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Political News for Seniors

Boomers, older voters may no longer dominate elections

Analysis by Pew Research suggests senior citizens will pass the torch to Gen X and Millennials

political campaign hatsAugust 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. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Hospitals fail to meet needs of elderly Americans finds news series

Kaiser Health News runs series of reports; SeniorJournal.com to include other types of senior care facilities

Elderly woman using walker in care centerAug. 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. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Fire ants attack unsupervised elderly man at Houston care center

Lawsuit filed 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

Mr. Urso's right hand shows ant stingsAugust 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. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Brain training test shows dementia risk cut in half for elderly

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 Convention. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare’s Nursing Home Compare adds new measures, updates today

Nursing home patient outdoors with nurse New quality measures included in calculation for Nursing Home five star ratings

Aug. 10, 2016 – One of Medicare’s most popular ratings websites - Nursing Home Compare – was updated this morning. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says it has added new measures...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Surgeon testing cognition after surgerySimple measures reduce cognitive dysfunction in older patients after operation

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.

Nutrition, Vitamin, Supplement News

Older woman enjoys a saladAging women find healthy diets may help with mobility

Healthy diets linked with preventing or delaying decline in physical function in older women

June 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.

Social Security News

corner of Social Security cardSocial Security status has changed little from last year

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.

Nutrition, Vitamin, Supplement News

A woman enjoys her morning coffeeSeniors rejoice at study declaring coffee does not cause cancer

Coffee has been well established as the favorite drink for senior citizens

June 16, 2016 – Yesterday was a great day for most senior citizens. They welcomed the news that their favorite drink – coffee – does not cause cancer, and, in fact, in many cases may prevent it.

Social Security News

President Obama calls for increasing Social Security benefits

President Obama speaking on Social Security increaseProgram 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.”

Nutrition, Vitamin, Supplement News

FDA wants food industry to help reduce salt consumption

where we get our sodium by Mayo ClinicCritical 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.

Political News for Seniors

Donald Trump dept proposal a Social Security bombshell

 rkg7005aMotely 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.

Exercise & Fitness News

Exercise extends life even for heart failure patients

older women exercise in poolAll 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.

Health News for Seniors

Senior citizens warned many sunscreens fail to meet claims

senior couple enjoy sun on beachConsumer 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.

Nutrition, Vitamin, Supplement News

Strong warning for seniors issued by heart association about sodium study

where we get our sodium by Mayo ClinicAmerican 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.

Features for Seniors

Older Americans Month focuses on trail blazing 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.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Raising Medicare eligibility age may save feds dollars but drive up total spending

Some health spending dropped by a third with switch from private insurance to Medicare

By Michelle Andrews, Kaiser Health News

May 6, 2016 - Healthcare spending for some services dropped by nearly a third when people turned 65 and switched from private insurance to Medicare, according to a recent study.

Seniors may find reverse mortgage
a good investment option…

"Reverse Mortgages - the  Investment that Grows"

writes industry leader Michael Branson, CEO, All Reverse Mortgage

"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 saved her." Read more in Senior Journal

Social Security News

Homeless senior sits on streetSocial Security joins effort for homeless seniors, veterans

Declared as most successful anti-poverty program ever

May 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.

Nursing Home Compare expanded by six quality measures

People in hallway of nursing homeNow has 24 measures for 15,655 nursing homes

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 homes.

Medicare & Medicaid News

New CMS rules for Medicaid plans will improve services

Rules tighten for private insurance plans that administer most Medicaid benefits for the poor

By Jay Hancock,