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Social Security News

Scammers Using MySocialSecurity Solicitation to Get Personal Information from Seniors

Social Security Q&A also has instructions on how to get your retirement estimate online

Feb. 3, 2014 – The “my Social Security” account has been receiving considerable attention lately, including a complaint from the Social Security Advisory Board that it should not replace the annual mailed paper statement. It has also become a tool for crooks to try to grab personal information from senior citizens online, according to this week’s Social Security Q&A column. There is also information at how to get your retirement estimate online. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Robocalls to Seniors Pitching Free Medical Alert Device is Shutdown by FTC, Florida AG

"This is Fred from the shipping department..." Bet most seniors in U.S. have heard that fraudulent pitch saying you are receiving a free medical alert

Jan. 13, 2014 – Millions of senior citizens should be cheering today for the end of those dishonest and annoying telephone calls that claimed to be from the shipping department needing your address to send a free medical alert device. The Federal Trade Commission and Florida Attorney General won at halt to the operation, at least for now. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

National Flu Vaccination Week Opens with Senior Citizens as Prime Targets

60 percent of flu-related hospitalizations in the U.S. occur in senior age group; learn about extra-strong vaccine for senior citizens - flu locator

Dec. 9, 2013 - National Influenza Vaccination Week opened Sunday and seniors are prime targets of the campaign by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Senior citizens – age 65 and older – last year recorded the highest flu-related hospitalization rates since the CDC began tracking this information during the 2005-2006 flu season. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Some HeartStart External Defibrillators Do Not Work Warns FDA in Urging Better Inspection

FDA issues new safety communication on HeartStart automated external defibrillators from Philips Healthcare that were recalled earlier

Dec. 5, 2013 - Certain HeartStart automated external defibrillator (AED) devices made by Philips Medical Systems, a division of Philips Healthcare, may be unable to deliver needed defibrillator shock in a cardiac emergency situation, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said today in a new safety communication for users of these previously recalled devices. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Tips for Senior Citizens to Protect Against Health Care Scams

Scammers are trying to con seniors into giving out sensitive information while signing them up for plans they do not need

Nov. 21, 2013 - Fraudsters are capitalizing on the rollout of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicare’s Open Enrollment. The shifts in the healthcare landscape have prompted some criminals to carry out health care scams targeting seniors, according to the Senate Special Committee on Aging. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Flu Vaccine Seems to Offer Seniors Protection from Heart Failure, Heart Attack

Researchers encourage confirmation of this low-cost, annual, safe, easily administered, and well-tolerated therapy to reduce cardiovascular risk up to 50% - see video in story

Oct. 22, 2013 - For senior citizens needing a push to motivate them to get their annual flu shot, a new study showing the influenza vaccination appears to offer as much as 50 percent protection from major adverse cardiovascular events, such as heart failure, stroke or hospitalization from heart attack. And, those who seemed to receive the most benefit were those with recent acute coronary syndrome (ACS), such as heart attack of unstable angina. Read more, see video...


Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Alzheimer's Disease Risk Drops 50 Percent in Elderly Taking a Blood Pressure Medicine

Extensive studies show high blood pressure is major risk factor for dementias including AD; previous research suggests drugs to control blood pressure had a protective effect on the brain

Oct. 17, 2013 - Elderly Americans with normal cognition saw their risk of Alzheimer's Disease dementia drop by over 50 percent after taking a blood pressure medication. Those with mild cognitive impairment saw their risk drop by 50 percent after taking diuretics. Read more...


 

Social Security News

Social Security Checks to Keep on Coming in Government Shutdown

Some services and field offices will manage only limited activities

Sept. 30, 2013 – The Social Security Administration has issued its plan for operation if the federal government is shutdown tomorrow (Oct. 1, 2013) by the effort of congressional Republicans to block funding for Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) and, most importantly, checks will continue to be sent to beneficiaries. Read more...

 

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

New Urine Test for Prostate Cancer Hailed as Best Ever and Easily Available by Mail

Research shows the two-marker urine test is more effective than PSA test alone, or PSA testing that’s incorporated into a commonly used online tool - the Prostate Cancer Risk Calculator

Sept. 25, 2013 - A new urine test for prostate cancer that measures minute fragments of RNA is now commercially available to men nationwide through the University of Michigan Mlabs, according to a news release issued by the Prostate Cancer Foundation. The new test - Mi-Prostate Score (MiPS) - improves the utility of the PSA blood test, increases physicians’ ability to pick out high-risk prostate tumors from low-risk tumors in patients, and may help tens of thousands of men avoid unnecessary biopsies. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Video All Senior Citizens, Caregivers Must See on Fighting Deadly Sepsis

Progression from a localized infection to full-blown deadly sepsis can occur in mere hours, especially in older people

Sept. 10, 2013 – Sepsis kills more than a million Americans every year. It's the 10th leading cause of death in the U.S. but older adults, especially those with weakened immune systems, chronic conditions, and those over the age of 85, are most likely to die from this medical condition that develops when the body initiates a powerful immune response against an infection. Read more...

Senior Citizen Politics

Veterans need protection from abuse in benefits claims process

Senate committee on aging chairman says ‘has to be fixed right away

Sept. 5, 2013 - Some individuals approved by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help veterans - many of them senior citizens - applying for benefits may be doing them more harm than good, congressional investigators have found. The finding comes in a new report released last week by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that had been requested by U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), Chairman, Senate Special Committee on Aging, and other lawmakers last year. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Warning on death risk from too much coffee does not apply to senior citizens

Only young people under 55 should avoid heavy coffee consumption, suggests new study published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings

By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com

Please email this story to your senior friends to let them know it does not apply to them.

August 19, 2013 – If you have been hearing word of a new study that has found the favorite drink of senior citizens - coffee - increases your risk of death, just relax. This is not true for seniors, it only applies to those youngsters who have not reached their 55th birthday. Nearly 400 million cups of coffee are consumed every day in America and research has found it to be the most popular drink for senior citizens. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Hype Begins on Health Insurance Marketplace Which Does Not Apply to Seniors on Medicare

Senior citizens need to be aware that the insurance portion of Obamacare does not apply to them – they stay in Medicare

By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com

June 24, 2013 - The educational effort by the Obama administration to introduce the Health Insurance Marketplace – the centerpiece of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) – kicked off today. There will be lots of hype on this health insurance part of the plan but senior citizens need to know it does not apply to them. Those age 65 and older will continue their coverage in Medicare and, or Medicaid. Below are some key things seniors need to know. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

New CDC Report Finds Extreme Summer Heat Kills More than All Other Natural Disasters, Offers Help

Most who died were senior citizens, single, living alone, males; CDC launches new website

June 7, 2013 – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are urging people – senior citizens in particular – to prepare themselves for the extreme heat of summer after releasing a report showing the U.S. averages 658 deaths a year from this heat – more than die from tornadoes, hurricanes, floods and lightning combined. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Latest Prostatectomy Radiation Treatment – IMRT – Not More Effective for Senior Citizens

New technologies adopted quickly as many believe newer treatments are better, but often there is a lack of studies to actually compare patient outcomes

May 21, 2013 - Intensity-modulated radiation therapy has become the most commonly used type of radiation in prostate cancer, but new research suggests that the therapy may not be more effective than older, less expensive forms of radiation therapy in patients who have had a prostatectomy and were seniors age 66 or older. Read more...

Social Security News

Senior Citizens Warned of Fake Emails Urging Enrollment in ‘my Social Security’

Popular new personal accounts available at Social Security now attracting crooks to try ‘phishing’

May 14, 2013 – As a sure sign of the popularity of the new “my Social Security” account, the criminals are using "phishing" E-mails encouraging senior citizens to create an account. Rest assured, any email promoting this are not coming from the agency, according to information from the Social Security Administration. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Reason for Fuzzy Memories for Seniors Taking Statins May Be Explained

Memory loss that is reversible sometimes caused by cholesterol-lowering drugs, one of most widely prescribed medications for senior citizens in the world.

May 10, 2013 - A University of Arizona research team has made a novel discovery in brain cells being treated with statin drugs: unusual swellings within neurons, which the team has termed the "beads-on-a-string" effect. It may explain the continued documentation that some patients experience fuzzy thinking and memory loss while taking statins, a class of global top-selling cholesterol-lowering drugs used primarily by older people. Read more...

Medicare News

Wide Variance in What Hospitals Charge Exposed in Data Release by Obama Administration

Consumers don’t know what hospitals charge them or their insurance company; info aimed at helping them make smart choices

May 8, 2013 – The cost of healthcare just became a lot more transparent with the release of information by Health and Human Services on what hospitals charge for common inpatient services. The information shows an extreme variance across the country and even within communities. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Doctors' Diagnostic Errors Are Often Not Mentioned But Can Take A Serious Toll

‘Diagnoses that are missed, incorrect or delayed are believed to affect 10 to 20 percent of cases, far exceeding drug errors and surgery on the wrong patient or body part…’

By Sandra G. Boodman, Kaiser Health News

May, 7, 2013 - Until it happened to him, Itzhak Brook, a pediatric infectious disease specialist at Georgetown University School of Medicine, didn't think much about the problem of misdiagnosis. That was before doctors at a Maryland hospital repeatedly told Brook his throat pain was the result of acid reflux, not cancer. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

New Guidelines Urge Older Men Discuss Benefits, Harms of Prostate Cancer Screening with Doctor

American Urological Association changes position to slow wide-spread screening for men 55 to 69; opposes routine screening of men 40 to 50

Prostate cancer detectionMay 3, 2013 - Men ages 55 to 69 who are considering prostate cancer screening should talk with their doctors about the benefits and harms of testing and proceed based on their personal values and preferences, according to a new clinical practice guideline released today by the American Urological Association (AUA). The guidelines also say screening in men under 40  is not recommended, nor is routine screening of men 40 to 50 with "average risk". Read more...

Senior Citizen Politics

Report Finds Financial Advisors Using Over 50 Titles to Suggest Expertise in Senior Citizen Matters

"With such a bewildering array of titles and acronyms, it is no wonder that older Americans are confused and misled"

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's Office for Older Americans calls for action by regulators to assist senior citizens who are ‘often confused and mislead’

April 24, 2013 – A report highlighting the well-known problem of so-called “senior designation” credentials of questionable value used by many financial advisers to market their services to older Americans was released last week. It also calls for specific action by federal and state regulators to protect seniors. Read more...

Medicare News

Obama Administration Offering Seniors a Reward of Almost $10 Million for Exposing Medicare Fraud

Also funding expansion of Senior Medicare Patrol to spread the word on fraud, waste and abuse - elderly are on  'frontlines of this fight,' 'critical partners' in protecting taxpayer dollars

April 24, 2013 – The Obama Administration made it clear today that it is out to stop Medicare fraud. The proposal of a new rule today indicates they want to increase rewards paid to Medicare beneficiaries and other individuals whose tips about suspected fraud lead to the successful recovery of funds to as high as $9.9 million from the current limit of $1,000. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Seniors Get Hung Up In Health Care Scams That Are Increasing Across Nation

Law enforcement agencies report fraudsters seem to be preying on the senior citizen’s confusion over changes in the  health care system

By Jenny Gold, KHN Staff Writer - Produced in collaboration with NPR

April 22, 2013 - One recent morning, 86-year-old Evelyne Lois Such was sitting at her kitchen table in Denver when the phone rang.  She didn’t recognize the phone number or the deep voice on the other end of the line. “He asked if I was a senior, and I said yes, and he said we are sending out all new Medicare cards and I want to make sure I have all of your statistics correct,” Such recounts. Read more...

Insurance & Investments for Seniors

Seniors Urged to Consider Free Tax Software from Free File Alliance as Deadline Nears

Taxpayers with earnings of $57,000 or less can visit IRS.gov for free software for preparing, filing tax return

April 8, 2013 – With Americans experiencing the shortest tax season on record, the Free File Alliance, a nonprofit coalition of industry-leading tax software companies partnered with the IRS, today reminded taxpayers that free, brand-name tax software is available at the IRS website. Read more... 

Social Security Q&A

Social Security Warns Senior Citizens to Be Sure They Are on the Official Social Security Website

Countless consumers victimized each year by misleading advertisers who use "Social Security" or "Medicare" to entice the public to use their services

March 25, 2013 - Thinking you are doing business with Social Security can be a costly mistake when you have been mislead to a website posing as the official government site, says Oscar Garcia, Public Affair Specialist with the Social Security Administration. He also advises prompt notification of a beneficiaries death to another question in this Social Security Q&A. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

CDC Calls for Action Now to Halt Spread of Deadly CRE Bacteria in Hospitals, Nursing Homes

Antibiotic-resistant CRE bacteria kills up to half of patients who get bloodstream infections from them – seniors at highest risk due to frequent hospital visits, lack of endurance

Testing the bacteria's resistance to antibioticsMarch 15, 2013 – Senior citizens and the caregivers who watch over them need to pay close attention to a new threat from a family of bacteria that has become increasingly resistant to last-resort antibiotics during the past decade, and more hospitalized patients are getting lethal infections that, in some cases, are impossible to cure. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Antibiotic-Resistant Strain of E. Coli Increasing Among Senior Citizens in Nursing Homes

Spread of E. coli ST131 already a pandemic but has received little attention in the U.S. – ‘making development of strategies to halt further emergence and spread of these strains a public health priority’

March 12, 2013 - Antibiotic-resistant Escherichia coli (E. coli) continues to proliferate, driven largely by expansion of a strain of E. coli know as sequence type ST131. A new study points to hospitals and long-term care facilities (LTCF) as settings in which this antibiotic-resistant strain is increasingly found, particularly among senior citizens. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Many Colonoscopies for Older Adults May be Inappropriate, Study Says

Unnecessary screenings are almost 40% for those seniors 76 to 85; 23.4% for all 70 and older. Second study finds senior citizens just keep on getting cancer screenings without results.

March 11, 2013 – Almost 1 of every 4 colonoscopies performed in Medicare beneficiaries 70 years and older in 2008-2009 in Texas and across the country were potentially inappropriate according to age-based screening recommendations or the results of a previous screening. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Crisis Looms for Senior Citizens as 'Coffee Rust' Wipes Out Production of Their Favorite Drink

A survey of seniors years ago found most prefer coffee to sex, but this devotion to caffeine may get challenged by an expected jump in price due to wide-spread fungus attack blamed on growing methods

Feb. 12, 2013 - Senior citizens may show little concern when the price of gasoline goes through the roof, but there is a price jump on the way that will make their gray hair, if available, stand on end. There is a raging outbreak of “coffee rust,” a fungus, that is sweeping through plantations in Central America and Mexico and severely limiting production, which pushes prices higher. Read more...

Aging News & Information

We Get More Trusting as We Age: 80 Percent of Scam Victims are Senior Citizens

The anterior insula of brain - associated with “gut feelings” - more active in younger people at the sight of an untrustworthy face

by Meghan Mott, Ph.D, National Institutes of Health

Jan. 28, 2013 - Older adults are more likely than younger ones to perceive dishonest faces as trustworthy, according to a new study of social judgments and brain activity. The findings may help explain why older people are more likely to fall victim to fraud. Read more...

Social Security News

Senior Citizens May Still Receive Social Security Checks in Mail After March 1 Treasury Deadline

Group backed by Envelope Manufacturers Association may have issue headed to a hearing in the House of Representatives

Jan. 21, 2013 – Senior citizens receiving their Social Security benefits by paper check may continue to do so after the March 1 deadline for converting to direct deposit or prepaid credit card, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle and Print Week magazine. “It turns up the checks still will be showing up in the mail after all,” writes Chronicle reporter L. M. Sixel. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Time Running Out for Seniors to Meet March 1 Social Security Electronic Payment Deadline

Treasury Department urges remaining paper check recipients to make the switch now to direct deposit or a prepaid card - see video

Deadline
March 1, 2013

Jan. 8, 2013 – Senior citizens still receiving their Social Security benefits by paper check must take action soon - March 1 is the final deadline by which all remaining federal benefit check recipients must receive their money electronically. That is the date the electronic payment law goes into effect. Read more..

Lipitor Generic – Atorvastatin – Being Voluntarily Recalled Due to Glass Particles

List of recalled products by lot numbers is below news report

Nov. 24, 2012 – A voluntary recall of the Lipitor generic drug Atorvastatin calcium tablets has been launched by Ranbaxy Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a U.S. subsidiary of Ranbaxy Laboratories Limited of India, due to the discovery of glass particles in some lots. Read more...

Medicare News

Medicare Hoping to Nudge Seniors Out of Drug, Health Plans with Low Ratings

First time Medicare officials have tried to steer beneficiaries away from some private drug and medical plans, while still allowing them to operate

By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News

Nov. 7, 2012 - Medicare officials are trying a novel approach during this open enrollment season to gently nudge a half million beneficiaries out of 26 private drug and medical plans that have performed poorly over the past three years. Read more...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements

Herbal and Dietary Supplements Can Be Dangerous Taken with Prescribed Drugs

Could be tip of the iceberg says editorial - most endangered are those with cardiovascular, central nervous system problems

Oct. 24, 2012 - A number of herbs and dietary supplements (HDS) can cause potentially harmful drug interactions, particularly among people receiving medication for problems with their central nervous or cardiovascular systems, which is most often older people. It is estimated that most people with chronic disease or cancer take HDS. Read more...

Medicare News

Medicare Open Enrollment Season Opens For Advantage Health and Drug Plans

Medicare 2013 Open Enrollment

Oct. 15 – Dec. 7, 2012

Seniors have been reluctant to change plans, even if there are cheaper or better-rated alternatives

By Susan Jaffe, Capsules -The KHN Blog

Oct. 15, 2012 - Today, Medicare beneficiaries can begin choosing their drug and medical coverage for 2013, and most seniors are expected to stick with the same policies they have already, despite price changes and a rating system that shows some plans may be better than others. Read more...

Health for Senior Citizens

Sam’s Club Joins Walmart to Offer Ten Immunizations in 4,352 Pharmacies

Free blood pressure screenings today (Sept. 15) in all Walmart stores offering immunizations; also on Sept. 22 and 29

click for more about shingles - MedlinePlusSept. 10, 2012 – Sam’s Club announced it is joining Walmart to offer 10 vital immunizations this cold and flu season at all 552 Sam’s Club locations with a pharmacy, which will open to the public. In partnership with Mollen Immunization Clinics, Walmart and Sam’s Club are offering a menu of 10 immunizations by registered nurses through November 15, including shingles, flu and pneumonia. The program began Aug. 27 at the 3,800 Walmarts with pharmacies. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

West Nile Virus Continues Rampage, Could Reach 3,000 Cases, Exceed 260 Deaths

CDC says Texas by far worse situation, followed by South Dakota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Michigan

Aug. 30, 2012 – As of yesterday 1,590 cases of West Nile virus have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - the most ever reported through the last week in August since West Nile virus was first detected in the U.S. in 1999. This includes 66 deaths and evidence of the disease has been reported in 48 states. Read more...

Baby Boomer Alert

Baby Boomers Should All Receive One-Time Hepatitis C Test: CDC Recommendation

Over 2 million US baby boomers  infected with hepatitis C – over 75% of all adults with the virus - more about hepatitis C below news story

Hepatitis C is diagnosed through blood tests, which can also show if you have chronic hepatitis C or another type of hepatitis.

Aug. 16, 2012 - All U.S. baby boomers should get a one-time test for the hepatitis C virus, according to final recommendations published today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. One in 30 baby boomers – the generation born from 1945 through 1965 – has been infected with hepatitis C, and most don’t know it. There is no vaccine for Hepatitis C. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

New Booklets to Protect Older Americans, Others Most Vulnerable to Food Poisoning

Will help at-risk feel confident about safety of foods they prepare, eat; helpful to physicians, health care providers to educate at-risk patients

Aug. 9, 2012 – A booklet – Food Safety for Older Adults – is one of six being published by the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide food safety advice developed specifically for the needs of people most vulnerable to food poisoning and those who prepare food for them. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

West Nile Virus Cases Reported to CDC Through July Are Most Since 2004

CDC urges seniors, others to take action to avoid this mosquito-carried disease

Aug. 3, 2012 - Concern being expressed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention due to the outbreak of 241 cases of West Nile virus disease, including four deaths. This is the highest number of cases reported through the end of July since 2004. Thus far in 2012, 42 states have reported West Nile virus infections in people, birds, or mosquitoes. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

CDC Notes Jump in A-H3N2v Virus Infection; Stresses Caution with Pigs

10 cases in Ohio associated with attendance at a fair where ill swine may have been - senior citizens must be cautious

 Alert: CDC Update

CDC will host a media update on the domestic influenza A (H3N2) variant (“H3N2v”) virus situation at midday. SeniorJournal.com will update this story as needed.

August 3, 2012 –Twelve new cases of human infections with influenza A (H3N2) variant virus in 3 states were reported today by the Centers for Disease Controal and Prevention. The H3N2v virus contains the M gene from the human influenza A(H1N1)pdm09 (2009 H1N1) virus, as have the previous 17 cases detected since July 2011. All of this week’s reported cases occurred in people who had direct or indirect contact with swine prior to their illness. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Diabetes Patients Can Save Up to $60 Million a Year: New Walmart Initiative

Company that led way in reducing the cost of generic drugs, now offers lower prices on meter, test strips, more for diabetes patients

July 25, 2012 - Walmart yesterday launched an initiative it says will save diabetes patients in the U.S. up to $60 million annually with its exclusive ReliOn brand of diabetes products, including the ReliOn Prime meter and blood sugar test strips. Among U.S. senior citizens aged 65 years and older, 10.9 million, or 26.9%, had diabetes in 2010. Read more...

Agencies Placing Potentially Dangerous Caregivers in Homes of Elderly

Troubling study finds many agencies recruit random strangers off Craigslist, place them in the homes of vulnerable elderly - 10 questions to ask before hiring caregiver!

By Marla Paul

July 10, 2012 - If you hire a caregiver from an agency for an elderly family member, you might assume the person had undergone a thorough criminal background check and drug testing, was experienced and trained for the job. You’d be wrong in many cases, according to new Northwestern Medicine research. Read more...

Task Force Wants Lung Cancer Screening Guidelines Pushed to Age 79

Guidelines expand recommended use of low-dose computed tomography

June 21, 2012 - A lung screening and surveillance task force is strongly recommending new guidelines for lung cancer screening that pushes the upper age for low-dose computed tomography (LDCT) to 79. Read more...

Mayo Clinic Links Common Blood Pressure Drug to Severe GI Problems

Patients in clinical trial taking Olmesartan (Brenicar) had symptoms of celiac disease - video discussion below news story

June 21, 2012 - Mayo Clinic researchers have discovered an association between a commonly prescribed blood pressure drug, Olmesartan (brand name: Benicar), and severe gastrointestinal issues such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, weight loss and electrolyte abnormalities - symptoms common among those who have celiac disease. The findings are published online today in the medical journal Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Read more...

Relief from Pain of Shingles May Soon by On Way with Horizant Approval by FDA

GSK and XenoPort get approval for valuable drug to treat postherpetic neuralgia but relief for senior victims may be delayed by contract dispute, says Reuters

See video

June 8, 2012 – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a drug – Horizant – that has been proven to provide relief for the nerve pain that strikes millions of senior citizens after they have been stricken with shingles. Shingles is caused by the varicella zoster virus, the same virus that causes chickenpox and is most common in people age 60 and older. Read more, see video...

FDA Issues Alert on Reumofan Plus; Dietary Supplement Used for Pain Relief

Health officials in Mexico order recall based on potentially harmful pharmaceutical ingredients

June 8, 2012 - The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning consumers that Reumofan Plus, marketed as a “natural” dietary supplement for pain relief and other serious conditions, contains several active pharmaceutical ingredients not listed on the label that could be harmful. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

High Risk of Major Bleeding from Low-Dose Aspirin Found by New Study

Study looked at those with and without diabetes in large study; aspirin appears to not increase risk for diabetics but non diabetics

June 5, 2012 - Just when new studies were beginning to solidify aspirin’s position as the wonder drug, for senior citizens in particular, the bubble of optimism is burst by news that daily use of even low-dose aspirin may increase the risk of major bleeding in the stomach, intestines or skull by more than 50 percent. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

New Scams Targeting Senior Citizens Reported; FBI Offers Advice

One new twist is the editing of captured recorded voice to sound like family member of elderly target

Crooks capture grandchild's recorded voice, change it to sound like plea for help to grandmother.

May 24, 2012 – There seems to be no end to the schemes people come up with to scam senior citizens. The newspaper in Carbondale, Pennsylvania, reports on two new scams - one high-tech -  aimed at the elderly. The Federal Bureau of Investigation says there are several key reasons the crooks target seniors and offers tips on how to avoid becoming a victim in specific frauds. Read more...

Walmart Adds Generic for Plavix on Saturday, More Generics on Way

The company that led  on making generic drugs more affordable, more popular with seniors will roll out a dozen more this year

May 17, 2012 – Walmart, the company that was the first to make drastic reductions in the price of generic drugs for senior citizens, announced yesterday that it will be among the first retailers to offer Clopidogrel, the generic version of Plavix. Clopidogrel will be available at all Walmart and Sam’s Club pharmacies on May 19. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Combating the Rise of ‘Polypharmacy’ – Tips for Seniors on Risk of Many Medications

Each year, about one-third of seniors experience serious adverse effects as a result of drug interactions, says CVS executive pharmacist - see video

By Papatya Tankut, vice president, CVS/Pharmacy

May 9, 2012 - If you’re over the age of 60, chances are you’re taking multiple medications. In the last 10 years, the percentage of people over 60 who take five or more medications has jumped from 22 percent to 37 percent. Right now, there are more than 30 million Americans taking five or more prescription drugs regularly, often called “polypharmacy.” Read more, see video...

Features for Senior Citizens

Benefits.gov Has Helped 50 Million in U.S. Since Launch 10-Years Ago

Benefit Finder allows citizens to quickly find benefits they may be eligible to receive out of over 1,000 Federally-funded benefit and assistance programs

April 18, 2012 - Over 50 million U.S. citizens – many of them senior citizens - have turned to Benefits.gov for life-altering government assistance information since its launch in 2002, according to a statement in the monthly eNewsletter, Compass, of the government website on its 10th anniversary. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Millions of Senior Citizens Eligible for IRS Free File Program: Preparation, E-Filing

100 million Americans are eligible to access free online tax software at IRS web site

April 13, 2012 – Many senior citizens are certainly among the millions of Americans that should consider the IRS Free File program before the April 17 tax filing deadline. IRS Free File provides free online tax software for all Americans with a 2011 Adjusted Gross Income of $57,000 or less. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Aspirin’s Ability to Prevent Cancer Gets Attention of American Cancer Society

‘Exciting opportunity to reconsider the potential role of aspirin in cancer prevention’

Low Dose Aspirin - 81 mgApril 12, 2012—A new report by American Cancer Society scientists says new data showing aspirin's potential role in reducing the risk of cancer death bring us considerably closer to the time when cancer prevention can be included in clinical guidelines for the use of aspirin in preventative care. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Sam’s Club Offers Free Memory, Brain Health Screening Saturday, April 14

Screenings targeting older people available to members and guests from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

April 10, 2012 – Everyone sometimes forgets. A certain degree of memory problems are a common part of aging. There is a difference, however, between changes in memory and memory loss from Alzheimer's disease. One in eight adults over the age of 65 is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, and 20 percent of the elderly population suffers from some form of dementia. Read more...

Heart Patients Warned of Using Drugs to Block ‘Flush’ from Popular Niacin Pills

Questions blocking DP1 in patients prone to cardiovascular disease, especially those taking niacin to treat cholesterol

April 9, 2012 - Niacin, or vitamin B3, is the one approved drug that increases "good" cholesterol (high density lipoprotein, HDL) while depressing "bad" cholesterol (low density lipoprotein, LDL), and has thereby attracted much attention from patients – seniors in particular - and physicians. Niacin keeps fat from breaking down, and so obstructs the availability of LDL building blocks. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Senior Citizen Thyroid Surgery Patients at Greater Risk of Postoperative Problems

Large study challenges assumption that thyroidectomy is a low-risk operation for elderly patients

March 29, 2012 - Elderly patients who undergo thyroid surgery are at a much higher risk than their younger counterparts for serious cardiac, pulmonary and infectious complications, according to a recent study. Compared to younger patients, senior citizens (age 65-79) are twice as likely and the super-elderly (age 80 and above) are five times as likely to have a postoperative complication. Read more...

sHealth & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Pre-Cancerous Polyps Missed in Third of Colonoscopies Due to Poor Patient Prep

Most seniors dread their colonoscopy exam and a big part of this consternation is due to the required preparation - about a quarter do poor job

By Jim Dryden

See video below news report

March 27, 2012 - What happens on the day before a colonoscopy may be just as important as the colon-screening test itself. Gastroenterologists at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that when patients don’t adequately prep for the test by cleansing their colons, doctors often can’t see potentially dangerous pre-cancerous lesions. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Statin Link to Cognitive Problems, Memory Loss by FDA Shock to Seniors

New safety warnings also cite liver problems, blood sugar elevation, drug interactions with lovastation

Feb. 29. 2012 – Statins, the cholesterol-lowering drugs taken by millions of senior citizens for better cardiovascular health, have enjoyed a long ride of positive feedback on their benefits. Yesterday, however, the Food and Drug Administration sent shock waves through the elderly community with a caution that statins may be associated with cognitive problems and memory loss, a major fear for many seniors. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Ten Tips for Seniors on Avoiding Auto Battery Failure in Winter Weather

Cold weather puts extra stress on vehicle battery; failure puts extra stress on driver

Feb. 27, 2012 – A dangerous situation can quickly develop for senior citizens when the car battery dies on a freezing winter day. Cold weather can influence a vehicle engine to put twice as much stress on the battery, according to Interstate Batteries, which also offers ten tips to help seniors avoid this crisis. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Diabetes Drug TAX-875 Improves Glucose Control Without Increasing Hypoglycemia

Researchers say it is as effective as glimepiride with lower risk of drop in blood sugar - good news for about 11 million seniors with type 2 diabetes

Feb. 27, 2012 - Only about half of those with type 2 diabetes – most of them senior citizens - have their blood sugar levels on target, but a new drug, studied by the University of Michigan shows promise in managing glucose levels. TAK-875 works by boosting the release of insulin from pancreatic B cells, but only when diabetics need it most – such as when glucose and fatty acids rise in the blood after a meal. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Adding Plavix to Aspirin for Preventing Small Strokes May Increase Death Risk

Study stopped early due to increased bleeding compared to aspirin alone

Feb. 6, 2012 - The anti-blood clot regimen that adds the drug Plavix (clopidogrel) to aspirin treatment is unlikely to prevent recurrent strokes and may increase the risk of bleeding and death in patients with subcortical stroke according to late-breaking research presented Friday at the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference 2012. Read more...

Medicare News

Medicare is Trying to Save Your Life; Needs You to Help by Using Preventive Services

Download this free, handy sheet for keeping track of your free Medicare preventive services

Jan. 22, 2012 - Senior citizens have a better chance at a longer, healthier life this year, thanks to the many new preventive services now offered by Medicare. Many have been added by the health care reform law, called “Obamacare” by its critics, but officially named the Affordable Care Act. SeniorJournal.com is offering a free checklist to help you keep up with all the preventive services you are due. Read more, download your free checklist...

Aging News & Information

Nursing Home Dementia Patients Three Times as Likely to Fall if on Antidepressants

Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) appear to cause risk to rise with higher doses

Jan. 19, 2012 - Nursing home residents with dementia who use average doses of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) are three times more likely to have an injurious fall than similar people who don’t use these drugs. Read more...

Social Security News

Social Security Suspends Online Services for a Day of Maintenance

System maintenance begins Saturday night, ends Monday morning

Dec. 15, 2011 – Online services provided by the Social Security Administration, including such services as applying for benefits online, will not be available from 11 p.m. Saturday until 5 a.m. Monday. The temporary shutdown is due to regular system maintenance. Read more...

Medicare Offers More Open Enrollment Time for Seniors Who Call Today

Only for seniors who contact any of several sources of assistance before close of business Wednesday and leave messages

By Susan Jaffe, KHN

Dec. 7, 2011 - Federal officials are extending the Dec. 7 deadline for three days for some people who have had trouble enrolling in a Medicare prescription drug or private health plan because of the crush of last-minute sign-ups. Read more...

Medicare News

That Other Shopping Spree: Medicare Deadline Looms

Senior citizens have until Dec. 7 to choose a Medicare Advantage or new Medicare prescription drug plan - see video, story for helpful ideas

By Christian Torres, KHN Blog Capsules

Nov. 25, 2011 - Black Friday is nearly upon us, and along with holiday gift shopping, there’s plenty of Medicare shopping to do over Thanksgiving weekend. Seniors have only two weeks left to choose a new Medicare Advantage or prescription drug plan, if they want to change from their current ones. Medicare’s open enrollment deadline was pushed up this year, from Dec. 31 to Dec. 7, as part of the 2010 federal health law. Read more, see video...

Social Security News

Social Security Launches New Spanish Online Services Matching English Version

TV superstar Don Francisco helps announce retirement and medicare extra help applications at www.segurosocial.gov

Nov. 18, 2011 – Social Security’s most popular online services – the applications for retirement and Medicare and for Extra Help with Medicare prescription drug costs - are now available in Spanish. The new online services are available at www.segurosocial.gov, which is the Spanish version of Social Security’s award winning website, www.socialsecurity.gov. Read more...

Senior Alert

New Caretaker Quickly Marries 87-Year-Old, Changes Will in Her Favor

11/9/11 – Jewell Hall, 87, hired Marjorie Messer as his caretaker and she quickly became his wife, and changed his will. Hall’s guardian, Carol Bertsche, is now in Probate Court in San Antonio, Texas, seeking to have the marriage annulled. Hall has been diagnosed with “serious dementia.” Messer has also been charged with “theft from elderly by deception.” San Antonio Express-News, Photo: Jerry Lara

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Free Memory Screening at 2,500 Places on November 15; All Kmart Pharmacies

9th annual memory day by Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has 30 professional organizations joining in

Nov. 7, 2011 - As federal officials and other experts work toward developing the first-ever national plan that will address the growing crisis of Alzheimer's disease, the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) is encouraging Americans to take their own steps to be proactive about memory health by taking advantage of free memory screenings during its National Memory Screening Day (NMSD) on November 15. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Prescription Painkiller Overdoses at Epidemic Levels Says CDC; Seniors Sometimes Source

Kills more Americans than heroin and cocaine combined; senior citizens are not big abusers but may be source for others

Nov. 1, 2011 - The death toll from overdoses of prescription painkillers has more than tripled in the past decade, according to an analysis in the CDC Vital Signs report released today from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Senior citizens are not among those most often in this abuse but are increasingly seen as a source, due to their heavy use of prescription painkillers. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Clinical Trial Seeking Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis Treatment for Older People Halted

Deadly disease usually affects middle-aged and older adults; 3-drug regimen more harmful than placebo

Oct. 22, 2011 – One part of a clinical trial studying treatments for the lung-scarring and deadly disease idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) has been halted by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute for safety concerns. IPF is a serious disease that usually affects middle-aged and older adults. IPF has no cure and many people live only about 3 to 5 years after diagnosis. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

New Tool Kit Available to Help Senior Citizens Avoid Financial Scams

Caregivers, seniors can learn tips to protect most vulnerable seniors

Oct. 21, 2011 – Senior citizens are 12 percent of the U.S. population but a staggering 35 percent of all fraud is inflicted on seniors. A new effort to educate seniors on how to protect them themselves from financial abuse and scams has been published by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Latest Senior Scam Hits San Antonio Couple for $15,000 in Jewelry, Cash

Man poses as city worker to get couple to go outside, while gang robs home

Oct. 20, 2011 - The latest alert for senior citizens on scams comes from San Antonio, where a senior couple was robbed of thousands of dollars in personal property after falling for a scheme presented by a man posing as a worker with the city’s electric utility company. Read more...FTC Help...

Seniors Warned of Deadly Listeriosis Outbreak Linked to Colorado Cantaloupes

13 confirmed deaths, dozens infected by listeria in 18 states; video on produce safety

Sept. 28, 2011 – An outbreak of deadly listeria infection has killed 13 people and infected 72 in 18 states, according to a report yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Senior citizens, especially with weakened immune systems, are considered to be at high risk. Read more, watch video...

Medicare News

Medicare Enrollment for Drug Plans, Medicare Advantage Earlier This Year

Open enrollment begins October 15 rather than November 15

Sept. 12, 2011 – Senior citizens are already receiving information on the 2012 drug plans from their Medicare Part D insurance companies. Registration for next year is coming earlier this year – it has been changed to open October 15 and end on December 7 in 2011. Read more...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Brain Stenting Appears to Increase Strokes in Highest Risk Cases; Study Stopped

NIH clinical trial sees more deaths among those given stents than those using just medical management to ward off second stroke

Sept. 8, 2011 – A study seeking life-saving help for patients at the highest risk of a second stroke was halted in April because these patients treated with a brain stent were having more strokes and deaths than those in the other half of the study that received just medical management. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

SIR Again Sponsoring ‘Legs for Life’ to Find PAD that Hits Up to 20% of Seniors

September is PAD Awareness Month; promoting screenings for peripheral arterial disease is more common with aging - some free

Sept. 7, 2011 - Peripheral arterial disease, or PAD, is a common condition affecting 12-20 percent of America’s senior citizens – people age 65 and older - that may not know it can be a signal of future heart attack and stroke. And, many with the disease may be unaware they have it, according to the Society of Interventional Radiology. Read more...

CDC Sounds Warning of Tickborne Parasite, Babesia, Spreading by Blood Transfusions

Elderly among those most in endangered; screening of donors needed but no FDA approved systems

Sept. 6, 2011 – Babesia, a parasite transmitted to humans by tick bites is endangering the U.S. blood supply, since the disease babesiosis is also spreading through transfusions and is potentially fatal, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

For Some Surgeries It Makes Difference if Hospital Has Performed Them Many Times

Hospitals doing most aortic aneurysm repairs, heart bypass surgeries or gastric bypass surgeries have less adverse events

Sept. 2, 2011 - Seniors scheduled for heart bypass surgery or weight loss surgery may want to find out just how frequently different hospitals in their area are performing those procedures before deciding where to go. A new study finds that hospitals with higher surgical volumes for certain procedures are less likely to cause unintentional serious injuries... Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Pap and HPV Tests for Cervical Cancer Screening Given Too Often; Conflict with Guidelines

Centers of Disease Control & Prevention investigators find physicians not close to national recommendations

Aug. 18, 2011 – Investigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have determined that the majority of primary care providers continue to recommend annual cervical cancer screening, and less than 15% would extend the screening interval when using the Papanicolaou test and human papillomavirus (HPV) test together, as some guidelines suggest. Read more...


Features for Senior Citizens

Vote for My Friend, Jenny Sakellariou, as Top Volunteer in Meals on Wheels (Update: Jenny won 3rd in nation, thanks for your help)

Watch the video and you will vote for Jenny in this national contest ending August 26

By Tucker Sutherland, Editor & Publisher

Aug. 16, 2011 – “It was a long time ago…” That’s a phrase familiar to every senior citizen, and I am talking about a long time ago. That’s when I had the privilege of being the publisher of the San Angelo (Tx) Standard-Times and the honor of working with some mighty fine Texans. Now, one of the best, Jenny Sakellariou, 84, has been nominated as the Meals on Wheels national volunteer of the year and I hope you will vote for her. Read more...


Medicare News

Over Two Million Low-Income Seniors May Be Missing Big Savings on Drugs

Medicare’s Low-Income Subsidy is easy to check for eligibility, says CMS

Aug. 9, 2011 - Some senior citizens and others in Medicare could qualify for assistance with their prescription drug costs, and be eligible this year to pay no more than $2.50 for generic drugs and $6.30 for each brand name drug. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates more than 2 million people may be eligible for the subsidy, but are not currently enrolled. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Urgent Advice for Senior Citizens on Resisting Heat-Related Illnesses

National Institutes of Health says risk of  problems from high summer temperature increases with age

Aug. 4, 2011 – As most of the United States suffers with record-breaking heat, the National Institutes of Health points out that senior citizens are at greater risk than most, but adds some advice especially for seniors on how to protect their health. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Seniors Can Expect All Social Security Payments to be Made on Time

Agency again urges seniors to switch from checks to Direct Deposit

Aug. 2, 2011 - Social Security payments for August 3rd will be made on time and as scheduled, according to Michael J. Astrue, Commissioner of Social Security. Payments for August 10th, 17th, and 24th also will be made as scheduled. Read more...

CDC Releases New Outpatient Safety Checklist to Reduce Infections

Senior citizens most at risk of infections because they are most frequent patients

By Bara Vaida, Kaiser Health News

CDC Press Release below news report

CDC Safety Checklist below press release

July 14, 2011 - Just as airline pilots are required to use safety checklists before taking off, so should medical facilities who are treating people on an outpatient basis, said the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

FDA OKs Boostrix for Senior Citizens to Prevent Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis

Whooping cough (Pertussis), increasing since 2007, is highly contagious; outbreaks among elderly in nursing homes and hospitals

July 11, 2011 – Senior citizens – people age 65 and older – no longer have to get separate vaccinations to prevent tetanus and diphtheria. The Food and Drug Administration on Friday approved the Boostrix vaccine, which will prevent both of these diseases, plus pertussis (whooping cough), which is increasing among the elderly. Read more...

Summer Great for Cookouts But Senior Citizens Need to Be Aware of Food Dangers

CDC advises senior citizens they are among those most at risk of deadly listeriosis - offers specific safe-guards

June 16, 2011 - Summer is a great time for cook-outs and picnics, however, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention advises senior citizens it’s important to know that ready-to-eat hot dogs, lunch meats, and cold cuts may not be safe for them or other high risk groups. Read more...

Grandparent News

Grandparents May Be Supplying Drugs to Children This Summer Without Even Knowing It

70% of teens who abuse Rx drugs get them from family and friends - see video

June 15, 2011 - Studies show that more teens start using drugs during the summer months - while unsupervised and with more free time. Some of them may even be finding their grandparents’ home a treasure trove of easy to reach temptations. Read more...see video

Senior Citizen Alerts

Treasury Retiring Paper Check for Social Security, Other Benefits; Saves $1 Billion

Seniors, others currently receiving federal benefits by paper check must switch to direct deposit by March 1, 2013.

April 27, 2011 – Starting on May 1, the U.S. Treasury will switch to an electronic payment method for Baby Boomers and others signing on for Social Security, veterans’ affairs payments or other benefits. Senior citizens and others currently receiving their federal benefits by paper check must switch to direct deposit by March 1, 2013. The move is projected to save taxpayers $1 billion over ten years. Read more...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

New Guidelines for Alzheimer’s Diagnosis Starts with Pre-Alzheimer’s, Marks Advances

Some older people have abnormal levels of amyloid plaques, yet never show signs of dementia… amyloid deposits begin early in the disease process but tangle formation, loss of neurons occur later; new report for boomers, see below news story

Alzheimer's Association has also released a new book for baby boomers about AD, read more below news story.

April 19, 2011 - For the first time in 27 years, clinical diagnostic criteria for Alzheimer’s disease dementia have been revised, and research guidelines for earlier stages of the disease have been characterized to reflect a deeper understanding of the disorder. The guidelines released today cover the disease from pre-Alzheimer’s and across its many gradually changes over many years. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Senior Citizens Should Cheer Today’s Initiative to Combat Deadly Infectious ‘Super Bugs’

Antibiotic-resistant infections kill nearly 100,000 U.S. hospital patients; but while 16 new antibiotics were approved between 1983 - 1987, only two since 2008

April 7, 2011 – Senior citizens should be cheering on this World Health Day. The Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) is rolling out a multi-pronged plan today to combat deadly antibiotic-resistant “super bugs.” The elderly, generally, are the most likely to be attacked by these lethal “super bugs,” because they are the most likely to visit hospitals and clinics where infections are most often found. Older people also have less resistance to fight the infections. Read more...

FDA Warns of Fake Potassium Iodide in Wake of Japan’s Nuclear Incident

Says no need for those is U.S. to buy KI for radiation, also says food supply safe, too

March 18, 2011 - There is no public health event requiring anyone in the U.S. to take potassium iodide (KI) because of the ongoing nuclear incident in Japan, says the Food and Drug Administration. The FDA acknowledges the public concern and says there has been an increase in demand for KI, the only FDA-approved drug used to prevent and treat the harmful effects of radiation. Read more...

Senior Citizens May Have Been Smart to Delay on Cell Phones: Use May Effect Brain

Study finds mobile phones do effect brain activity but consequences unknown - see video

Feb. 22, 2011 – Senior citizens, the age group that has been the slowest to adapt to cell phone use, may have been right in exercising caution, suggests a new study. The report in the February 23 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association says 50 minutes of cell phone use increased brain activity in the region closest to the phone antenna. Read more, watch video...

Health & Medicine for Senior Citizens

Study Finds Treatment of Senior Citizens with Rheumatoid Arthritis is Unacceptable

Wide variations found in Medicare Managed Care patients receipt of recommended drug therapy: see video

Feb. 1, 2011 - An analysis of data from more than 90,000 Medicare managed care enrollees who received care for rheumatoid arthritis finds that more than one-third did not receive the recommended treatment with a disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drug, and that receipt varied by demographic factors, socio-economic status, geographic location and health plan, according to a study in the February 2 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). Read more, watch video...

Senior Citizen Alerts

HHS Frees $3.9 Billion to Help Provide Heating for Low-Income Seniors, Families

Funds will go to states, tribes and territories under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

Jan. 13, 2011 – Many senior citizens stressed about paying their energy bills during the cold winter got the word yesterday that help is on the way. The Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the availability of additional funding to help eligible low-income families or all ages meet their home energy needs, bringing the total made available since October 1 to $3.9 billion. Read more...

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