institution hosted an event with the Social Security Administration and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that focused on retirement planning. This event highlights what we too often forget – how important Social Security is in our lives and the helpful tools the agency has developed to help senior citizens have a more successful retirement. More...

Woman checking pulse while exercisingFitness News

High resting heart rate linked to increased death risk

Resting heart rate over 80 beats/min meant 45% higher risk of death than 60-80 beats/min

Nov. 23, 2015 – The average resting heart rate for senior citizens and other adults is 60 to 100 beats per minute, according to the National Institute of Health. A large new study says a higher resting heart rate is associated with an increased risk of death from all causes in the general population. More...

Sex Health News for Seniors

Seniors taking Viagra may also be lowering their risk of diabetes

Erectile dysfunction, diabetes target older men, most frequent users of ED meds with sildenafil

Nov. 18, 2015 - Fewer senior men should be developing diabetes now days, if a new study is correct in its finding that sildenafil, a drug used in Viagra and other brand names, improves insulin sensitivity and reduces the risk of diabetes. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Centers for Disease Control reports on challenges facing cancer survivors

In 2025, over 24 million will be living in U.S. after cancer diagnosis

Nov. 18, 2015 - The number of cancer survivors — people who live after a cancer diagnosis — is at almost 14 million and expected to grow substantially over the next few decades as the U.S. population ages and early detection methods and treatments continue to improve. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Senior woman studies for collegeSeniors taking college courses reduce risk of Alzheimer’s

90% also displayed a significant increase in cognitive capacity

Nov. 18, 2015 - Older adults who take college courses may increase their cognitive capacity and possibly reduce their risk for developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. More...

Health News for Seniors

Man on pogo jumping along ups and downs of graphActions to reduce prostate cancer screening may have gone too far

PSA screening and rate of prostate cancer have both declined

Nov. 17, 2015 - Prostate cancer cases are down and so are prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings, according to two new studies that looked at what happened before and after the 2012 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) screening recommendations. Some think we may have gone too far in discouraging screening of older men. More...

Nutrition, Vitamin, Supplement News

woman in bathrobe drinking coffeeCoffee drinking again linked to reduced risk of death

Coffee bean may hold secret to longer life, rather than caffeine for favorite drink of seniors

Nov. 17, 2015 - Drinking a second or third cup of coffee may do more than get you through a long day - it may also reduce your risk of death from heart disease and other illnesses. These results, surprisingly, resulted from regular or decaffeinated coffee, which long ago was established as the favorite drink of senior citizens. More...

Health News for Seniors

senior citizen checking his blood pressure at homeSeniors cut death risk by 27% with aggressive blood pressure management

May set new direction of treating hypertension but there is caution

Nov. 16, 2015 - How would you like to reduce your risk of death by 27 percent? A new clinical trial indicates it is a possibility for seniors age 50 and older who can lower their systolic blood pressure to below 120 mmHg. Not only did it reduce their death risk, it also cut by 24 percent their risk for heart attack, heart failure or stroke. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

older man sniffs wineFailing smell test signals cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s for elderly

One of several studies linking poor sense of smell with dementia

Nov. 16, 2015 - The latest study to link a poor sense of smell with Alzheimer’s disease included a group of elderly patients with an average age of 79.5 years. Those who did the worst on the smell test were more likely to have amnestic mild cognitive impairment - predominantly memory loss - and a progression to Alzheimer disease. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Seniors have most eye injuries from falls; most costly to treat

Falls and brawls top list of causes for eye injuries in U.S., treatment cost jumps 62% in 10 years

Nov. 16, 2015 - Falling and fighting top the list of major causes of eye injuries resulting in hospitalization over a 10-year period, says a new study. Falling was the leading cause, usually involved seniors age 60 or older, which were the most costly to treat. More...

Aging & Longevity

Retirement may not be bliss many expect before reaching age 65

Key factors physical impairment, chronic medical conditions, approach of death depress seniors

Nov. 14, 2015 - A new study punches a hole in the balloon of happiness and bliss that many have associated with turning age 65, which is generally considered the age we become senior citizens. The new study says we become more depressed from age 65 onward. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

confused elderly womanRisk of cognitive impairment in elderly women found in reproductive history

Longer reproductive period associated with better cognitive function and other unusual discoveries

Nov. 12, 2015 - A woman’s reproductive history, an important modifier of estrogen exposure across her lifetime, has been found to be associated with the risk of cognitive impairment in postmenopausal women. More...

Health News for Seniors

Why does cancer strike mostly senior citizens? Why do old tissues decline?

Without age-associated inflammation, old mice developed leukemia no faster than young mice

Nov. 11, 2015 - The incidence of cancer increases with age. Conventional wisdom blames this on the accumulation of cancer-causing mutations as we grow older. A new study introduces another scenario of how cancer causing mutations take command in senior citizens. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Woman caring for husband with Alzheimer's diseaseMen with Alzheimer's gene at risk of brain bleeding, damage

Women with ApoE4 gene at higher risk for Alzheimer’s, memory loss but not bleeding

Nov. 11, 2015 – Alzheimer’s disease has generally been considered as being rougher on women than men. A new discovery, however, says a common genetic variation linked to AD - ApoE4 - greatly raises the likelihood of tiny brain bleeds in some men. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare premiums, deductibles for 2016 add to woes of no COLA

Part B deductible jumps for all, most won't pay higher premiums

Nov. 11, 2015 - Medicare late yesterday released the 2016 premiums and deductibles for inpatient hospital (Part A) and physician and outpatient hospital services (Part B) programs. The good news is most senior citizens will not pay more for outpatient care. The bad news is many will. And, no one will be pleased with the $19 increase in the Part B deductible. More...

Features for Seniors

Older drivers not ready for driverless cars, but like some new stuff

Seniors like blind-spot warnings, back-up cameras but they aren’t too new anymore

Nov. 10, 2015 - When it comes to self-driving cars, senior drivers, ages 50 to 69, express more interest in “test-driving” a driverless car than in actually purchasing one. But, there are a couple of new technologies they like and are willing to buy, according to new research. More...

Harriet Kelly gives up driving and does not like it - NPR storyAging & Longevity

It’s never too soon for seniors to plan their ‘Driving Retirement’

Harriet Kelly has one word to describe the day she stopped driving four years ago: miserable.

“It’s no fun when you give up driving, I just have to say that,” she says. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

woman in NYC senior center uses low-impact exercise - Photo Credit: Hospital for Special Surgery, NYCLow-Impact exercise helps women in senior centers decrease pain, improve mobility

It helps arthritis - actually helps decrease pain

Nov. 9, 2015 - It may seem counterintuitive that exercise could help people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, but a new study being presented today finds that a low-impact exercise program is improving quality of life for many older adults with these conditions. More...

Health News for Seniors

doctors explaining discovery to male patientSilent heart attacks have hit about 8 percent of seniors suggests new study

Men more likely than women to have myocardial scars: 80% missed in evaluations

Nov. 8, 2015 - A study of boomers and seniors with an average age of 68 found eight percent had suffered a heart attack without knowing it and that 80 percent of myocardial scars from these attacks were not recognized in electrocardiography or clinical evaluation. More...

Aging & Longevity

Another wall falls that kept senior citizens from critical treatments

Study rejects biologic age as limiting factor for stem cell transplants

Nov. 5, 2015 - More than 40 percent of older patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) can remain in long-term cancer remission through a modified, less aggressive approach to donor stem cell transplantation, according to the results of a phase 2 study led by oncologists at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. More...

Fitness News

Aging brains protected by aerobic endurance that maintains brain connectivity

Benefits of fitness for senior brains may not depend on being extremely fit

Nov. 5, 2015 – A new study of older adults finds the stronger your aerobic endurance, the stronger your brain connection and probably your long-term brain function as you age, according to a report in the journal NeuroImage. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Robin Williams may have killed himself due to Lewy body dementia

Lewy body disease is one of the most common causes of dementia in the elderly

Nov 4, 2015 – Actor Robin Williams, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, died without knowing he was actually stricken with Lewy body dementia (LBD), his wife, Susan Williams, said today on Good Morning America. The original diagnosis did not cover all of his symptoms and she believes the effects of LBD led him to take his own life. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s disease that seniors should know

Early detection can make a difference says Alzheimer’s Association

Nov. 3, 2015 - The Alzheimer’s Association has published the ten signs to watch for that may indicate the presence of Alzheimer’s disease. They also advise that early detection is important. More...

Veteran being briefed on health benefitsPolitical News for Seniors

Trump Plan will allow veterans to get their care from Medicare doctors

Vets will be able to get care from any doc of facility that treats Medicare patients

Nov. 2, 2015 - All U.S. military veterans can go to any doctor that treats Medicare patients to receive healthcare, according the campaign proposal yesterday by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. More...

Retirement News for Seniors

What drives people to retire isn't what most think

retired couple enjoying a dance togetherFidelity research busts key myths about retirement

Oct. 30, 2015 - Contrary to popular belief, nearly half of American workers plan to stop working on a specific date, regardless of how much they have saved for retirement. This is one of several myths debunked in new research from Fidelity Investments in collaboration with the Stanford Center on Longevity. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

CMS wants better discharge plans for Medicare, Medicaid patients

To improve patient quality of care, reduce complications, adverse events, readmissions

Oct. 30, 2015 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday proposed to revise the discharge planning requirements that hospitals, including long-term care hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation facilities, critical access hospitals, and home health agencies, must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Memory complaints by older women may signal thinking problems decades later

Dementia-free women, average age of 70, asked same questions over 18 years

Oct. 29, 2015 - New research suggests that older women who complain of memory problems may be at higher risk for experiencing diagnosed memory and thinking impairment decades later. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

CMS issues rule to ensure Medicaid beneficiaries access to services

Response to Court decision that beneficiaries do not have private right of action to contest state-determined rates in federal courts

Oct. 29, 1025 - Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that it says allows states and CMS to make better informed, data-driven decisions when considering whether proposed changes to Medicaid fee-for-service payment rates are sufficient to ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries have access to covered Medicaid services. More...

Aging & Longevity

Even great results from face-lift may fail to raise self-esteem in older adults

Patients - mostly women - say they look 9 years younger but it does not help self-esteem

two older women making selfieOct. 29, 2015 – If you are looking at getting a face-lift to raise your self-esteem, you may want to check this research. The new study of older adults – mostly women – found that despite a positive outcome from the surgery there was no change in self-esteem among the patients. More...

Health News for Seniors

Married older adults more likely to survive, thrive after cardiac surgery

Known that marrieds survive surgery more often, now we know they do better afterwards, too

Oct. 28, 2015 - New research involving 1,500 older adults has found that being married is a predictor of survival and functional recovery after heart surgery. More...

U.S. Capitol in bright sunlightPolitical News for Seniors

Budget deal stops Medicare increase, Social Security cuts

Seniors have much on the line in the budget deal set to close today; much to do about entitlement programs

Oct. 28, 2015 - It is a giant day of politics for seniors, who should see the latest budget deal between the White House and pass today, which has several important provisions concerning Medicare and Social Security.. Then they can watch the Republican presidential debate, where new positions on Medicare by several candidates are sure to draw attention.  More...

Political News for Seniors

Jeb Bush now wants to save Medicare rather than phase it out

Bush introduces his latest ideas for Medicare and Social Security as next debate is about to start

Oct. 27, 2015 - Gov. Jeb Bush, who has almost disappeared in the polls for the Republican nomination for president, and appears desperate to revive his campaign in tomorrow’s Republican debate, launched a new initiative today aimed at the senior entitlement programs of Medicare and Social Security. Earlier in the campaign he proposed doing away with Medicare but today says he wants to “preserve and protect” it. More...

Aging & Longevity

Death rates for leading causes of death show marked decline in U.S.

Declines in all causes combined, heart disease, cancer, stroke, unintentional injuries, and diabetes

Oct. 27, 2015 - Three cheers for a new study that finds a dramatic decrease in the U.S. between 1969 and 2013 in the age-standardized death rate and years of potential life lost before age 75 from the most frequent causes of death and all causes. More...

Health News for Seniors

pill bottles with sortersDoctors should cut back on some medications given seniors, two JAMA studies suggest

Too much, too late: Overtreatment for blood pressure and blood sugar can be dangerous for some

Oct. 26, 2015 - The medical treatment of senior citizen is often a little more complicated due to the uncertain consequences of old age. The decision on a surgery, a drug dosage or other procedure has to consider the patients age. More...

Retirement News for Seniors

Out-of-pocket drug costs increase funds needed for retirement

A good reason seniors need to take close look at Medicare drug plan during open enrollment

Oct. 26, 2015 – If senior citizens needed one more push before being persuaded to take a close, fresh look at their Medicare Part D prescription drug plan during this open enrollment period, this may be it. A new study finds those planning for retirement need to increase the amount they need to budget for paying for health care, due to increase in out-of-pocket prescription drug cost. More...

Fitness News

Older men with best fitness perform better mentally, too

They use the brain regions they did when they were young, researchers think it works for women, too

Oct. 23, 2015 - Older men in the best physical condition performed better mentally than less fit men, in a study from Japan claiming to be the first to directly link brain activation with both mental and physical performance. More...

Political News for Seniors

Seniors pivotal in move to legalization and use of marijuana

Marijuana leavesGallup and JAMA Psychiatry studies find seniors making difference in marijuana push

Oct. 22, 2015 – The trend is clear – making marijuana legal in the U.S. is on the way and even senior citizens are jumping onboard. A new Gallup Poll says 35% of seniors now favor making it legal, and this helped push support among all adults to a record high 58%. JAMA Psychiatry also reports the use by U.S. adults doubled between 2001 and 2013, but the authors are raising an alarm and are urging caution. More...

Nutrition, Vitamin, Supplement News

Seniors may slow shrinkage of aging brain with Mediterranean foods

Study doesn’t prove Mediterranean diet prevents brain shrinkage; it shows association

Oct. 22, 2015– Following a Mediterranean-like diet may be associated with losing fewer brain cells due to aging, according to a study published in the October 21, 2015, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology. More...

Health News for Seniors

Senior black man talking on cell phone, checking computerQuality of care differs by race for black seniors with prostate cancer

Study finds in does not, however, result in worse survival chance; commentator has theory

Oct. 22, 2015 – The quality of care differs by race, declares an official with the American Cancer Society in a commentary published in JAMA Oncology. A study in the publication found senior black men on Medicare with localized prostate cancer were more likely to have worst care, higher costs and endure worse postoperative outcomes than white men. Interestingly, this did not translate to worse overall or cancer-specific survival. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

depressed older womanThe older seniors get, the more antipsychotics they are given

New study cites safety concerns, calls for alternatives

Oct. 21, 2015 - More than three-quarters of senior citizens receiving an antipsychotic prescription in 2010 had no documented clinical psychiatric diagnosis during the year. These drugs are known to be high risk of serious side effects – especially for older adults – yet the seniors being treated with antipsychotic medications increases with age. More...

Features for Seniors

Boomers - many now seniors - are majority power users online

graph showing time adults spend online in 2015New survey finds who spends most time online, habits and more

Oct. 21, 2015 - What age group is spending the most time online outside of work? If you said Millennials, the young adults aged 18-33, you need to think a little older - a few decades older. It’s the Baby Boomers, those aged 51-69, that now the majority power users, even though many are now classified as senior citizens. More...


Moles on Your Right Arm Predict Skin Cancer

Normal Mole by American Cancer SocietyOct. 21, 2015 - The number of moles on your right arm could predict skin cancer, with 11 or more being a "strong predictor" of melanoma, says research in the British Journal of Dermatology. Women with more than 11 moles on right arm were more likely to have over 100 on their body. A normal mole, like the one pictured here, is usually an evenly colored brown, tan, or black spot on the skin. It can be either flat or raised, round or oval, says American Cancer Society.

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Medicare & Medicaid News

Senior citizens may pay much more for drugs if they don’t switch Medicare plan

Graphic reminder of Medicare Open Enrollment dates 2015

Staying with same plan could mean giant price jump in drugs you have been taking – but most seniors just renew during open enrollment

By Michelle Andrews - Kaiser Health News

Oct. 20, 2015 - When Mildred Fine received the annual notice informing her about changes to her Medicare prescription drug plan for 2016, she was shocked. If she stayed with the same plan, her monthly premium would more than triple, from $33.90 to $121.10, and her annual deductible would rise from $320 to $360. More...

Political News for Seniors

No help evident for senior citizens on lack of COLA, Medicare price hike

The Hill has the best report on the current situation in Washington

Oct. 19, 2015 - As millions of America’s senior citizens worry about the financial crisis they face next year – no Social Security increase on top of a significant increase in Medicare costs for many – there is little evidence that Washington politicians will offer any relief. More...

Sex Health News for Seniors

FDA warns senior men about herbal alternatives for erectile dysfunction

“dietary supplements” that promise to enhance sexual performance or sexual stimulation may contain hidden drug ingredients - highlighted after Lamar Odom incident

Oct. 19, 2015 - Older men are frequently associated with the use of sexual enhancement drugs and should carefully read the latest warnings from the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA had previously warned of the dangers of Reload, the “herbal Viagra” reportedly taken by former L.A. Laker's basketball star Lamar Odom last week. Odom is still in a coma.

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

CDC says antibiotics prescribed incorrectly 75% of the time

By Lisa Gillespie, Kaiser Health News

- Antibiotics are prescribed incorrectly to ailing nursing home residents up to 75 percent of the time, the nation’s public health watchdog says. The reasons vary — wrong drug, wrong dose, wrong duration or just unnecessarily – but the consequences are scary, warns the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More...

Political News for Seniors

Media, others recognizing financial crisis for senior citizens from no COLA

Hillary Clinton calls Medicare price hike "outrageous and senseless"Older Americans look at impact of Medicare price hike and no Social Security increase for 2016; solutions costly

Oct. 16, 2015 – There is no denying millions of senior citizens, most whom struggle to survive financially with Social Security as their primary income, are devastated by the double whammies from their government that they will not receive a Social Security increase for 2016 but millions will face a Medicare bill that is up to 50% higher. More...

Political News for Seniors

Senior League says Congress must increase Social Security, stop Medicare price hike

Low inflation is striking blow to the long-term Social Security income of millions of older, disabled Americans - new analysis by TSCL

The Senior Citizen League logoOct. 16, 2015 – Most senior citizens depend on Social Security for most of their income and “simply can’t be expected to bear” not receiving a COLA increase for 2016, according to The Senior Citizens League (TSCL), which calls on Congress to provide an emergency COLA and Medicare relief from increases for 2016. More...

Social Security News

Social Security says law blocks COLA for seniors in 2016

Agency explains what is happening to cost-of-living adjustment for next year

graphic depicting money flying awayOct. 15, 2015 – Here is what the Social Security Administration has to say about the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) next year for senior citizens and others in the program: “With consumer prices down over the past year, monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 65 million Americans will not automatically increase in 2016.” Does that invite action by Congress? More...

Health News for Seniors

Old age not a factor in success of Melanoma treatment with drug combo

Wound where melanoma removed from senior citizen's headSenior citizens, the most likely melanoma patients, see progression-free survival

Oct. 14, 2015 - Patients with advanced melanoma skin cancer survive for longer without their disease progressing if they have been treated with a combination of two drugs, nivolumab and ipilimumab, than with either of these drugs alone. New results show that these patients also do better regardless of their age, stage of disease and whether or not they have a cancer-Driving mutation in the BRAF gene. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare pushing hard for Medicare Advantage, Drug Plans as Open Enrollment begins

Graphic reminder of Medicare Open Enrollment dates 2015

For Medicare information about Open Enrollment, click

This fact sheet may be helpful to seniors considering new options in Medicare for 2016

Oct. 13, 2015 – The Administration continues to boost of the growing benefits of Medicare Advantage and Part D programs as senior citizens begin to consider their options during the annual open enrollment period that begins Thursday, October 15 and runs through December 7. A recent Fact Sheet from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services points out that almost a third of all beneficiaries now have MA plans and about a third of those with drug plans are now in plans with 4 or 5 star ratings. Below is the CMS fact sheet that may benefit you in choosing your Medicare for 2016. More...

Political News for Seniors

Pulling for Senior Citizen to be President? Three Democrats, Two Republicans Qualify

Clinton could tie Ronald Reagan for oldest incoming president, but Trump could become oldest

Oct. 12, 2015 - Just in case you are pulling for a senior citizen to be the next president of the United States, you should know that three of the five Democrats on the debate stage Tuesday night will be bona fide senior citizens – age 65 or older – before the swearing on January 20, 2017. More...

Donald Trump as he may look in 2025 - USA Today PhotoAge artist makes the candidates appear as they might in 2025

Oct. 12, 2015 - USA Today shows what some of the presidential candidates may look like in the year 2025. The artist say it is art based on scientific principles. Well, anyway, it is fun to see the candidates look more like they should be reading Emanuel Craciunescu of photo manipulation firm, Phojoe, based in Clarkson, Mich., told USA Today, “We scour the Internet for photos of parents and older siblings and make projections.” See them all at USA Today!

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