Half are from just three
states - Texas, Utah, Wyoming; 10 rank among most conservative
Republicans unveiled on Thursday
their revamp of the Affordable Care
Act. But who are these GOP senators
who worked on the American Health
Care Act behind closed doors? You’ve
likely heard they are all white men
chosen by Majority Leader Mitch
McConnell. Here are some of their
vital stats that may have influenced
June 22, 2017 - Republicans in the U.S.
Senate on Thursday unveiled a bill that would dramatically
transform the nation’s Medicaid program, make significant
changes to the federal health law’s tax credits that help
lower-income people buy insurance and allow states to water down
changes to some of the law’s coverage guarantees.
June 21, 2017
- The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was
insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged
from the hospital: He didn’t want anyone coming into his home,
and he didn’t think he needed any help.
JAMA study finds many older adults can’t help but
reach for more
Sutherland, editor & publisher
June 20, 2017 - Senior citizens who think like I do are dangerous,
and I know there are millions of us. The basic error in our
thinking, at least about vitamins and medicines, is that if one pill
is good for you and adequate for the job, taking two has got to be
better. Wrong! A new report in JAMA points out the problem in a
study of adults taking vitamin D supplements.
Social Security numbers
disappear to combat fraud says Medicare
By SeniorJournal.com staff
June 19, 2017 – For senior
citizens who like change, if there is one, the program underway
at Medicare will provide some joy. All the rest may have trouble
welcoming it into their lives, because it is giving us all a new
number on our Medicare cards to remember. Up until now Medicare
has used our Social Security number but this is all changing as
part of a new fraud prevention program by the Centers for
Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).
For those considering a loan
or those who already have them
Feb. 8, 2017 – Senior
citizens considering a reverse mortgage and those who already
have them now have new tools from the National Reverse Mortgage
Lenders Association to help them better understand these unique
12 million saved $26 billion on
drugs; 40 million got free preventive services last year
By Tucker Sutherland, editor
January 27, 2017 – There was
such a barrage of Republican attacks on Obamacare before it ever got
off the ground that it has prevented many – maybe most – from even
knowing what it does. Senior citizens, for example, are probably
unaware that it lowered their drug prices and established new free
preventive services. It saved twelve million on Medicare $26 billion
on drugs since 2010 and over 40 million used the free preventive
services just last year.
Senior citizens with suspected cognitive
impairment get lift from new payments tied to standards
physicians must follow after January 1
2016 - Doctors have complained for years that they’re not paid
adequately for time-consuming work associated with managing care
for seriously ill older patients: consulting with other
specialists, talking to families and caregivers, interacting
with pharmacists and more.
seniors may wish they were born earlier in the month; 2017
payment calendar below
2016 – Ever wished you could get your Social Security check
earlier or wondered why it comes when it does. It may not cross
the minds of senior citizens who filed for benefits before May
1, 1997: they get their payment on the third day of the month,
unlike more recent filers who get it on the second, third or
fourth Wednesday of the month.
Study included Medicare
patients 67 years of age or older
Dec. 10, 2016 – Older women
were more satisfied with the physical appearance of their breasts
long-term when their breast cancer was treated with less radiation.
Although the study found reduced radiation was associated with a
slightly increased risk of disease recurrence.
Pew Research finds most unhappy with
President-elects performance so far
Dec. 8, 2016 - Donald Trump is off to a rough start with his
transition to be President of the United Stated. A solid majority of
Americans are unhappy with his work. The only two groups solidly in
his corner are the elderly and the least educated Americans - a
solid base of his Republican party.
word “slut”? “I love the way young women are claiming
it,” Helen Mirren
Oscar winner releases
69th film showing her true colors in wide-ranging interview on marriage,
America and long career
Dec. 2. 2016 - For five decades, Helen
Mirren has captivated audiences in theaters and cinemas—and her stature just
keeps growing. In an exclusive interview with AARP The Magazine (ATM),
Mirren gives a provocative look into the mind and life of one of Hollywood’s
most versatile and daring performers.
Two business-oriented managers taking reins of
programs critical to seniors
President-elect Donald Trump tapped Seema Verma, a health care
consultant, to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid
Services. That’s the part of the Department of Health and Human
Services that oversees Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s
Health Insurance Program and has a budget of just under a
trillion dollars in 2016.
Aggressive advocate for the privatization of Medicare,
Tim Price, will head Health & Human Services
Nov. 30, 2016 - This week, with
the appointment of Rep. Tim Price to head Health and Human
Services (HHS), many Americans are left wondering what will
happen to Medicare, according to a report on the Fox News
Part B jumps for many, flat for others as is Part
A but deductibles climb
Nov. 30, 2016 - There is a
grain of good news for most senior citizens resulting from the
mediocre Social Security increase - Part B Medicare premiums
will stay flat next year, although, higher income seniors
will see a 10 percent jump. Part A premium are not paid by most
in Medicare but the deductible for inpatient hospital stays and
some other services will increase.
Every year, Medicare’s open enrollment
period is October 15 through December 7.
Nov. 2, 2016 - Medicare health and drug
plans can make changes each year - things like cost, coverage, and
what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. October 15
to December 7 is when all people with Medicare can change their
Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the
following year to better meet their needs.
There are many opportunities
for seniors during
Medicare's Open Enrollment
Nov. 2, 2016 - Every year, Medicare has
what is known as the open enrollment
period, which has been set to occur from Oct. 7 through Dec. 7.
Most seniors on Medicare tend to associate this period as a time
to consider a new drug plan that better fits the person's
changing needs for prescription drugs. But, there is much more
you can do to improve your health and drug insurance.
for senior citizens on what to look for in open enrollment
Nov. 2, 2016 - Whether groceries, health insurance, or anything
else, everybody wants to get the best value for their money. And
health care is no different—that’s why it’s a good idea for
seniors to shop around for a plan. Cost is an important factor
in any purchase, especially when it comes to health care, but
it’s not the only thing to consider.
adjustment (COLA) will be .3 percent next year for 65 million
18, 2016 - The average Social Security retiree will get a $5 per
month raise in 2017, says Social Security today, but the Associated
Press reports it to be more like $4. The increase cost-of-living
adjustment (COLA) will be .3 percent for the more than 65 million Americans receiving Social
Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, according
to information released today by the Social Security Administration.
AARP Members Surveyed Cite Social Security’s Future as Their #1
Sep. 30, 2016 -AARP, a sponsor of the
presidential debates, sent a letter to moderator Lester Holt
before the first debate urging him to ask the candidates
their plans for maintaining Social Security. He
didn't. AARP now wants seniors to start
using social media to get attention focused on Social Security.
Open Enrollment for Medicare health and drug plans
begins on October 15, 2016 and ends on December 7.
Sept. 26, 2016 – Good news for
many seniors: Medicare Advantage premiums will remain stable and
more enrollees will have access to higher quality plans in 2017,
according to word last week from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Services (CMS)... premiums and costs for Medicare health and drug
plans for the 2017.
Analysis by Pew Research
suggests senior citizens will pass the torch to Gen X and
August 30, 2016 - Donald
Trump may be the last chance for the old folks of America. His
strongest support seems to be among older, less educated, white
people. A new analysis by Pew Research, however, indicates the
baby boomers and the generations even older may have seen the
last election where they were the dominant force at the polls.
Kaiser Health News runs series of reports; SeniorJournal.com to
include other types of senior care facilities
Aug. 30, 2016 - Are America’s hospitals prepared to meet the
needs of the senior citizens? Kaiser Health News finds they can
be hazardous places for elderly patients, who are at increased
risk of falling, drug-induced injury and confusion.
for dementia patient who fell from wheelchair at Pathway Memory
Care, suffering "Gruesome Injuries" - How can families
better protect loved ones
By Tucker Sutherland, editor
August 29, 2016 – The reports of
elderly people being harmed in care facilities due to neglect or
incompetence seems to be a growing, and this case of an
85-year-old man left unsupervised who fell from his wheelchair
into a fire ant bed appears to be another example that worries
those with family members in care centers.
Risk for dementia reduced by 48% over 10 years for senior citizens
by only brain training that works
Aug. 21, 2016 — While many
companies have long promised that their brain-training products can
sharpen aging minds, only one type of computerized brain training so
far has been shown to improve elderly people’s mental quickness and
significantly reduce the risk of dementia, according to research
presented at the American Psychological Association’s Annual
Study shows benefits of
anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone before surgery
June 16, 2016 - Post-operative
cognitive dysfunction (POCD), a condition mostly observed in older
patients following surgery under general anesthesia, is
characterized by impaired memory and concentration.
diets linked with preventing or delaying decline in physical
function in older women
16, 2016 - In a large study conducted by at Brigham and Women's
Hospital (BWH), researchers found an association between women who
maintain a healthy diet and a reduction in the risk of developing
impaired physical function as they age.
Trustees' annual report does
note $23 billion increase in trust funds
June 22, 2016 - Not much
has changed in the financial status of the Social Security Trust
Funds since last year, according to today’s release of the
annual report on the status of the funds by the Social Security
Board of Trustees.
Program should be more
generous, wealthiest should pay cost
June 2, 2016 – Improving
Social Security was a prominent subject in a speech on the
economy yesterday by President Barack Obama, including his call
to make it “more generous” and to “increase its benefits.”
Critical issue for seniors - the eat out a lot, most in
danger of heart and stroke problems
June 2, 2016 – In a move of critical
importance to senior citizens, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration
yesterday issued draft guidance for public comment that provides practical,
voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry. Seniors are among
those most impacted because of the association of sodium with heart and
stroke problems, and because they frequently eat out.
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.
"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
wanted to thank me again and let me know that the reverse mortgage
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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