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Like hunger or thirst, loneliness in seniors can be eased

Like hunger or thirst, loneliness in seniors can be eased

It’s widely believed that older age is darkened by persistent loneliness. But a considerable body of research confirms this isn’t the case. In fact, loneliness is the exception rather than the rule in later life. And when it occurs, it can be alleviated: It’s a mutable psychological state.

May 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
What science tells us about successful ageing

What science tells us about successful ageing

If we look to animal models of successful ageing, biological and chronological ageing don’t always go hand in hand. Lobsters live a very long time and they don’t seem to show reductions in function with aging. And naked mole rats show reduced ageing. Their chronological age differs from their biological age and their mortality rates don’t accelerate as they age, like in most mammals.

May 11, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Boot Camp’ helps Alzheimer’s, dementia caregivers take care of themselves, too

‘Boot Camp’ helps Alzheimer’s, dementia caregivers take care of themselves, too

The boot camps help people caring for patients with dementia learned how to manage stress, make their homes safe and handle difficult patient behaviors. They also learned how to keep their loved ones engaged, with card games, crossword puzzles or music.

May 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Drug coverage denied by Medicare? How seniors can fight back

Drug coverage denied by Medicare? How seniors can fight back

Concerns about Medicare drug coverage are common: More seniors call the Medicare Rights Center’s national hotline (800-333-4114) about this topic each year than any other. Here is some essential information about the appeals process:

May 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Boomerang Seniors: Aging adults move to be near mom or dad

Boomerang Seniors: Aging adults move to be near mom or dad

By Sharon Jayson Kaiser Health News Like many peers in their 70s, Lois and Richard Jones of Media, Pa., sold their home and downsized, opting for an apartment in a nearby senior living community they had come to know well. For 13 years, they have visited Lois’ mother, Madge Wertzberger, there. Wertzberger, 95, is in assisted living at […]

April 3, 2017 | By | Reply More
‘Pre-hospice’ saves money by keeping people at home near the end of life

‘Pre-hospice’ saves money by keeping people at home near the end of life

By Anna Gorman Kaiser Health News Gerald Chinchar isn’t quite at the end of life, but the end is not far away. The 77-year-old fell twice last year, shattering his hip and femur, and now gets around his San Diego home in a wheelchair. His medications fill a dresser drawer, and congestive heart failure puts […]

March 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicaid caps pitched by GOP could shrink seniors’ benefits

Medicaid caps pitched by GOP could shrink seniors’ benefits

By Stephanie O’Neill Kaiser Health News Before nursing home patient Carmencita Misa became bedridden, she was a veritable “dancing queen,” says her daughter, Charlotte Altieri. “Even though she would work about 60 hours a week, she would make sure to go out dancing once a week — no matter what,” Altieri, 39, said. “She was […]

March 22, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why US communities should be designing parks for older adults

Why US communities should be designing parks for older adults

By Jay Maddock, Dean and Professor of Public Health Texas A&M University As America grays, healthy aging becomes essential. Physical activity or exercise is an important piece of this. Getting regular exercise of just 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week has been linked to a reduction in heart disease, cancer, falls and cognitive impairment […]

March 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
A playbook for managing problems in the last chapter of your life

A playbook for managing problems in the last chapter of your life

By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News CHICAGO — At least once a day, Dr. Lee Ann Lindquist gets an urgent phone call. “Mom fell and is in the hospital,” a concerned middle-aged son might report. “Dad got lost with the car, and we need to stop him from driving,” a distraught middle-aged daughter may explain. “We […]

March 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Rising life expectancy and why we need to rethink the meaning of old age

Rising life expectancy and why we need to rethink the meaning of old age

By Jane Falkingham Dean of the Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences University of Southampton, Southampton, England. The life expectancy of human beings will soon exceed 90 years for the first time, scientists have predicted. An international study suggests that people will be living far longer in 2030, with the gap between men and women starting […]

February 23, 2017 | By | Reply More