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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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Medicare Monthly Premiums to Drop for Seniors

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2022 (HealthDay News) – Millions of seniors who had to pay high increases in Medicare premiums this year will get a break in 2023 when they see a rare drop in monthly premiums for Medicare Part B.

The

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  • September 28, 2022
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  • Talking to a Loved One About a Move to Assisted Living

    It can be hard to talk to your loved ones about moving into assisted living, so don't push them too hard and make sure they feel safe and comfortable with the idea, one expert advises.

    "Start the conversation as early as possible, and focus on what matters,” said Dr. Angela Catic....

    Mental Skills Slow With Age, But Seniors Gain in Other Ways: Study

    Seniors, there's good news and bad from a new study of mental health. The brain-centered research confirms that mental skills do decline with age -- but it also finds many people over 60 having better psychological health than folks in their 20s.

    "We wanted to better understand the interplay between cognition and mental health across aging, and whether they rely on activation of similar o...

    Multivitamins Linked to Healthier Brains in Old Age

    A daily multivitamin might help keep your brain free from any decline in thinking skills, a new study suggests.

    In a trial of more than 21,000 men and women, the study authors reported that

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  • September 14, 2022
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  • Steps to Long Life: Short Walk Each Day Helps Folks Over 85

    It's never too late to benefit from regular walks.

    A new study suggests that a 10-minute daily stroll can prolong life in folks well into their 80s and beyond.

    “Adults are less likely to meet activity recommendations as they get older,” said study author Dr. Moo-Nyun Jin of Inje University Sanggye Paik Hospital in Seoul, South Korea. “Our study suggests that walking at least o...

    In Trial, Brain Zaps Gave Seniors a Month-Long Memory Boost

    If you're a senior who struggles to remember where you put your car keys, could noninvasive brain stimulation boost your memory?

    Yes, clai...

    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 final rul...

    '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 be offered in museums and arts institutions worldwide to promote active and healthy aging," said lead author Dr. Olivier...

    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's any of their doctor's business.

    About 40% of older adults use at least one alternative medicine practice to help w...

    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 professor at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

    "As we get older, our bodies don't self-regulate temperature ...

    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, according to data gathered under a U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid quality improvement initiative.

    So are nurs...

    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 and older. They called for changes to improve visibility and illumination, to increase the use of left-turn traffic sign...

    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 staffing shortages, according to a

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  • June 29, 2022
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  • 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 in those without vision issues. Cognitive impairment is a general term for problems with thinking and memory.

    "Alt...

    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 focusing on nursing home residents and their caregivers found a third dose of vaccine boosted antibodies by more than 85%...

    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 assisted living, continuing care retirement community or a nursing home, can be challenging. Though "aging in pla...

    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 potent flu shots because the regular shot doesn't offer enough protection.

    The more powerful vaccines might also ...

    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 elderly men and women that found a higher likelihood to give away money to anonymous individuals correlated with a poorer ...

    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 not hiring someone because they are older, or as subtle as giving a loved one a...

    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 asleep after midnight, while folks in their 40s go to bed earlier but devote the fewest hours to sleep.

    That might...

    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 social isolation - but not loneliness - can cause changes to ce...

    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, researchers explained.

    They noted that as many as 1 in 4 people older than 50 have undiagnosed vision problems such as

    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.

    A new study found that physically frail elderly people with low muscle mass (sarcopenia) were able to reduce their leve...

    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 Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis (common types of IBD) among older adults, according to the study...

    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 Thursday, the team from the inspector general's office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Medicare needs ...

    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 preventive health experts has reversed course and

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  • April 26, 2022
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  • 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 had a higher risk of heart-related death or death from any cause compared with people not taking supplements, the researc...

    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 Informatics program at Indiana University in Indianapolis. "Dentists need to be aware of this and provide advice or a refer...

    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.

    Telomeres are protective caps on the end of chromosomes (DNA) that shorten with age. Previous research has linked

    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 and emergency departments nationwide between 2009 and 2016.

    Nearly 8 million visits (11%) led to antibiotic prescr...

    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 who received a fourth dose of a COVID vaccine.

    "The data out of Israel is pretty compelling for people over 60," J...

    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 territories and the District of Columbia, but it isn't covered by Medicare, the federal health insurance program fo...

    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 than an actual rise in dementia cases, the study authors said.

    About half of all older adults are diagnosed with de...

    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 for Medicare, said in a

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  • 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 study says.

    Researchers compared five IV formulations commonly used to treat iron deficiencies among older patients w...

    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 Moderna coronavirus vaccines for people 50 and older, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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  • March 29, 2022
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  • 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, such as those who have undergone solid organ transplants. The additional shot can be given at least four months after a f...

    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 boosters of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines could be authorized by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as soon as thi...

    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 emergency department visits among older Americans, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)

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  • 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 pandemic has left many facilities short of nurses, nursing assistants and other workers who care for patients.

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    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 partner or their doctor, experts told HealthDay Now.

    "Not many people talk about sex with their doctors, espe...

    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 new policy for the over-the-counter tests will take effect in early spring. The at-home tests will...

    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 say.

    "The decline in strokes in people aged 50 and older is likely due to better stroke risk factor control, such as...

    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 ischemic stroke appears greatest in the first three days after you're diagn...

    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 included 90 adults, ages 50-74, who wore devices to measure their levels of

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  • 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 need to understand the causal link between living near or downwind of [unconventional oil and gas development] and advers...

    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 patients they treated with the eye injections, nearly one-third were able to "pause" the therapy within the first year. And...

    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-saving therapy.

    Fewer than one in 10 eligible Medicare beneficiaries get recommended heart failure rehab treatments, th...

    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 older were 17 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those who had completed the initial immunization ...

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