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Health and Medicine for Seniors

Breast Cancer to Make Big Jump in U.S. but Some Encouraging Research News

Cancer researchers hear fasting may lower risk, combo drug may break breast cancer resistance, more below; increase in women over 70

April 20, 2015 – The bad news about breast cancer is there are expected to be a 50 percent increase in U.S. cases by 2013, compared to 2011, according to research presented at a meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research. But there was also a ton of good news among the many research reports being presented that have found encouragement in the fight against this killer of women – primarily senior women. More...

Senior Citizen Politics

White House Conference on Aging gets big boost from Gerontological Society

Society publishes magazine dedicated to this conference that happens every 10 years - conference details below news story

April 17, 2015 – The activist involved in issues of aging in America are working feverishly in preparation for the White House Conference on Aging, which includes the Gerontological Society of America (GSA), which has just published an issue of their magazine that is totally about the conference. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Most seniors take a daily aspirin if they need it or not

Why do so many older adults gobble down aspirin when it is not recommended by FDA?

April 16, 2015 - More than half of older Americans – those age 45 through 75 – take an aspirin every day, even though this use is not recommended by the Food and Drug Administration for most people who have not yet had a heart attack or stroke. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare's Hospital Compare adds star rating but fails to score with critics

Editor's note: New star rating system gets some hoarse criticism at Kaiser Health News

April 16, 2015 – Medicare’s Hospital Compare website may have added the star rating system today but the new service – well, even the earlier service – is not getting five stars from Jordan Rau of Kaiser Health News. His article published today is below. It is a “must read” for senior citizens planning on using the service to choose a hospital. More...

Aging & Longevity

two happy older womenSenior citizens jubilant after a good house cleaning, so the research shows

Keeping their homes maintained more important physically, mentally than where they live, what they own

April 16, 2015 - Senior citizens who keep a clean and orderly home tend to feel emotionally and physically better after tackling house chores. The reason for this jubilance is the exercise it takes to get the job done, according to new findings by a Case Western Reserve University school of nursing researcher. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Hospital Compare adds star ratings system

Latest comparison ratings by CMS to help seniors, others compare and choose hospitals, other medical services

April 16, 2015 – How well does your hospital rate with Medicare? Today senior citizens and others can find out online. The famous “star rating” was added today to the Hospital Compare website provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). CMS says this will make it easier for consumers to choose a hospital and understand the quality of care they deliver. More...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Alzheimer’s study points finger of blame at immune system

art of brain should parts in colorSearch for treatment, cure seems headed in new direction today after Duke study

April 15, 2015 – The search for a cure or treatment of Alzheimer’s disease appears to being going in a new direction today. New research points the finger of blame away from "plaques" and "tangles" and toward a failure of the immune system. More...

Senior Citizen Politics

Wealthy seniors to pay more for Medicare under bill passed to fix doctor pay

Medicare’s troubled physician payment formula will soon be history, Congress passed bill and here is what it says

By Mary Agnes Carey, Kaiser Health News

April 15, 2015 - As expected, the Senate last night easily passed legislation to scrap the formula, accepting a bipartisan plan muscled through the House last month by Speaker John Boehner and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi. The Senate vote came just hours before doctors faced a 21 percent Medicare pay cut. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Senior men with history of reflux disease need test for Barrett’s Esophagus

New treatment for common digestive condition Barrett's Esophagus also recommended by landmark study

By Tucker Sutherland, editor

April 14, 2015 – Men over 60 with 10-year history of a serious form of reflux disease should be screened for Barrett’s esophagus, which makes them more likely to develop a rare cancer called esophageal adenocarcinoma. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Senior citizens hopeful new therapy can slow age-related macular degeneration

Currently no treatment to stop the advance of AMD, leading cause of vision loss in seniors 65 and older

April 14, 2015 – The leading cause of blindness in senior citizens - age-related macular degeneration – may have met its match. For the first time, there may be a therapy to at least slow the progress of the disease. More

Parkinson's, Alzheimer's & Mental Health

Tango may not cure Parkinson’s but puts new step in their walk

Study looked at changes in patients’ motor abilities following a 12-week tango course

April 14, 2015 – A little tango dancing for patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), who are usually senior citizens over 60, may not have improved their motor functions but it did significantly improve their balance and functional mobility. Maybe most importantly, it seemed to encourage greater appreciation of their therapy, improve cognitive functions and reduce fatigue. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Tylenol kills the pain but also keeps you from enjoying it too much

‘Rather than just being a pain reliever, acetaminophen can be seen as an all-purpose emotion reliever’ - popular with many senior citizens; used often for arthritis pain

by Jeff Grabmeier, Ohio State

April 13, 2015 - Researchers studying the commonly used pain reliever acetaminophen found it has a previously unknown side effect: It blunts positive emotions. More...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Dramatic rise in cost of long term care may shock seniors and their children

New Genworth cost of care study has some good news – home health care cost increasing slower than facility care

April 10, 2015 – For senior citizens it may be hard to not get depressed when reading the latest report from Genworth on the cost of long term care in the U.S. It just keeps on climbing at a pace well above inflation or the growth in Social Security benefits. The 2015 Cost of Care study has one bit of better news, however, the cost of home health care, which most seniors seem to prefer, is rising more gradually than the cost of care in nursing homes or assisted living facilities. More...

Aging & Longevity

Donna Anderson before plastic surgery on faceCan aging face become more likeable, feminine with plastic surgery?

Study in Journal of American Medical Association says there is more to the surgery than looking younger

April 9, 2015 – Senior citizens usually think of facial plastic surgery as a way to look younger. A new study – the first to examine perceptions after plastic surgery – has found it does more than make you look youthful. It concludes that women who have certain procedures are perceived as having greater social skills and are more likeable, attractive and feminine. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicaid mental care for seniors, others may soon match care for physical health

couple concerned about mental health treatment expenseGovernment had previously ordered parity by private managed care insurers, now want rule to activate in government programs

By Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News

April 7, 2015 - A federal law that passed in 2008 was supposed tents had insurance bnefits for mental health and addiction treatment, the coverage was on par with what they received for medical and surgical care. But until now, the government had only spelled out how the law applied to commercial plans. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Advantage, drug plan rates get surprise boost for 2016

flying moneyCMS earlier indicated there would be little if any increase in cost for 2016 as it tries to reduce cost of private plans to match government insurance cost

 By SeniorJournal.com staff

April 7, 2015 – Medicare Advantage and drug plan insurance providers got a nice surprise from Medicare this morning – a 1.25 percent rate increase for 2016. Earlier the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) had announced it expected a slight decrease for next year. More...

Social Security News

Raising Social Security retirement to 70 makes sense but penalizes the disadvantaged

Survival to age 65 rose to 84.8% and years lived past age 65 increased to 18.9 between 1983 and 2009.

April 5, 2015 - Adjustments to the retirement age have not kept up with increases in life expectancy or healthy lifespan. The age to receive full Social Security benefits should be closer to 70, according to a report published in the journal Daedalus. But, that change would not be good for those with lower life expectancy. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Reducing hip fractures in U.S. senior citizens would cost $2 billion

Study predicts 357,656 lifetime hip fractures after wrist fracture in all U.S. females age 65 and older

By Senior Journal staff

x-ray of hip bonesApril 4, 2018 – Most U.S. senior citizens over age 80 suffer with the steady loss of bone due to osteoporosis, contributing to an estimated 2 million bone fractures each year. A new study finds that routine bisphosphonate drug treatment of women over 65 who sustain a distal radius (wrist) fracture - one of the most common fractures associated with osteoporosis - could significantly reduce the risk for additional fractures... More...

Aging & Longevity

Chronically lonely seniors likely to turn to physicians for social contact

More doctors' office visits by older adults suffering chronic loneliness

April 3, 2015 - Experiences of loneliness and social isolation can lead to increased health care use among seniors, finds new research from the University of Georgia College of Public Health. More...

Health Alert  for Seniors

Older people threatened by new diarrhea superbug resistant to preventive drug

drug resistant shigellaYoung children, gay men are most common victims of this diarrhea; threat may increase amount adults due to this bugs resistance to preventive drug for adults

April 2, 2015 – A new variety of a bug that already causes about half-a-million cases of diarrhea each year in the U.S. is proving resistant to drugs usually prescribed to protect adults. More

Medicare & Medicaid News

Very poor, very sick elderly do worse in Medicare programs due to circumstances

Study by Medicare-Medicaid insurers say CMS cannot expect same healthcare results as for those from better environments

By Tucker Sutherland, editor

April 1, 2015 – If you are very, very poor and very, very sick – as are most Americans known as “dual eligibles” by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services – you are likely to fair worse than others being treated with the same level of care by Medicare healthcare providers. This is the conclusion from a study funded by a healthcare technology company and the Special Needs Plan (SNP) Alliance, a group of companies that offer Medicare-Medicaid insurance plans. More

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Most Alzheimer’s victims not being told dreaded diagnosis by doctors

5.1 million senior citizens have Alzheimer’s, two-thirds are women, less likely to be told than cancer victims

March 24, 2015 – Wow, what a month in the fight against Alzheimer’s – well recognized as the affliction senior citizens fear most. It is such a dreaded diagnosis that only about 45 percent of patients or caregivers are being told the diagnosis by their doctor, according to the 2015 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures report released today. More...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Fight against Alzheimer’s produces 19 significant discoveries this month

Many reports on studies suggesting better treatments, moving closer to cure for Alzheimer’s

March 24, 2015 – It has been an incredible month of news about Alzheimer’s disease and most of it has been encouraging for senior citizens, who fear the mind-altering disease more than any other. Among the most positive are news of a diet and a gene variant that may protect against AD, restoration of memory by an epilepsy drug, discovery about inherited AD, and new diagnostic techniques. More...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Seniors offered new dollar-a-day service to call doctors for medical advice

Seniors Wireless says it is affordable, contract-free wireless plan to offering seniors flexibility and convenience

March 24, 2015 – The number of senior citizens in the U.S. keeps expanding as older Americans continue to extend the average age of longevity. There is a price – we must consistently maintain our health. Now, a company – Seniors Wireless – wants to make it easier and affordable. Today they introduced a program that provides seniors age 55 and older unlimited, direct access to board-certified doctors via telephone or video, for any reason, anytime and anywhere for one dollar a day. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Doc pay bill passed in House blocks injured from suing physicians

Why did Senate leave town without finishing work on bill? Rubio says no cuts to Advantage

March 31, 2015 - The New York Times details some of the specifics of these protections for physicians inserted in House bill. Meanwhile, The Hill reports on why the Senate left town without finishing work on the Medicare physician payment overhaul - thereby leaving doctor payments in limbo. Marco Rubio wants to block any cuts to Medicare Advantage. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Some seniors to pay more for Medicare in House passed bill to hike doctor pay

This is a look at the details in this bill that will impact seniors on Medicare

March 27, 2015 - The House Thursday overwhelmingly passed legislation to scrap Medicare’s troubled physician payment formula, just days before a March 31 deadline when doctors who treat Medicare patients will see a 21 percent payment cut. More...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Senior citizens with a purpose in life have less brain damage

Positive psychological factors such as a purpose in life, emerging as very potent determinants of health for elderly

March 20, 2015 — Having a strong sense that your life has meaning and direction may make you less likely to develop areas of brain damage caused by blockages in blood flow as you age. At least that is what was found in a study of senior citizens with an average age of 84. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Senior citizens with back pain often get quick x-ray or MRI that may be a waste

Early imaging of those age 65-plus does not seem to improve the outcome

March 18, 2015 – When you, or another other senior citizen, goes to the doctor complaining of back pain, it is not uncommon for the physician to recommend an x-ray or an MRI to get a better look at the spine. The doctor would be following an accepted procedure for an early imaging in hopes of a quick solution. A new study, however, finds seniors getting the early image have no better success than older adults who did not. More...

Social Security Q&A

How to manage spousal benefits a common question for Social Security

This week’s questions focus on women, the predominate recipients of Social Security

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March 18, 2015 – This week’s Social Security Q&A has two topics that are of particular interest to women, who make up 57 percent of all Social Security beneficiaries age 62 and older. Included is another complicated question abut how to best handle spousal benefits. More...

Political News for Senior Citizens

House Republican budget calls for privatizing Medicare, cutting Medicare

Senate Republicans expected to reject cutting benefits for senior citizens

March 18, 2015 - House Republicans are proposing to cut $5.5 trillion in U.S. government spending and balance the budget in nine years by cutting Medicaid and food stamps and partially privatizing Medicare. The House plan released Tuesday, straight from Representative Paul Ryan’s budgets of the past, is sure to run into opposition among Republicans who control the Senate. Almost half the Senate Republicans are up for re-election next year, and few senators are eager to run on a budget that would cut benefits for senior citizens. Bloomberg News

Sex and Romance for Senior Citizens

Senior citizens highly satisfied with sex lives: men more than women

Sexual activity among seniors 70-plus has increased rapidly since the 1970s - especially women

March 17, 2015 - Sexual activity among senior citizens age 70 and older is on the increase – especially among women – and the majority of both sexes are highly satisfied. Sixty percent of older women and 70 percent of older men are highly satisfied says a new study. More...

Alzheimer's News from other media

Alzheimer’s patient at 90 still lights up his dementia home with piano music

March 17, 2015 – It is hard to find a story about Alzheimer’s disease that makes you smile. But, it is hard not to feel pleasure when you hear the piano music by Bert Rose, a 90-year-old AD patient who was once a celebrated pianist. He is now bringing the pleasure of music to the home for dementia patients where he lives and plays almost daily. By Bonnie Miller Rubin, Chicago Tribune… also video.

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Statin drug not clearing cholesterol? Blocked arteries could be to blame

Patients whose bad cholesterol levels don’t respond may have more artery blockages than those whose cholesterol levels drop

Feb. 28, 2015 — If your “bad” cholesterol level stays the same or increases after you take statin drugs, you may have more blocked arteries than people whose levels drop, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology.

Aging & Longevity

Aging in Place sounds great but may not be for Boomers or their parents

There is a lot more going on at the group home to support successful aging

Feb. 25, 2015 - Baby boomers trying to pick the best living arrangements for themselves or their parents as they age should be wary of a phrase they coined in their younger years: If it feels good, do it. More...

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Aging & Longevity

When one half of elderly couple stops driving it impacts both

Having a spouse who still drives does not remove the consequences of driving cessation for senior citizens

Feb. 24, 2015 – Even if just one member of a senior couple stops driving, negative consequences result for both the driver and non-driver, according to a new study from the University of Missouri. It recommends that the elderly, and their adult children, carefully discuss and plan for the transition to driving cessation. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Few senior citizens benefiting from Medicare obesity counseling

Affordable Care Act added Medicare benefit offering face-to-face weight-loss counseling to 13 million obese seniors in the U.S.

Sarah Varney February 23, 2015

Feb. 23, 2015 - In the farming town of Exeter, deep in California’s Central Valley, Anne Roberson walks a quarter mile down the road each day to her mailbox. Her walk and housekeeping chores are the 68-year-old’s only exercise, and her weight has remained stubbornly over 200 pounds for some time now. More...

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Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare makes Five Star Rating System for nursing homes even tougher

Climb gets even steeper for nursing homes to reach a five star rating

Feb. 23, 2015 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says it has strengthened the Five Star Quality Rating System for Nursing Homes on the Nursing Home Compare website to “give families more precise and meaningful information on quality when they consider facilities for themselves or a loved one.” More...

Exercise & Fitness for Senior Citizens

Older women active a few times weekly lower risk of heart disease, stroke, blood clot

Activities associated with reduced risk included walking, gardening, and cycling

Feb. 19, 2015 - Just a little exercise by older women is better than none, at least when it comes to lowering the risk of heart disease, stroke and blood clots. Being active just a few times a week is all it takes. Researchers were surprised to find that more frequent physical activity didn’t result in further reductions in risk. More...

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Medicare & Medicaid News

Patient deaths from hospital-acquired conditions reduced by 50,000

Medicare blog points to success of Affordable Care Act, Medicare’s stress on better care, HHS Partnership for Patients

By Patrick Conway, Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and CMS Chief Medical Officer (originally published February 11)

Feb. 19, 2015 - Recently, a Department of Health and Human Services report showed that an estimated 50,000 fewer patients died in hospitals and approximately $12 billion in health care costs were saved as a result of a reduction in hospital-acquired conditions from 2010 to 2013. More...

Features for Senior Citizens

Senior citizens with limited mobility reduce heart risks with just a little activity

 Every minute of physical activity may lower risk of heart attack for seniors even in their 80s and with limited mobility; amount of activity more important than the intensity

Feb. 18, 2015 – This is great news and it leaves senior citizens, even those in their 80s, and those with already limited mobility, no excuse not to try a little physical activity. A new study finds they can lower their risk of a heart attack – and coronary death – for every minute they spend in a just light physical activity. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Type 2 Diabetes patients should exercise after dinner

Study is particularly helpful for health care providers who have patients who exercise every day but are not seeing benefits

Feb. 18, 2015 – Individuals with Type 2 diabetes have heightened amounts of sugars and fats in their blood, which increases their risks for cardiovascular diseases such as strokes and heart attacks. Exercise is a popular prescription for those suffering from the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes, but most research has focused the benefits of different exercise methods. A news study, however, decided to look at the difference in benefits based on the time of the exercise. Doing it after dinner is best, they say. More...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Seniors face high risk of Alzheimer’s, dementia from anticholinergic drugs

Senior citizens often take anticholinergic drugs, which are commonly prescribed for a wide range of common health conditions

Feb. 17, 2015 – There is nothing that strikes fear in the hearts of senior citizens more than the risk of dementia, and Alzheimer’s disease in particular. A recent study found, however, a significantly increased risk for developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease from taking commonly used medications with anticholinergic effects, which are taken frequently by older adults, often unknowingly. They even include nonprescription medicines like Benadryl. More...

 

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Human stem cells restore cognitive function after chemotherapy damage

First solid evidence that transplantation of human neural stem cells can reverse chemo induced damage of healthy tissue in the brain

Feb. 16, 2015 - Human nerve system stem cell treatments are showing promise for reversing learning and memory deficits after chemotherapy, according to UC Irvine researchers. More...

Aging & Longevity

What is successful aging? Gerontologists still trying to reach agreement

Is the bottom line of ‘successful aging’ for many elderly Americans simply surviving with reasonable cognition and some mobility, or is it much broader

Feb. 16, 2015 – The debate over defining “successful aging” is raging again among the professionals in the field of gerontology. Despite books, years of research and numerous analytical articles in the past, there are 16 articles in the latest issue of The Gerontologist. One suggests those in the U.S. define it in more multidimensional terms than do most scholars. More...

Aging & Longevity

Love is in the air and here is proof you are never too old to fall in love

Residents at retirement communities around the country find love in their golden years

Feb. 12, 2015 - As Valentine’s Day approaches, seniors across the country who have lost their sweethearts are finding love again - but this time, it is with fellow residents in senior living communities, according to Holiday Retirement, that operates homes for senior citizens. More...


Mental patients have higher death risk but seldom die from this condition

Approximately 8 million deaths each year, are attributable to mental disorders

Feb. 11, 2015 – This is one of those cases where a massive study of a large number of research reports raises more questions than it answers. It does conclude that people with mental health disorders or two times more likely to die than those without such disorders. This link between mental problems and mortality is complicated by the reality that most people with those disorders do not die of their condition. More...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Eight signs of impending death of cancer patients identified to help caretakers

May aid caretakers, physicians to prepare, help patients, families make difficult personal decisions

Feb. 9, 2015 – Death is an unpleasant subject but its inevitability has become well recognized by the time we reach our senior years. It is something most senior citizens have had to deal with up close and personal. A new study in the journal Cancer that identifies the eight highly specific physical and cognitive signs associated with imminent death in cancer patients. More...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Meditation may give us more years with healthy brain as we age

Incidence of cognitive decline and dementia has increased substantially as elderly population has grown

Feb. 9, 2015 - People are living longer and most of us take that as good news. But in the world of reality, the news is not so good, if those extra years of living are plagued with mental torment. New research of adults up to age 77, however, has found that the practice of meditation may give us more years in older age with less of the brain damage associated with aging. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Seniors surviving heart failure have 20 percent risk of death for a year

Yale study looked at 3 million Medicare patients who survived hospitalization for heart failure and pneumonia

By Karen N. Peart

Feb. 6, 2015 – Senior citizens – age 65 and older – who survive hospitalization for heart failure have a 20 percent chance of going back into the hospital or death in the month after being discharged. New research, however, has found these risks remain high for up to a year, although they can be addressed with targeted care. More...

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Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare okays lung cancer screening with Low Dose Computed Tomography immediately

This is the first time that Medicare has covered lung cancer screening

Feb. 5, 2015 - Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final national coverage determination that provides for Medicare coverage of Screening for Lung Cancer with Low Dose Computed Tomography (LDCT). The coverage - the first ever for lung cancer screening - is effective immediately. More...

Aging & Longevity

Is surgery a viable option for patients age 80 plus with acute spinal conditions?

Study found no difference in complications, mortality when compared to younger patients

Feb. 5, 2015 - As the number of Americans age 80 and older continues to rise, so does the percentage of patients with acute spinal conditions. A new srudy found significant benefit from surgical treatment for lumbar spinal stenosis with and without degenerative spondylolisthesis and no higher overall complication rate and no higher mortality for patients age 80 and older when compared to patients younger than age 80. More

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Herbal supplements not what they claim, ordered off shelves in New York

Only 4% of the Walmart products tested showed DNA from the plants listed on the products’ labels – other stores GNC, Target, Walgreens

Feb. 4, 2015 – The world of herbal supplements – a place frequented often by senior citizens - virtually exploded yesterday when New York State’s Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman ordered four the largest retailers in the U.S. to stop selling a number of brand herbal supplement products because the labels on the products did not match the contents. This misleading information was on almost 80 percent of the products tested. More...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

Suffering at end of life getting worse, not better for older Americans

Family member asked whether the dying person - age 50 plus - suffered pain, depression or periodic confusion

By Jenny Gold, Kaiser Health News

Feb. 3, 2015 - It’s been more than 15 years since the Institute of Medicine released its seminal 1997 report detailing the suffering many Americans experience at the end of life and offering sweeping recommendations on how to improve care. So has dying in America gotten any less painful? More...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Elderly delirium patients improve without drugs, complicated programs

Improvement in cognitive function, less falls for older hospital patients result from practical interventions

Feb. 2, 2015 – Prescription drugs and programs with multiple components are not necessary to reduce delirium and prevent falls in hospitalized older patents, according to an article published online by JAMA Internal Medicine. Delirium is a confused state that is marked by inattention and global cognitive dysfunction (impaired memory and thought). More...

Aging & Longevity

Being senior citizen does not add complications to breast reconstruction

But problems with blood clots may be more common in older women, study suggests

Feb. 2, 2015 - Older women don't have an increased overall risk of complications from breast reconstruction after mastectomy, reports the February issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, official journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Seniors with these medical conditions at high risk of falling into Medicare 'donut hole'

Researchers recommend counseling to manage drug regimens to avoid high drug cost

Feb. 2, 2015 - Among seniors, women and patients with diabetes and dementia are the most likely to fall into the Medicare Part D prescription drug plan "donut hole" - the gap occurring after beneficiaries reach their annual coverage limit and before catastrophic coverage kicks. More...

Social Security News

Seniors can replace Social Security 1099s Online with Personal Account

Agency expands online services and promotes use of my Social Security Accounts

Feb. 2, 2015 – Seniors who lose their SSA-1099 form from Social Security before they need it for their income tax filing can now “quickly and easily” obtain a replacement from the agency’s website using their my Social Security account, according to a news release issued today. More...

Aging & Longevity

Senior citizens often keep falls a secret, even from their doctor

Older patients do not want children others to worry about them, especially if injury not serious

Jan. 26, 2015 - Maintaining an independent lifestyle is so important for some senior citizens as they age that they keep it a secret that they’ve experienced a fall. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that millions of adults 65 and older suffer from falls each year. Fewer than half tell their physician. More...

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Medicare & Medicaid News

Obama Administration to move Medicare faster to payments based on quality care

To supplant fee-for-service medicine where medical providers are paid for service without regard for how the patient fares

Jan. 26, 2015 - The Obama administration Monday announced a goal of accelerating changes to Medicare so that within four years, half of the program’s traditional spending will go to doctors, hospitals and other providers that coordinate their patient care, stressing quality and frugality. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Moving forward on primary care transformation: The CMS Blog

Official blog for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, originally published January 23

By Dr. Patrick Conway, CMS Deputy Administrator for Innovation and Quality and Chief Medical Officer 

Jan. 26, 2015 -Today, we at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are excited to announce the promising findings from two large-scale tests of advanced primary care: the Comprehensive Primary Care (CPC) initiative and the Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice (MAPCP) Demonstration. More...

Social Security News

Social Security adds four hours per week to nationwide business office service

One hour added each weekday afternoon except Wednesday

Jan. 23, 2014 – Senior citizens and other patrons of Social Security will have four more hours available each week to visit an office. The agency has announced that offices nationwide will be open one-hour longer on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, effective March 16, 2015. All offices will continue to close at noon on Wednesdays. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare adds star ratings for dialysis facilities to growing list of compare sites

CMS plans adding Standardized Readmission Ratio (SRR) for dialysis facilities to reported quality outcome measures soon

Jan. 22, 2015 – Senior citizens needing the services of a dialysis facility have new help this morning in choosing the treatment that best meets their requirements. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) added star ratings to the Dialysis Facility Compare (DFC) website and updated the site with the most recent information. More...

Alzheimer's, Dementia & Mental Health

Blood vessels in older brains break down, possibly leading to Alzheimer's

USC study finds breakdown in brain's memory and learning center can be detected before cognitive loss begins, important implications for dementia patients

Jan. 21, 2014 – Another puzzle to preventing risks that can lead to Alzheimer's disease may have been solved by neuroscientists at the University of Southern California. The brain's protective blood barrier becomes leaky with age, starting at the hippocampus, a critical learning and memory center that is damaged by Alzheimer's disease. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Living alone a deadly risk after stroke, especially for older men

People living alone are less likely to take medicine, wait longer to see doctor, live less healthy lives

Jan. 20, 2015 – A study of adults in western Sweden, who had experienced a stroke before the age of 70, found those who live alone are the most likely to die within 12 years but men have a considerably greater risk of dying prematurely than women or men who live with a partner. More...

Aging & Longevity

Older couples influence each other to make positive health changes

Study says they help to change behavior in smoking, exercise, weight loss

Jan. 20, 2015 – A study of older couples finds both men and women are more likely to quit smoking, become physically active and lose weight if their partner joins them in the new healthy behavior. And, the difference is significant - 66 percent of senior women take up physical exercise if her husband does and only 24 percent if he does not. More...

Aging & Longevity

Despite efforts to keep senior citizens from falling, it seems to be more common

Study finds those who have fallen in last two years is more prevalent than in 1998

Jan. 19, 2015 – Falling is bad news for senior citizens - it is the most frequent cause of injury in older adults in the U.S. and leads to substantial disability and mortality. The really bad news is that despite increased cautions to seniors about these dangers the number of people 65 and older that are falling is increasing. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare, Medicaid leader Marilyn Tavenner resigns

Notifies her staff by email she is leaving as leader of Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Jan. 19, 2015 – Marilyn Tavenner, head of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, plans to step down at the end of February, she told her staff in an e-mail, according to Bloomberg News. More...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Salt intake by seniors not linked to mortality, cardiovascular disease or heart failure

New study indicates salt consumption not as bad for senior citizens as many assumed

Jan. 19, 2015 - Most seniors like the taste of salt but are also aware of the frequent health warnings about consuming too much. A new study, however, has come up with a surprising finding - eating salt was not associated with mortality or risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and health failure (HF) in senior citizens. More...

Nutrition, Vitamins & Supplements for Seniors

Older women see blood pressure drop from eating blueberries daily

Artery stiffness and blood pressure reduced more than five percent

Jan. 14, 2015 – Older women should definitely consider consuming a cup of blueberries a day, according to a Florida State study that finds this will lower blood pressure and reduce stiffness of arteries – both linked to cardiovascular disease. More...

Senior Citizen Politics

Regional Forums to Provide Ideas for 2015 White House Conference on Aging

Website up and running to share information on updates, events and activities

By Cecilia Muñoz, White House Blog

Jan. 13, 2015 - Today, I am delighted to announce the launch of a series of regional forums to engage older Americans, their families, caregivers, advocates, community leaders, and experts on aging on the key issues affecting older Americans. These forums are designed to help provide input and ideas for the upcoming 2015 White House Conference on Aging. More...

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Health and Medicine for Seniors

Senior women happy with life less likely to suffer osteoporosis

Study focused on the possible effects of depression and other factors on bone health

Jan. 13, 2015 - Women aged 60-70 who are satisfied with their lives have a higher bone density and they suffer less frequently from osteoporosis than their unsatisfied peers, according to a recent study completed at the University of Eastern Finland. The study focused on the possible effects of depression and other factors on bone health. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Thromboembolism is Target of New Campaign by Alliance for Aging Research

Educational effort supplies brochures, video, online quiz to help spread word on dangers of deep vein thrombosis, pulmonary embolism

Jan. 13, 2015 – The nonprofit Alliance for Aging Research has launched a new campaign to raise awareness about venous thromboembolism (VTE), the third most common cardiovascular illness, and its associated conditions deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and pulmonary embolism (PE). VTE affects more than 600,000 Americans, mostly senior citizens. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Most optimistic older adults have the healthiest hearts

People up through age 84 with most positive attitudes twice as likely to have best cardiovascular health

Jan. 9, 2015 - Older people with a positive, upbeat attitude also have significantly better cardiovascular health. And, as the positive attitude scores climbed, so did the health scores in this study that included seniors up to age 85. Those with most optimism were twice is likely to enjoy a healthy heart. More...

 

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