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Retirement News for Seniors

New reverse mortgage tools help seniors understand them better

For those considering a loan or those who already have them

Feb. 8, 2017 – Senior citizens considering a reverse mortgage and those who already have them now have new tools from the National Reverse Mortgage Lenders Association to help them better understand these unique loans.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Senior citizens with Medicare get lots of benefits from Obamacare

12 million saved $26 billion on drugs; 40 million got free preventive services last year

By Tucker Sutherland, editor & publisher

January 27, 2017 – There was such a barrage of Republican attacks on Obamacare before it ever got off the ground that it has prevented many – maybe most – from even knowing what it does. Senior citizens, for example, are probably unaware that it lowered their drug prices and established new free preventive services. It saved twelve million on Medicare $26 billion on drugs since 2010 and over 40 million used the free preventive services just last year. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

New Medicare Rules Should Help ‘High Need’ Patients Get Better Treatment

Senior citizens with suspected cognitive impairment get lift from new payments tied to standards physicians must follow after January 1

elderly couple concerned about dementia, Alzheimer's diseaseDec. 23, 2016 - Doctors have complained for years that they’re not paid adequately for time-consuming work associated with managing care for seriously ill older patients: consulting with other specialists, talking to families and caregivers, interacting with pharmacists and more. More...

Social Security News

Why you get your Social Security payment when you do

Many younger seniors may wish they were born earlier in the month; 2017 payment calendar below

Social Secrity Q&ADec. 20, 2016 – Ever wished you could get your Social Security check earlier or wondered why it comes when it does. It may not cross the minds of senior citizens who filed for benefits before May 1, 1997: they get their payment on the third day of the month, unlike more recent filers who get it on the second, third or fourth Wednesday of the month. More...

Health News for Seniors

Older women treated for breast cancer find more cosmetic satisfaction with less radiation

Older woman receives breast examStudy included Medicare patients 67 years of age or older

Dec. 10, 2016 – Older women were more satisfied with the physical appearance of their breasts long-term when their breast cancer was treated with less radiation. Although the study found reduced radiation was associated with a slightly increased risk of disease recurrence. More...

Political News for Seniors

Senior citizens, less educated about only ones happy with Trump transition

Pew Research finds most unhappy with President-elects performance so far

unhappy voterDec. 8, 2016 - Donald Trump is off to a rough start with his transition to be President of the United Stated. A solid majority of Americans are unhappy with his work. The only two groups solidly in his corner are the elderly and the least educated Americans - a solid base of his Republican party.

Sex Health News for Seniors

Helen Mirren as sexy, vital, feisty as ever in AARP magazine

The word “slut”? “I love the way young women are claiming it,” Helen Mirren

Oscar winner releases 69th film showing her true colors in wide-ranging interview on marriage, America and long career

Dec. 2. 2016 - For five decades, Helen Mirren has captivated audiences in theaters and cinemas—and her stature just keeps growing. In an exclusive interview with AARP The Magazine (ATM), Mirren gives a provocative look into the mind and life of one of Hollywood’s most versatile and daring performers. More...


Medicare & Medicaid News

Trump Pick To Run Medicare and Medicaid Has Shown Tough Approach

Two business-oriented managers taking reins of programs critical to seniors

On Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump tapped Seema Verma, a health care consultant, to head the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. That’s the part of the Department of Health and Human Services that oversees Medicare, Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program and has a budget of just under a trillion dollars in 2016. More...

Political News for Seniors

Seniors may see massive changes in Medicare from new Trump appointee to head HHS

Rep.Tim Price, to head HHS for TrumplAggressive advocate for the privatization of Medicare, Tim Price,  will head Health & Human Services

Nov. 30, 2016 - This week, with the appointment of Rep. Tim Price to head Health and Human Services (HHS), many Americans are left wondering what will happen to Medicare, according to a report on the Fox News website. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Part B price hike for seniors with highest incomes biggest news in A and B premiums for 2017

Part B jumps for many, flat for others as is Part A but deductibles climb

Nov. 30, 2016 - There is a grain of good news for most senior citizens resulting from the mediocre Social Security increase - Part B Medicare premiums will stay flat  next year, although, higher income seniors will see a 10 percent jump. Part A premium are not paid by most in Medicare but the deductible for inpatient hospital stays and some other services will increase. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Open Enrollment ready for seniors to choose new health, drug plans

Every year, Medicare’s open enrollment period is October 15 through December 7.

Nov. 2, 2016 - Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year - things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. October 15 to December 7 is when all people with Medicare can change their Medicare health plans and prescription drug coverage for the following year to better meet their needs.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Here is what seniors can do during Medicare Open Enrollment

There are many opportunities for seniors during Medicare's Open Enrollment

Nov. 2, 2016 - Every year, Medicare has what is known as the open enrollment period, which has been set to occur from Oct. 7 through Dec. 7. Most seniors on Medicare tend to associate this period as a time to consider a new drug plan that better fits the person's changing needs for prescription drugs. But, there is much more you can do to improve your health and drug insurance.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Open Enrollment: Be a smart shopper says Medicare Blog

Tips for senior citizens on what to look for in open enrollment period

Nov. 2, 2016 - Whether groceries, health insurance, or anything else, everybody wants to get the best value for their money. And health care is no different—that’s why it’s a good idea for seniors to shop around for a plan. Cost is an important factor in any purchase, especially when it comes to health care, but it’s not the only thing to consider.

Social Security News

Average American on Social Security Gets $4 to $5 Monthly Increase in 2017

Cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be .3 percent next year for 65 million

COLA for Social Security just adds $5 per month on averageOctober 18, 2016 - The average Social Security retiree will get a $5 per month raise in 2017, says Social Security today, but the Associated Press reports it to be more like $4. The increase cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will be .3 percent for the more than 65 million Americans receiving Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits, according to information released today by the Social Security Administration.

Social Security News

Social Security receives little attention in Presidential Campaigns; AARP wants seniors to act

67% of AARP Members Surveyed Cite Social Security’s Future as Their #1 Concern

Sep. 30, 2016 -AARP, a sponsor of the presidential debates, sent a letter to moderator Lester Holt before the first debate urging him to ask the candidates their plans for maintaining Social Security. He didn't. AARP now wants seniors to start using social media to get attention focused on Social Security. More...

Political News for Seniors

Trump and Clinton health plans would add to federal deficit

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Sept. 27, 2016 - However, the effect on the number of uninsured in the country differs dramatically. More political news for seniors...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Advantage premiums remain stable in 2017 with better plans

Senior couple happy with Medicare prices for 20172017 Open Enrollment for Medicare health and drug plans begins on October 15, 2016 and ends on December 7.

Sept. 26, 2016 – Good news for many seniors: Medicare Advantage premiums will remain stable and more enrollees will have access to higher quality plans in 2017, according to word last week from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)... premiums and costs for Medicare health and drug plans for the 2017.

Political News for Seniors

Boomers, older voters may no longer dominate elections

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

political campaign hatsAugust 30, 2016 - Donald Trump may be the last chance for the old folks of America. His strongest support seems to be among older, less educated, white people. A new analysis by Pew Research, however, indicates the baby boomers and the generations even older may have seen the last election where they were the dominant force at the polls. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Hospitals fail to meet needs of elderly Americans finds news series

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

Aug. 30, 2016 - Are America’s hospitals prepared to meet the needs of the senior citizens? Kaiser Health News finds they can be hazardous places for elderly patients, who are at increased risk of falling, drug-induced injury and confusion. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Fire ants attack unsupervised elderly man at Houston care center

Lawsuit filed for dementia patient who fell from wheelchair at Pathway Memory Care, suffering "Gruesome Injuries" - How can families better protect loved ones

By Tucker Sutherland, editor

Mr. Urso's right hand shows ant stingsAugust 29, 2016 – The reports of elderly people being harmed in care facilities due to neglect or incompetence seems to be a growing, and this case of an 85-year-old man left unsupervised who fell from his wheelchair into a fire ant bed appears to be another example that worries those with family members in care centers. More...

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Brain training test shows dementia risk cut in half for elderly

Risk for dementia reduced by 48% over 10 years for senior citizens by only brain training that works

Aug. 21, 2016 — While many companies have long promised that their brain-training products can sharpen aging minds, only one type of computerized brain training so far has been shown to improve elderly people’s mental quickness and significantly reduce the risk of dementia, according to research presented at the American Psychological Association’s Annual Convention. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

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

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

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

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

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

Study shows benefits of anti-inflammatory drug dexamethasone before surgery

June 16, 2016 - Post-operative cognitive dysfunction (POCD), a condition mostly observed in older patients following surgery under general anesthesia, is characterized by impaired memory and concentration.

Nutrition, Vitamin, Supplement News

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

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

June 16, 2016 - In a large study conducted by at Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH), researchers found an association between women who maintain a healthy diet and a reduction in the risk of developing impaired physical function as they age.

Social Security News

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

Trustees' annual report does note $23 billion increase in trust funds

June 22, 2016 - Not much has changed in the financial status of the Social Security Trust Funds since last year, according to today’s release of the annual report on the status of the funds by the Social Security Board of Trustees.

Nutrition, Vitamin, Supplement News

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

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

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

Social Security News

President Obama calls for increasing Social Security benefits

President Obama speaking on Social Security increaseProgram should be more generous, wealthiest should pay cost

June 2, 2016 – Improving Social Security was a prominent subject in a speech on the economy yesterday by President Barack Obama, including his call to make it “more generous” and to “increase its benefits.”

Nutrition, Vitamin, Supplement News

FDA wants food industry to help reduce salt consumption

where we get our sodium by Mayo ClinicCritical issue for seniors - the eat out a lot, most in danger of heart and stroke problems

June 2, 2016 – In a move of critical importance to senior citizens, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration yesterday issued draft guidance for public comment that provides practical, voluntary sodium reduction targets for the food industry. Seniors are among those most impacted because of the association of sodium with heart and stroke problems, and because they frequently eat out.

Political News for Seniors

Donald Trump dept proposal a Social Security bombshell

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May 23, 2016 - America has a plethora of growing concerns, but none may loom larger over the long term than our burgeoning national debt, writes Sean Williams in the popular website for investment advice, The Motely Fool.

Seniors may find reverse mortgage
a good investment option…

"Reverse Mortgages - the  Investment that Grows"

writes industry leader Michael Branson, CEO, All Reverse Mortgage

"Are you losing money in your portfolio? So many are. I received a call from a borrower for whom I closed a reverse mortgage  less than a year ago. She wanted to thank me again and let me know that the reverse mortgage saved her." Read more in Senior Journal

Exercise & Fitness News

Exercise extends life even for heart failure patients

older women exercise in poolAll patients benefited regardless of heart failure severity, age and gender

May 23, 2016 – After a bout with heat failure, exercise may well be the last thing on your mind. But, maybe you should think again. A new study finds exercise extends life even for patients with heart failure.

Health News for Seniors

Senior citizens warned many sunscreens fail to meet claims

senior couple enjoy sun on beachConsumer Reports: Nearly three-quarters of ‘natural’ sunscreens fell short of the SPF on their labels

May 23, 2016 – Senior citizens - major targets for skin cancer -  need to know that many sunscreens fail to measure up to the protection promised on their label. Consumer Reports has identified 17 that do.

Nutrition, Vitamin, Supplement News

Strong warning for seniors issued by heart association about sodium study

where we get our sodium by Mayo ClinicAmerican Heart Association defends link between excessive sodium and cardiovascular problems

May 23, 2016 – Senior citizens, the primary victims of heart disease, should read the strong warning by the American Heart Association that information published last week that suggested low sodium intake is related to a higher risk of heart disease and death is totally wrong and dangerous to seniors.

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