Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Anxiety Hastens Alzheimer's for Seniors with Mild Cognitive Impairment

Late-life depression has been identified as a significant risk marker for Alzheimer's

Nov. 10, 2014 – A new study has identified anxiety as a condition that can hasten the development of Alzheimer’s disease in people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI), who are at risk of slowly developing Alzheimer’s over a few years. Although this study focused on adults over age 54, the news may not be as distressing for senior citizens, who are considerably less likely than younger adults to suffer anxiety disorders. More...

 

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Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Dialysis Facility Compare Star Ratings Set to Debut in January

There are Star Ratings on Nursing Home Compare and Physician Compare; CMS plans applying Star Ratings to Home Health Compare and Hospital Compare in 2015

Nov. 10, 2014 - The latest addition to the “Medicare compare” websites – the Dialysis Facility Compare (DCF) Star Rating program - is expected to go live in January 2015. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has finalized the methodology for the program and is releasing previews of ratings to individual Medicare-participating dialysis facilities for review. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare May Need to Expand Options for Behavioral Weight Loss Counseling

Broader range of health professionals needed provide weight loss counseling for senior citizens, others in Medicare

Nov. 7, 2014 - An important addition to the “eat less, move more” strategy for weight loss lies in behavioral counseling to help achieve these goals. But research on how primary care practitioners can best provide behavioral weight loss counseling to obese Medicare patients in their practices - as encouraged by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) - remains slim. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Older Women Lead Millions in Not Getting Screened for Cervical Cancer

Most new cervical cancer cases occur among women who have never or rarely been screened, says CDC - women over 65 may not need Pap test

Nov. 6, 2014 - Despite evidence that cervical cancer screening saves lives, about eight million women ages 21 to 65 years have not been screened for cervical cancer in the past five years, with the older women the worst offenders, according to a new Vital Signs report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

End-of-Life Planning: Toward ‘A Beautiful Death’

Consumer Reports has released a guide to end-of-life planning for families – see video below

By Jenny Gold November 5, 2014

Nov. 6, 2014 - The American health care system is poorly equipped to care sensitively for patients at the end of life, a recent report from the Institute of Medicine found. But it is possible, through careful planning, for individuals to choose the kind of death they want. Consumer Reports has released a guide to end-of-life planning for families. The report offers tips for caregivers and individuals and profiles one man’s “beautiful death” at home. More...

Features for Senior Citizens

Seniors Should Not Forget Medical Records as Holiday Travel Approaches

Personal health records allow seniors to take control of their health files during holiday travels all over the world

By C. Arnold Curry, M.D., MBA & CEO of Medical Records Systems

Nov 6, 2014 - As thousands of senior travelers make plans to visit family this holiday season, they may not know that the top item to pack should be their electronic personal health record. Seniors should build an up-to-date electronic medical record before hitting the road, in addition to packing festive clothes and holiday gifts. More...

Aging & Longevity

Satisfaction with Life Increases with Age in English-Speaking World but Not Everywhere

Study highlights how different people across the world experience varying life-satisfaction levels and emotions as they age

Nov. 6, 2014 - In the U.S., Canada, the U.K., Ireland, Australia and New Zealand  researchers looking at life satisfaction scores found middle-age residents report the lowest levels of life satisfaction, which eventually bounces back up after age 54. This "U-shaped curve" that bottoms out between the ages of 45 and 54 was consistent in high-income, English speaking countries, but not other regions of the world. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

New Discovery Detects Most Damaging Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Retinal-scan analysis can predict which AMD patients may go blind

Nov. 5, 2014 - A new way to forecast which patients with age-related macular degeneration are likely to suffer from the most debilitating form of the disease has been found by Stanford University School of Medicine scientists. AMD is the leading cause of blindness and central vision loss among senior citizens older than 65. More...

Social Security News

Retirement Estimator at Social Security is Answer Again in Q&A

Nov. 4, 2014 - There are several important tools provided online by the Social Security Administration that can help senior citizens, and even those who have not reached their retirement age, in better planning their retirement. Maybe the most useful is the Retirement Estimator, which is the answer again, this time to a question in this week's Social Security Q&A about deciding when to retire. More...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Seniors Want Doctors to Follow End-of-Life Wishes: Gerontological Society

Advance directives can benefit patients, families, and health care system; hold doctors accountable

Nov. 4, 2014 - Nearly one out of four senior Americans say that either they or a family member have experienced excessive or unwanted medical treatment, according to the latest issue of The Gerontological Society of America’s Public Policy & Aging Report (PP&AR), which goes on to show that Americans strongly support holding doctors accountable when they fail to honor patients’ end-of-life health care wishes. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Physicians, Others in Health Care Want Patients to Take More Responsibility for Their Care

‘…actions - or inaction - of patients should be considered in programs designed to improve care and patient outcomes’

By Tucker Sutherland, editor & publisher, SeniorJournal.com

Nov. 3, 2014 –An interesting twist has just been made in the national effort to improve healthcare – the doctors want the patients to step up and share some the responsibility. Keep in mind that when we talk about "patients," we are primarily talking about senior citizens. And, the health care world is not just composed to health care providers and patients. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is the big ... Mor

Caregiver & Elder Care New

Nearly Half of Senior Citizens in America Need Help with Daily Routines

Growing need for improved community-based services and support for older Americans and their caregivers

By Milly Dawson

Nov. 4, 2014 - Nearly half of Americans age 65 and older, totaling about 18 million people, require help with routine daily activities like bathing, handling medications or meals. A new study in Milbank Quarterly reveals a growing need for improved services and support for older Americans, their spouses, their children and other "informal caregivers." More...

Advanced Dementia Patients Given Medications of Questionable Benefit, High Cost

Questionably medications account for more than one third of their medication expenditures

Nov. 3, 2014 – A nationwide study of 5046 patients with advanced dementia – mostly white females and more than half age 85 or older – has found that most nursing home residents with advanced dementia receive medications with questionable benefit that incur substantial associated costs. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Money Retired Seniors Need to Pay for Health Care is Going Down

Medicare was not designed to cover all health care expenses; seniors have to pay deductibles for services, uninsured costs of prescription drugs

Nov. 3, 2014 – The amount of money senior citizens need to have available in retirement, just to cover health care costs, is in decline, says a new study by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI). The reason they found is the enhanced prescription drug coverage provided by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA), often called “Obamacare.” More...

 

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Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Penalty for COPD Readmissions May Penalize Teaching Hospitals

Michigan U. study hypothesizes teaching hospitals may get most penalties for treating poor and worst cases

Nov. 2, 1024 - Last month, the federal government revealed that it will fine more than 2,600 hospitals in the coming year, because too many Medicare patients treated at these hospitals are ending up back in the hospital within 30 days of going home. Two new conditions have been added in this round of penalties: elective hip and knee replacement and chronic lung disease. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Seniors with Heart Problems Need to Worry About NOT Getting Flu Shot

Those with cardiovascular problems probably most in need of a flu shot

By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com

Oct. 31, 2014 – When you have heart problems, as so many senior citizens do, it is natural to become concerned about things you put in your body – like vaccine to prevent flu. In this case, don’t worry, the Centers for Disease Control says what you should be worried about is catching the flu – that does increase the risk of a heart attack. There are even studies that say the flu shot may offer protection against heart attacks. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Reduction in Medicare Payments to Home Health Agencies Proposed for 2015

CMS explains details that will save $60 million in program that cost $18 billion in 2013

Oct. 30, 2014 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced changes to the Medicare home health care prospective payment system (HH PPS) for calendar year 2015 that are expected to reduce payments to home health agencies next year by 0.30 percent, or $60 million. The program cost Medicare $18 billion in 2013. More...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Discovery Opens Door for Possible Treatment of a Common Dementia

Damage to white matter in brain may be due to many unnoticed strokes

Oct. 30, 2014 - Brain scans find white matter damage in about half of all senior citizens, which is often harmless, but when the damage is severe, it can cause mental impairment. This has, however, been considered a natural part of aging. Now, researchers think this white matter disease (leukoaraiosis) may actually be the result of many tiny unnoticed strokes accumulating over time – a finding they say points to a potentially treatable form of dementia. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Disabled Senior Citizen Wins Again Over Medicare Lawyers

She wins fight against controversial effort by Medicare to refuse care if you are not improving

Original report by Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News

Oct. 30, 2014 – I’ll bet lawyers for Medicare hate to walk into a courtroom and see Glenda Jimmo, 78, sitting at the plaintiff’s table. The disabled senior with serious health problems, who successfully challenged Medicare for denying her home health care coverage, has racked up another win against the government. In the latest case, Medicare refused to pay for her care because she was not improving - the same issue she won in the first lawsuit. More...

Senior Citizen Politics

More Services for Senior Citizens Move to Administration for Community Living

Created in 2012, ACL has gobbled up many of the organizations in the federal government that serve senior citizens – new organizational chart below

Oct. 29, 2014 – In a low-key but massive reorganization, the Administration for Community Living (ACL), which was formed in April of 2012, has made more changes and is becoming a large government home for many programs to support senior citizens in the U.S. Last year it was formed as the new home for the Administration on Aging, the Office on Disability and the Administration on Developmental Disabilities. Now it has swallowed the Paralysis Resource Center from the CDC and the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP) from CMS. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Low-Income Seniors in Medicare to See More Help in Finding Help

National Council on Aging gets funding from MIPPA Resource Center to continue assistance to low-income people

Oct. 27, 2014 – The National Council on Aging (NCOA) has been awarded a grant from the Administration for Community Living (ACL) to continue its efforts to help thousands of low-income people with Medicare to get help enrolling in programs that make their health care more affordable. More...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Elderly Men Reporting Sleep Problems at Higher Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

The later age the self-reported sleep disturbance was found the higher the risk was for developing Alzheimer's disease

Oct. 28, 2014 - In a new study, researchers from Uppsala University demonstrate that elderly men with self-reported sleep disturbances run a higher risk of developing Alzheimer's disease than men without self-reported sleep disturbances. The results are published in the scientific journal Alzheimer's & Dementia. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Prostate Cancer, Kidney Disease Detected on Spot by Innovative Device

Study looked at prostate cancer and kidney disease, same method could be a diagnostic tool for other diseases

Oct. 28, 2014 - When you flush the toilet, you may be discarding microscopic warning signs about your health. But a cunningly simple new device can stop that vital information from “going to waste.” It can detect markers of kidney disease and prostate cancer in a few minutes. More...

Senior Citizen Politics

Leading Medical Groups Urge Congress to Stop Steep Medicaid Cuts

Doctors treating Medicaid patients face big pay cut in 2015, way below pay for treating Medicare patients

Oct. 27, 2014 - Doctors representing four major physician organizations are knocking on doors in Washington today to try and preserve the current law of payment parity for primary care and immunization services under Medicaid for at least two years. The law, set to expire at the end of this year, mandates that doctors treating Medicaid patients – the poorest patients – be paid the same as what is paid doctors treating Medicare patients with the same procedure. More...

Aging & Longevity

Traumatic Brain Injuries to Seniors Linked to Higher Dementia Risk

Senior citizens are often warned of the risks associated with falls that are common for elderly – now add dementia to that risk

Oct. 27, 2014 – There are frequent warnings to senior citizens about the risk of falling. It has long been recognized as a high risk for serious bodily injury to aging bodies. Researchers have now found that one of the consequences of falling – traumatic brain injury (TIB) – is associated with an increased risk of dementia in adults 55 years and older, according to their report published online by JAMA Neurology. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Disabled Senior Who Led Suit Against Medicare Must Try Again

Can Medicare deny coverage because you are not getting better? Even if they say they won’t? A story every senior should read

By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News - This KHN story also ran in NPR’s Shots blog.

Oct. 27, 2014 - A 78-year-old Vermont mother of four who helped change Medicare coverage for millions of other seniors is still fighting to persuade the government to pay for her own care. Glenda Jimmo, who is legally blind and has a partially amputated leg due to complications from diabetes, was the lead plaintiff in a 2011 class-action lawsuit seeking to broaden Medicare’s criteria for covering physical therapy and other care delivered by skilled professionals. More...

Aging & Longevity

Even Seniors Improve Memory by Making Mistakes While Learning, If Guesses Close

Researcher earlier found making mistakes -as opposed to being told the answer - is best boot camp for older brains

Oct. 27, 2014 – Making mistakes while learning can benefit memory and lead to the correct answer, even for senior citizens, but onEven-Seniors-Improve-Memory-by-Making-Mistakes-While-Learning,-If-Gose.htm"> More

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Dramatic Memory Improvement in Seniors from Cocoa Flavanols

First evidence one component of age-related memory decline is caused by changes in a specific region of the brain, and can be improved

Oct. 26, 2014 - Dietary cocoa flavanols - naturally occurring bioactives found in cocoa - reversed age-related memory decline in healthy older adults, according to a study published today in the advance online issue of Nature Neuroscience. The study saw participants with the memory of a typical 60-year-old at the beginning of the study, improve to that of a 30 or 40 year old after only three months. More...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Frontotemporal Degeneration Dementia Draws More Attention, Research Funding

This early onset dementia strikes 10 years earlier than most; almost $6 million in research being funding by three agencies of the National Institutes of Health

Oct. 24, 2014 - Approximately 50,000 Americans live with frontotemporal degeneration, or FTD, which strikes people most often in their 50s or 60s, and causes severe behavioral changes and problems with language and cognition. The National Institutes of Health will award three large, five-year projects targeting this specific form of dementia, known as frontotemporal because of the areas of the brain that are affected. More...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Beet Juice May Fuel Success of Auburn Football, And Heart Patients, Too

Increasing oxygen delivery 10% can be difference between being wheelchair-bound versus walking

Oct. 23, 2014 - The juice from beets, commonly referred to as “beetroot,” has received a new boost from the report that it has become a pre-game favorite for the surging Auburn University football team. But new research says it not only improves athletic performance but can improve the quality of life for heart failure patients, which far outnumber football players. More...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Senior Citizens Drink Up! Moderate Alcohol Leads to Better Memory

Also linked with a larger volume in the hippocampus, a brain region critical for episodic memory

Oct. 23, 2014 – If you are a senior age 60 or older and do not have dementia, new research supports previous studies that have found moderate alcohol consumption improves your ability to recall memories of events – episodic memory. More...

Social Security News

Minimum Social Security COLA of Three Percent Demanded by Senior Citizens League

About $113 Missing from Social Security in 2015, Says The Senior Citizens League

Oct. 23, 2014 – Only a day after Social Security announced a 1.7 percent cost-of-living increase for beneficiaries in 2015, The Senior Citizens League is calling for a minimum increase of 3 percent, which was the average before 2010. The group’s leader, Ed Cates, says benefits of the typical Social Security recipient will be about $5,298 lower by the end of 2015 due to the government not maintaining at least a 3 percent increase. More...

Social Security News

Federal Retirees Most Unhappy with COLA, Face Healthcare Cost Hike of 3.8 Percent

President of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association pleads for change in COLA calculation

Oct. 23, 2014 – Millions of seniors receiving Social Security were probably more than a little disappointed in the small 1.7 percent increase in the benefit for 2015, but retirees from the military and federal employment received the same percentage increase. The problem for the federal employees is a little worse than others due to a 3.8 percent increase in health care premiums for 2015. Medicare for other retirees will have virtually no increase in costs. More...

Social Security News

Social Security COLA for 2015 Will Be 1.7 Percent, Says SSA

Continues trend of very small increases over last few years - about $22 per month average increase

Oct. 22, 2014 – It is a 1.7 percent increase for the 64 millions of Americans – primarily senior citizens - that will be receiving Social Security benefits in 2015, according to an announcement of the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) by the Social Security Administration this morning. The average recipient will get about $22 more per month. (See all changes for 2015 released by Social Security.) More...

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

ConsumerReports.org

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...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Help to Guide Your Open Enrollment Challenge

Medicare Open Enrollment – the time to make changes in your Medicare services – opens tomorrow and closes on December 7

By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com

Medicare videos may help you with Open Enrollment - see links

Oct. 14, 2015 – Medicare Open Enrollment – it begins tomorrow, but for many senior citizens it is not something they eagerly anticipate each year. Not liking change just seems to be something that develops in our DNA as we become a senior. And, it is made even more distasteful knowing the whole system of choosing the right health and drug plans is designed for using a computer to go online. More...

Mental Health, Alzheimer's, Dementia

Mental Stress Impact on Heart Varies Between Men, Women

Women had greater increase in negative emotions, decrease in positive emotions

Oct. 13, 2014 — Researchers found that while men had more changes in blood pressure and heart rate in response to the mental stress, more women experienced myocardial ischemia, decreased blood flow to the heart. The women also expressed a greater increase in negative emotions and a greater decrease in positive emotions during the mental stress tests. Women also experienced increased platelet aggregation, which is the start of the formation of blood clots, more than men. More...

Medicare & You Available Online or for E-Readers as Help for Open Enrollment

Printed books have been mailed but if you have not received it, or prefer electronic data convenience it is online to help seniors with Open Enrollment, which starts Wednesday

See in story what you can do during open enrollment, link to Plan Finder

Oct. 13, 2015 - As senior citizens do their research in preparation for Medicare Open Enrollment that begins on Wednesday, an important reference to use is the Medicare & You 2015 handbook, which provides information on Medicare provisions for the new year. The paper edition was mailed to all Medicare enrollees in October but if you have not received it, it is available online or as a download to your eReader or other digital devices. More...

Social Security Q&A

Life Expectancy Calculator at Social Security Can Help Retirement Planning

Social Security provides some information on Medicare Open Enrollment that begins this wee

Oct. 12, 2014 – Did you know that Social Security provides a Life Expectancy Calculator on their website? It can come in pretty handy for planning your retirement and Social Security strategy. It is just one of the top answers in this week’s Social Security Q&A. Another big one is about Medicare Open Enrollment that begins this week and the opportunity for Extra Help. More...

Senior Citizen Politics

New Women’s Initiative Focuses on Income Inequality, Health and Retirement Security

“Eleanor’s Hope” continues Roosevelt legacy of social progress

Oct. 11, 2014 - A new national initiative, Eleanor’s Hope, to help bring an end to the disparity between men’s and women’s income, health and retirement security, was launched this week by The National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare. A “press call” announcement included Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI), NOW President Terry O’Neill and Tufts Health Plan President/CEO, James Roosevelt, Jr. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare to Cover First Stool DNA Test for Detection of Colorectal Cancer

Cologuard the first and only FDA-approved noninvasive stool DNA screening test for colorectal cancer

Oct. 10, 2014 – Exact Sciences Corp. announced yesterday that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued its final National Coverage Determination (NCD) for Cologuard, making it the first and only Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved stool DNA test for the detection of colorectal cancer and precancer covered by Medicare. Coverage will go into effect immediately. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Fake ‘Good’ Cholesterol Wins Fight to Reduce Plaque Buildup

Points toward new method for preventing plaque buildup in the arteries that can cause heart attacks and strokes

Oct. 10, 2014 - Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) have created a synthetic molecule that mimics “good” cholesterol and have shown it can reduce plaque buildup in the arteries of animal models. The molecule, taken orally, improved cholesterol in just two weeks. More...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Heart Valve Disease Hits One of Ten Elderly Women Warns Educational Campaign

Alliance for Aging Research says it hits men and women but women tend to have worse prognosis

Oct. 10, 2014 - A new campaign has been launched aimed at educating about heart valve disease in women, a condition that causes damage to one or more of the heart’s four valves and can lead to loss of independence, disability and death. It affects one in 10 women age 75 and over and one in 50 of all adult women, says the Alliance for Aging Research. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare 2015 Part B Charges Remain Unchanged, Part A Deductible Up Some

Premiums, copays and deductibles for other Medicare programs for 2015 also announced

Oct. 9, 2014 – There is good news for senior citizens today – the Medicare Part B monthly premium and deductible will remain the same for 2015 as the last two years: $104.90 and $147 respectively. Most other Medicare charges will also remain stable with the exception of The Medicare Part A deductible, that beneficiaries pay when admitted to the hospital, will be $1,260 in 2015, an increase of $44 from this year's $1,216 deductible. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Many Medicare Outpatients Pay More at Rural Hospitals, Report Says

Medicare pays country hospitals more generously so they won’t go out of business

By Jordan Rau KHN Staff Writer

Oct. 9, 2014 - Many Medicare beneficiaries treated at primarily rural “critical access” hospitals end up paying between two and six times more for outpatient services than do patients at other hospitals, according to a report released Wednesday by the inspector general at the Department of Health and Human Services. More...

 

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Hospice Providers Cheer New IMPACT Act Signed by President Obama

‘This new law strengthens oversight and transparency throughout the entire hospice community’

Oct. 9, 2014 - A new law, the “Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014” (IMPACT Act), that includes provisions creating greater oversight and increased transparency within the hospice community was signed and made official yesterday by President Obama. The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization push for passage of this legislation and cheered the President’s final approval. More...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Tips for Slowing Increase in Nursing Home Infections

Infections are a leading cause of deaths and complications for nursing home residents

Oct. 9, 2014 –A study, which examined infections in U.S. nursing homes over a five-year period, found increased infection rates for pneumonia, urinary tract infections (UTIs), viral hepatitis, septicemia, wound infections, and multiple drug-resistant organisms (MDROs). This alarming increase found in the study from Columbia University School of Nursing suggests more must be done to protect residents of these facilities - mostly senior citizens - from preventable complications. More...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Senior Men Moving to Memory Care Communities Faster Than Women

Senior men 27% more likely than women to require memory care services

Oct. 8, 2014 – Both men and women are moving in increasing numbers to memory care communities, however, male move-ins are growing at a rate that is 14 percent greater than women over a three-year period (July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014), according to the senior living referral service, A Place for Mom. More...

Aging & Longevity

Life Expectancy in U.S. Continues to Reach New Highs

CDC report based on 2012 data says most young Americans can expect to live 78.8 years - women to 81.2, men to 76.4

Oct. 8, 2014 - Life expectancy at birth for the U.S. population reached a record high of 78.8 years in 2012, according to a new report from the National Vital Statistics System of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More..

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Memory Loss Associated with Alzheimer’s Reversed for First Time, Study Claims

Small trial from UCLA and Buck Institute claims success using systems approach to memory disorders

Oct. 7, 2014 - This study from the UCLA Mary S. Easton Center for Alzheimer’s Disease Research and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging is the first to suggest that memory loss in patients may be reversed, and improvement sustained, using a complex, 36-point therapeutic program that involves comprehensive changes in diet, brain stimulation, exercise, optimization of sleep, specific pharmaceuticals and vitamins, and multiple additional steps that affect brain chemistry. More...