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Why sex gets better in older age

Why sex gets better in older age

By Miri Forbes, University of Minnesota; Nicholas Eaton, Stony Brook University (The State University of New York), and Robert Krueger, University of Minnesota Aging is generally associated with improvements in our quality of life: We become more proficient in our work, learn how to manage our finances better and our bonds with loved ones deepen. With […]

December 17, 2016 | By | Reply More
Should older drivers face special restrictions?

Should older drivers face special restrictions?

By Jenni Bergal Stateline By 2030, more than 60 million older adults could be driving on the nation’s roadways. But don’t expect many more states to put added restrictions on their ability to get behind the wheel. Legislatures have become increasingly reluctant to restrict driver’s licenses for seniors or impose extra requirements — such as […]

December 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Caring for a loved one at home can have a steep learning curve

Caring for a loved one at home can have a steep learning curve

By Taunya English, WHYY Kaiser Health News Dementia has been slowly stealing Ruth Perez’s memory and thinking ability for 20 years. Her daughter, Angela Bobo, recalled when it was clear that her mother was never going to be the same. “She would put food together that didn’t belong together — hamburger and fish in a pot. […]

December 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
Fatigue, weakness and depression are not part of normal aging

Fatigue, weakness and depression are not part of normal aging

You’re Not Just ‘Growing Old’ If This Happens To You By Judith Graham Kaiser Health News When Dr. Christopher Callahan examines older patients, he often hears a similar refrain. “I’m tired, doctor. It’s hard to get up and about. I’ve been feeling kind of down, but I know I’m getting old and I just have […]

December 8, 2016 | By | Reply More
Seniors increasingly getting high, study

Seniors increasingly getting high, study

By Carmen Heredia Rodriguez Kaiser Health News Baby boomers are getting high in increasing numbers, reflecting growing acceptance of the drug as treatment for various medical conditions, according to a study published Monday in the journal Addiction. The findings reveal overall use among the 50-and-older study group increased “significantly” from 2006 to 2013. Marijuana users peaked between ages 50 to […]

December 6, 2016 | By | Reply More
Alone and Aging: Creating a safety net for isolated seniors

Alone and Aging: Creating a safety net for isolated seniors

By Sharon Jayson Kaiser Health News Phyllis Krantzman knows what she should do, but like many of her peers, the 71-year-old doesn’t know how to approach a casual acquaintance to ask who will take care of her when she needs it most. Krantzman, of Austin, Texas, is among a growing number of seniors who find […]

November 28, 2016 | By | Reply More
Dementia rate declines sharply among elderly

Dementia rate declines sharply among elderly

  By Liz Szabo Kaiser Health News A new study finds that the prevalence of dementia has fallen sharply in recent years, most likely as a result of Americans’ rising educational levels and better heart health, which are both closely related to brain health. Dementia rates in people over age 65 fell from 11.6 percent […]

November 22, 2016 | By | Reply More
Many caregivers spend $7K annually out of pocket, study

Many caregivers spend $7K annually out of pocket, study

By Rachel Bluth Kaiser Health News Denise Sleeper has sold her home, spent most of her retirement savings and quit her job to care for her husband since his Alzheimer’s disease struck two years ago. “It’s been like a tsunami in my life,” said Sleeper, of Gilford, N.H. She’s drained $168,000 from the couple’s retirement […]

November 15, 2016 | By | Reply More
Seniors suffer amid widespread fraud by Medicaid caretakers

Seniors suffer amid widespread fraud by Medicaid caretakers

By Melissa Bailey Kaiser Health News An Alaska man developed gangrenous toes. A Philadelphia woman froze to death on the street. An Illinois woman died emaciated, covered in excrement. These patients suffered as their government-paid caretakers neglected them, collecting paychecks under a Medicaid program that gives elderly and disabled people non-medical assistance at home. In […]

November 7, 2016 | By | Reply More
Why more grandparents are raising children – addiction

Why more grandparents are raising children – addiction

By Teresa Wiltz Stateline The number of grandparents who are raising their grandchildren is going up and increasingly it’s because their own kids are addicted to heroin or prescription drugs, or have died from an overdose. For some, it’s a challenge with little help available. In 2005, 2.5 million children were living with grandparents who […]

November 2, 2016 | By | Reply More