Who Will Care for Older Adults? We’ve Plenty of Know-How but Too Few Specialists

KFF HEALTH NEWS – Thirty-five years ago, Jerry Gurwitz was among the first physicians in the United States to be credentialed as a geriatrician — a doctor who specializes in the care of older adults. “I understood the demographic imperative and the issues facing older patients,” Gurwitz, 67 and chief of geriatric medicine at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School, told me. “I felt this field presented tremendous opportunities.” But today, Gurwitz fears geriatric medicine...

How to talk to older people in your life about scams

NEW YORK (AP) — This summer, Daniel Goldstein's 86-year-old mom got an email that looked like it was from her bank. She was alarmed because she hadn't spent the money it mentioned, so she called a help number on the email. The person on the other end of the line asked for her bank account information and made her believe she would get her money back. Instead, she lost $600 to a scammer. Last year, consumers...

Peanuts: The Snack That Safeguards the Heart and Helps Prevent Strokes

Delicious and fun to eat, a handful of peanuts a day can help enhance cognitive function, aid in slowing the aging process, and much more.

10 Things Medicare Doesn’t Cover

AARP – Medicare covers the majority of older Americans’ health care needs, from hospital care and doctor visits to lab tests and prescription drugs. Here are some needs that aren’t part of the program — and how you might pay for them. 1. Opticians and eye exams While original Medicare covers ophthalmologic expenses such as cataract surgery, it doesn’t cover routine eye exams, glasses or contact lenses. Nor do any Medigap plans, the supplemental insurance that...

Heartless Bureaucrats Demand Money Back From Social Security Recipients

Julia Greune, 43, is blind with cerebral palsy and a mental disability. Incompetent Social Security officials say she owes $6,253.38.

Medicare shoppers often face a barrage of unsolicited calls and aggressive ads

NPR SHOTS – One minute last December Leslie Montgomery was a medieval warlord pillaging a nearby kingdom. The next she was a retiree drowning in a flood of confusing Medicare sales calls. The 75-year-old had been deeply immersed in her favorite free online game when a banner ad appeared warning her that she might be missing out on money from the federal government. She clicked, and within minutes, she received an avalanche of calls with...

Renting could age you faster than unemployment or being a former smoker

Renting has a stronger link to faster 'biological ageing' than unemployment or being a former smoker, according to Australian and international research.

Preventing kidney stones before they form

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK – Kidney stones are small, hard deposits made of minerals and reoccurring materials inside the kidneys. Stones often go unnoticed in the kidney until they move into the ureter —the tube connecting the kidney and bladder. If a stone leaves the kidney and blocks urine from exiting, usually while in the ureter, it can cause urine to back up and lead to intense pain. Kidney stones are common, affecting about 12% of...

New heart syndrome identifies link among obesity, diabetes and kidney disease

Cardiovascular-kidney-metabolic syndrome affects major organs in the body, including the heart, brain, kidneys and liver, according to the American Heart Association. |

The ‘anti-aging’ diet: Six foods YOU should be eating to achieve healthy skin, improve longevity and boost cognitive function

Experts agree that green vegetables, healthy oils and legumes will all help. These foods contain antioxidants, chlorophyll and omega-3 fatty acids. « 

The No. 1 key to a happier, longer life—‘that younger people don’t’ know, according to the oldest and ‘wisest’ Americans

CNBC – I once interviewed Karl Pillemer, the Cornell sociologist and author of “30 Lessons for Living: Tired and True Advice from the Wisest Americans.” He’d seen numerous studies showing that people in their 70s, 80s, and beyond were far happier than younger people. He was intrigued: “I keep meeting older people — many of whom had lost loved ones, been through tremendous difficulties, and had serious health problems — but who nevertheless were deeply fulfilled and...

Mayo Clinic expert: Joint replacement surgery, arthritis are not inevitable

MAYO CLINIC NEWS NETWORK — Don't worry about your hips or knees as you age. Arthritis in those joints isn't inevitable. Keep doing the activities you enjoy. Those hopeful words come from Rafael Sierra, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon at Mayo Clinic specializing in hip and knee reconstruction. Dr. Sierra says there is no need to curtail your activities out of fear that you'll wear out those joints as you age and need joint replacement. However, certain...

Seniors have stopped eating at Olive Garden — and it’s not clear when they’ll come back

Never Ending Pasta Bowl resumes on Monday  NY POST – Retirees have lost their appetite for Olive Garden since the pandemic — and it’s not clear when they’ll come back, according to the chains top brass. No amount of unlimited pasta refills seems to be enough to entice the 65-and-older crowd as they continue to pinch pennies amid high inflation and duck the coronavirus, according to Rick Cardenas, chief executive of Darden Restaurants, which owns Olive...

Medications Seniors Should Use With Caution

WEBMD – It's no secret that when you get older, your body doesn't work the way it used to. Ask your doctor about the impact of your meds as you age. Over-the-Counter Painkillers Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like ibuprofen, aspirin, and naproxen, can keep some prescription medications you take from working the way they should. They're often not a good combo with blood thinners, diabetes drugs, diuretics, or blood pressure drugs. NSAIDs are also rough on...
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