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Aging & Longevity

Do you know that person or is aging memory just confusing you?

Research assistant Jeremy Johnson feeds a rat on the behavioral track. (Johns Hopkins University)Scientists have identified part of hippocampus that creates, processes this type of memory

Aug. 20, 2015 - You see a person at the store. They look familiar. Is this an old classmate or do they just look alike? Or is your aging brain just confusing you. One tiny spot in the hippocampus of the brain has the answer, scientists have discovered.

Health News for Seniors

Age 75 is the new 65 and accepting this in medicine will save lives

Older man smoking a cigaretteUpdated screening policies could detect more abdominal aortic aneurysms; older male smokers at high risk, maybe women

Aug. 20, 2015 – Once again, researchers find older people are dying because of medical policies established years ago, when we did not live so long. The deadly problem this time is the national screening policy for aortic aneurysm.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare drug program premiums expected to stay about the same in 2016

Rates threatened by high cost of specialty drugs; growth in per-enrollee spending continues to be historically low

Aug. 19, 2015 - The monthly premium for a basic Medicare Part D prescription drug plan in 2016 is estimated to be $32.50, when Open Enrollment begins October 15. For the past five years – plan years 2011-2015 – the average monthly premium for a basic plan has been between $30 and $32.

Fitness News

Is cognitive loss in aging brain stopped, reversed by elderly super athletes?

Olga Sotelo, 93-year-old Canadian track-and-field athleteResearch has begun with female track star at age of 93 with 750 gold medals (link to video in story)

Aug. 18, 2015 – It is just the beginning, but researchers studying the brain of a 93-year-old female super athlete to learn more about the link between older athletes and cognition have found her quicker on cognitive tasks than others her age, but not performing as well as younger women. Her memory was much superior to her peers.

Health News for Seniors

woman with large legs walking for exerciseSocial action needed to maintain gains in reducing deaths from heart disease, stroke

American Heart Association cites need to address problems with education, income and racial divide

Aug. 4, 2015 — Deaths from heart attacks, strokes and other heart diseases have been declining, but social factors, including race, income, environment and education could reverse that trend according to a first of its kind scientific statement from the American Heart Association.

Aging & Longevity

Einstein's BrainIs longevity linked to intelligence – shorter life may surprise many

First research to seek answer confirms some smart people live longer but it’s mostly genetic

Aug. 3, 2015 – We probably know a lot of people who are going to die a lot early than they think, if new research is accurate. There is a recognized tendency for more intelligent people to live longer, but it may not be because they are smarter.

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

caregiver kissing Alzheimer's patientCure for Alzheimer’s not top research need for dementia patients

National Alzheimer's  Project Act has it wrong; caregivers, patients want help with improving care

Aug. 3, 2015 – There has been a lot of cheering across the U.S. about the large amounts of money being spent on research seeking a cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Dementia patients and their caregivers, however, would like to see more of this money spent improving long-term care.


Medicare & Medicaid News

Happy 50th Birthday, Medicare & Medicaid

President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare and Medicaid bill on July 30, 1965. President Harry Truman became first member. (Photo Truman Library)

Medicare celebrates 50th anniversary with 55 million covered

State-by-state enrollment numbers - July 30. 2015

Medicare turns 50 but big challenges await

- July 30. 2015

Medicare’s long-term future improved in Trustees Report

 - July 30. 2015

CMS sees modest growth in health care spending through 2014  

- July 30. 2015


Medicare & Medicaid News

depressed manNew Medicaid initiative improves access to substance use disorder treatment

The CMS Blog

July 30, 2015 - The Medicaid program plays an important role in providing access to treatment for individuals with a substance use disorder (SUD). Nearly 21 million Americans suffer from SUD, many of whom are low-income or uninsured.

Health News for Seniors

Trifecta that dramatically shortens life - diabetes, stroke, heart attack

doctor with serious newsRate of death: doubles with 1, up 4 times with 2, 8 times with all 3

July 29, 2015 - This is a trifecta you don’t want in any order – diabetes, stroke and heart attack. Your risk of death increases substantially with each additional condition. For example, a 60-year old senior with two of these has a reduced life expectancy of 12 years, says the new research.

Social Security News

No Social Security COLA in 2016 for Senior Citizens

Devastating news for seniors not official but all agree it is coming

July 27, 2015 – If you were counting on a few extra bucks in your Social Security check in 2016, you made a mistake. The opinion of the experts, including the trustees, is senior citizens will not see a cost-of-living (COLA) in 2016.

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

worried womanAlzheimer’s slams senior women much harder, more often than men

Almost two-thirds of American senior citizens with Alzheimer’s disease are women

July 21, 2015 – As women enter the ranks of senior citizens at age 65, their chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease are much greater than that for men. And, those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) have two times faster decline in cognition than men with MCI, according to new research reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2015. More...

Political News for Seniors

Senior Citizen League finds things to like at White House aging event

July 20, 2015 – The Senior Citizen League (TSCL), often a careful critic of things that impact America’s senior citizens, has issued their review of the White House Conference on Aging, that happens every 10 years. Following is the TSCL’s report on the meeting that finds some things to like. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Boomers may break Medicare if 28 million get Alzheimer’s

Ignites urgent need for treatments to delay or prevent AD

July 20, 2015 - If there are no significant advances in Alzheimer's treatment or prevention, as the baby boomers with Alzheimer's age, there will be a shift toward more severe forms of the disease, leading to greater Medicare costs, says new analysis. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare has launched new star rating of home health services

Will help seniors stay in homes longer as need for care grows

July 20, 2015 - Medicare has taken another of several steps recently to help seniors stay in their homes longer. The latest is a new rating of home health care services. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Future Alzheimer’s victims may be detected by new affordable, non-invasive test

Researchers hope to identify those with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI)

July 15, 2015 - Individuals with amnestic mild cognitive impairment (aMCI) are at twice the risk of others in their age group of progressing to Alzheimer's disease and researchers think they are on the trail of an affordable, easy way to do this. More...

Aging & Longevity

an easy step for each finger to remember how to avoid heart failureSenior citizens can follow five easy steps to avoid heart failure

These simple lifestyle factors cut risk of heart failure after age 65

June 14, 2015 – Senior citizens – people age 65 and older – can follow five simple healthy behaviors and their risk of heart failure will be cut in half, says a large, multi-year study. More...

Aging & Longevity

Have they found a path to longevity without severe fasting

Study with mice and humans indicates severe fasting may not be only answer

June 14, 2015 – Success in extending the lifespan of mice with a calorie-restricted diet for only eight days a month led scientist to try it with a small group of people… and it appears to have worked. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Memories slip away when stressed after losing half a night of sleep

Are many seniors too quick to blame memory loss on dementias

By Tucker Sutherland, editor

July 13, 2015 - Significant problems among senior citizens are memory loss and inability to sleep. A new study has found a clear link between the two. Many seniors may be too quick to blame their memory problems – particularly when stressed - on Alzheimer’s and other dementias. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Senior Citizens face deadly threats during summer heat

Advice for older people on staying safe in hot weather; risk of heat-related health problems increases with age

July 9, 2015 - Summer weather can pose special health risks to older adults and people with chronic medical conditions. It is critically important that the elderly, especially those most susceptible to hyperthermia and other heat-related illnesses, know how to safeguard against these threats. More...

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

July 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 internet

 

New 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

Independence 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...

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

Adding protein vinculin helps fruit flies extend lives 150%

June 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

June 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

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.

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 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

Oldest old less likely to be aggressively examined or treated after surgery

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

Three 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

May 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...


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