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Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Stress appears to pave way to Alzheimer’s for senior citizens

Woman under stress being comforted by aideStrong evidence perceived stress increases chance older people will develop cognitive impairment

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. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Obamacare helped over 10 million using Medicare save over $20 billion on drugs

39 million on Medicare used free preventive services in 2015

Medicare surrounded by dollar signsFeb. 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. More...

Aging & Longevity

Guns, drugs and cars cause life expectancy in U.S. to lag behind

pistolThese 3 causes of injury death cause gap in longevity with 12 comparable countries

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. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Elderly show slower mental decline with more protein in brain

Human head showing parts of the brain in colorCognitive decline about 50% slower for those with most protein from BDNF gene expression

Feb. 9, 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. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Are too many dying Medicare patients not being visited by hospice staff?

Study 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 nursing home. More...

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More seniors at risk of stroke if blood pressure treatment moved up to 150

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 pressure of 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 Hypertension. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Elderly reduce risk of Alzheimer’s eating seafood with no worry of mercury

Seafood fights dementia; mercury contamination not related to increased brain pathology

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. More...

Aging & Longevity

Car keys being dropped by senior citizenSenior citizens who stop driving may face host of health problems, shorter life

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. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Wheels are turning to help communities provide seniors with life-saving transportation

Video tells the success story from Portland, Oregon

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 these seniors. More...

Health News for Seniors

Senior doctors expose 'scandal' of pacemaker battery life

Risk of infection associated with battery replacement makes it critical

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) today. More...

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Aging & Longevity

Organizations supporting issues and services important to senior citizens

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. More...

Retirement News for Seniors

HUD to fund test of new approach to keeping low-income seniors in their homes

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. More...

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

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U.S., Canada, Norway big spenders in end-of-life 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. More...

Retirement News for Seniors

Seniors may find reverse mortgage a good option as other investments decline

Reverse Mortgages - the "Investment" that Grows, says industry leader

by Michael Branson, CEO, All Reverse Mortgage

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. More...

Aging & Longevity

Pedestrian lights slowed to allow senior citizens more time to cross street

Irish study finds seniors walk too slowly to cross road safely, especially if they are thinking

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. More...

Fitness News

EMS treats heart attack victim on sidewalkMost fit seniors reduce risk of death after first heart attack

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. More...

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Features for Seniors

Senior citizens may accept robot helpers, but fear robot masters

Want to be sure they have the robot under control

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. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Home health agencies latest to be rated by seniors on CMS site

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 services. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

CMS helps hospitals lower Medicare minority readmissions

woman explaining guide to minority manMinority health office issues new guidelines

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 the readmissions. More...

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Medicare & Medicaid News

hand waves money in front of capitol buildingNew rule on Medicaid prescription drug rebates to save billions

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. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicaid enrollment being simplified by states

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 to a 50-state survey released Thursday.

Aging & Longevity

Easy way to predict longevity of elderly can help decide who gets medical care

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) and centenarians. More...

Fitness News

Seniors stop cognitive decline by improving fitness - even in early Alzheimer’s

Exercise appears to increase thickness of brain cortex often damaged by AD

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. More...

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Longevity benefits go to elderly women who have regular mammograms

elderly women gets breast examThose 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. More...

Health News for Seniors

Frail senior citizens face much higher death risk after surgery

Patients, 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 after surgery. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Senior citizens improve learning, memory with vitamin B, omega-3

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. publication. More...

Alzheimer's & Mental Health News

Mentally challenging activities key to healthy aging mind for seniors

Study confirms the adage about cognitive aging of “Use it or lose it.”

Jan. 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 changes. More...

Fitness News

Older women with strong legs have strong brains, too

Study of twins age 43-73 over 10 years

by Ken Bowen

Jan. 18, 2016 - A gold-standard study from Kings College, London, notably extends the many previous studies linking physical exercise with improved cognitive aging. More...

Political News for Seniors

Senior citizens not enjoying political debates but still most likely to watch

political campaign hatsYoungest 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. More...

Health News for Seniors

Outpatient thyroid surgery safe for even super-elderly with standardized approach

Doctor congratulates senior on surgery recoveryReadmission rates for the elderly in 70s & 80s were lower than the younger control groups

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, physician-scientists say. More...

Health News for Seniors

Millions of elderly flock to U.S. emergency rooms due to infectious diseases

Seniors 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 in hospital. More...

Aging & Longevity

Stroke, cognitive impairment linked to poor sleep in senior citizens

Sleep 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 journal Stroke. More...

Health News for Seniors

One Brave Idea will try to eliminate top killer of senior citizens - cardiovascular disease

heart animation held by woman's handsSeeking 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.

Eldercare & Caregiver News for Seniors

Hospitals step up to help senior citizens avoid falls

Experts recommend things seniors can do to prevent falling

By Susan Jaffe

Jan. 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 pocket. More...

Features for Seniors

Norman Lear won with All in the Family, wants more older people on TV

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. More...

Medicare & Medicaid News

Medicare releases use, payment data for Home Health Agencies

Information on home health agencies costs and services

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. More...


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