Six signs of an unhealthy heart you may not have
Feb. 22, 2016 – Few senior citizens
don’t worry about their hearts – heart disease is the biggest killer
of older Americans. The warnings signs, however, may be coming from
problems most have not associated with the heart...
Study of those age 57-85 finds 94% lost at least
one sense, 67% two or more
Feb. 22, 2016 – It is not news that as we age
we can expect diminishing senses: vision, smell, hearing, touch, and
taste. The consequence of losing one of the five has often been
reported. A new study, however, claims to be breaking new ground in
looking at what happens when seniors lose more than one. Sixty-seven
percent of the older adults in this study had lost two or more
Study says this weight loss a marker for mild
cognitive impairment (MCI)
Feb. 17, 2016 - A popular cause for research
now days is to discover things that suggest to senior citizens that
they are likely to develop dementia. The latest purveyor of bad
tidings is a study declaring...
More research on safety of
the drug rapamycin funded by NIA
Feb. 12, 2016 - The search
for eternal youth marches on with a new grant from the National
Institute on Aging for work to continue on the effects of the
drug rapamycin on the lifespan and healthy aging of middle aged
marmoset monkeys. The grant comes on the heels of a study with
the animals showing the anti-aging drug has minimal metabolic
side effects after continuous, long-term treatment.
“…study offers hope that some
of the dementia cases might be preventable - or at least
Feb. 12, 2016 – The media
carries news almost daily about the explosion of dementia among
senior citizens but a researchers of a new study have just
announced they have detected a decline in the rate of new cases
Strong evidence perceived
stress increases chance older people will develop cognitive
Feb. 12, 2016 - Feeling
stressed out increases the likelihood that elderly people
will develop mild cognitive impairment - often a prelude to
full-blown Alzheimer's disease. Scientists find that highly
stressed participants were more than twice as likely to
become impaired than those who were not. Because stress is
treatable, the results suggest that detecting and treating
stress in older people might help delay or even prevent the
onset of Alzheimers.
39 million on Medicare used free preventive
services in 2015
10, 2016 - The Department of Health and Human Services this week
released new information that shows that millions of seniors and
people with disabilities with Medicare continue to save on
prescription drugs and see improved benefits in 2015 as a result
of the Affordable Care Act.
3 causes of injury death cause gap in longevity with 12
Feb. 9, 2016 – Guns, drugs and cars are the
key factors that keep life expectancy in the U.S. lower than
many other high-income countries. This may have been obscured
due to most research on longevity focusing on seniors older than
age 50, according to a new study.
Cognitive decline about 50% slower for
those with most protein from BDNF gene expression
2016 - Elderly people with higher amounts of a key protein
in their brains also had slower decline in their memory and
thinking abilities than people with lower amounts of protein
from the gene named "brain-derived neurotrophic factor," or
BDNF, says a new study published online in Neurology.
looks for hospice visits in last two days if life
Feb. 8, 2016 - A new study raises serious
concern about hospice care – or lack of - being delivered to
Medicare patients. It finds the dying are less likely to be
visited by professional staff in the last two days of life if
they were black, dying on a Sunday or receiving their care in a
Older, healthy adults with
systolic BP below 140 have lower stroke risk
Feb. 8, 2016 — Raising the
level for treatment for high blood pressure for seniors age 60
and older, who are free of chronic kidney disease or diabetes,
from a systolic
pressureof 140 up to 150 mmHg could put
many older people at greater risk of stroke, says new research
in the American Heart Association’s journal
fights dementia; mercury contamination not related to increased
Feb. 6, 2016 - In a study of the brains of
deceased elderly people, moderate seafood consumption was
associated with less Alzheimer’s disease neuropathology, and
although seafood consumption was associated with higher brain
levels of mercury, the higher mercury levels were not linked to
more Alzheimer disease neuropathology.
Ways to ensure mobility,
prevent depression are needed
Feb. 5, 2016 – When senior
citizens stop driving their risk of developing symptoms of
depression doubles and their physical health is also negatively
impacted in a number of ways. All this may lead to faster
declines in both physical and mental health, as well as,
increased risk of death, according to a new study.
Video tells the success story from Portland,
Feb. 5, 2016 - Many of us who are fervent
about society helping meet the dire needs of senior citizens
that are unable to help themselves, fail to realize the daily
challenge of millions of seniors who need transportation to get
to and from their dialysis treatment, their stroke rehab, or
other life-saving services. There are some, however, that are
very much aware and are making things happen to give new hope to
Risk of infection
associated with battery replacement makes it
Feb. 4, 2016 - The
battery life of implantable heart monitors
must be improved to reduce the need for
replacement and the risks this carries for
patients, argue two senior doctors in
The BMJ (The British Medical Journal)
Feb. 4, 2016 - The following list of
national organizations that serve various needs of senior
citizens in the United States was compiled by the Administration
on Aging (AoA), part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human
Services. It is reported on the website for the Administration
for Community Living.
Grants will go to eligible owners of
HUD-assisted senior housing developments
Feb. 4, 2016 - The U.S. Department of
Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making approximately
$15 million available to test a promising housing and
services model for low-income seniors to age in their own
homes and delay or avoid the need for nursing home care.
Patient preferences, Medicare, technology,
hospice care all factors
Feb. 3, 2016 - Two decades ago, the
majority of deaths in the U.S. due to terminal illness were
reported to occur in the hospital. The first international
comparative study of end-of-life care practices finds the U.S.
now has the lowest proportion of deaths in the hospital and the
lowest number of days in the hospital in the last 6 months of
life among seven developed countries.
Feb. 2, 2016 - Are you losing money in your
portfolio as the stock market is plunging right now? So many
people are. Just yesterday I received a call from a borrower for
whom I closed a reverse mortgage a little less than a year ago
who wanted to thank me again and let me know that the reverse
mortgage saved her.
Irish study finds seniors
walk too slowly to cross road safely, especially if they are
Feb. 2, 2016 – Senior
citizens tend to walk more slowly than younger people and
studies have found that walking speed can even be used to
determine longevity. In Ireland, however, researchers have found
seniors may be hastening their deaths by taking too long to walk
across the street.
Being fit also may reduce
risk of heart attacks and death from all causes
Feb. 1, 2016 – A study of
seniors – men and women with an average age of 62 – concludes
that those with higher levels of physical fitness not only
reduce their risk of heart attacks and death from all causes but
they also improve their chance of survival from a first attack.
Feb. 1, 2016 - Senior
citizens might accept a relationship with robots that are
helpful or entertaining but they don’t want to them to be too
much like a human being and they are against them having too
much control, according to a new study.
See links to all five
Medicare-Medicaid ratings of health services
Feb. 1, 2016 – Senior
citizens have long been outspoken when asked about how they want
to spend their final years. They want to stay in their homes!
For a number of reasons, however, the industry needed to make
this possible – a quality system of Medicare-Medicaid supported
agencies to provide the care – was slow to develop. Now it is up
and rolling and the first ratings of their services by patients
has been released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid
Jan. 26, 2016 - Racial and
ethnic minority populations are more likely than their white
counterparts to be readmitted within 30 days of discharge for
certain chronic conditions, according to the Office of Minority
Health at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Today
they took steps to help hospital leaders and stakeholders reduce
CMS: reforms to save money
for state, federal governments
Jan. 22, 2016 - In order to
effectively implement provisions of the Affordable Care Act, the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalized a
rule today detailing reforms to the rebate and reimbursement
systems for Medicaid prescription drugs, which will save federal
and state governments an estimated $2.7 billion over five years.
Wider eligibility in most states
— combined with easier enrollment options
Jan. 22, 2016 -Getting on Medicaid has
never been so easy. In the past two years,
31 states and the District of Columbia have
expanded eligibility for Medicaid under the
Affordable Care Act, but even more have
simplified sign-ups and renewals, according
50-state survey released Thursday.
Knowing how long
elderly will live a factor in qualifying treatment
Jan. 21, 2016 - Scientist who study the
aging population – the very oldest among us, in particular -
have found a simple way to make an educated guess at how long
old people will live, which they think can be useful in making
decisions about the health care of these nonagenarians (people
from 90 to 99 years old) andcentenarians.
appears to increase thickness of brain cortex often damaged by
Jan. 21, 2015 - Seniors can
stop cognitive decline – even those diagnosed with mild
cognitive impairment (MCI) – with an exercise program of
moderate intensity, according to a new study. It is the first to
discover that exercise and improved fitness can impact cortical
thickness in the brains of older adults diagnosed with MCI.
75 to 84 had fewer deaths than those skipping exams
Jan. 20, 2016 – Research
released this month has found evidence indicating that black and
white women ages 75 to 84 years who had an annual mammogram had
lower 10-year breast cancer deaths than corresponding women who
had biennial or no/irregular mammograms.
families, and clinicians must be aware, researchers say
Jan. 20, 2016 – Senior citizens – those age
65 and older – may want to gain a little weight before going in
to surgery, based on a new study that finds elderly surgery
patients who are frail are the most likely to die in the year
Vitamin B known to prevent memory loss;
international research participants age 70 and older
Jan. 19, 2016 – Learning and memory can be
improved in senior citizens age 70 and older by vitamin B
supplements, when the seniors also have a high level of omega-3
fatty acid in their blood stream, according to a study published
yesterday in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, a U.K.
Study confirms the adage
about cognitive aging of “Use it or lose it.”
18, 2016 - Researchers claim to have the first experimental
evidence that mentally-challenging leisure activities can
actually change brain function and that it is possible that such
interventions can restore levels of brain activity to a more
youth-like state. Interestingly, the older the
individuals that entered into the program, the greater the brain
U.S. adults say debaates are fun but they don't watch
Jan. 17, 2016 - Senior citizens, those age 65 and
older who are in the age group most
likely to vote in U.S. elections, say they are not enjoying the
debates - at least most of them do. And, they add, they are not "fun to watch,"
according to Pew Research Center. The youngest adults find them the most
fun to watch but, interestingly, report they are the least likely to
even watch them.
rates for the elderly in 70s & 80s were lower than the younger
Jan. 15, 2016 - A
standardized treatment approach that starts with good screening
and ends with patients going home to well-prepared caregivers,
means outpatient thyroid surgery is safe for the vast majority
of patients, including the elderly and super-elderly,
more likely to visit ER due to infectious disease than heart
attack, heart failure combined
Jan. 15, 2016 -
Investigators estimate that during 2012, there were more than
3.1 million emergency department visits for infectious diseases
among senior citizens in the U.S. and 4 percent died there are
fragmentation increases odds of having severe arteriosclerosis
Jan. 14, 2016 - Poor sleep
quality in elderly persons is associated with more severe
arteriosclerosis in the brain as well as a greater burden of
oxygen-starved tissue (infarcts) in the brain - both of which
can contribute to the risk of stroke and cognitive impairment.
The findings are reported in the American Heart Association's
leader, team to use $75 million in bold new approach
Jan. 14, 2016—The American
Heart Association (AHA) and Verily, (formerly Google Life
Sciences) announced today that AstraZeneca (AZ) has joined them
in a bold new approach to find a cure for coronary heart disease
and improve cardiovascular health.
13, 2016 -
Daphne Brown, 65, was putting away
the dishes in her Washington kitchen
when she fell to the floor. Jane
Bulla, 82, fell at home in Laurel,
Maryland, but managed to call for
help with the cellphone in her
Famed producer has written new show set in
senior living community
Jan. 11, 2016 - Norman Lear, the
93-year-old legendary television producer and writer, tells CBS
he wants to see more “older” people on TV and he has written a
new show - "Guess Who Died?"- that he hopes will make it to the small screen.
Information on home health agencies costs and
Jan. 7, 2016 - In and effort to improve care delivery, payments
to providers and the sharing and utilization of information, the
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) says it released
a public data set that provides information on services provided
to Medicare beneficiaries by home health agencies in 2013.
Movies for Grownup Awards also include lots of senior screen stars
Dec. 15, 2015 – The best movies of 2015 that “bear unique relevance for the 50-plus audience” include Brooklyn, Joy, Love & Mercy, The Martian, and Spotlight, according to the editors of AARP The Magazine. They have nominated them in the Best Picture category for the 15th Annual Movies for Grownups Awards.
Study finds they score way below average on quality of life test
Dec. 12, 2015 - Thyroid cancer has one of the highest cancer survival rates, yet, survivors report poor quality of life after diagnosis and treatment compared with patients who are diagnosed with more lethal cancers, according to new research from the University of Chicago Medicine. More...
Latest post on Social Security blog points out life changes can affect your benefits
Dec. 10, 2015 - If you receive benefits from Social Security, you have a legal obligation to report changes, which could affect your eligibility for disability, retirement, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.
Updates provide more for health care professionals and group practices
Dec. 10, 2015 - The popular websites Physician Compare and Hospital Compare have been updated and expanded
by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency says their goal is to improve these consumer online tools. More...
Latest study finds walking speed in elderly may predict Alzheimer's
By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com
Dec. 09, 2015 – There is yet another study that declares that we may as well refer to a senior citizen that walks slowly as a “dead man walking,” the term describing a prisoner walking to his execution. This study says elderly who walk slowly are heading toward Alzheimer’s disease, as a study last year did. Another study last year says slow walking seniors are less happy and have shorter longevity.
Research in 2011 found walking gait especially accurate for predicting how long an old person will live. More...
First time Alzheimer’s linked to a cultural-based psychosocial risk factor
Dec. 9, 2015 - If you have more negative beliefs about aging, the more likely the volume in the hippocampus part of your brain will shrink, which is an indicator of Alzheimer’s disease, report Yale researchers. The hippocampus is a part of the brain crucial to memory. More...
Top 10 tips and tricks making holidays more accessible for caretakers, too
Dec. 5, 2015 - The holidays can be wonderful, but the many activities surrounding this time of year can present some unique challenges for persons with low vision. Fortunately, by utilizing a few basic adaptive strategies and aids, anyone with low vision can enjoy all the opportunities this special season has to offer!
Two other robots on tap to help visually impaired; promote curiosity and determination in children
Dec. 3, 2015 –A four-legged robot that enhances mobility, so that the elderly can remain physically active and enjoy a healthier life with reduced reliance on the assistance of caregivers or expensive home renovations has been announced as A new project of the National Robotics Initiative (NRI), the National Institutes of Health. More...
Contrary to some patients’ fears, palliative care doctors are not there to hasten death
By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News
Dec. 1, 2015 — More times than she can count, Dr. Carin van Zyl has heard terminally ill patients beg to die. They tell her they can’t handle the pain, that the nausea is unbearable and the anxiety overwhelming.
Check map to see if your state is considering aid-in-dying or already has it
By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News
Dec. 1, 2015 - Fresh off a political triumph in California, the nation’s chief advocacy group for physician-assisted suicide laws, Compassion & Choices, is mobilizing for many more battles on behalf of terminally ill patients. More...
Mayo clinic presents arthritis research
on rheumatoid, gout and opioid use
Nov. 25, 2015 - Rheumatoid arthritis patients, most often senior citizens, are twice as likely as the average person to develop heart disease, but a new study shows that efforts to prevent heart problems and diagnose and treat heart disease early may be paying off. More...
Many studies find fitness equals better mental ability – this one links it mostly to long-term memory
By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com
Nov. 24, 2015 – A new study released today declares that older adults who take more steps than most by walking or jogging performed better on memory tasks. Really, how could this be news? It is just another way of looking at physical fitness and how it enhances memory and cognitive ability. But, this one does find a new twist.
You should open a ‘my Social Security’ online account – do it here
By Tucker Sutherland, editor
Nov. 24, 2015 - Earlier this month the Retirement Security Project at the Brookings Institution hosted an event with the Social Security Administration and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau that focused on retirement planning. This event highlights what we too often forget – how important Social Security is in our lives and the helpful tools the agency has developed to help senior citizens have a more successful retirement.
Resting heart rate over 80 beats/min meant 45%
higher risk of death than 60-80 beats/min
Nov. 23, 2015 – The average resting heart rate for senior citizens and other adults is 60 to 100 beats per minute, according to the National Institute of Health. A large new study says a higher resting heart rate is associated with an increased risk of death from all causes in the general population. More...
Erectile dysfunction, diabetes target older
men, most frequent users of ED meds with sildenafil
Nov. 18, 2015 - Fewer senior men should be developing diabetes now days, if a new study is correct in its finding that sildenafil, a drug used in Viagra and other brand names, improves insulin sensitivity and reduces the risk of diabetes. More...
In 2025, over 24 million will be living in U.S. after cancer diagnosis
Nov. 18, 2015 - The number of cancer survivors — people who live after a cancer diagnosis — is at almost 14 million and expected to grow substantially over the next few decades as the U.S. population ages and early detection methods and treatments continue to improve. More...
90% also displayed a significant increase in cognitive capacity
Nov. 18, 2015 - Older adults who take college courses may increase their cognitive capacity and possibly reduce their risk for developing Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia, according to new research published by the American Psychological Association. More...
PSA screening and rate of prostate cancer have both declined
Nov. 17, 2015 - Prostate cancer cases are down and so are prostate-specific antigen (PSA) screenings, according to two new studies that looked at what happened before and after the 2012 U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) screening recommendations. Some think we may have gone too far in discouraging screening of older men.
Coffee bean may hold secret to longer life, rather than
caffeine for favorite drink of seniors
Nov. 17, 2015 - Drinking a second or third cup of coffee may do more than get you through a long day - it may also reduce your risk of death from heart disease and other illnesses. These results, surprisingly, resulted from regular or decaffeinated coffee, which long ago was established as the favorite drink of senior citizens. More...
set new direction of treating hypertension but there is caution
Nov. 16, 2015 - How would you like to reduce your risk of death by 27 percent? A new clinical trial indicates it is a possibility for seniors age 50 and older who can lower their systolic blood pressure to below 120 mmHg. Not only did it reduce their death risk, it also cut by 24 percent their risk for heart attack, heart failure or stroke.