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The secret to chronic happiness as you age

The secret to chronic happiness as you age

The real key to happiness at every age and stage — particularly old age — is not material things, but gratitude for life’s simple blessings, like laughter among friends or watching a sunset with a loved one.

September 5, 2017 | By | Reply More
Soul Purpose: Seniors with strong reasons to live often live longer

Soul Purpose: Seniors with strong reasons to live often live longer

Research indicates that older adults with a solid sense of purpose tend to retain strong hand grips and walking speeds — key indicators of how rapidly people are aging.

September 1, 2017 | By | Reply More
Elder Abuse: ERs learn how to protect a vulnerable population

Elder Abuse: ERs learn how to protect a vulnerable population

Abuse often leads to depression and medical problems in older patients — even death within a year of an abusive incident. Identifying victims and intervening poses challenges for doctors and nurses.

August 28, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why Medicaid matters to you

Why Medicaid matters to you

While many people may think of Medicaid as a government program that helps only the nation’s poor, that is not accurate. Medicaid helps pay for – and is indeed part of estate planning strategies for – nursing home care and other forms of long-term care.

August 15, 2017 | By | Reply More
Asthma, more deadly with age, takes heavy toll on older adults

Asthma, more deadly with age, takes heavy toll on older adults

Death rates for older adults with asthma are five times that of younger patients. As the prevalence of asthma climbs in people 65 and older, more seniors will grapple with its long-term impact.

August 10, 2017 | By | Reply More
Solar eclipse could create once-in-a-lifetime road hazards

Solar eclipse could create once-in-a-lifetime road hazards

“Don’t stand on the interstate. Don’t pull your car over. Don’t take a selfie from a bridge,” said Doug Hecox, a Federal Highway Administration spokesman. “The risk of driver distraction from this once-in-a lifetime event has never been greater. We don’t want anyone to have an ‘eclipse in judgment.’ ”

August 9, 2017 | By | Reply More
Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

Are you counting on Medicaid to avoid life in a nursing home? That’s now up to Congress.

States can choose whether to offer Medicaid services at home, but nursing home coverage, which is more expensive, is a required benefit. Optional benefits like home services would likely be first to go if states face budget troubles.

July 31, 2017 | By | Reply More
How to get long-term care at home without busting the bank

How to get long-term care at home without busting the bank

The vast majority of older adults receive long-term care at home, not in nursing homes. But few people plan for this expense. Nor do they see long-term care insurance as a viable option — because it’s expensive and is often seen as protection against the cost of nursing home care.

July 27, 2017 | By | Reply More
Nursing homes move into the insurance business

Nursing homes move into the insurance business

Around the country, a handful of nursing home companies have begun selling their own private Medicare insurance policies, pledging close coordination and promising to give clinicians more authority to decide what treatments they will cover for each patient.

July 13, 2017 | By | Reply More
Why some patients aren’t getting palliative care

Why some patients aren’t getting palliative care

Palliative care has been shown to increase patients’ satisfaction with the care they receive and to save on medical expenses. But despite dramatic growth in the number of hospitals providing such care over the last decade, full palliative care services remain unavailable to many patients.

July 10, 2017 | By | Reply More