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Features for Seniors

Saoirse Ronan stars in BrooklynMovies most relevant to Boomers, Seniors in 2015 nominated for AARP award

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.

picture showing thyroid gland in neckHealth News for Seniors

Thyroid cancer survivors not as happy with life as other cancer victims

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...

Social Security News

Social Security says reporting changes is your responsibility

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.

Senior couple on computer to search Medicare sitesMedicare & Medicaid News

Medicare Physician Compare and Hospital Compare updated

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...

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Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

How slow senior citizens walk increasingly found to predict Alzheimer’s, death

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...

 

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Positive thoughts about aging may fight off Alzheimer’s disease

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...

daughter helps mother brush her teethEldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Add this to challenges of old age: keeping your teeth

Many seniors resistant because of years of neglect; impaired cognitive skills - Medicare does not cover dental

Dec. 8, 2015 (Los Angeles) - Ada Anderson tried to prepare her 80-year-old mother for her dental visit. She gave her medication to quell her anxiety, and they rehearsed opening her mouth wide. More...

holiday dinner for senior coupleFeatures for Seniors

Making the holiday better for senior citizens with low vision

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!

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

New robotic walker to help elderly be more mobilSmart Walker robot to help elderly increase mobility funded by NIH

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...

Dr. Carin van Zyl talks to patient Jose Garcia Flores about his treatment. His wife listens. (Photo by Heidi de Marco/KHN)Aging & Longevity

Need for palliative care highlighted by new aid-in-dying laws

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.

Aging & Longevity

Aid-In-Dying advocacy group ready for battles after California victory

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...

Health News for Seniors

Older woman crippled by arthritisDeaths from heart disease declining among rheumatoid arthritis patients

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...

Fitness News

Another study proves exercise means better memory for senior citizens

senior couple walking for exerciseMany 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. More...

Social Security News

Social Security offers tools to help seniors have a better retirement

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. More...

Woman checking pulse while exercisingFitness News

High resting heart rate linked to increased death risk

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...

Sex Health News for Seniors

Seniors taking Viagra may also be lowering their risk of diabetes

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...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Centers for Disease Control reports on challenges facing cancer survivors

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...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Senior woman studies for collegeSeniors taking college courses reduce risk of Alzheimer’s

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...

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Health News for Seniors

Actions to reduce prostate cancer screening may have gone too far

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. More...

Nutrition, Vitamin, Supplement News

woman in bathrobe drinking coffeeCoffee drinking again linked to reduced risk of death

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...

Health News for Seniors

Seniors cut death risk by 27% with aggressive blood pressure management

May 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. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

older man sniffs wineFailing smell test signals cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s for elderly

One of several studies linking poor sense of smell with dementia

Nov. 16, 2015 - The latest study to link a poor sense of smell with Alzheimer’s disease included a group of elderly patients with an average age of 79.5 years. Those who did the worst on the smell test were more likely to have amnestic mild cognitive impairment - predominantly memory loss - and a progression to Alzheimer disease. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Seniors have most eye injuries from falls; most costly to treat

Falls and brawls top list of causes for eye injuries in U.S., treatment cost jumps 62% in 10 years

Nov. 16, 2015 - Falling and fighting top the list of major causes of eye injuries resulting in hospitalization over a 10-year period, says a new study. Falling was the leading cause, usually involved seniors age 60 or older, which were the most costly to treat. More...

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Aging & Longevity

Retirement may not be bliss many expect before reaching age 65

Key factors physical impairment, chronic medical conditions, approach of death depress seniors

Nov. 14, 2015 - A new study punches a hole in the balloon of happiness and bliss that many have associated with turning age 65, which is generally considered the age we become senior citizens. The new study says we become more depressed from age 65 onward. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

confused elderly womanRisk of cognitive impairment in elderly women found in reproductive history

Longer reproductive period associated with better cognitive function and other unusual discoveries

Nov. 12, 2015 - A woman’s reproductive history, an important modifier of estrogen exposure across her lifetime, has been found to be associated with the risk of cognitive impairment in postmenopausal women. More...

Health News for Seniors

Why does cancer strike mostly senior citizens? Why do old tissues decline?

Without age-associated inflammation, old mice developed leukemia no faster than young mice

Nov. 11, 2015 - The incidence of cancer increases with age. Conventional wisdom blames this on the accumulation of cancer-causing mutations as we grow older. A new study introduces another scenario of how cancer causing mutations take command in senior citizens. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Men with Alzheimer's gene at risk of brain bleeding, damage

Women with ApoE4 gene at higher risk for Alzheimer’s, memory loss but not bleeding

Nov. 11, 2015 – Alzheimer’s disease has generally been considered as being rougher on women than men. A new discovery, however, says a common genetic variation linked to AD - ApoE4 - greatly raises the likelihood of tiny brain bleeds in some men. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare premiums, deductibles for 2016 add to woes of no COLA

Part B deductible jumps for all, most won't pay higher premiums

Nov. 11, 2015 - Medicare late yesterday released the 2016 premiums and deductibles for inpatient hospital (Part A) and physician and outpatient hospital services (Part B) programs. The good news is most senior citizens will not pay more for outpatient care. The bad news is many will. And, no one will be pleased with the $19 increase in the Part B deductible. More...

Features for Seniors

Older drivers not ready for driverless cars, but like some new stuff

Seniors like blind-spot warnings, back-up cameras but they aren’t too new anymore

Nov. 10, 2015 - When it comes to self-driving cars, senior drivers, ages 50 to 69, express more interest in “test-driving” a driverless car than in actually purchasing one. But, there are a couple of new technologies they like and are willing to buy, according to new research. More...

Harriet Kelly gives up driving and does not like it - NPR storyAging & Longevity

It’s never too soon for seniors to plan their ‘Driving Retirement’

Harriet Kelly has one word to describe the day she stopped driving four years ago: miserable.

“It’s no fun when you give up driving, I just have to say that,” she says. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Low-Impact exercise helps women in senior centers decrease pain, improve mobility

It helps arthritis - actually helps decrease pain

Nov. 9, 2015 - It may seem counterintuitive that exercise could help people with arthritis and other musculoskeletal conditions, but a new study being presented today finds that a low-impact exercise program is improving quality of life for many older adults with these conditions. More...

Health News for Seniors

doctors explaining discovery to male patientSilent heart attacks have hit about 8 percent of seniors suggests new study

Men more likely than women to have myocardial scars: 80% missed in evaluations

Nov. 8, 2015 - A study of boomers and seniors with an average age of 68 found eight percent had suffered a heart attack without knowing it and that 80 percent of myocardial scars from these attacks were not recognized in electrocardiography or clinical evaluation. More...

Aging & Longevity

Another wall falls that kept senior citizens from critical treatments

Study rejects biologic age as limiting factor for stem cell transplants

Nov. 5, 2015 - More than 40 percent of older patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) can remain in long-term cancer remission through a modified, less aggressive approach to donor stem cell transplantation, according to the results of a phase 2 study led by oncologists at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. More...

Fitness News

Aging brains protected by aerobic endurance that maintains brain connectivity

Benefits of fitness for senior brains may not depend on being extremely fit

Nov. 5, 2015 – A new study of older adults finds the stronger your aerobic endurance, the stronger your brain connection and probably your long-term brain function as you age, according to a report in the journal NeuroImage. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Robin Williams may have killed himself due to Lewy body dementia

Lewy body disease is one of the most common causes of dementia in the elderly

Nov 4, 2015 – Actor Robin Williams, who had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, died without knowing he was actually stricken with Lewy body dementia (LBD), his wife, Susan Williams, said today on Good Morning America. The original diagnosis did not cover all of his symptoms and she believes the effects of LBD led him to take his own life. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Ten Signs of Alzheimer’s disease that seniors should know

Early detection can make a difference says Alzheimer’s Association

Nov. 3, 2015 - The Alzheimer’s Association has published the ten signs to watch for that may indicate the presence of Alzheimer’s disease. They also advise that early detection is important. More...

Political News for Seniors

Trump Plan will allow veterans to get their care from Medicare doctors

Vets will be able to get care from any doc of facility that treats Medicare patients

Nov. 2, 2015 - All U.S. military veterans can go to any doctor that treats Medicare patients to receive healthcare, according the campaign proposal yesterday by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. More...

Retirement News for Seniors

What drives people to retire isn't what most think

retired couple enjoying a dance togetherFidelity research busts key myths about retirement

Oct. 30, 2015 - Contrary to popular belief, nearly half of American workers plan to stop working on a specific date, regardless of how much they have saved for retirement. This is one of several myths debunked in new research from Fidelity Investments in collaboration with the Stanford Center on Longevity. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

CMS wants better discharge plans for Medicare, Medicaid patients

To improve patient quality of care, reduce complications, adverse events, readmissions

Oct. 30, 2015 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) yesterday proposed to revise the discharge planning requirements that hospitals, including long-term care hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation facilities, critical access hospitals, and home health agencies, must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Memory complaints by older women may signal thinking problems decades later

Dementia-free women, average age of 70, asked same questions over 18 years

Oct. 29, 2015 - New research suggests that older women who complain of memory problems may be at higher risk for experiencing diagnosed memory and thinking impairment decades later. More...

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Medicare & Medicaid News

CMS issues rule to ensure Medicaid beneficiaries access to services

Response to Court decision that beneficiaries do not have private right of action to contest state-determined rates in federal courts

Oct. 29, 1025 - Today the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule that it says allows states and CMS to make better informed, data-driven decisions when considering whether proposed changes to Medicaid fee-for-service payment rates are sufficient to ensure that Medicaid beneficiaries have access to covered Medicaid services. More...

Aging & Longevity

Even great results from face-lift may fail to raise self-esteem in older adults

Patients - mostly women - say they look 9 years younger but it does not help self-esteem

two older women making selfieOct. 29, 2015 – If you are looking at getting a face-lift to raise your self-esteem, you may want to check this research. The new study of older adults – mostly women – found that despite a positive outcome from the surgery there was no change in self-esteem among the patients. More...


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