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America's oldest workers: Why we refuse to retire!

Oct. 1, 2014 - For these seniors, the best retirement is not to retire. From a 102-year-old Wal-Mart worker to an activist park ranger, these workers have stayed on the job well into their golden years. ..CNN Money

Older People's Day in U.K: 1 Million Over 65 Working

Oct. 1, 2014 - The figures were released today in a new Department of Work and Pensions analysis to mark International Older People's Day. There are now 1,103,000 workers aged 65 and over in work compared to 874,000 at the end of 2011 - an increase of 229,000 since the scrapping the Default Retirement…Liberal Democrats U.K.

Reverse Mortgages Poised for Rebound Amid Troubled History

Sept. 30, 2014 - Advertised as a path to an affordable retirement, federally insured reverse mortgages are showing signs of a rebound, drawing the scrutiny of regulators seeking to reduce historically high default rates that have cost the government billions…Associated Press

Stock Market Gains, but Pensions Worsen

Sept. 30, 2014 - Pension funds should be performing better by now. Five and a half years into a powerful stock-market rally that has created nearly $17 trillion in overall wealth, pension funds run by local and state governments haven't improved their funding levels. In fact, they've gone backward… Russ Wiles, The Republic

Why Financial Advisers Still Hate Reverse Mortgages

Sept. 29, 2014 -A reverse mortgage is a little like a car airbag. It's nice to know it's there. But if it ever has to be used, the driver’s already in trouble… Ben Steverman, Bloomberg

Love Them or Loathe Them, Reverse Mortgages Have a Place

Sept. 29, 2014 - But given that older Americans' homes are worth, on average, more than their other combined savings, there is a begrudging inevitability about reverse mortgages… New York Times

Your Medical Record is Worth More to Hackers than Your Credit Card

Sept. 25, 2014 - Your medical information is worth 10 times more than your credit card number on the black market. Last month, the FBI warned healthcare providers to guard against cyber attacks after one of the largest U.S. hospital operators said Chinese hackers had broken into its computer network. Caroline Humer, Jim Finkle - Reuters

Pew Finds Voters Unhappy with Political Parties on Immigration

Republicans Unhappy on Several Major Issues

Sept. 25, 2014 - By wide margins, older Republicans who are unhappy with the party’s stance on illegal immigration say it is too willing to allow undocumented immigrants to get legal status. Here are the age groups in the Pew survey and the percentage of Republicans saying the GOP is not doing a good job on this issue: 18-34 = 45%, 35-39 = 58%, 50-64 = 58% and 65+ = 64%. For all adults, 56% say the GOP is not doing a good job.

Make Sure You Can Afford a Reverse Mortgage

Sept. 23, 2014 - Although the TV commercials make a reverse mortgage sound super simple, there’s a lot to consider. So please proceed with caution. Michelle Singletary, The Washington Post

How the Flu Shot Became the New Doorbuster Deal

Sept. 23, 2014 - Pharmacies are using coupons and early season promotions in an aggressive competition to give flu shots to more Americans. The hope is that these efforts give their overall sales a shot in the arm. Brad Tuttle, Time

Drugstores, Retailers Grab More of Flu Vaccine Market

Sept. 23, 2014 - Walgreen provided enough flu shots last season to protect a population roughly twice the size of Los Angeles. CVS doled out more than 5 million, or double its total from a few years ago. And Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, offers flu shots at 4,200 of its U.S. stores that have pharmacies. AP

12 Surprising Things that Mess with Your Memory

September 20, 2014 - You regularly ransack the house to find your keys. You suddenly can't recall the name of your partner. You made your six-month dentist appointment three months late. Sound familiar? Fear not: most forgetfulness isn't always something serious – ABC News

AARP Voter Guides: View Candidates Own Words on Social Security, Medicare

Sept. 19, 2014 - AARP has released voter guides featuring positions from Senate, Congressional, Gubernatorial and other statewide candidates – in their own words – on critical issues including Social Security, Medicare, and financial security. Voters of all ages may view the voter guides at www.aarp.org/yourvote.

 

Social Security

 

Most Women Are Too Quick to Take Social Security Benefits

Sept. 23, 2014 - The longer you wait to take your Social Security benefits at your full retirement age, the more money you'll get every month. Brian O’Connell, The Street

Social Security: How Working in Retirement Impacts Your Benefits

Sept. 14, 2014 - Most still retiring at 62...Motley Fool

 

Medicare and Medicaid News

 

Early Sign of Pancreatic Cancer Identified

Sept. 28, 2014 - Scientists have discovered a sign of the early development of pancreatic cancer – an upsurge in certain amino acids that occurs before the disease is diagnosed and symptoms appear.

Senators: Widen Medicaid program for frail seniors

Sept. 26, 2014 - More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for the nation's frailest seniors, calling it a proven alternative to pricier nursing home care as states seek to limit long-term medical costs…AP

Obamacare could see second wave of Medicaid expansion

Sept. 26, 2014- One of the most highly contentious Obamacare programs, which calls on states to expand their publicly-funded healthcare for the poor, could see a second wave of participation by U.S. states later this year or early in 2015, according to state officials and independent analysts. Following are states whose governor's offices or legislators have held talks with President Barack Obama's administration ... Reuters

Senator McConnell Asks Medicare to Help Detect Lung Cancer in Smokers

Sept. 24, 2014 - Citing a U.S. Preventative Services Task Force recommendation, the Kentucky Republican has sent a letter to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner seeking review for possible coverage of low-dose CT scans to detect lung cancer among high-risk populations, such as pack-a-day smokers.  Niels Lesniewski, Roll Call

Medicare Open Enrollment Oct.15 – Dec. 7, 2014

Find out what you can do during this special open enrollment period. Click to more

 

Medical Research News for Seniors

 

Rosuvastatin Particularly Effective Among Prediabetic Patients

September 18, 2014 – Senior citizens – the major users of statins to fight high cholesterol and also the primary targets of Type 2 diabetes – will find interesting a new research report claiming that the statin rosuvastatin may be more effective among prediabetic patients than patients with normal glucose levels. Out today in the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics.


 

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Most Allergic Deaths from Medications; Older People, African-Americans Usual Victims

Montefiore/Einstein research seeks risk factors to allow physicians to develop preventative strategies

Pharmacist explains drug danger to older womanSept. 30, 2014 – When we hear of allergy-related sudden death, most of us probably think of something in the surrounding environment – like a plant, or something in the air. We would be wrong. Medications are the leading cause of allergy-related sudden deaths in the U.S. And, the risk of fatal drug-induced allergic reactions is increasing rapidly and is particularly high among older people and African-Americans.

Aging & Longevity

Older People Who Cannot Distinguish Smells Likely to Die Before Those Who Can

After first test, 39 percent who failed died within five years

male senior citizenOct. 1, 2014 – Here is a smell test senior citizens don’t want to fail. Those who did the worst in this study of older people trying to identify scents died off the fastest. The researchers now say it may predict which older people are most at risk of dying.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Many Senior Women Receive Unnecessary Pap Tests

Surprised that so many women over age 65 reported  recent Pap test; unnecessary tests can result in stress for the patient, increased costs, and inefficient use of time

By Stephanie Stephens, HBNS Contributing Writer

senior female patient comforted by doctorOct. 1, 2014 - As many as half to two-thirds of women who have undergone hysterectomies or are older than 65 years in the United States report receiving Pap tests for cervical cancer. This prevalence is surprising in light of the 2003 U.S. Preventive Services Taskforce guidelines recommending that women discontinue Pap testing if they have received a total hysterectomy without a history of cervical cancer and if they are over age 65 years with ongoing and recent normal Pap test results.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Open Enrollment Starts October 15, Here is What We Know So Far

Premiums not expected to rise overall in 2015 - some may decline - but some plans have signaled significantly higher rates

By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News

Oct. 1, 2014 - Medicare beneficiaries who want to make changes to their prescription drug plans or Medicare Advantage coverage can do so starting Oct. 15 during the Medicare's program’s annual open enrollment period. There will be somewhat fewer plans to pick from this year, but in general people will have plenty of options, experts say.

Medicare & Medicaid News

What Doctors, Hospitals Provided Free by Drug Firms, Suppliers Released by CMS

Information promotes transparency in financial relationships between health care industry, doctors and teaching hospitals

medical symbol with dollar sign for staffOct. 1, 2014 – For the first time, consumers have information on consulting fees, research grants, travel reimbursements, and other gifts the health care industry – such as medical device manufacturers and pharmaceutical companies – provided to physicians and teaching hospitals. The information was released yesterday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for the last five months of 2013. It meets a requirement of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) to help consumers understand the financial relationships between the health care industry, and physicians and teaching hospitals.

Features for Senior Citizens

Pope Francis Calls the World to Honor the Elderly, Says Old Age Time of Grace

Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVL, joined 40,000 elderly to hear Pope Francis

Pope Francis comforts elderly visitor to Mass for elderly in St. Peter's Square

Pope Francis comforts elderly visitor to Mass for elderly in St. Peter's Square.

Below story are links to video, Vatican Radio report, coverage by Catholic Online

Sept. 30, 2014 - Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday morning in St Peter's Square, following a special reception with an estimated 40,000 elderly men and women, including the honored guest, Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI. In his homily, the 77-year old Holy Father spoke of the enormous – indeed, indispensable - contribution that seniors make to society, most importantly in their conservation of hard-earned wisdom and experience, according to a report by Vatican Radio.

Retirement News

U.S. Seniors Achieve Highest Home Equity Since 2008 Crash

Reverse mortgage group tracking shows seniors paying off more of home equity

senior couple in from of their homeSept. 30, 2014 - Americans 62 years old and older now have more equity in their homes than at any time since early 2008, according to a quarterly measurement by the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association (NRMLA). The NRMLA’s quarterly measure that analyzes trends in home values, home equity, and mortgage debt of homeowners 62 and older, has reached 178.91, its highest level since Q4 2007.

Social Security News

Social Security Opens New National Support Center

Social Security National Support Center design by Hensel PhelpsSept. 29, 2014 - Social Security opened a new National Support Center (NSC) today in Urbana, MD., that the agency says is a state-of-the-art data center that will meet the agency’s anticipated IT workloads for at least the next 20 years.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Heart Attacks in Older Men May Drop 80% with Modest Diet, Lifestyle Changes

senior couple walking for exerciseStudy of over 20,000 men age 45 to 79 published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology

Sept. 28, 2014 – If you are a male senior citizens this study should get your attention. It concludes that 80 percent - four out of five - of heart attacks (myocardial infarctions) in men may be preventable with a relatively easy combination low-risk behavior in diet and lifestyle.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Seniors are 90% of Flu Deaths; Just 65% Get Free Medicare Vaccinations

Actions those senior citizens 65 and older need to take this flu season with links to lots of information - CDC says get shot by October

senior man sneezingSept. 28, 2014 – There is a reason that senior citizens are the focus of attention when flu season approaches - 90 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths and between 50 and 60 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations in the U.S. occur in people 65 years and older, according to government estimates. Knowing these numbers and that Medicare provides free flu shots, it should be easy to convince seniors to get vaccinated.

Aging & Longevity

Japan Having Problem with Senior Citizens Refusing to Accept Being Elderly

Japan No. 2 in Life Expectancy,
 U.S. 34

Japan is listed by the World Health Organization as the number two nation in the world in a ranking by average life expectancy - 84.6 years.

The U.S. ranks 34 with at 79.8 years.

Recent survey finds older Japanese just don't like being considered elderly, even if it means special favors

Sept. 27, 2014 – Japan has a problem with its senior citizens. They are refusing to sit in priority seating for the elderly in the public transportation system, many refuse to consider people elderly until they are 80 years old and they don’t like Respect for the Aged Day, reports The Yomiuri Shimbun.

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health - Opinion

Editor Disagrees with Study Predicting Mental Decline After Admitting Memory Problems

‘If noticing memory slip signals memory, cognitive decline, all my friends are on slippery slope’

Tucker Sutherland, editor & publisher, SeniorJournal.comBy Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com

Sept. 26, 2014 – Research from a reputable source finds that people who notice their memory is slipping are much more likely to develop memory and other cognitive problems. Well, there go all my senior friends and myself. At age 76, I mostly hangout with my tennis buddies and very “with it” old-time friends that I share with my wife. I don’t know of a one of us that does not occasionally complain about our memory.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Vicodin, Other Pain Killers with Hydrocodone Will Be Harder to Get

Patients generally must present a written prescription, doctors will no longer be able to call in a prescription

By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News

Sept. 26, 2014 - Patients who use drugs containing hydrocodone as a pain reliever or cough suppressant are going to have to jump through more hoops to get them starting next month.  The Drug Enforcement Administration is reclassifying so-called “hydrocodone combination products” from Schedule III to Schedule II under the Controlled Substances Act, which will more tightly restrict access. 

Medicare & Medicaid News

Several Doctors, Others Indicted in $56 Million Medicare Fraud

Operated companies in New Orleans area that purported to offer home health services and durable medical equipment to Medicare beneficiaries

Sept. 26, 2014 - A New Orleans grand jury yesterday indicted seven defendants, including three doctors for their roles in a $56 million Medicare fraud scheme that operated home health services and durable medical equipment services in New Orleans and surrounding communities.  Thirteen defendants have now been charged in this case, three of whom pleaded guilty to their conduct Wednesday. 

Features for Senior Citizens

Seniors Hold Their Own Against Poverty in 2013, Household Income Jumps

Rate of poverty in U.S. declines for first time since 2006, household income steady

Sept. 26, 2014 – There are a lot of very poor senior citizens in the U.S. – 4.2 million in poverty says the Census Bureau – but the latest look at poverty by the bureau finds the rate of poverty for seniors did not change in 2013 from the 9.5 percent in 2012.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Glimmer of Hope in Battle Against Pancreatic Cancer

Salk scientists find that a vitamin D-derivative makes tumors vulnerable to chemotherapy. See video

Sept. 25, 2014 - A synthetic derivative of vitamin D was found by Salk Institute researchers to collapse the barrier of cells shielding pancreatic tumors, making this seemingly impenetrable cancer much more susceptible to therapeutic drugs.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

> New Skin-Like Device Warns of Cardiovascular, Skin Health Problems

Ease of use, small size may appeal to many senior citizens, frequent victims of cardiovascular problems; monitors blood flow rate

By Megan Fellman

Sept. 25, 2014 - A new wearable medical device can quickly alert a person if they are having cardiovascular trouble or if it’s simply time to put on some skin moisturizer, reports a Northwestern University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign study supported by the National Science Foundation.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Better Understand the Criminal Risk of Using Copay Coupons in Medicare

Health and Human Services officials provide a layman’s view of how anti-kick-back law impacts senior citizens, Medicare and taxpayers

Sept. 24, 2014 – The news yesterday that senior citizens run the risk of criminal prosecution for using copay coupons to purchase brand name prescription drugs in the Medicare Part D drug program is a unique occurrence that caused concern among seniors, who most often are the least likely U.S. citizens to break the law. A better understanding of this situation and the reason for this kick-back law has been provided by the Office of Inspector General of Department of Health and Human Services and its Office of Evaluation and Inspections.

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Complicated Grief Suffered by Senior Citizens May Be Treatable

Complicated grief is serious, debilitating mental health problem associated with functional impairment, increased suicide risk

distressed womanSept. 24, 2014 – Recent research has been pointing to grief suffered by senior citizens as often having more serious consequences that for younger people. This “complicated grief” carries serious consequences and strikes about nine percent of bereaved older women. A recent test of a treatment for CG achieved a reduction in symptoms and less disease severity.

Social Security News

Young Investors More Worried than Seniors About Social Security, Retirement

Older investors have much more confidence in getting their Social Security than those under 50

Sept. 24, 2014 - The latest quarterly survey by Wells Fargo/Gallup on investor confidence has uncovered a surprising focus on the importance of Social Security in the retirement plans of U.S. investors. Most think that with Social Security they will be able to maintain their desired lifestyle throughout retirement. But older investors are much more confident than younger ones in Social Security and their adequate retirement resources.

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Health and Medicine for Seniors

Most Breast Cancer Patients Who Removed Healthy Breast Would Do It Again

Women who decided against reconstructive surgery were most likely to say they would choose to have both breasts removed again in Mayo Clinic study

Sept. 24, 2014 - More women with cancer in one breast are opting to have both breasts removed to reduce their risk of future cancer. New research shows that in the long term, most have no regrets. Mayo Clinic surveyed hundreds of women with breast cancer who had double mastectomies between 1960 and 1993 and found that nearly all would make the same choice again. The findings are published in the journal Annals of Surgical Oncology.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Diabetes Appears to be Leveling Off in U.S.

Prevalence continues to increase for some subgroups, like young adults; incidence rate up for Hispanic, black adults

Sept. 23, 2014 – The incidence and prevalence of diabetes, which doubled in the U.S. from 1990-2008 appears to have leveled off between 2008 and 2012, according to a new study in JAMA. Prevalence continued to increase at a significantly greater rate for young adults aged 20 to 44 years compared to older Americans. The incidence rate continued to increase in Hispanic and non-Hispanic black adults.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Most Want a Year of Nursing Home and Dental Coverage Added to Medicare

How to fix Medicare? Kaiser Health News asked the public

Sept. 23, 2014 – A mini-survey by Mary Agnes Carey of Capsules, the Kaiser Health News Blog, indicates that a vast majority of Americans, when asked about changes they would like to see in Medicare, want the program to add dental coverage and, secondly, a year of nursing home care.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Think Medicare Pay Rate for Doctors Favors Surgeons?

Surprising study still does not explain why proceduralists and surgeons earn much more money than primary doctors

Sept. 22, 2014 - A surprising new study pulls back the curtain on one of the most contentious issues in health care: differences in payment by Medicare and income between physicians who perform operations, procedures or tests, and those who don't.

Senior Citizen Alerts

Senior Citizens May Break Federal Law Using Drug Copay Coupons in Medicare

These discount coupons used in drug program for a specific brand name drug are considered kick-back and federal crime

By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal

Sept. 22, 2014 – Maybe it is much-to-do-about-nothing, but a warning – actually a “Special Advisory Bulletin” – has been issued by the Office of the Inspector General for Health and Human Services warning senior citizens not to use discount coupons from pharmaceutical manufacturers for a specific brand name drug in the Medicare Part D drug program. It is considered a kick-back and a federal offense.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Drug Manufacturers Must Reform Marketing to Avoid Hurting Medicare

Current practice of ‘copay coupon’ damages Medicare Part D, can make seniors criminals

Sept. 22, 2014 – In response to the warning for senior citizens not to use brand name drug discount coupons in the Medicare Part D program, the president of the association for pharmacy benefit managers said the pharmacy manufacturers must “assure regulators that copay coupons don't induce demand for brand drugs and increase costs in public programs like Medicare.”

News for Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers Featured in New PBS Television Series Starting Tuesday

Baby boomer generation (1946-1964) has significantly and uniquely changed our world

Sept. 21, 2014 – Baby boomers – many now known as senior citizens – will be featured on a new PBS series named American Masters: The Boomer List that premiers Tuesday, September 23 at 9 p.m. eastern time. The hour-and-a-half weekly shows will tell the story of this influential generation through the lives of 19 iconic boomers - one born each year of the baby boom.

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Simple Test May Detect Your Alzheimer’s Risk Before Dementia Shows Up

Alzheimer’s group had slower reaction, movement time, as well as less accuracy, precision in their movements

Sept. 18, 2014 — If you really want to know if you are at risk for Alzheimer’s disease, York University researchers say a simple test that combines thinking and movement may reveal your risk, even before any obvious signs of dementia are obvious.

Other Media Reports

Senior Citizens Ready for War, Young Americans Less Enthusiastic

September 14, 2014 - President Obama’s plan for a military campaign against Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria is drawing public support. And, in a rare display of bipartisanship, majorities of both Republicans (64%) and Democrats (60%) approve of the president’s plan.

Greater Concern over U.S. Military Action in Iraq and Syria …The new national survey by the Pew Research Center, conducted Sept. 11-14 among 1,003 adults, finds that overall, 53% approve of Obama’s plan, while 29% disapprove; 19% do not offer an opinion.

The over 65 crowd says, “go gett’em” – 61% Yes, 18% No and 21% don’t know. The military age group -18 through 29 - says, “hey, let’s think about this” – 43% Yes, 37% No and 20% don’t know. - More at Pew Research

Caregiver & Elder Care News

National Group Reduces Antipsychotic Drug Use in Nursing Homes, Sets New Goals

National Partnership, including CMS, seeks to optimize the quality of life in America’s nursing homes by improving care for all residents, especially those with dementia

September 19, 2014 – After two years of success in reducing the use of antipsychotic medications by patients in long-stay nursing home care, the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care today established a new national goal of reducing the use by 25 percent by the end of 2015, and 30 percent by the end of 2016. The public-private coalition includes the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), consumers, advocacy organizations, providers and professional associations.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Most and Least Expensive Medicare Drug, Advantage Plans Identified for 2015

With Medicare Open Enrollment beginning on October 15, free website presents an analysis of advantage and drug plans

September 19, 2014 - HealthPocket, a website that compares and ranks all health insurance plans analyzed the release of 2015 Medicare insurance data and has a slightly different conclusion on the cost of Medicare Advantage plans than does the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. CMS sees the average premium for 2015 as $32.26, while HealthPocket sees $62.69. They may both be right. They do agree the increase in cost for the 2015 plans is very small.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Advantage Plans Growing, Small Premium Increases for 2015

Seniors will see wide range of Medicare health, drug plans when enrollment opens October 15, says CMS

September 19, 2014 - More people with Medicare will have access to higher quality Medicare Advantage (MA) plans, and for the fifth straight year, enrollment is projected to increase to a new all-time high, while premiums remain “affordable,” according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Open enrollment begins October 15.

Retirement News

Largest Expense for Most Senior Citizens is Maintaining a Home

Health care cost is number two for older Americans, reports new study

September 18, 2014 - Although health expenses increase steadily with age, and remain a cause of concern, home and home-related expenses are the largest spending category for older Americans, according to a new report by the nonpartisan Employee Benefit Research Institute (EBRI).

Aging & Longevity

Dying in America is Harder Than It Has to Be – Institute of Medicine

First end-of-life conversation could coincide with a cherished American milestone of getting a driver's license at 16

By Jenny Gold, KHN Staff Writer

September 17, 2014 - It is time for conversations about death to become a part of life. That is one of the themes of a 500-page report, titled "Dying In America," released Tuesday by the Institute of Medicine. 

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

No Time To See The Doctor? Try A Virtual Visit Online

Doctors available through LiveHealth Online designed for business travelers and busy parents; allows patients who get sick on weekend to avoid going to emergency room, too

By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health Blog, Capsules

September 17, 2014 - Patients looking for convenient medical appointments can now see UCLA Health System doctors using their cell phones, computers or tablets.

Social Security News

Social Security to Resume Mailing Statements but Urges Online Service

With my Social Security account statements always available online

September 16, 2014 -Social Security is going to resume mailing statements to those enrolled in the program, a practice they had tried to eliminate. The agency says mailed statements will be sent about once every five years for most workers. But, SSA is still strongly urging all enrollees to create a my Social Security account online to have immediate access to their statement.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

New Statin Strategy from Lipid Association Challenges Others

Expert panel urges individualized, cholesterol-targeted approach to heart disease and stroke

By Tucker Sutherland, editor

Sept. 15, 2015 – If you thought all the controversy about statin use – a daily pill for millions of senior citizens - has been settled, you better think again. An expert panel coordinated by the National Lipid Association has created its own outline for how to best treat people at risk for cardiovascular disease and it seems to challenge several previous recommendations, including guidelines by the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology.

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Many Senior Citizens Do Not Know How to Lower Dementia Risk

Alzheimer’s Society of U.K. emphasizes five simple things older people can do to avoid dementia

Five Simple Steps to Avoid Dementia

Sept. 14, 2014 - Alzheimer’s disease is the affliction feared most by a majority of senior citizens but a new study in the U.K. finds a surprisingly large number of seniors are unaware that it is possible to lower their risk of dementia.

Aging & Longevity

Older Men Living with Stress Die Younger

Men may live longer if they’re able to control their attitudes about everyday hassles

Sept. 10, 2014 - Older men who lead high-stress lives, either from chronic everyday hassles or because of a series of significant life events, are likely to die earlier than the average for their peers, new research from Oregon State University shows. Taking things in stride, however, appears to offer some protection.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Diabetes Patients Have Heart Risk Other Than Cholesterol or Atherosclerosis

'It looks like diabetes may be slowly killing heart muscle in ways we had not thought of before.'

Sept. 10, 2014 – Diabetes patients are at increased risk of heart failure and cardiac death unrelated to the common culprits of cholesterol and atherosclerosis, says a new study. People with diabetes who appear otherwise healthy may have a six-fold higher risk of developing heart failure regardless of their cholesterol levels, according to this research from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Aging News & Information

Age Makes Difference in Response to Grief, Seniors Take it Harder

Critical age at which losing a loved one threatens serious harm to the immune system appears to be around age 65

Sept. 9, 2014 – The balance of our stress hormones during periods of grief changes as we age, according to a new study. For example, young people have a more robust immune response to the loss of a loved one. It is, however, more likely to result in reduced immune function in elderly people, who are then likely to suffer from infections.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Diabetes Patients Cope with Positive Outlook, Social Support

Getting Old is Challenge Enough!

Editor's Note: Getting old is challenge enough but almost one in four senior citizens in the U.S. also has to cope with the challenges of Type 2 diabetes. Learn more about diabetes below - insert in news report.

Almost one out of every four senior citizens age 60 and over has diabetes, more than half of all U.S. adults with diabetes are seniors

By Jennifer Abbasi

Sept.9, 2014 - A positive outlook and support from people around them help patients with diabetes cope with psychosocial challenges of the disease, according to an international study that included researchers from Penn State College of Medicine. A better understanding of the emotional, psychological and social challenges people with diabetes face could improve health outcomes.

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Older Women Reduce Stroke, Death Risks with Potassium-Rich Foods

Studied women 50 to 79 over 11 years; women who ate the most potassium were 10% less likely to die

Sept. 8, 2014 - Postmenopausal women who eat foods higher in potassium are less likely to have strokes and die than women who eat less potassium-rich foods, according to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Stroke.

Aging News & Information

Aging Muscles May Be Restored by Discovery of a Key to Making Muscle

Results hailed as important step toward developing new muscle to treat muscle diseases; good news for seniors with muscles wasting away from aging

Sept. 8, 2014 – Promising results have been achieved in repairing damaged tissue in muscles which could lead to a new therapeutic approach to treating the millions of people suffering from muscle diseases, including those with muscular dystrophies and muscle wasting associated with cancer and aging seniors, according to the study, published September 7 in Nature Medicine.

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Nearly Half of Senior Citizens Need Some Help with Care Needs

51% reported no difficulty in previous month, 29% reported receiving help taking care of themselves, their households or getting around

Sept. 8, 2014 - Nearly half of the senior citizens in the U.S. – 18 million people - have difficulty with daily activities or get help in managing them, according to a new study.

Retirement News

Older Americans Being Squeezed Out of Housing Market in Retirement

Study by Harvard center and AARP expresses special concern about baby boomers with lower incomes, wealth, homeownership rates and more debt than generations before

Sept. 4, 2014 - America’s older population is in the midst of unprecedented growth, but the country is not prepared to meet the housing needs of this aging group, concludes a new report released today by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and AARP Foundation.

Aging News & Information

War Against Aging Heats Up with Calico, AbbVie Joint Effort

Google-backed Calico to create leading R&D facility in San Francisco focused on aging, age-related diseases

Sept. 4, 2014 – There was a major announcement in the war against aging yesterday as Calico, the Google-backed life sciences company, and AbbVie, a global, research-based biopharmaceutical company, announced a collaboration to discover, develop and bring to market new therapies for patients with age-related diseases, including neurodegeneration and cancer.

Features for Senior Citizens

New Digital Tablet for Older Americans Marketed by AARP

RealPad designed for older people who are still wary or apprehensive about using tablet technology

Sept. 4, 2014 - AARP, with a little help from Intel and Walmart, will bring to the market a new digital tablet – the RealPad – especially designed for Americans ages 50 and above “who are yet to fully embrace tablet technology”, to help them stay or get connected online.

 

Aging News & Information

Adults with Sleep Problems May See Brains Shrink, Especially Seniors Over 60

'Not yet known whether poor sleep quality is a cause or consequence of changes in brain structure'

Sept. 3, 2014 – Sleep difficulties may be linked to faster rates of decline in brain volume, particularly for those seniors over the age of 65, according to a study published in the September 3, 2014, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Men Who Exercise Least are Most Likely to Wake Up to Urinate

style="color: #595857">Those physically active one or more hours per week were 13% less likely to report nocturia, 34% less likely to report severe nocturia

Sept. 2, 2014 - Men who are physically active are at lower risk of nocturia (waking up at night to urinate), which is the most common and bothersome lower urinary tract symptom in men, reports a new study. Nocturia increases with age and is estimated to occur in more than 50 percent of men 45 and older.

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Do Not Upset Grandpa or Grandma Before Surgery, It Can Hinder Recovery

Family conflicts, other non-physical worries before colon cancer surgery raise patients’ complication risk; reducing stress speeds recovery

Sept. 2, 2014 - How well patients recover from cancer surgery may be influenced by more than their medical conditions and the operations themselves. Family conflicts and other non-medical problems may raise their risk of surgical complications, a Mayo Clinic study has found. Addressing such quality-of-life issues before an operation may reduce patients’ stress, speed their recoveries and save health care dollars, the research suggests.

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Eating Fruit Daily Makes Significant Reduction in Cardiovascular Risk

Large study says the more fruit you eat the more the risk declines; also significantly lowers blood pressure

Sept. 2, 2014 – Eating fruit every day will reduced your risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by up to 40 percent and the more fruit you eat the more this risk declines, suggests the results of a study of almost half a million presented to the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).


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