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14 Feb

Few Older Adults Use Health Apps, Study Finds

Less than half of Americans over 50 use health apps to manage chronic conditions or improve health-related behaviors.

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16 Aug
Cheaper Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Should Be in Stores by October, FDA Says

Cheaper Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Should Be in Stores by October, FDA Says

Affordable over-the-counter hearing aids will bring relief to millions of Americans suffering from hearing loss by mid-October, under a landmark proposal just announced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The

16 Aug
'Virtual' Museum Visits Are Good Medicine for Seniors

'Virtual' Museum Visits Are Good Medicine for Seniors

By combining technology with interactive art activities, older people at home can have museums come to them -- and this can support their physical, mental and social well-being, a new study reports.

"This participatory art-based activity could become a model that could ...

27 Jul
Alternative Medicine Popular Among Seniors, But Most Don't Tell Their Doctors About It

Alternative Medicine Popular Among Seniors, But Most Don't Tell Their Doctors About It

Lots of older folks are turning to alternative medicine to help them with the pains of aging – but they don’t necessarily think that...

25 Jul
Helping Older Loved Ones in a Heat Wave

Helping Older Loved Ones in a Heat Wave

With much of the United States baking in extreme heat this summer, older adults and the people caring for them need to take extra precautions.

Seniors can decline rapidly, sometimes within minutes, when exposed to soaring temperatures, said Dr. Angela Catic, an assistant...

22 Jul
Black Nursing Home Residents More Likely to Need Hospital Care

Black Nursing Home Residents More Likely to Need Hospital Care

Black residents in U.S. nursing homes are much more likely than white residents to be repeatedly transferred to hospital care, a new study reports.

Black nursing home residents are likely to be transferred to the hospital and back at least four times in a given year, acc...

22 Jul
Heatwave Alert: Stay Safe in Searing Temps

Heatwave Alert: Stay Safe in Searing Temps

As blistering temperatures blanket much of the country, more people are at risk

22 Jul
3 Key Changes Could Make Roads Safer for Older Pedestrians

3 Key Changes Could Make Roads Safer for Older Pedestrians

Better lighting and other changes to street crossings could improve pedestrian safety for seniors -- the age group most likely to be killed by oncoming vehicles.

Researchers pored over four years of Oregon crash data for locations considered dangerous for walkers age 65 ...

29 Jun
Staffing Shortages Have U.S. Nursing Homes in Crisis

Staffing Shortages Have U.S. Nursing Homes in Crisis

There's a shortage of nursing home beds for the elderly in America due to a severe staffing crisis that has caused long-term care facilities to cut back on new admissions, new research shows.

Three out of five nursing homes (61%) have limited new admissions due to staffi...

29 Jun
Vision Issues Could Raise Odds for Dementia

Vision Issues Could Raise Odds for Dementia

Untreated vision loss may put an older adult at an increased risk for dementia, though it's not clear why, according to a new study.

Researchers found that the likelihood of having some form of cognitive impairment was 137% higher in seniors who had trouble seeing than i...

27 Jun
COVID Boosters Raise Antibody Levels by 85% in Nursing Home Residents

COVID Boosters Raise Antibody Levels by 85% in Nursing Home Residents

Getting a COVID-19 booster shot can significantly increase an at-risk person's immunity and protect against the contagious Omicron variant.

New research f...

26 Jun
Tough Choices: When It's Time to Move From Home to Assisted Living

Tough Choices: When It's Time to Move From Home to Assisted Living

While 8 in 10 Americans ages 65 and older say they want to age in their homes, it's not always possible when health declines.

Knowing when a loved one needs a more supportive environment, such as

23 Jun
CDC Panel Urges Seniors to Get New, More Potent Flu Shot This Fall

CDC Panel Urges Seniors to Get New, More Potent Flu Shot This Fall

A U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention vaccine advisory panel on Wednesday voted to recommend that Americans 65 and older get the new, more...

22 Jun
Researchers Spot Sign of Alzheimer's Risk That Scammers Love

Researchers Spot Sign of Alzheimer's Risk That Scammers Love

Could the way a senior handles his or her money offer clues about their risk for Alzheimer's disease?

Yes, according to a new study involving dozens of el...

20 Jun
Ageism Is Everywhere and Can Harm Health

Ageism Is Everywhere and Can Harm Health

In a cancel culture where there's zero tolerance for prejudice, at least one form of discrimination appears to be alive and well.

Ageism involves prejudice based on people's advancing age. It can be as overt as

17 Jun
Sleep Throughout the Lifespan: When You Get Best, Worst Slumber

Sleep Throughout the Lifespan: When You Get Best, Worst Slumber

Americans are night owls at age 20, get the least sleep at 40, and then finally get more shut-eye after retirement.

Those are among the key takeaways from a study that looked at the sleep patterns of Americans of all ages. In short, teenagers and young adults often fall ...

09 Jun
Isolation May Raise Odds for Dementia, Brain Study Suggests

Isolation May Raise Odds for Dementia, Brain Study Suggests

Staying connected to others may help protect your brain as you age, new research reveals.

The study showed that

20 May
Could Eye Trouble Bring Lower Scores on Seniors' Thinking Tests?

Could Eye Trouble Bring Lower Scores on Seniors' Thinking Tests?

Poor eyesight makes it harder to read and easier to trip. But it can also lead to a misdiagnosis of mild mental decline in older people, according to a new, small study.

That can happen if someone's thinking abilities are assessed using vision-dependent tests, researcher...

19 May
Frail, But Living at Home: Program Helps Elderly Stay Strong

Frail, But Living at Home: Program Helps Elderly Stay Strong

It's never too late to start exercising -- and the right activities might help you stay independent in your home.

While building healthy habits at an earlier age can have some long-term benefits, adding physical activity can help at all ages, new research suggests.

13 May
Heavy Antibiotic Use Tied to Development of Crohn's, Colitis

Heavy Antibiotic Use Tied to Development of Crohn's, Colitis

The more antibiotics that seniors take, the greater their risk of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), a new study suggests.

The findings could help explain some of the increase in

28 Apr
Medicare Advantage Plans Often Deny Coverage for Eligible, Necessary Care: Report

Medicare Advantage Plans Often Deny Coverage for Eligible, Necessary Care: Report

Coverage for eligible, necessary care is denied each year to tens of thousands of seniors with private Medicare Advantage plans, U.S. federal investigators say.

In a report released Thursda...

26 Apr
U.S. Task Force Rejects Daily Aspirin for Heart Health in People Over 60

U.S. Task Force Rejects Daily Aspirin for Heart Health in People Over 60

It seemed a simple prospect - take a low-dose baby aspirin tablet once a day and reduce your risk of ever suffering a heart attack or stroke.

But new science has shown it's not that simple.

Noting the drug's risk of dangerous bleeding, the nation's leading panel of...

26 Apr
Calcium Supplements Could Spell Trouble for Older Heart Patients

Calcium Supplements Could Spell Trouble for Older Heart Patients

Seniors are often advised to take calcium supplements, but new research says the pills might significantly increase an aging person's risk of heart valve problems that contribute to heart failure.

People taking either calcium supplements alone or calcium with vitamin D h...

26 Apr
Do Dentures Take a Toll on Good Nutrition?

Do Dentures Take a Toll on Good Nutrition?

Dentures may take a bite out of your nutrition, a new study warns.

"They do not provide the same chewing efficiency, which may alter eating habits," said senior author Dr. Thankam Thyvalikakath, director of the Regenstrief Institute and the School of Dentistry Dental Inf...

25 Apr
Genetic Sign of Aging Linked to Risk of Fatal COVID

Genetic Sign of Aging Linked to Risk of Fatal COVID

It's known that certain chronic health conditions up the odds of death from COVID-19. Now, new research identifies another risk factor.

Shorter telomeres are associated with an increased likelihood of death from COVID-19, particularly in older women, researchers say.

...

22 Apr
Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing in U.S. Seniors, Black Patients Reaches Alarming Levels

Inappropriate Antibiotic Prescribing in U.S. Seniors, Black Patients Reaches Alarming Levels

The majority of antibiotic prescriptions for U.S. seniors and Black and Hispanic Americans are inappropriate, a new report reveals.

For the study, researchers analyzed federal government data on more than 7 billion outpatient visits to doctors' offices, hospital clinics ...

18 Apr
White House COVID Response Coordinator Says Adults Over 60 Should Get Second Booster

White House COVID Response Coordinator Says Adults Over 60 Should Get Second Booster

Americans who are over 60 should get a second COVID-19 booster shot, the White House's new COVID-19 response coordinator recommended Sunday.

Dr. Ashish Jha noted that data from Israel has found significantly reduced rates of infection and death among older individuals w...

14 Apr
1 in 5 Medicare Patients Use Medical Marijuana: Survey

1 in 5 Medicare Patients Use Medical Marijuana: Survey

One in five Medicare recipients use medical marijuana and two-thirds say it should be covered by Medicare, a new survey reveals.

Medical marijuana is legal in 37 states, four...

06 Apr
Half of Americans Now Die With Dementia Diagnosis, Better Record-Keeping May Be Why

Half of Americans Now Die With Dementia Diagnosis, Better Record-Keeping May Be Why

A record number of American adults are now dying with a dementia diagnosis, new research shows.

Yet, that increase of 36% from two decades ago may have more to do with better record-keeping th...

05 Apr
Medicare Now Covers COVID Tests Bought at Drug Stores

Medicare Now Covers COVID Tests Bought at Drug Stores

Medicare announced Monday that seniors can now walk into most drug stores and get a free over-the-counter COVID test.

"For the first time in its history, Medicare is paying for an over-the-counter test," Deputy Administrator Dr. Meena Seshamani, director of the Center fo...

30 Mar
IV Anemia Meds Can Sometimes Trigger Severe Allergy

IV Anemia Meds Can Sometimes Trigger Severe Allergy

The chances of a severe allergic reaction being triggered by intravenous (IV) iron formulations for anemia are higher with some than others, but all pose a low risk, a new stu...

29 Mar
CDC Supports 2nd Booster Shots for Americans 50 and Older

CDC Supports 2nd Booster Shots for Americans 50 and Older

Hours after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration authorized a second booster shot of the Pfizer and...

29 Mar
FDA Approves 2nd Booster Shots for Americans 50 and Older

FDA Approves 2nd Booster Shots for Americans 50 and Older

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced Tuesday that it has approved a second booster shot of the Pfizer and Moderna coronavirus vaccines for people 50 and older.

The agency also authorized a second booster for Americans 12 and older who are immune-compromised, s...

28 Mar
Biden Administration to Offer 2nd COVID Boosters to Those 50 and Older

Biden Administration to Offer 2nd COVID Boosters to Those 50 and Older

Despite not knowing how long another jab might provide protection, the Biden administration plans to offer a second COVID booster shot to Americans 50 and older.

Optional second bo...

09 Mar
Heaters, Pools, Bed Rails: Household Dangers Can Kill Seniors

Heaters, Pools, Bed Rails: Household Dangers Can Kill Seniors

A new report delivers a troubling statistic: Seven in 10 consumer product-related deaths occur among those over 65, even though these people only account for 16% of the U.S. population.

Each year, consumer products are linked to roughly 3,800 deaths and nearly 3 million ...

01 Mar
Biden to Propose Overhaul of U.S. Nursing Homes

Biden to Propose Overhaul of U.S. Nursing Homes

Minimum staffing levels will be a main feature of a major overhaul of U.S. nursing homes that President Joe Biden is expected to announce in his State of the Union speech Tuesday night.

Staffing levels are considered a critical marker for nursing home quality, but the pa...

15 Feb
Sex in the Senior Years: Why It's Key to Overall Health

Sex in the Senior Years: Why It's Key to Overall Health

Lovemaking isn't just for the young - older people gain a lot of satisfaction from amorous relations as well.

But things get complicated as people age, and many folks let this important part of life drift away rather than talk about sexual problems with either their part...

04 Feb
Medicare to Provide Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests

Medicare to Provide Free COVID-19 Rapid Tests

Medicare will soon provide up to eight free COVID rapid tests a month to seniors enrolled in the government health insurance program, the Biden administration announced Thursday.

The

03 Feb
Stroke Rate Rises Among Young Americans, Even as It Declines for Seniors

Stroke Rate Rises Among Young Americans, Even as It Declines for Seniors

Although there's been a marked decline in rates of stroke among older adults over the past 30 years, growing numbers of young Americans are having strokes.

Obesity may be one reason why, experts sa...

03 Feb
Stroke Risk Highest for Older COVID Patients Soon After Diagnosis

Stroke Risk Highest for Older COVID Patients Soon After Diagnosis

Stroke is a possible complication of COVID-19, and researchers say they now know when that risk is highest.

A new study from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found the risk of COVID-related

03 Feb
Take That Walk: Your Aging Brain Will Work Better

Take That Walk: Your Aging Brain Will Work Better

Worried about losing your mental faculties as you age? Get out there and exercise, new research suggests.

Physical activity helps keep the aging brain sharp, according to the latest of many studies showing a link between exercise and brain health.

This study includ...

28 Jan
Shorter Life Spans for Elderly Living Downwind of Fracking Sites: Study

Shorter Life Spans for Elderly Living Downwind of Fracking Sites: Study

Older people who live near or downwind of fracking sites have an increased risk of premature death, likely due to airborne contaminants from the sites, according to a new study.

"There is an urgent n...

24 Jan
Some Patients With Macular Degeneration Could Stop Monthly Eye Injections

Some Patients With Macular Degeneration Could Stop Monthly Eye Injections

Injection medications can save the vision of older people with macular degeneration, but the ongoing regimen is taxing. Now a preliminary study raises the possibility that some patients can safely be "weaned off" the treatment.

Researchers found that of just over 100 pat...

21 Jan
After Heart Attack, Cardiac Rehab Begins Road to Recovery

After Heart Attack, Cardiac Rehab Begins Road to Recovery

Your heart is in an incredibly vulnerable state if you've suffered a heart attack or are fighting heart failure, and cardiac rehabilitation could be an important part of your recovery.

Unfortunately, not enough older folks appear to be taking advantage of this life-savin...

21 Jan
COVID Boosters Keep Older Americans Out of Hospitals: CDC

COVID Boosters Keep Older Americans Out of Hospitals: CDC

The risk of hospitalization for COVID-19 among older Americans is far higher for those who are unvaccinated than for those who are fully vaccinated and have had a booster shot, new government data shows.

The differences were stark: In December, unvaccinated people 50 and...

18 Jan
Do You Feel Old? It Could Be Aging You

Do You Feel Old? It Could Be Aging You

People who believe their bodies and minds will break down with age may be creating a self-fulfilling prophecy, a recent study suggests.

Researchers found that older adults with a dim outlook on aging tended to report more physical health symptoms on days when they were s...

16 Jan
13 Jan
Opioid Misuse Keeps Rising Among Older Americans

Opioid Misuse Keeps Rising Among Older Americans

The opioid addict you know might not be the college kid who has always dabbled in alcohol and drugs.

It could be your grandparent.

Opioid misuse doesn't discriminate by age -- and rates are rising steadily among adults aged 55 and up,

13 Jan
Could Binge Drinking Set Your Heart Rhythm Off-Kilter?

Could Binge Drinking Set Your Heart Rhythm Off-Kilter?

Binge drinking on Super Bowl Sunday or other special occasions could put you at risk for a dangerous heart rhythm disorder called atrial fibrillation (a-fib), even if you've never had it, researchers warn in a new study.

"Worldwide, alcohol is the most popularly consumed...

11 Jan
Medicare Proposes to Only Cover Alzheimer's Drug Aduhelm for Use in Clinical Trials

Medicare Proposes to Only Cover Alzheimer's Drug Aduhelm for Use in Clinical Trials

It's a move that could severely limit the number of people taking the controversial new Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm: Medicare on Tuesday proposed to only cover the cost of the pricey medication for people enrolled in approved clinical trials.

A final decision on coverage ...

10 Jan
Medicare May Rethink Premium Hike for Pricey Alzheimer's Drug

Medicare May Rethink Premium Hike for Pricey Alzheimer's Drug

Medicare has been told to reassess a significant premium increase it had announced that largely stemmed from the expensive new Alzheimer's drug

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