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When nursing homes push out poor and disabled patients

When nursing homes push out poor and disabled patients

Complaints about allegedly improper evictions and discharges from nursing homes are on the rise in California, Illinois and other states, according to government data. These concerns are echoed in lawsuits and by ombudsmen and consumer advocates.

December 18, 2017 | By | Reply More
Good friends might be your best brain booster as you age

Good friends might be your best brain booster as you age

SuperAgers stand out in one area: the degree to which they reported having satisfying, warm, trusting relationships. (In other areas, such as having a purpose in life or retaining autonomy, they were much like their “normal” peers.)

December 14, 2017 | By | 1 Reply More
These annual checkups help seniors not only survive but thrive

These annual checkups help seniors not only survive but thrive

Wellness coaching aims to rethink how we treat aging, said Aline Russotto, Orchard Cove’s executive director. “We used to be at our very best when somebody was in crisis,” she said. But Orchard Cove staff think they can help residents live healthier and happier lives by shifting the focus away from “fixing what’s broken,” said Russotto, to “living your best day every single day until the end.”

December 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans taking too many unneeded drugs

An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans taking too many unneeded drugs

Researchers estimate that 25% of people ages 65 to 69 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions, a figure that jumps to nearly 46% for those between 70 and 79. Doctors say it is not uncommon to encounter patients taking more than 20 drugs to treat acid reflux, heart disease, depression or insomnia or other disorders.

December 12, 2017 | By | Reply More
Screening for memory loss can help guide life choices

Screening for memory loss can help guide life choices

A quick, simple screening tool can help detect memory loss and other mental changes that might be affecting a patient’s ability to manage on their own.

November 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Shingles: Don’t let it get you the way it got Me

Shingles: Don’t let it get you the way it got Me

The shingles shot used to be for folks 60 and up. But a new and more effective vaccine targeting the 50-and-older crowd was approved last month by the Food and Drug Administration and recommended by an advisory panel of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

November 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

How older patients can dodge pitfalls entrenched in our health system

The US health care system serves the elderly poorly. A new book provides guidance to help seniors receive the best care possible.

November 16, 2017 | By | Reply More
For active seniors, choosing offers a cozier alternative to downsizing

For active seniors, choosing offers a cozier alternative to downsizing

While groups of friends may discuss growing old together on common ground, in most cohousing communities, the residents start as strangers who plan to help each other for the rest of their lives.

November 8, 2017 | By | Reply More
A few pointers to help save money and avoid the strain of Medicare enrollment

A few pointers to help save money and avoid the strain of Medicare enrollment

Most beneficiaries have from Oct. 15 through Dec. 7 to decide which of dozens of private plans offer the best drug coverage for 2018 or whether it’s better to leave traditional Medicare and get a drug and medical combo policy called Medicare Advantage. Some tips for the novice and reminders for those who have been here before can make the process a little easier.

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How to choose

Medicare vs. Medicare Advantage: How to choose

Medicare Advantage is an alternative to traditional Medicare. Run by private insurance companies, the plans — mostly health maintenance organizations (HMOs) and preferred provider organizations (PPOs) — are expected to serve a record 20.4 million people next year, or slightly more than one-third of Medicare’s 59 million members.

October 19, 2017 | By | Reply More