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Health News for Seniors

Older woman does breast cancer self-examLow fat diet helps senior women avoid deadly breast cancers

Researchers also found lower cardiovascular disease mortality in the dietary group as well as better breast cancer survival rates

April 15, 2016 - Older women who stayed on a low fat diet for approximately eight years reduced their risk of death from invasive breast cancers and improved their survival rates, according to a new study.

Health News for Seniors

Women live longer in homes with lots of green plants around

Vegetation may be important to health in a broad range of ways, study finds

April 15, 2016 – A lot of green vegetation around a home helps women live longer, says new research that also looked at why this happens.

Medicare & Medicaid News

New CMS initiative may change the way senior citizens receive health care

New  initiative, designed to improve quality and cost, gives doctors and patients more control over health care delivery

April 12, 2016 - In a move that may drastically change the way senior citizens receive medical care from physicians, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday announced the the Comprehensive Primary Care Plus (CPC+) model... "designed to provide doctors the freedom to care for their patients the way they think will deliver the best outcomes and to pay them for achieving results and improving care."

Health News for Seniors

worried senior woman with hand to her headStudy finds acetaminophen hampers ability to recognize errors

Are we making mistakes and not even knowing it when on painkillers

April 9, 2016 - It's been known for more than a century that acetaminophen (Tylenol) is an effective painkiller, but according to a new study it could also be impeding error-detection in the brain.

Health News for Seniors

Irregular heartbeat accelerates age-related declines for senior citizens

Afib drains seniors over 70 of strength, walking speed,  balance and more

April 7, 2016 – When older people develop atrial fibrillation — the most common type of irregular heartbeat — it accelerates age-related declines in walking speed, strength, balance and other aspects of physical performance, according to new research in Circulation: Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology, an American Heart Association journal.

Social Security News

Social Security pushing personal accounts with special week

Numerous benefits of having a "my Social Security" account highlighted

April 7, 2016 - Social Security is hosting numerous events and activities across the country from April 4 through April 13 to raise awareness about the benefits of establishing a my Social Security account. It is a feature of the third National my Social Security Week.

Aging & Longevity

Senior couple enjoying a danceLast years of life better for the socially active with social goals

Even if facing health problems it seems to  ease late life decline

April 6, 2016 - There are certain things about aging that seem to be certain, since they repeatedly emerge through years of research. The benefits of an active social life for senior citizens is one of those things that continues to be proven.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare insurers get less than one percent pay increase for 2017

Final Medicare Health and Drug Plan rates and policies released

April 5, 2016 - The final Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Program changes for 2017 were released yesterday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The insurers are getting only a .85 percent pay increase – a disappointment ...

Health News for Seniors

older woman finding virtual  doctor visit onlineOnline doctor visits growing rapidly but study finds results uncertain

Patients go on websites to consult with doctors they have never met

April 4, 2016 – A new online phenomenon known as virtual doctor visits is reported to be growing rapidly but the quality of care varies, according to a new study.

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

couple showing their concernCost of care for family dementia patient forces millions to cut personal expenses

Almost 16 million caregivers; 18 billion hours of yearly unpaid care; vast majority thought Medicare would help

March 31, 2016 – The personal financial support required by a person with Alzheimer’s disease may ultimately deprive care contributors of basic necessities, such as food, transportation and medical care, according to the 2016 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report released yesterday.

Health News for Seniors

images of a normal heart and one with heart failureGlimmer of hope found in treating heart failure with gene transfer

Heart failure is only cardiovascular disease still on increase

March 30, 2016 –  A glimmer of hope in the battle against heart failure was announced today by researchers who have found some success with a gene transfer technique...

Social Security News

Two government tools help Americans prepare for retirement

Social Security has many tools to help plan for your future; now Treasury offers a companion

March 29, 2016 - Achieving financial security is an important part of enjoying a satisfying retirement. Social Security has many tools to help you plan for your future. There is also a new tool from the Department of the Treasury...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Femail patient comforted by husband listening to diagnosis of mental problemsMedicaid mental health services to increase access, improve service

CMS finalizes mental health, substance use disorder parity rule for millions of low-income Americans

March 29, 2016 - A rule to strengthen access to mental health and substance use services for people with Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) coverage was finalized today...

Sex Health News for Seniors

Older couple flirting on park benchSenior citizens increasingly satisfied with sex lives and more active

Elderly enjoying more sex and highly satisfied - even half of 97-year-olds have positive attitude about sex

March 28, 2016 – Six out of every ten women and seven out of every ten men over 70 are highly satisfied...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare, Medicaid test new way to pay nursing facilities aimed at reducing hospitalizations

CMS hopes it will improve care for nursing facility residents

March 25, 2016 -A payment model for nursing facilities and practitioners will be tested to see if it can further reduce avoidable hospitalizations...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

woman working jigsaw puzzleStudy of early Alzheimer’s finds women keep verbal memory longer than men

May need to adjust memory tests to account for the difference between men and women

March 24, 2016 - Women may have a better memory for words than men despite evidence of similar levels of shrinkage in areas of the brain...

Exercise & Fitness News

Exercise slows brain aging by 10 years for older people

Value of exercise for seniors’ body and brain proven again

March 24, 2016 – Certainly, by now, most senior citizens know their health and mental abilities are enhanced by exercise. Results of a new study, however...

Retirement News for Seniors

woman holding a piggy bankHow seniors can keep unexpected expense from becoming a crisis

Ideation Challenge on April 16 to spark financial product and service ideas

March 24, 2016 - Nearly half of Americans (47 percent) lack the ability to pay for an unexpected $400 expense...

graph showing Americans that pay income tax by age

Retirement News for Seniors

Retirees paying income taxes drops sharply after age 60

Most Americans pay IRS at about age 50

March 24, 2016 - Taxes are not as inevitable as most people assume. As the chart shows, the share of Americans paying federal income taxes falls precipitously after age 60...

Social Security News

Street sign reading "Tax Season Again"Many receiving Social Security will need to pay taxes

About a third on Social Security will need to pay taxes and this is what you need to know

by Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Communications

March 21, 2016 - Did you know that your Social Security benefits may be taxable? This includes your monthly retirement, survivor, and disability benefits...

Medicare & Medicaid News

New online Medicare tool shows disparity of care for chronic disease

Identifies disparities in outcomes, utilization, spending by race, ethnicity, geography

March 17, 2017 - If you ever wondered how your county ranks in health care of chronic diseases among Medicare patients...

Health News for Seniors

Starving eye cells contribute to blindness in senior citizens

Unable to produce energy, photoreceptors trigger age-related macular degeneration

March 14, 2016 – If there was a list of diseases and afflictions senior citizens most want to avoid it would probably start with Alzheimer’s disease and pancreatic cancer, but...

Political News for Seniors

Sen. Tom Carper wants abuse stoppedSenator demands stop to abuse of nursing home residents on social media

ProPublica reported in December about inappropriate posts by employees of nursing homes and assisted living centers

by Charles Ornstein, ProPublica

March 11, 2016 -A U.S. senator has asked government regulators what, if anything, they’re doing to stop nursing home workers from taking degrading and dehumanizing photos of residents...

Health News for Seniors

Smartphone diabetes apps regularly share your personal info

Study in JAMA finds few have privacy policies

March 9, 2016 - In the transmission analysis that included 65 smartphone apps, sensitive health information from diabetes apps...

Medicare & Medicaid News

patient helped from shower by nurseMedicare data on skilled nursing facility use and payments released

Comprehensive resource for information on skilled nursing facility costs and services

March 9, 2016 - Medicare data providing detailed information on services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by skilled nursing facilities...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare seeks new way to buy Part B drugs, support physicians

Rule to address access, affordability, and innovation in prescription drugs

March 9, 2016 – Medicare Part B paid $20 billion on outpatient drugs last year. Maybe there is a better way...

Political News for Seniors

AARP still pressing presidential candidates on Social Security

Logo for AARP Take A StandOnly Trump not responding to "Take A Stand" initiative

March 9, 2016 – Since the beginning of the year AARP members and the organization have been dogging the presidential candidates for their position on Social Security...

Political News for Seniors

Tax credit for family caregivers proposed in U.S. House

AARP, others support bipartisan bill

March 9, 2016 – A bill introduced in the House of Representatives this week, the Credit for Caring Act, that supports America’s family caregivers by offering a federal tax credit of up to $3,000...

Nutrition, Vitamin, Supplement News

Senior citizens get no relief of knee osteoarthritis pain from vitamin D

Interestingly, vitamin D levels did not increase either

March 8, 2016 – Millions of senior citizens seek relief from the pain of knee osteoarthritis but they are not going to find it from taking Vitamin D...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Senior health care that misses the mark

doctor check elderly woman in hospital bedGoals for elderly change from longer life to quality of remaining life; care may not keep up

March 8, 2016 - Quality over quantity. As people get older, their health care goals may shift away from living as long as possible to maintaining a good quality of life...

Social Security News

Faster processing of disability benefit for wounded warriors and veterans

Soldier salutes U.S. flagSocial Security and VA Working Together for Our Heroes: Social Security Blog

By Jim Borland, Asst. Deputy Commissioner, Social Security Administration

March 7, 2016 - Social Security honors those who have served in the U.S. military. Often, their dedication comes at the expense of significant and lasting effects on themselves and their families...

 

Exercise & Fitness News

senior couple dancing the cha, cha, chaSenior citizens gain health benefits from cha, cha, cha

After Lain dancing they walked faster had higher activity level

March 7, 2016 — A four-month dance program helped older Latino adults walk faster and improved their physical fitness, which may reduce their risk for heart disease...

Exercise & Fitness News

Exercise is the key to healthy aging

National Institute on Aging emphasizes importance of exercise

March 4, 2016 - One of the nation's experts on aging, Dr. Richard J. Hodes, Director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), in and interview with NIH MedlinePlus magazine emphasized...

Health News for Seniors

Repairing knee cartilage in older adults shows promising results

Cartilage 'plugs' repair articular cartilage in the knee of patients with average age 51

March 4, 2016 - As many seniors know, patients who have cartilage damage in their knees often experience pain and are unable to engage in sports and other activities they enjoy...

Health News for Seniors

Drinking any alcohol raises immediate risk of stroke or heart attack

Moderate drinkers may see some protective health benefits within 24 hours, heavy drinking creates extended risk

March 3, 2016 - Drinking alcohol is associated with an immediate higher risk of suffering a heart attack or stroke. The risk, however, lessens and can become protective...

Health News for Seniors

Long-term baby aspirin use lowers risk for colorectal cancer

Lowered risk for gastrointestinal tract cancers was not for other major cancers

March 3, 2016 - Regular use of low-dose aspirin two times or more per week for six years was associated with a 3 percent lower risk for overall cancers...

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ovaries, lymph nodes, fallopian tubes, uterus, vaginaWhat we know about ovarian cancers has surprising gaps

New national report finds clues to reducing number of women with disease and that die

March 2, 2016 - Ovarian cancer should not be categorized as a single disease, but rather as a constellation of different cancers involving the ovary...

Health News for Seniors

Shocking indecision by U.S. task force on need to test senior citizens for impaired vision

USPSTF says evidence insufficient to make recommendation, wants more research

March 1, 2016 - Should senior citizens age 65 and older be screened for impaired visual acuity (clearness of vision)? The authoritative U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has thrown up their hands...

Health News for Seniors

Elderly and youngest patients suffer most after knee replacement

Range of motion improvement comparable across all age groups

March 1, 2016 – Patients age 75 and older - as well as those age 45 and younger - report more pain and less activity following total knee replacement surgery...

Aging & Longevity

Good cardiovascular health at 80 could be pointing to dementia risk

Increased longevity also increases risk for age-related dementia

Feb. 29, 2016 - A new study highlights an emerging dilemma for senior citizens. Do you want to live longer? Of course you do. Do you want to have dementia? Of course you don’t. But...

Health News for Seniors

Half of elderly colorectal cancer patients receiving wasted treatment

Treatments increase, cost skyrockets, results minimal for those 75 and older; those 65-74 did better

Feb. 29, 2016 – During a recent 10-year period the rate of metastatic colorectal cancer patients older than age 75 receiving three or more treatments increased from 2 percent to 53 percent...

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Older adults with history of fainting double risk of vehicle crash

Study of patients with average age of 66

Feb. 29, 2016 - Older people with a history of fainting or passing out – a condition known as syncope – were nearly twice as likely to be involved in a motor vehicle crash...

Aging & Longevity

Older adults have different perspectives on sadness, loneliness and serenity

Seniors report more calming positive emotions than younger people

Feb. 28, 2016 - As you became a senior citizen did you notice feeling more serene? And, did you think of it as a feeling of being cheerful, happy and joyful?

Fitness News

Older adults just need to move a little to extend life

Striking results show least active 5 times more likely to die than most active

Feb. 26, 2016 – Older adults – ages 50 to 79 – can give up just a few minutes of their sedentary time for some type of movement and it will add to their longevity...

 

Add a little protein for more energy and live longer

Research highlights importance of energy regulation to long, healthy life

Feb. 26, 2016 – If a senior citizen wants to extend their life by 25 percent – say from age 80 to 100 – all one needs to do is add more of a protein...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Brain stimulation may become an Alzheimer’s treatment

Now used to help Parkinson’s patients, testing underway for AD

Feb. 26, 2016 – A brain surgeon believes a brain stimulation now only approved for treating Parkinson's disease and essential tremor has the potential to succeed in treating Alzheimer’s disease...

Retirement News for Seniors

About half of U.S. households achieving retirement savings goals

Survey kicks-off 10th America and Military Saves Week showing Americans are progressing

Feb. 23, 2016 - The ninth annual America Saves Week survey has found that only two-fifths (40%) of U.S. households report good or excellent progress in “meeting their savings needs” ...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Dueling Star Ratings May Confuse Some Home Health Patients

And they should, with conflicts between patient ratings and Medicare's

Feb. 23, 2016 - Patients looking for home health care services will be impressed if they check out the federal government’s ratings of Brookdale Senior Living...

Medicare & Medicaid News

CMS publishes Medicare fee-for-service provider & supplier lists

Posting of ambulance, home health utilization data follows recent provider and supplier moratoria extension

Feb. 23, 2016 - As part of our efforts to improve care delivery, data sharing, and transparency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is releasing two public data sets...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Ground Zero for Alzheimer’s Disease found at base of brainstem

Locus coeruleus appears to be where late onset AD begins

Feb. 22, 2016 - There is a new ground zero for Alzheimer’s Disease, according to a new discovery of a critical but vulnerable region in the brain...

Features for Seniors

Free guide to prevent 10 worst frauds against U.S. senior citizens

U.S. Senate Aging Committee publishes comprehensive anti-fraud resource for seniors

Feb. 22, 2016 – The top ten frauds against senior citizens in the United States have been identified by the U.S. Senate Aging Committee...

Health News for Seniors

Clues to a heart problem come from surprising places

Six signs of an unhealthy heart you may not have considered

Feb. 22, 2016 – Few senior citizens don’t worry about their hearts – heart disease is the biggest killer of older Americans. The warnings signs, however, may be coming from problems most have not associated with the heart...

Aging & Longevity

Older adults see problems mount with loss of five key senses

Study of those age 57-85 finds 94% lost at least one sense, 67% two or more

Feb. 22, 2016 – It is not news that as we age we can expect diminishing senses: vision, smell, hearing, touch, and taste. The consequence of losing one of the five has often been reported. A new study, however, claims to be breaking new ground in looking at what happens when seniors lose more than one. Sixty-seven percent of the older adults in this study had lost two or more senses. More...

Health News for Seniors

Risk of bleeding stroke much greater if high blood pressure untreated

Important to be aware of having high blood pressure in the first place - more below story

Feb. 18, 2016 - Left untreated, high blood pressure may significantly increase your risk of developing a brain bleed...

Sex Health News for Seniors

senior couple hugging on walkSenior men find testosterone therapy works for better sex and health

National study sees men over 65 walking better, more vitality

Feb. 18, 2016 – Senior men in a national study of testosterone therapy found that it works. These men with low testosterone experienced improved sexual function...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Senior citizens who lost weight from middle age at risk of cognitive impairment

Study says this weight loss a marker for mild cognitive impairment (MCI)

Feb. 17, 2016 - A popular cause for research now days is to discover things that suggest to senior citizens that they are likely to develop dementia. The latest purveyor of bad tidings is a study declaring...

Medicare & Medicaid News

CMS, insurers agree on core clinical care quality measures

Agreement assures multi-payer agreement on quality measures

Feb. 16, 2016 - Agreement has been reached between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) to support a set of clinical quality measures...

Black senior citizens most likely ethnic group to develop dementia

Large study finds wider variance in dementia among senior citizen ethnic groups

Feb. 16, 2016 – Among those who reach age 65 dementia-free, 38% of blacks, 35% of American Indians/Alaskan Natives, 32% of Latinos...

Political News for Seniors

Polls show how senior women feel about feminism

Which age group of women is most likely to identify as “Strong Feminist?”

Feb. 15, 2016 - Many women are today asking themselves about where they stand on feminism...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Caregivers for seniors experience emotional, physical, financial difficulties

Family and unpaid caregivers assist about 8 million older adults

Feb. 15, 2016 - Being a caregiver for an older adult isn’t easy. A new study suggests...

 

Aging & Longevity

Successful study of anti-aging drug with monkeys wins new grant

More research on safety of the drug rapamycin funded by NIA

Feb. 12, 2016 - The search for eternal youth marches on with a new grant from the National Institute on Aging for work to continue on the effects of the drug rapamycin on the lifespan and healthy aging of middle aged marmoset monkeys. The grant comes on the heels of a study with the animals showing the anti-aging drug has minimal metabolic side effects after continuous, long-term treatment. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Decline in dementia cases found in new study

“…study offers hope that some of the dementia cases might be preventable - or at least delayed”

Feb. 12, 2016 – The media carries news almost daily about the explosion of dementia among senior citizens but a researchers of a new study have just announced they have detected a decline in the rate of new cases of dementia. More...see video

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Stress appears to pave way to Alzheimer’s for senior citizens

Strong evidence perceived stress increases chance older people will develop cognitive impairment

Feb. 12, 2016 - Feeling stressed out increases the likelihood that elderly people will develop mild cognitive impairment - often a prelude to full-blown Alzheimer's disease. Scientists find that highly stressed participants were more than twice as likely to become impaired than those who were not. Because stress is treatable, the results suggest that detecting and treating stress in older people might help delay or even prevent the onset of Alzheimers. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Obamacare helped over 10 million using Medicare save over $20 billion on drugs

39 million on Medicare used free preventive services in 2015

Feb. 10, 2016 - The Department of Health and Human Services this week released new information that shows that millions of seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare continue to save on prescription drugs and see improved benefits in 2015 as a result of the Affordable Care Act. More...

Aging & Longevity

Guns, drugs and cars cause life expectancy in U.S. to lag behind

These 3 causes of injury death cause gap in longevity with 12 comparable countries

Feb. 9, 2016 – Guns, drugs and cars are the key factors that keep life expectancy in the U.S. lower than many other high-income countries. This may have been obscured due to most research on longevity focusing on seniors older than age 50, according to a new study. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Elderly show slower mental decline with more protein in brain

Cognitive decline about 50% slower for those with most protein from BDNF gene expression

Feb. 9, 2016 - Elderly people with higher amounts of a key protein in their brains also had slower decline in their memory and thinking abilities than people with lower amounts of protein from the gene named "brain-derived neurotrophic factor," or BDNF, says a new study published online in Neurology. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Are too many dying Medicare patients not being visited by hospice staff?

Study looks for hospice visits in last two days if life

Feb. 8, 2016 - A new study raises serious concern about hospice care – or lack of - being delivered to Medicare patients. It finds the dying are less likely to be visited by professional staff in the last two days of life if they were black, dying on a Sunday or receiving their care in a nursing home. More...

Health News for Seniors

More seniors at risk of stroke if blood pressure treatment moved up to 150

Older, healthy adults with systolic BP below 140 have lower stroke risk

Feb. 8, 2016 — Raising the level for treatment for high blood pressure for seniors age 60 and older, who are free of chronic kidney disease or diabetes, from a systolic pressure of 140 up to 150 mmHg could put many older people at greater risk of stroke, says new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Hypertension. More...

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Elderly reduce risk of Alzheimer’s eating seafood with no worry of mercury

Seafood fights dementia; mercury contamination not related to increased brain pathology

Feb. 6, 2016 - In a study of the brains of deceased elderly people, moderate seafood consumption was associated with less Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology, and although seafood consumption was associated with higher brain levels of mercury, the higher mercury levels were not linked to more Alzheimer disease neuropathology. More...

Aging & Longevity

Car keys being dropped by senior citizenSenior citizens who stop driving may face host of health problems, shorter life

Ways to ensure mobility, prevent depression are needed

Feb. 5, 2016 – When senior citizens stop driving their risk of developing symptoms of depression doubles and their physical health is also negatively impacted in a number of ways. All this may lead to faster declines in both physical and mental health, as well as, increased risk of death, according to a new study. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Wheels are turning to help communities provide seniors with life-saving transportation

Video tells the success story from Portland, Oregon

Feb. 5, 2016 - Many of us who are fervent about society helping meet the dire needs of senior citizens that are unable to help themselves, fail to realize the daily challenge of millions of seniors who need transportation to get to and from their dialysis treatment, their stroke rehab, or other life-saving services. There are some, however, that are very much aware and are making things happen to give new hope to these seniors. More...

Health News for Seniors

Senior doctors expose 'scandal' of pacemaker battery life

Risk of infection associated with battery replacement makes it critical

Feb. 4, 2016 - The battery life of implantable heart monitors must be improved to reduce the need for replacement and the risks this carries for patients, argue two senior doctors in The BMJ (The British Medical Journal) today. More...

Aging & Longevity

Organizations supporting issues and services important to senior citizens

Feb. 4, 2016 - The following list of national organizations that serve various needs of senior citizens in the United States was compiled by the Administration on Aging (AoA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It is reported on the website for the Administration for Community Living. More...

Retirement News for Seniors

HUD to fund test of new approach to keeping low-income seniors in their homes

Grants will go to eligible owners of HUD-assisted senior housing developments

Feb. 4, 2016 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making approximately $15 million available to test a promising housing and services model for low-income seniors to age in their own homes and delay or avoid the need for nursing home care. More...

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U.S., Canada, Norway big spenders in end-of-life care

Patient preferences, Medicare, technology, hospice care all factors

Feb. 3, 2016 - Two decades ago, the majority of deaths in the U.S. due to terminal illness were reported to occur in the hospital. The first international comparative study of end-of-life care practices finds the U.S. now has the lowest proportion of deaths in the hospital and the lowest number of days in the hospital in the last 6 months of life among seven developed countries. More...

Retirement News for Seniors

Seniors may find reverse mortgage a good option as other investments decline

Reverse Mortgages - the "Investment" that Grows, says industry leader

by Michael Branson, CEO, All Reverse Mortgage

Feb. 2, 2016 - Are you losing money in your portfolio as the stock market is plunging right now?  So many people are. Just yesterday I received a call from a borrower for whom I closed a reverse mortgage a little less than a year ago who wanted to thank me again and let me know that the reverse mortgage saved her. More...

Aging & Longevity

Pedestrian lights slowed to allow senior citizens more time to cross street

Irish study finds seniors walk too slowly to cross road safely, especially if they are thinking

Feb. 2, 2016 – Senior citizens tend to walk more slowly than younger people and studies have found that walking speed can even be used to determine longevity. In Ireland, however, researchers have found seniors may be hastening their deaths by taking too long to walk across the street. More...

Fitness News

Most fit seniors reduce risk of death after first heart attack

Being fit also may reduce risk of heart attacks and death from all causes

Feb. 1, 2016 – A study of seniors – men and women with an average age of 62 – concludes that those with higher levels of physical fitness not only reduce their risk of heart attacks and death from all causes but they also improve their chance of survival from a first attack. More...

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Senior citizens may accept robot helpers, but fear robot masters

Want to be sure they have the robot under control

Feb. 1, 2016 - Senior citizens might accept a relationship with robots that are helpful or entertaining but they don’t want to them to be too much like a human being and they are against them having too much control, according to a new study. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Home health agencies latest to be rated by seniors on CMS site

See links to all five Medicare-Medicaid ratings of health services

Feb. 1, 2016 – Senior citizens have long been outspoken when asked about how they want to spend their final years. They want to stay in their homes! For a number of reasons, however, the industry needed to make this possible – a quality system of Medicare-Medicaid supported agencies to provide the care – was slow to develop. Now it is up and rolling and the first ratings of their services by patients has been released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

CMS helps hospitals lower Medicare minority readmissions

woman explaining guide to minority manMinority health office issues new guidelines

Jan. 26, 2016 - Racial and ethnic minority populations are more likely than their white counterparts to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge for certain chronic conditions, according to the Office of Minority Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Today they took steps to help hospital leaders and stakeholders reduce the readmissions. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

New rule on Medicaid prescription drug rebates to save billions

CMS: reforms to save money for state, federal governments

Jan. 22, 2016 - In order to effectively implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a rule today detailing reforms to the rebate and reimbursement systems for Medicaid prescription drugs, which will save federal and state governments an estimated $2.7 billion over five years. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicaid enrollment being simplified by states

Wider eligibility in most states — combined with easier enrollment options

Jan. 22, 2016 -Getting on Medicaid has never been so easy. In the past two years, 31 states and the District of Columbia have expanded eligibility for Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, but even more have simplified sign-ups and renewals, according to a 50-state survey released Thursday.

Aging & Longevity

Easy way to predict longevity of elderly can help decide who gets medical care

Knowing how long elderly will live a factor in qualifying treatment

Jan. 21, 2016 - Scientist who study the aging population – the very oldest among us, in particular - have found a simple way to make an educated guess at how long old people will live, which they think can be useful in making decisions about the health care of these nonagenarians (people from 90 to 99 years old) and centenarians. More...

Fitness News

Seniors stop cognitive decline by improving fitness - even in early Alzheimer’s

Exercise appears to increase thickness of brain cortex often damaged by AD

Jan. 21, 2015 - Seniors can stop cognitive decline – even those diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) – with an exercise program of moderate intensity, according to a new study. It is the first to discover that exercise and improved fitness can impact cortical thickness in the brains of older adults diagnosed with MCI. More...

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Longevity benefits go to elderly women who have regular mammograms

elderly women gets breast examThose 75 to 84 had fewer deaths than those skipping exams

Jan. 20, 2016 – Research released this month has found evidence indicating that black and white women ages 75 to 84 years who had an annual mammogram had lower 10-year breast cancer deaths than corresponding women who had biennial or no/irregular mammograms. More...

Health News for Seniors

Frail senior citizens face much higher death risk after surgery

Patients, families, and clinicians must be aware, researchers say

Jan. 20, 2016 – Senior citizens – those age 65 and older – may want to gain a little weight before going in to surgery, based on a new study that finds elderly surgery patients who are frail are the most likely to die in the year after surgery. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Senior citizens improve learning, memory with vitamin B, omega-3

Vitamin B known to prevent memory loss; international research participants age 70 and older

Jan. 19, 2016 – Learning and memory can be improved in senior citizens age 70 and older by vitamin B supplements, when the seniors also have a high level of omega-3 fatty acid in their blood stream, according to a study published yesterday in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, a U.K. publication. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Mentally challenging activities key to healthy aging mind for seniors

Study confirms the adage about cognitive aging of “Use it or lose it.”

Jan. 18, 2016 - Researchers claim to have the first experimental evidence that mentally-challenging leisure activities can actually change brain function and that it is possible that such interventions can restore levels of brain activity to a more youth-like state. Interestingly, the older the individuals that entered into the program, the greater the brain changes. More...

Fitness News

Older women with strong legs have strong brains, too

Study of twins age 43-73 over 10 years

by Ken Bowen

Jan. 18, 2016 - A gold-standard study from Kings College, London, notably extends the many previous studies linking physical exercise with improved cognitive aging. More...

Political News for Seniors

Senior citizens not enjoying political debates but still most likely to watch

Youngest U.S. adults say debaates are fun but they don't watch

Jan. 17, 2016 - Senior citizens, those age 65 and older who are in the age group most likely to vote in U.S. elections, say  they are not enjoying the debates - at least most of them do. And, they add, they are not "fun to watch," according to Pew Research Center. The youngest adults find them the most fun to watch but, interestingly, report they are the least likely to even watch them. More...

Health News for Seniors

Outpatient thyroid surgery safe for even super-elderly with standardized approach

Readmission rates for the elderly in 70s & 80s were lower than the younger control groups

Jan. 15, 2016 - A standardized treatment approach that starts with good screening and ends with patients going home to well-prepared caregivers, means outpatient thyroid surgery is safe for the vast majority of patients, including the elderly and super-elderly, physician-scientists say. More...

Health News for Seniors

Millions of elderly flock to U.S. emergency rooms due to infectious diseases

Seniors more likely to visit ER due to infectious disease than heart attack, heart failure combined

Jan. 15, 2016 - Investigators estimate that during 2012, there were more than 3.1 million emergency department visits for infectious diseases among senior citizens in the U.S. and 4 percent died there are in hospital. More...

Aging & Longevity

Stroke, cognitive impairment linked to poor sleep in senior citizens

Sleep fragmentation increases odds of having severe arteriosclerosis

Jan. 14, 2016 - Poor sleep quality in elderly persons is associated with more severe arteriosclerosis in the brain as well as a greater burden of oxygen-starved tissue (infarcts) in the brain - both of which can contribute to the risk of stroke and cognitive impairment. The findings are reported in the American Heart Association's journal Stroke. More...

Health News for Seniors

One Brave Idea will try to eliminate top killer of senior citizens - cardiovascular disease

Seeking leader, team to use $75 million in bold new approach

Jan. 14, 2016—The American Heart Association (AHA) and Verily, (formerly Google Life Sciences) announced today that AstraZeneca (AZ) has joined them in a bold new approach to find a cure for coronary heart disease and improve cardiovascular health.

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Hospitals step up to help senior citizens avoid falls

Experts recommend things seniors can do to prevent falling

By Susan Jaffe

Jan. 13, 2016 - Daphne Brown, 65, was putting away the dishes in her Washington kitchen when she fell to the floor. Jane Bulla, 82, fell at home in Laurel, Maryland, but managed to call for help with the cellphone in her pocket. More...

Features for Seniors

Norman Lear won with All in the Family, wants more older people on TV

Famed producer has written new show set in senior living community

Jan. 11, 2016 - Norman Lear, the 93-year-old legendary television producer and writer, tells CBS he wants to see more “older” people on TV and he has written a new show - "Guess Who Died?"- that he hopes will make it to the small screen. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare releases use, payment data for Home Health Agencies

Information on home health agencies costs and services

Jan. 7, 2016 - In and effort to improve care delivery, payments to providers and the sharing and utilization of information, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says it released a public data set that provides information on services provided to Medicare beneficiaries by home health agencies in 2013. More...


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