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Fitness News

Five top fitness activities senior citizens can do easily at home

All seniors know they need exercise and here are some easy ways to get it

By Alan Wu of Bay Alarm Medical

senior lady takes a swing at wiiMay 28, 2015 – It would be difficult to find a senior citizen who does not know that regular physical activity can reduce the risk of a variety of serious ailments. An active lifestyle, however, can become challenging as aging bodies become more susceptible to arthritis, joint pains, and other health problems. To celebrate National Senior Health Fitness Day yesterday, Bay Alarm Medical has suggested five activities that seniors may do to exercise easily and safely in their homes. More...

Social Security News

Social Security logo for 80th anniversary celebrationSocial Security begins 80th anniversary countdown on new website

Social Security was signed August 14, 1935

May 27, 2015 - Social Security is about to celebrate its 80th birthday and has announced a new website featuring many activities leading up to the main event on August 14. The bill was signed in 1935. More...

Aging & Longevity

Oldest old less likely to be aggressively examined or treated after surgery

This is despite higher rates of multiple underlying conditions on admission

May 26, 2015 - Patients aged 80 and above are significantly less likely to be carefully examined or aggressively treated after surgery than their younger counterparts, reveals a national audit of hospital deaths in Australia, published in the online journal BMJ Open. More...

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Aging & Longevity

‘Elder Orphans’ emerges to identify childless, unmarried, vulnerable baby boomers

22 percent of Americans over age 65 currently or at risk to remain unsupported, vulnerable while elderly, says new research

May 20,2015, Great Neck, NY - With an aging Baby Boomer population and increasing numbers of childless and unmarried seniors, nearly one-quarter of Americans over age 65 are currently or at risk to become "elder orphans," a vulnerable group requiring greater awareness and advocacy efforts, according to new research by a North Shore-LIJ geriatrician and palliative care physician. More...

Retirement News for Seniors

Small house as symbol of home equity changing handsThree strategies for using a reverse mortgage to improve retirement security

Forbes contributor Jamie Hopkins offers insights for seniors on smart ways to use reverse mortgage; recent regulations changes makes it better  

May 20, 2015 – Home equity is probably the most valuable asset owned by most retirees in the U.S. Properly leveraging this home equity is becoming a crucial part of a secure retirement, according to an article in Forbes by Jamie Hopkins. He sees a reverse mortgage, particularly with the new rules passed by HUD last month, as a way for some to significantly improve retirement income security. More...

Features for Seniors

Will the self-driving car preserve mobility for senior citizens?

Google launching more self-driving cars onto California streets

Google's driverless car may keep senior citizens on the roadMay 18, 2015 – When most people hear or read about the progress of the driverless car they surely conjure up a vision of young people clamoring to get on board. Maybe they should give this a second look and imagine grandpa and grandma in the back seat. The loss of the mobility and independence seniors have enjoyed with being able to drive is one of the most crushing events of aging. Maybe the driverless car will end this misery. More...

Health News for Seniors

Loss of muscle in senior citizens remains costly health problem with no clear solution

couch potato senior woman changes tv channelResearchers see possible hope in right combination of exercise, diet to fight sarcopenia

May 14, 2015 – Along the way from about age 40 to age 80, about 30 to 50 percent of your muscle mass just goes away. This terrible process is known as saropenia – it is common and clearly linked to frailty and poor health in senior citizens. New research from England suggests the combining exercise with proper diet may offer some hope but existing studies have produced inconsistent results. More...

Health News for Seniors

Fat around girth increases your risk of developing cancer

Latest studies show that young and postmenopausal women are particularly affected by this negative trend toward obesity

May 14, 2015 - Cancer is more likely to develop in people who are very overweight (obese), because surplus body fat interferes with various hormone cycles and with glucose and fat metabolism. And, don’t use BMI to measure your danger level – these Austrian researchers say only girth tells the story. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Top-rated nursing homes are hard to find in Texas, ten other states

Natalie Sealy (Photo courtesy of Billie Pender)'She was just lying there being eaten alive' - said Billie Pender, who had repeatedly complained about a broken windowsill in mother’s room

By Julie Appleby, Kaiser Health News

May 14, 2015, Lockhart, Texas - The call from the nursing home came just before dawn, jolting Martha Sherwood awake. During the night, fire ants had swarmed over her 85-year-old mother, injecting their stinging venom into Natalie Sealy’s face, arms, hands and chest. “She was just lying there being eaten alive,” said daughter Billie Pender. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Seniors with long-term depression double their risk of stroke

Depressed womanReducing the depression symptoms does not lower stroke risk, especially fore older women

May 23, 2015 – Research with seniors over age 50 has determined that persistent depression doubles the risk of stroke for older people and this danger remains high even if the symptoms of depression go away. This is particular true for women. More...

Sex Health News for Seniors

Senior couple showing puzzlementSenior citizens and young adults are an earthquake apart on sexual attitudes

Researchers find generational shift in beliefs about sex; biggest divide came between Boomers and Greatest Generation

May 12, 2015 – Most of today’s senior citizens – generally people born before the end of World War II, with a flood of baby boomers joining their ranks – are still shocked every time they turn on TV to see how sexual attitudes have changed. Acceptance of premarital sex is at an all-time high, along with an acceptance of homosexuality, and that is just the beginning, according to new research. More...

Fitness News

Men with good cardio fitness may avoid cholesterol through senior years

New study says those with poor cardio fitness may see cholesterol developing in 20s or 30s

May 12, 2015 – Most senior men know that regular physical activity is very good for your health. It improves cardiorespiratory fitness that lowers the risk of heart disease, stroke and other ailments. A new study finds it does even more - it helps men avoid increases in blood cholesterol that generally occur with aging. For some, it offers a lifetime of protection. More...

Aging News for Seniors - Other Media

Discreet Safety Monitor Takes The Stigma Out Of Aging For Seniors

May 12, 2015 - For any senior who has cringed at the infamous "Help! I've fallen and I can't get up" ads, there's a new product in store that can take the stigma out of aging, far more discreetly. "We've been looking for something like this for about two years," 72 ...More at Huffington Post

Nutrition News for Seniors - Other Media

Adjusting your diet to boost an aging brain

May 12, 2015 - Adding more olive oil or nuts to a Mediterranean diet -- one rich in fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains and low in red meat -- may help keep your mind sharper as you age, a new study suggests. The Spanish researchers found that seniors following ...More at CBS

breast examHealth News for Seniors

Senior citizens doing quite well at meeting cancer screening goals, CDC reports

CDC Healthy People 2020 reports on cancer screening targets for colorectal, breast and cervical cancers

May 8, 2015 – Americans are not doing very well at being screened for key cancers, says at new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Senior citizens, however, are doing surprisingly well...More


Health News for Seniors

Seniors do much better than younger adults at affording, taking meds

Lots of U.S. adults skip taking prescriptions because they cannot afford them

May 8, 2015 - Okay, even most of us senior citizens would assume that when it comes to taking meds regularly, our age bracket would not do as well as younger adults. Wrong! Well at least we do better at not skipping prescriptions because we can't afford them, says a new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)...More

Health News for Seniors

Statins tightly linked to diabetes, disease complications in large study

Risk of diabetes with statins has been known, thought this was because people prescribed statins had greater medical risks to begin with

May 7, 2015 - For the millions of seniors taking statins at the recommendation of their doctor, it has to be punishing to read week-after-week the new studies that often highlight some new risk. The latest study is a big one - 26,000 members of Tricare...

Recognize Stroke - face droops, arm weak, speech difficultHealth News for Seniors

People with a bleeding stroke have best chance in comprehensive stroke center

By Tucker Sutherland, editor & publisher

Stroke centers have equipment, personnel to deal with most severe strokes, including neurological critical

May 6, 2015 — People with hemorrhagic strokes (brain bleeds) are more likely to survive if they are treated at a comprehensive stroke center. If not in a stroke center, their loved ones should move them, says research leader. More...

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Henry Allingham recognized as one of oldest living menAging & Longevity

Longevity facts revealed in 50 year study of men who made it to 100

Among interesting discovers: longevity more closely related to mother’s than father’s; 20% had dementia; cardiovascular disease big killer

May 5, 2015 – A 50-year study of men born in 1913 has found that only 10 of 855 (1.2%) lived to become centenarians – 100 years of age. The study provides interesting insight after the age of 80 as to the causes of death and the numbers with dementia. The researchers also have some ideas on what it takes to reach the age of 100. More...

Retirement News

Running out of money is more than just a worry for many seniors

Among those age 85 or older when they died, 20% had no assets left but their homes

By Michelle Andrews May 1, 2015

May 2, 2015 - For many older people and their families, particularly those dealing with conditions such as Alzheimer’s or cancer that often require long-term, pricey medical care, running out of money is a nagging concern.

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare releases data on billion dollars in drugs bought through Part D

See what the docs are prescribing for senior citizens in the drug plan

key to the moneyApril 30, 2015 - The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services today announced the availability of new, privacy-protected data on Medicare Part D prescription drugs prescribed by physicians and other health care professionals in 2013. This data shows which prescription drugs were prescribed to Medicare Part D beneficiaries by which practitioners. More...

Social Security News

Social Security releases Vision 2015: long-range plan of service delivery

Subhead says it ‘Ensures a commitment to local field office presence nationwide’

April 27, 2015 – Today the Social Security Administration released a news release cheering Vision 2015, their latest program designed to motivate those who work for the agency. The primary goal, according to Acting Commissioner Carolyn W. Colvin, is to be sure the agency keeps up with changes in technology and society. More...

Features and General News

Grandparents help grandkids succeed by providing summer books, reading to the youngest

Key to providing free books is let the kids choose them; MRI proves success of reading to the preschoolers

April 25, 2015 – Want to be a better grandparent? Who doesn’t? Here are a couple of ideas being presented today that can put you at the top of the class. Giving your school age grandchildren books as school ends for the summer can help them avoid the “summer slide.” And, if you go the extra mile and read to the youngest ones, new research says you will enhance their reading skills. More...

Retirement News

happy senior couple checking their investments onlineRetired seniors lead jump in U.S. confidence to afford the golden years

Annual Retirement Confidence Survey of workers, retirees says confidence up but few signs they are actually doing anything to achieve the goal

April 24, 2015 – Senior citizens who have already retired are leading the way in a resurgence of confidence about being able to afford their retirement years among both working and retired Americans. The researchers most be scratching their heads, however, since they say they are few signs they are taking the right steps to accomplish this challenge. More...

Aging & Longevity

Senior citizens need to understand Cognitive Aging – not Alzheimer’s or dementia

New free report from Institute of Health is a good source for understanding the mental challenges of aging

By Tucker Sutherland, editor-publisher, SeniorJournal.com

April 23, 2015 –As one who for years nursed a mother as she faded into the abyss of Alzheimer’s and has written extensively on senior citizen topics, I am stunned at how little we know about “cognitive aging.” Still, AD and memory problems come up almost every time two or more senior citizens get together. A new book that is available free from the Institute of Medicine has already made me a whole lot better informed on cognitive aging and I hope it gets wide distribution. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare accountable care medical groups cover almost two-thirds of U.S.

U.S. Map showing areas covered by Medicare Accountable Care OrganizationsNow 424 ACOs dedicated to better care for seniors, others in Medicare fee for service

April 22, 2015 – Almost 70 percent of the U.S. population now lives in communities served by accountable care organizations (ACOs), which were created by Obamacare to provided Medicare patients with better coordinated and higher quality health care. A new analysis also shows that 44 percent live in areas served by two or more ACOs. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Seniors 75 and older may find statins guard against heart attack, stroke

question mark behind statin pills…but should they be given to senior citizens not already taking them to protect against cardiovascular events

By Michelle Klampe

April 21, 2015 – Statins could be a cost-effective tool for preventing heart attacks and other cardiovascular incidents in adults over age 75, but the benefits would need to be weighed against potential side effects, a study being published this week in the Annals of Internal Medicine has found. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare card will finally drop Social Security number

One of many provisions added to bill to increase pay for doctors in Medicare program

April 21, 2015 - One of the many - and probably better things - buried in the bill passed by Congress and signed by the President to increase the pay for doctors caring for Medicare patients is a provision that will finally remove a seniors Social Security number from their Medicare card. More...

Health and Medicine for Seniors

Deadly pancreatic cancer cells steered back into normal cells

Ability of treated cancer cells to form tumors greatly diminished in test with mice

April 20, 2015 - Deadly pancreatic cancer cells were coaxed into reverting back toward normal non-cancerous cells by a protein called E47. The success of this new research provides hope for treatment of this disease that kills 40,000 a year in the U.S. More...


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