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Alerts for Senior Citizens

Note: Beginning in 2015, Alerts are published under the appropriate news section, etc., health, etc.

Cold, flu meds risky for senior citizens with high blood pressure

Some over-the-counter meds can have negative impact on hypertension

senior man having blood pressure test by medical professionalDec. 10, 2014 – It is the season for colds and flu. Most of us seniors do not hesitate to seek quick relief from an over-the-counter (OTC) medication. Not so fast, says the American Heart Association, most senior citizens also have hypertension. Some medications taken over the counter can have a negative impact on blood pressure. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Bad signs on horizon although flu season off to slow start

Early check of dominant viruses indicate a severe season, less protection from vaccine, but better than nothing for seniors

senior man sneezing into handkerchiefDec. 9, 2014 – The good news about the 2014-15 flu season is that so far influenza activity is slow. This, however, is swamped by the potential bad news – it is looking like this could develop into a rough season with a high death rate and this season’s flu vaccine may not been the best match to beat back the viruses that are showing up. Still, senior citizens should get a flu shot! You will fair better than without it. More...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Vitamin claims for treating age-related macular degeneration challenged

Research shows that of 11 popular supplements analyzed all have misleading claims

photos showing before and after effects of age-related macular degenerationDec. 9, 2014 - Americans spend billions of dollars each year on nutritional supplements. And, for senior citizens with aging eyes, purchasing eye vitamins that claim to help protect vision is an attractive proposition. Unfortunately, a new study finds these claims for most products from the top-selling brands don't match the scientific evidence, especially for treating the leading cause of blindness among older adults, age-related macular degeneration (AMD). More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Physicians, Others in Health Care Want Patients to Take More Responsibility for Their Care

‘…actions - or inaction - of patients should be considered in programs designed to improve care and patient outcomes’

By Tucker Sutherland, editor & publisher,

two doctors consulting with senior patientNov. 3, 2014 –An interesting twist has just been made in the national effort to improve healthcare – the doctors want the patients to step up and share some the responsibility. Keep in mind that when we talk about "patients," we are primarily talking about senior citizens. And, the health care world is not just composed to health care providers and patients. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is the big kid on the block. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Seniors with Heart Problems Need to Worry About NOT Getting Flu Shot

Those with cardiovascular problems probably most in need of a flu shot

By Tucker Sutherland, editor,

Two senior women focused on senior man in centerOct. 31, 2014 – When you have heart problems, as so many senior citizens do, it is natural to become concerned about things you put in your body – like vaccine to prevent flu. In this case, don’t worry, the Centers for Disease Control says what you should be worried about is catching the flu – that does increase the risk of a heart attack. There are even studies that say the flu shot may offer protection against heart attacks. More...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Four New Cancer Risks Added to Report on Carcinogens by HHS

Science-based document identifies chemical, biological, and physical agents that are considered cancer hazards

Oct. 2, 2014 – A new report – the 13th – on cancer causing carcinogens has been issued by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services with four substances added to the list, which now numbers 243. The science-based document identifies chemical, biological, and physical agents that are considered cancer hazards.

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

hand cuffsSept. 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.

Senior Citizen Alerts

Most Seniors Not Aware of High Dose Flu Shot for Elderly Provided by Medicare

Flu vaccine, including high dose version, is provided at no cost to seniors covered by Medicare - vaccine finder on page

Aug. 17, 2014 – A stronger flu vaccine was created just for senior citizens. The high dose vaccine contains four times the antigens as the regular flu vaccine and is intended to create a stronger immune response for seniors, who are at greater risk of developing severe flu-related illnesses. The problem is that the majority of seniors are not aware of its importance. More...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Senior Citizens Should Schedule Mentally Challenging Tasks in the Morning

Older adults have ‘morning brains’ finds study showing noticeable difference in brain function across the day

Aug. 6, 2014 - Senior citizens facing a challenge that will require their brain to be working at its best should schedule it for the morning hours. A new study finds older adults have “morning brains.” They not only perform better on demanding cognitive tasks but also activate the same brain networks responsible for paying attention and suppressing distraction as younger adults, according to Canadian researchers. More...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Coffee-Loving Seniors, Others Warned by FDA to Avoid Powdered Pure Caffeine

FDA says at least one death reported from use of pure caffeine sold in bulk over internet

July 24, 2014 – Say the word caffeine and the heads of senior citizens usually pops up. It makes them think of their favorite drink – coffee. But, this time it is a message from the Food and Drug Administration warning about powdered pure caffeine being marketed directly to consumers. More...


Senior Citizen Alerts

Study of Seniors Shows Niacin Too Dangerous for Routine Cholesterol Therapy

>doesn't reduce heart attacks, strokes

>may increase death risk, excess bleeding, diabetes

>Statins best choice to reduce heart attack, stroke risk

Mainstay drug for many seniors now linked to death risk, dangerous side effects and no benefits in large study of older adults

July 17, 2014 - After 50 years of being a mainstay cholesterol therapy for many seniors, niacin should no longer be prescribed for most patients due to potential increased risk of death, dangerous side effects and no benefit in reducing heart attacks and strokes, writes Northwestern Medicine preventive cardiologist Donald Lloyd-Jones, M.D., in a New England Journal of Medicine editorial. Read more...

Senior Citizen Alerts

Scams Targeting Grandparents Get Attention from Senate Committee on Aging

Goal today is to identify solutions to help authorities better detect and prosecute such crimes, and encourage retailers, phone companies to help protect consumers

Click to committee website and live video.

July 16, 2014 – The U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging will hold a hearing today at 1:30 p.m. to seek solutions to the increase in scams targeting grandparents. Sens. Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Susan Collins (R-ME), the committee’s chairman and ranking member, called for the hearing after receiving complaints from victims through the committee’s fraud hotline. 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...

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...

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,

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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..

Senior Citizen Alerts

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...

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...

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. 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...

Senior Citizen Alerts

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...

Senior Citizen Alerts

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...

Senior Citizen Alerts

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...

Senior Citizen Alerts

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...

Senior Citizen Alerts

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...

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...

Senior Citizen Alerts

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...

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...

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...

Senior Citizen Alerts

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...

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...

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...

Senior Citizen Alerts

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...

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...

Senior Citizen Alerts

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...

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...

Senior Citizen Alerts

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...

Senior Citizen Alerts

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...

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...

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...

Senior Citizen Alerts

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 Citizen Alerts

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...

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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