Motely Fool says Trump's plan to tackle our growing national
debt could be surprisingly bad news for seniors.
May 23, 2016 - America has a plethora of growing concerns, but none may
loom larger over the long term than our burgeoning national
debt, writes Sean Williams in the popular website for
investment advice, The Motely Fool.
All patients benefited regardless of heart failure
severity, age and gender
May 23, 2016 – After a bout
with heat failure, exercise may well be the last thing on your mind.
But, maybe you should think again. A new study finds exercise
extends life even for patients with heart failure.
Consumer Reports: Nearly three-quarters of
‘natural’ sunscreens fell short of the SPF on their labels
May 23, 2016 – Senior citizens - major
targets for skin cancer - need to know that many sunscreens
fail to measure up to the protection promised on their label.
Consumer Reports has identified 17 that do.
American Heart Association defends link between
excessive sodium and cardiovascular problems
May 23, 2016 – Senior citizens,
the primary victims of heart disease, should read the strong warning
by the American Heart Association that information published last
week that suggested low sodium intake is related to a higher risk of
heart disease and death is totally wrong and dangerous to seniors.
Census Bureau issues long list of facts about
U.S. senior citizens
May 11, 2016 - President John F. Kennedy
first celebrated older Americans by designating May 1963 as
Senior Citizens Month. Every President since has issued a formal
proclamation during or before the month of May in support of
older Americans. This year there are 46.2 million in the U.S.
who quality for recognition by having reached age 65.
Declared as most successful
anti-poverty program ever
2, 2016 – The effort to reduce homelessness among seniors,
veterans and other vulnerable populations got a boost from the
Social Security Administration last week. Acting Commissioner
Carolyn W. Colvin declared SSA is the “most successful
anti-poverty program” in U.S. history.
May 2, 2016 - Six new
quality measures have been added to the Nursing Home Compare
website and three are the first to be based on Medicare-claims
data from hospitals, rather than data self-reported by nursing
Regardless of the level of fat mass,
higher level of muscle mass helps reduce the risk of death
April 22, 2016 - If senior citizens
want to prolong their lives and, especially, avoid cardiovascular
disease, they need to put their efforts toward maintaining muscle mass
as they age, rather than focusing on weight loss. And, the news research
emphasizes this applies even to seniors who have high cardiovascular
Senior citizens are too
often considered something like your favorite old shoes
April 22, 2016 – The leading
killer of senior citizens is cardiovascular disease (CVD) but a new
study says pleas for help fall on deaf ears. The elderly are
something like that old pair of shoes you used to love.
April 21, 2016 - Bowing to
pressure from the hospital industry and Congress, the Obama
administration on Wednesday delayed releasing its new hospital
quality rating measure just a day before its planned launch.
Agency working with faith-based, other groups
to introduce Social Security benefits
Melissa Rogers, Special Assistant to the President and Executive
Director of the White House Office of Faith-based and
April 21, 2016 - Social Security emerged from the
Great Depression to promote the economic security of our
nation’s people. It provides security and peace of mind for
America’s workers and their families. Social Security helps
protect families against loss of income when the unexpected
happens, such as a disability or the loss of a loved one.
Seniors and others on Medicare may not know there
is help for many to pay drug costs
Social Security Blog, by Jim Borland, Assistant Deputy Commissioner,
April 21, 2016 - In times like these, every
dollar counts. Some people qualify for big savings on their Medicare
prescription drug costs and don’t even realize it! In fact, if you
receive Medicare, you may be eligible for the Extra Help,
which could save you about $4,000 per year on your monthly premiums,
annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments.
CMS releases first Medicare
Advantage quality care data for racial and ethnic minorities
April 20, 2016 - Hispanics and African Americans
African typically received care under Medicare Advantage plans
that is similar to or worse than the care received by Whites,
says a report released by the Office of Minority Health in the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy is the magic
cure say researchers at UT Southwestern
April 18, 2016 – The first trial to publish
five-year results from Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy (SBRT)
treatment for prostate cancer found a 98.6 percent cure rate with
SBRT, a noninvasive form of radiation treatment that involves
high-dose radiation beams entering the body through various angles
and intersecting at the desired target.
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.
New initiative, designed to improve quality
and cost, gives doctors and patients more control over health
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."
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.
Numerous benefits of having a "my
Social Security" account highlighted
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.
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.
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 ...
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.
Social Security has many tools to help
plan for your future; now Treasury offers a companion
by Kimberly Yellow Robe, public affairs, Social
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...
"Are you losing money in
your portfolio? So many are. I received a call from a borrower for
whom I closed a reverse mortgage less than a year ago. She
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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
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...