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.
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)
Rate 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.
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.
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
Are many seniors too quick to blame memory loss on
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...
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...
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...
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...
Key Senate and House committee pass 60% increase to $350 million to fight AD
June 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.
Pew 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
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...
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...
Rabbi 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...
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...
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...
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 50thanniversary 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...
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.
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.
Statins have proven very effective at lowering high cholesterol and you should stick with them
June 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.
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...
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...
Use caution when considering anticoagulants, say Mayo Clinic researchers
June 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..
May 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.
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...
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...
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.
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.
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.
see possible hope in right combination of exercise, diet to fight
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.
Latest studies show that young and
postmenopausal women are particularly affected by this negative trend
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.
the depression symptoms does not lower stroke risk, especially fore
May 23, 2015 – Research with seniors over age 50
has determined that persistent depression doubles the risk of stroke for
older people and this danger remains high even if the symptoms of
depression go away. This is particular true for women...
Researchers find generational shift
in beliefs about sex; biggest divide came between Boomers and Greatest
12, 2015 – Most of today’s senior citizens – generally people born
before the end of World War II, with a flood of baby boomers joining
their ranks – are still shocked every time they turn on TV to see how
sexual attitudes have changed. Acceptance of premarital sex is at an
all-time high, along with an acceptance of homosexuality, and that is
just the beginning, according to new research.
New study says those with poor cardio
fitness may see cholesterol developing in 20s or 30s
12, 2015 – Most senior men know that regular physical activity is very
good for your health. It improves cardiorespiratory fitness that lowers
the risk of heart disease, stroke and other ailments. A new study finds
it does even more - it helps men avoid increases in blood cholesterol
that generally occur with aging. For some, it offers a lifetime of
May 12, 2015 - For any senior who has
cringed at the infamous "Help! I've fallen and I can't get up" ads,
there's a new product in store that can take the stigma out of aging,
far more discreetly. "We've been looking for something like this for
about two years," 72 ...More at Huffington Post
May 12, 2015 - Adding more olive oil or
nuts to a Mediterranean diet -- one rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and
whole grains and low in red meat -- may help keep your mind sharper as
you age, a new study suggests. The Spanish researchers found that
seniors following ...More
Healthy People 2020 reports on cancer
screening targets for colorectal, breast and cervical cancers
May 8, 2015 – Americans are not doing very well at
being screened for key cancers, says at new report from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Senior citizens, however, are
doing surprisingly well...More
Lots of U.S. adults skip taking prescriptions because
they cannot afford them
May 8, 2015 - Okay, even most of
us senior citizens would assume that when it comes to taking meds
regularly, our age bracket would not do as well as younger adults.
Wrong! Well at least we do better at not skipping prescriptions because
we can't afford them, says a new report from the Centers for
Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...More
of diabetes with statins has been known, thought this was because people
prescribed statins had greater medical risks to begin with
May 7, 2015 - For the millions of seniors taking
statins at the recommendation of their doctor, it has to be punishing to
read week-after-week the new studies that often highlight some new risk.
The latest study is a big one - 26,000 members of Tricare...
Stroke centers have equipment,
personnel to deal with most severe strokes, including neurological
May 6, 2015 — People with
hemorrhagic strokes (brain bleeds) are more likely to survive if they
are treated at a comprehensive stroke center. If not in a stroke center,
their loved ones should move them, says research leader.
Among interesting discovers: longevity more closely
related to mother’s than father’s; 20% had dementia;
cardiovascular disease big killer
May 5, 2015 – A 50-year study of men born in 1913
has found that only 10 of 855 (1.2%) lived to become centenarians – 100
years of age. The study provides interesting insight after the age of 80
as to the causes of death and the numbers with dementia. The researchers
also have some ideas on what it takes to reach the age of 100.
May 2, 2015 - For many older people
and their families, particularly those dealing with conditions such as
Alzheimer’s or cancer that often require long-term, pricey medical care,
running out of money is a nagging concern.
See what the docs are
prescribing for senior citizens in the drug plan
30, 2015 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today
announced the availability of new, privacy-protected data on
Medicare Part D prescription drugs prescribed by physicians and
other health care professionals in 2013. This data shows which
prescription drugs were prescribed to Medicare Part D
beneficiaries by which practitioners.
Subhead says it
‘Ensures a commitment to local field office presence nationwide’
April 27, 2015 –
Today the Social Security Administration released a news release
cheering Vision 2015, their latest program designed to motivate those
who work for the agency. The primary goal, according to Acting
Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, is to be sure the agency keeps up with
changes in technology and society.
Key to providing free books is let
the kids choose them; MRI proves success of reading to the preschoolers
April 25, 2015 – Want to be a
better grandparent? Who doesn’t? Here are a couple of ideas being
presented today that can put you at the top of the class. Giving your
school age grandchildren books as school ends for the summer can help
them avoid the “summer slide.” And, if you go the extra mile and read to
the youngest ones, new research says you will enhance their reading
Annual Retirement Confidence Survey of workers, retirees says confidence up
but few signs they are actually doing anything to achieve the goal
April 24, 2015 – Senior citizens who have already
retired are leading the way in a resurgence of confidence about being
able to afford their retirement years among both working and retired
Americans. The researchers most be scratching their heads, however,
since they say they are few signs they are taking the right steps to
accomplish this challenge.
New free report from
Institute of Health is a good source for
understanding the mental challenges of aging
By Tucker Sutherland, editor-publisher,
April 23, 2015 –As one
who for years nursed a mother as she faded
into the abyss of Alzheimer’s and has
written extensively on senior citizen
topics, I am stunned at how little we know
about “cognitive aging.” Still, AD and
memory problems come up almost every time
two or more senior citizens get together. A
new book that is available free from the
Institute of Medicine has already made me a
whole lot better informed on cognitive aging
and I hope it gets wide distribution.
424 ACOs dedicated to better care for
seniors, others in Medicare fee for service
22, 2015 – Almost 70 percent of the U.S.
population now lives in communities served
by accountable care organizations (ACOs),
which were created by Obamacare to provided
Medicare patients with better coordinated
and higher quality health care. A new
analysis also shows that 44 percent live in
areas served by two or more ACOs.
…but should they be given to senior citizens not
already taking them to protect against cardiovascular events
21, 2015 – Statins could be a cost-effective tool for preventing heart
attacks and other cardiovascular incidents in adults over age 75, but
the benefits would need to be weighed against potential side effects, a
study being published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine has
One of many provisions added to bill to increase pay
for doctors in Medicare program
April 21, 2015 - One of the many - and probably
better things - buried in the bill passed by Congress and signed by the
President to increase the pay for doctors caring for Medicare patients
is a provision that will finally remove a seniors Social Security number
from their Medicare card.
treated cancer cells to form tumors greatly
diminished in test with mice
20, 2015 - Deadly pancreatic cancer cells
were coaxed into reverting back toward
normal non-cancerous cells by a protein
called E47. The success of this new research
provides hope for treatment of this disease
that kills 40,000 a year in the U.S.
Cancer researchers hear
fasting may lower risk, combo drug may break
breast cancer resistance, more below;
increase in women over 70
April 20, 2015 – The
bad news about breast cancer is there are
expected to be a 50 percent increase in U.S.
cases by 2013, compared to 2011, according
to research presented at a meeting of the
American Association for Cancer Research.
But there was also a ton of good news among
the many research reports being presented
that have found encouragement in the fight
against this killer of women – primarily
Society publishes magazine dedicated to this
conference that happens every 10 years - conference details below news
April 17, 2015 – The activist involved in issues of
aging in America are working feverishly in preparation for the White
House Conference on Aging, which includes the Gerontological Society of
America (GSA), which has just published an issue of their magazine that
is totally about the conference.
Why do so many older adults gobble down
aspirin when it is not recommended by FDA?
2015 - More than half of older Americans – those age 45 through 75 – take an
aspirin every day, even though this use is not recommended by the Food and
Drug Administration for most people who have not yet had a heart attack or