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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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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, researche...

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 ...

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 ...

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.

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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 Cente...

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 st...

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 pa...

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 an...

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 covera...

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

10 Jan
Scientists Work Out How Exercise Saves Your Brain

Scientists Work Out How Exercise Saves Your Brain

Exercise helps you stay fit, hale and hearty, and researchers say it may also help you stave off dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Now they have a better understanding of the hidden benefits that aid the brain.

Older folks who are more physically active have higher level...

10 Jan
Quality of Home Health Care Varies Between Urban, Rural Areas

Quality of Home Health Care Varies Between Urban, Rural Areas

Need in-home health care? Know this: The quality of your care may depend on where you live.

That's the takeaway from a new study from New York University that gave agencies in urban areas high marks for keeping patients out of the hospital. It found that home health agen...

07 Jan
Aduhelm: Will Medicare Cover the Controversial Alzheimer's Drug?

Aduhelm: Will Medicare Cover the Controversial Alzheimer's Drug?

Following a months-long and unprecedented review, Medicare officials expect to announce within the next couple of weeks whether the program will cover the controversial Alzheimer's drug Aduhelm. The drug's benefits are in question and its annual price tag tops $28,000.

...

30 Dec
More U.S. Seniors, Especially Women, Are Retaining Healthy Brains: Study

More U.S. Seniors, Especially Women, Are Retaining Healthy Brains: Study

The percentage of older Americans reporting serious problems with memory and thinking has declined in recent years -- and higher education levels may be part of the reason, a new study finds.

29 Dec
More U.S. Women Are Retaining Their Hearing as They Age

More U.S. Women Are Retaining Their Hearing as They Age

Hearing loss can happen with advancing age, but fewer American women appear to be affected now than in the past.

Researchers who studied hearing loss between 2008 and 20...

16 Dec
Over 60? You Have Billions of Potentially Cancer-Causing Cells

Over 60? You Have Billions of Potentially Cancer-Causing Cells

Have you just turned 60 and feel like you're in great health?

Well, new research suggests that unseen dangers lurk: Scientists found that cancer-free people older than 60 have at least 100 billion cells with at least one cancer-associated mutation.

But there's goo...

15 Dec
Many Seniors on Medicare Falling Into Medical Debt

Many Seniors on Medicare Falling Into Medical Debt

"Medicare For All" gets tossed around a lot by advocates of universal health coverage, but a new study finds that today's Medicare is far from free for seniors and people with disabilities.

Instead, a large number of beneficiaries are sliding into medical debt and delayi...

14 Dec
For Many, Holiday Joy Is Shadowed by COVID Fears: Poll

For Many, Holiday Joy Is Shadowed by COVID Fears: Poll

Stress about the COVID-19 pandemic may be eclipsing holiday joy for many older Americans, a new poll reveals.

About half (47%) of 50- to 80-year-olds polled reported a mixed experience of joy and

13 Dec
Certain Meds Raise Odds for Delirium After Surgery

Certain Meds Raise Odds for Delirium After Surgery

Older adults have a higher risk of delirium after hip and knee surgery if they're taking anxiety, depression or insomnia drugs, researchers say.

"Our findings show that different classes of medicine are riskier than others when it comes to causing delirium after surgery,...

10 Dec
Overactive Bladder, Dangerous Falls Often Go Together for Seniors

Overactive Bladder, Dangerous Falls Often Go Together for Seniors

An overactive bladder isn't just a nuisance and a source of embarrassment. For the elderly, it can also trigger a potentially fatal fall, a Canadian study says.

07 Dec
Cataract Surgery Might Lower Your Odds for Dementia

Cataract Surgery Might Lower Your Odds for Dementia

People who undergo surgery to treat cataracts may have a lower likelihood of developing Alzheimer's disease, a new study suggests.

Of more than 3,000 older adults with the eye disease, those who had surgery were about 30% less likely to be diagnosed with Alzheimer's in t...

07 Dec
Biden Pledges to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Americans

Biden Pledges to Lower Prescription Drug Prices for Americans

President Joe Biden promised cheaper prescription drugs for all Americans on Monday as his social agenda legislation winds its way through Congress.

Biden tried to shift Americans' focus to pocketbook provisions overlooked in his $2 trillion legislation, which deals with...

06 Dec
High Heart Rate Linked to Dementia Risk

High Heart Rate Linked to Dementia Risk

Checking older adults' resting heart rate could help identify those who are more likely to experience a decline in mental function, a Swedish study suggests.

The researchers found that a high resting heart rate was associated with a greater risk of dementia.

"We be...

06 Dec
Were Cancer Patients Neglected in U.S. COVID Vaccine Rollout?

Were Cancer Patients Neglected in U.S. COVID Vaccine Rollout?

In nearly two-thirds of U.S. states, cancer patients weren't put at the front of the line for COVID-19 vaccines in the initial phase of vaccination, a new study finds.

Many cancer patients are especially vulnerable to COVID-19 as the disease or related treatments leaves ...

06 Dec
Clearing Out Clutter Might Not Help People With Dementia

Clearing Out Clutter Might Not Help People With Dementia

You might think de-cluttering would make it easier for people with dementia to do daily tasks. Not so, says a new study from the United Kingdom.

"It is generally assumed that a person with dementia will be better able to carry out daily tasks when their home space is tid...

03 Dec
Black Americans Less Likely to Lose Hearing as They Age

Black Americans Less Likely to Lose Hearing as They Age

Older Black Americans are much more likely to have good hearing than white Americans, and the difference is especially notable among men, a new study shows.

“We found that among males, non-Hispanic Black Americans have a prevalence of hearing loss that is similar to no...

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