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“A garden is a grand teacher.
 It teaches patience and careful watchfulness;
 it teaches industry and thrift; above all
 it teaches entire trust”.

 Gertrude Jekyll









Scams against seniors
are on the rise:
‘There’s no magic wand
to get that money back’




By Robert Powell

Cybercrime and financial exploitation are on the rise, especially against older Americans — including none other than Warren Buffett.

And this problem is likely to worsen as the population of adults over 65 is expected to double in the next 40 years, and the use of artificial intelligence, or AI, to exploit that demographic grows.

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Elder fraud
has reached
epidemic proportions –
a geriatrician explains
what older Americans
need to know




By Laurie Archbald-Pannone

As a geriatrician – a doctor who cares for people over 65 years of age – I believe elder fraud has reached an epidemic scale. My patients often tell me about being scammed.

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As older adults
are living longer,
technology plays
a valuable role
in their health




By Laurie Gerber

The role of older adults in society is changing so rapidly that many of us in the senior living industry are constantly striving to keep up.

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Terms for older adults





Karen’s Korner

In an article I read the other day, the term seniors or senior adults is subject to change in the not- so- distant future. Seniors have been referred to as the “greatest generation,” “golden agers,” “ancestors,” “elders,” and “baby boomers.” As a result of much research by a group referred to as “The Senior List Research Team,” the following information was collected:

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Other stories of Interest...


Aging While Single: 
Why It Just Keeps 
Getting Better
By Bella DePaulo


There are more fellow solo singles in later life than when we were younger. And data shows that as we age, fewer and fewer single people actually want a partner.

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How to Take 
the Perfect Nap
BY MATT FUCHS

A former boss once assigned me to the only office on our floor with a column right down the middle. She apologized, but I quickly sensed my advantage. Positioning my desk behind this eyesore, I could nap after lunch without detection, head angled toward my computer screen in case someone walked in. These covert catnaps were less about laziness than productivity. They transformed me from lunch-laden zombie to fully functional human—and a better employee.

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I disagree with Republicans on many things. But I support their right to disagree even though I believe what they think is archaic and moronic. For instance, while I think their views on abortion and contraception are off the wall, I understand some people think sex shouldn’t be fun and If they can’t have any fun, neither should you.

I also don’t know why they insist on giving tax breaks to the rich and large corporations. I suppose they believe in that “trickle-down” theory that hasn’t worked and never will. And I don’t understand why they are so stingy with my money when it comes to provide much needed services for the poor and elderly. But, the one thing I will never ever understand is the right wing’s objection to energy conservation and breathing clean air.

Can you believe it? What's with these people? It's hard to fathom that they all genuinely believe that oil will last forever or that the continued use of fossil fuels isn't polluting the very air they breathe. It's mind-boggling! Even if they can't see the consequences right now, surely they must realize that their children and grandchildren will suffer if we don't take action immediately. And why are they so against electric vehicles?

Recently, the UAW (United Auto Workers) issued a statement expressing their opposition to Biden's proposal of phasing out internal combustion engines by 2032. Their primary concern revolves around the potential impact on their jobs. However, it's worth pondering who they believe will take charge of manufacturing all those vehicles in the future. Moreover, even if electric vehicles aren't the ultimate solution to soaring gas prices, manufacturers are actively exploring alternative fuels like hydrogen, which have shown promising results.


In line with the pseudo-macho MAGA mindset, it seems they perceive being American as synonymous with driving massive, gas-guzzling cars, while belittling the Europeans for their smaller, fuel-efficient vehicles. Perhaps their stance is also influenced by their party's agenda, which seems to be driven by opposition to anything favored by the Democrats. If the Republicans maintain their current trajectory and regain control of the Senate (and consequently, the Supreme Court), we can anticipate enduring pollution-related health issues well into the next decade.  









Waste of the Day:
Social Security 
Withholds
$132 Million 
From Widows





By Adam Andrzejewski


The Social Security Administration is perpetrating a scam on some of society’s most vulnerable — recently widowed senior citizens — and withholding millions of dollars of earned benefits.

Economist and Boston University professor Larry Kotlikoff, partly responsible for the Auerbach-Kotlikoff model widely used by economists, recently wrote in Substack that SSA staff aren’t informing recently widowed senior citizens of their true benefits.

“When you are eligible to collect a widow’s or divorced widow’s benefit, you don’t have to file for your own retirement benefit at the same time, and vice versa,” he writes. “Since the system will pay you only the larger of the two benefits, it’s always best to take one benefit first while letting the other grow.”

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Nursing homes 
can’t be trusted’




By John O'Connor


Sun Tzu is credited with being the first person to say “Keep your friends close; keep your enemies closer.” That was good advice when he lived about 2,500 years ago. It remains good advice today.

Especially for nursing home operators facing scrutiny from individuals like Ernie Tosh. He may not be an enemy of the sector. But few operators would call him a friend. And by all indications, the feeling is mutual.

For the unfamiliar, Tosh is an attorney and self-described forensic accounting expert. He co-founded Bedsore.Law, a firm that basically sues facilities suspected of delivering substandard resident care.

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Hearing aid use
could help people
extend their lives




By Angelica Stabile


Wearing hearing aids could increase life span, a new study has found. 

Research by the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California found that people who wear hearing aids regularly had a 24% lower risk of mortality.

The study, published in The Lancet Healthy Longevity earlier this month, evaluated the history of nearly 10,000 patients over the age of 20 who received hearing evaluations.

Researchers looked at data compiled by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey between 1999 and 2012 and followed the mortality status of each adult over an average 10-year period.

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The #1 Exercise to Do
as You Get Older




By Michelle Crouch


Seated? Please stand (don’t use your hands) to give tribute to the one exercise that fitness gurus say stands out among the rest for healthy aging. Now be seated again. Consider that your first rep.

Yes, a great workout challenges all of the major muscle groups in your upper and lower body. But if you have time for only one exercise, you’ll get the most bang for your buck by doing squats — the classic move in which you slowly lower your bottom to seated level, then stand back up. 

The squat is the most important exercise for seniors,” says Eric Daw, a personal trainer dedicated to older adults and founder of Omni-Fitt in Toronto, Canada. “When you have to go to the washroom, that’s a squat. When you get in the car, that’s a squat. Every time you sit down or stand up, that’s a squat. If you don’t do them well, it affects the way you live.”  

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What is a 
Medicare Flex Card?






Some Medicare Advantage beneficiaries receive Medicare flex cards, pre-paid debit cards for qualifying expenses, as part of their benefits. The U.S. government does not issue Medicare flex cards. This benefit is only available on select Medicare Advantage plans, a private alternative to Medicare.

Traditional Medicare does not offer flex cards. Certain Medicare Advantage plans provide beneficiaries with flex cards that can pay for qualifying goods and services.

Plans offering a flex card typically supply a quarterly or annual allowance. On average, Medicare flex cards contain $500 of debit, and it is rare to receive more, according to Medicare FAQ.

While plans differ in what beneficiaries may use the debit to cover, coverable expenses may include the following:


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What is the most popular plant in the USA?

Roses: Roses are a classic favorite in American gardens due to their beauty and fragrance.
- Tomatoes: While technically a fruit, tomatoes are commonly grown in home gardens across the country.
- Lavender: Known for its soothing fragrance and beautiful purple flowers, lavender is a popular choice for gardens and landscapes.
- Sunflowers: Sunflowers are beloved for their cheerful appearance and are often grown for their large, showy flowers.
- Succulents: With their low maintenance requirements and unique shapes, succulents have gained popularity as houseplants in recent years.







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“There can be distractions,
 but if you're isolated from the heart of the Games, 
the Olympics become just another competition.”

― Mary Lou Retton






Elder Financial Abuse:
What to do
if it's in the Family?





People preying on the elderly to get at their life savings, unfortunately, has become a common occurrence in today’s society. We have all heard stories about an elderly person being targeted and falling victim to an unscrupulous con artist. It is a sobering reality that everyone and their families need to prepare for as they age. When it is a family member who is suspected as the one taking advantage of their parent it puts this problem in a whole different light. What should you do if you suspect a family member of financial elder abuse?

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Why it's important
to tell Social Security
about your
financial accounts




By Josh Weller

Do you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)? If so, you need to tell us about any financial accounts you own, alone or with someone else.

That’s because SSI is a needs-based program, and eligibility is determined by your resources as well as your income. Examples of financial accounts include:...

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Foot Pain?
6 Reasons Why
You Shouldn’t Ignore It





By Hallie Levine

Pain in the foot can point to a number of health issues, experts say

If you are over the age of 50, you’re likely no stranger to foot pain. About 20 percent of older adults experience it on a regular basis, according to results from the “Framingham Foot Study,” published in the journal Gerontology. And there are several reasons why.

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8 Ways
To Improve Your
Cognitive Abilities
& Keep Them!




By Chris Draper

As we age it is inevitable that we will lose some of our cognitive abilities. These are the skills which the brain uses to carry out various tasks, from the simple to the complex. They help us to remember, solve problems and pay attention.

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Other stories of interest...


Lower your risk of falling 
as you get older 
with these simple steps
BY DEVI SHASTRI 

One in four older adults in the U.S. will fall each year, putting them at risk of injury, broken bones and even death.

Falls are a growing public health concern as the country's population sees record numbers of people turn 65 — now and in the future. But common as falls may be, they are not inevitable.

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The Secret 
to Living Past 
120 Years Old? 
Nanobots

In The Singularity Is Nearer: When We Merge With AI, the spiritual sequel to his (in)famous 2005 book, Ray Kurzweil doubles down on the promise of immortality.

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A MATTER OF PRINCIPLES


In 1964, I made my first vote count by supporting LBJ as my candidate. Despite my limited political knowledge, I trusted him to lead the nation following a tragic event. LBJ's victory over Barry Goldwater showed that many Americans shared my sentiments. Throughout the years, I have voted for candidates from various parties, always prioritizing integrity and commitment to democracy. The candidates I support are those who believe in the common good over personal gain and can back up their promises with facts. Unfortunately, the current political climate has strayed from these values, leading to a candidate who goes against everything I believe in.

It is crucial for leaders in a democracy to be transparent and honest with the public. When a candidate fails to provide clear and accurate information or misleads the people, it erodes the trust between the government and its citizens. This lack of transparency is troubling and should not be tolerated. Furthermore, the dissemination of misinformation by this candidate is alarming. In an era of fake news and rampant misinformation, it is crucial for political leaders to be responsible and accurate in their communication. Spreading false information not only misleads the public but also erodes the foundation of informed decision-making in a democracy. It's disheartening to see political discourse and democratic values deteriorate. A thriving democracy needs respectful, inclusive discussions on important issues. Divisive language, personal insults, and ignoring democratic principles weaken our political structure.

 As someone who cares about our country and has seen the shifts in politics, I am very concerned about where we are headed. It's important for voters to stay informed about the candidates, carefully evaluate their experience and past actions, and make sure they are held responsible for what they do and say.

It is crucial to choose leaders who possess honesty, integrity, and respect for the law. These qualities are vital for a government that genuinely represents the people's desires and strives for the greater good. By electing leaders who value transparency, truthfulness, and the welfare of the nation, we can rebuild trust in our political system and secure a more promising future for our country. .... 

 

 







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Why Sleep Problems 
Are More Common 
With Aging




EMILY LAURENCE

Experiencing problems falling asleep or staying asleep are, unfortunately, pretty common in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s something 18% of adults experience. Sleep problems are especially common among older adults—20% of adults over age 65 experience sleeping problems compared to 14% of adults between the ages of 18 and 44.

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Has Congress 
Really Stolen
Trillions From 
Social Security?
Here's the Truth.




By Sean Williams



KEY POINTS:

- America's top retirement program is contending with a $22.4 trillion (and growing) funding obligation shortfall through 2097.

- A popular opinion online is that lawmakers have pilfered Social Security's trust funds.
Ongoing demographic shifts are mostly to blame for Social Security's worsening financial health.

-Lawmakers deserve their share of the blame for Social Security's widening funding shortfall, but not for the reasons some people might think.

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Almost 40% of Seniors
Are Going Back to Work
Due to Low COLA.
Are You?




By  Kathryn Pomroy

Social Security benefit amounts adjust for inflation every year, but the small cost-of-living bump for 2024 might not be enough for most seniors, new survey shows.

Almost 40% of senior citizens plan to seek employment due to the modest 3.2% cost-of-living (COLA) increase in Social Security benefits for 2024, according to a new survey by law firm Atticus. More than 60% are unhappy with the bump up from last year.


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Seniors and Sexual Activity




By Sam Thompson


Don’t believe everything you’re told. Sex is not just for younger people. Older adults and seniors are enjoying sex more than ever. Sex does decline because of illness and old age but older adults are still sexually active and interested in sexual activity.

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What do the Olympic rings mean?

Humans have long used rings or circles as symbols, but the the Olympic rings’ meaning is special. For instance, the five rings represent the five continents that participated in the 1912 Games. And according to Rule 8 of the Olympic Charter, “the Olympic symbol expresses the activity of the Olympic Movement…and the meeting of athletes from throughout the world at the Olympic Games.”

Additionally, the five interlaced rings must be of equal dimensions, representing the idea that all continents are equal at the Games. Lastly, in the words of Coubertin: “These five rings represent the five parts of the world now won over to the cause of olympism and ready to accept its fecund rivalries.”

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“I'm like a menu at an expensive restaurant; 
you can look at me, but you can't afford me”. 

- Anna Kournikova









To Defend Social Security
and Medicare From Trump,
Seniors Endorse Biden




JESSICA CORBETT

"Allowing Donald Trump back in the White House... is unacceptable," said one advocate. "The choice in November couldn't be clearer."

Three leading groups representing the interests of senior citizens made clear Wednesday they believe that Democratic President Joe Biden is the far superior choice to presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump when it comes to protecting Social Security, Medicare, and other policies concerning older Americans.

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A Drug
to Slow Alzheimer’s
Is Finally Available.
How Are Patients Faring?




By Dana G. Smith

Over the last three years, a new class of Alzheimer’s drug, the first to treat a root cause of the disease, has set off a roller coaster of hope and disappointment. But while these so-called anti-amyloid antibodies had a rough start, many patients and their doctors are feeling more optimistic now that one of the medications is finally being used more widely.

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How senior citizens
can make a difference
in their health
by exploring
helpful resources




BY ROBIN GUNN

In a previous article, I discussed how positive aging requires you to often be your own advocate regarding your health. Whether you take the time to read food labels or conduct research on nutrition, finding the answers you need can at times feel overwhelming.

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2025 Social Security COLA
forecasts updated:
The good and bad 
news for seniors




By Maite Knorr-Evans

The Bureau of Labor Statistics has released the May Consumer Price Index (CPI) report, which provides more information to project the 2025 Cost-of-Living Adjustment (COLA) that will be applied to benefits distributed by the Social Security Administration (SSA) next year. The SSA uses the CPI for for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W) to calculate the COLA, and in May, the BLS tracked no change in the average price of goods and services included in this ‘basket.’

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Other Stories of Interest... 

Screen apnea: 
What happens 
to our breath 
when we type, 
tap, scroll
By Manoush Zomorodi, Katie Monteleone, Sanaz Meshkinpour

In 2007, former Microsoft executive Linda Stone noticed something strange happening every time she'd sit down to answer emails. She was holding her breath.

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How does your 
hospital measure up?
Find & compare 
providers near you.


Trying to find a hospital nearby with doctors that accept Medicare? Or, perhaps you're planning to have surgery or are thinking about your future needs?

Understanding your choices will help you have a more informed discussion with your doctor or other health care provider — and choose the hospital that's best for you.


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Back in the day, when I was still full of energy and vitality, my perfect getaway involved unwinding on a picturesque beach, basking in the warm sun, and admiring the beautiful ladies strolling by in their bikinis. Living in the New York area, I was spoiled for choice when it came to fantastic beaches. A short drive towards the east would transport me to the legendary Hampton's beaches, or I could opt for the closer Jones Beach or even Coney Island. Armed with my trusty beach blanket, a radio, a thermos filled with refreshing ice water, and perhaps a simple sandwich, I was all set. It may not have been extravagant, but as long as I avoided the weekend crowds, it was pretty darn good. Plus, I would return to work with a lovely tan as a bonus. Nowadays, my vacation options are more limited, of course. However, since I have nothing to take a break from, spending summers here at the A.L.F. is the next best thing.

I've covered a lot of the downsides of living in assisted living in my previous articles, but let's focus on the positive side for a change. Despite the restrictions, one thing they excel at here is creating a relaxing environment. Living in this place feels like being on a never-ending vacation, where everything is tailored to provide comfort and relaxation. Take the furniture, for example. It's all designed to make sitting and getting up a breeze. And guess what? We just got brand new patio furniture this week, and it's absolutely lovely. Now we residents have our own little slice of paradise to kick back and unwind, just like those wealthy vacationers do.

Don't get it twisted. It's not exactly like lounging by the pool at the Fontainebleau. You won't find anyone serving fancy drinks with tiny umbrellas in a coconut shell. And there's no actual pool to dip your toes in and nobody is wearing a bikini. However, what you will find are cozy chairs, shady umbrellas, and tables to relax at. And let's not forget about the glorious sun, which just might be the ultimate remedy for what ales you. And I take advantage of it all. 

Every morning after breakfast, I make my way to the patio. I ease my sore body into a chair in the sun, imagining I'm on a cruise to a tropical destination. I skip the sunscreen and only stay outside for 15 to 20 minutes. I repeat this routine in the afternoon before retreating to a cool, air-conditioned room to unwind.

I understand that for some of you, this life may seem like a never-ending nightmare. And if things were different, I would agree with you. However, when your body constantly reminds you of the circumstances that brought you here, any opportunity to simply rest and not feel anything becomes a relief.

Regrettably, the pleasant weather in this region doesn't last long. Autumn and winter will arrive sooner than we expect, and I'll have no choice but to return to a life filled with artificial heat, darkness, and vitamin D supplements. But while the sun is still shining, I'll make the most of it. Would anyone like a Mai Tai?…      










Is it a UTI? 
In elderly people,
signs and symptoms 
to watch for




By Teresa Carr


Did you know that urinary tract infections (UTIs) are more common as we grow older? And were you aware that aging can affect the range of symptoms you experience with a UTI? In elderly people, the signs of a UTI aren’t always easily recognized. But if left untreated, a UTI is dangerous for an elderly person. That’s why it’s important to know why seniors are at greater risk and what to do if you suspect that you (or someone you love) might have a UTI.

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Can aspirin use 
benefit older adults?






A recent study from Johns Hopkins University has highlighted a surprising trend among older Americans: many continue to take a daily baby aspirin to prevent heart problems, despite new guidelines advising against it.

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Benefits Of Reading 
For Seniors




By Kim Miller

As we age we are often looking for ways to occupy our time and keep our minds active. There is no better way than reading! As a grandparent, you will find reading to your grandchildren very rewarding. You can also help them learn to read themselves. You can pass along your favorite books to them as well. Reading is a fun and inexpensive hobby! Here are some ways that reading can benefit you as you age!


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Solving for X 
at the End of Life





By Thomas Kamber


In interviews with people who were dying, we learned they wanted to mark their final days with meaningful experiences and leave their affairs in order. It's time to reset logistics, last days and legacy.

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9 Ways to 
Overcome
the Terror 
of Spending
Your 
Retirement Savings




By Kathleen Coxwell



Follow these steps to switch comfortably from a lifetime of saving to spending.

Terror about retirement spending is not uncommon. In fact, most people are worried about spending their nest egg and running out of money. After all, you have been conditioned for decades to earn, not spend.


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Restaurants are having 
their biggest year ever


2024 will be the U.S. restaurant industry's biggest year ever in sales — $1.1 trillion by the end of December, per National Restaurant Association estimates.

Total spending at U.S. food service establishments is expected to rise 5.4% this year, to $1.106 trillion, per the National Restaurant Association's annual "State of the Restaurant Industry" report.

That's up from $1.049 trillion last year and $864 billion in 2019, the year before the pandemic.


 





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“Social security isn’t a Ponzi scheme.
 It’s not bankrupting us.
 It’s not an outrage. It is working.”

― Rachel Maddow





How To Sleep Well 
as You Age



By Chris Draper 

Older adults and seniors need at least 7 hours of sleep every night. Our need for sleep doesn’t decline as we age but for most of us, sleep can be elusive on many nights. Most seniors find that they wake up many times during the night and it can be difficult for them to fall asleep again. The shift in circadian rhythm as you age can cause you to be tired early in the evening and wake up early in the morning. If you can work with this and don’t mind going to bed early and getting up early, it’s fine. But many seniors want to stay up later and sleep in later.

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Survey indicates 
most older adults 
don't know 
about resources that can 
help them navigate 
aging and caregiving



By University of Michigan

Awareness among adults over age 50 nationwide of two major services available to older adults and their caregivers: Area Agencies on Aging and State Health Insurance Assistance Programs. Credit: Emily Smith, University of Michigan
Older Americans may be missing out on a wide range of programs and services that could help them meet their needs or assist their aging loved ones, a new poll suggests.

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What Measures Must 
Cancer Patients Take 
Post Treatment 
To Stay Healthy For Life?




By Prerna Mittra

Cancer of any form is dreadful, and beating it to reclaim health is considered to be an achievement. For cancer survivors, it is important to stay super alert when it comes to their health. This includes going for timely check-ups and continuing to make lifestyle changes that cater to their health. According to Dr Tejal Gorasia, breast and gynec-onco surgeon at Onco Life Cancer Centre, Chiplun, there are some fool-proof measures that survivors can take, so as to stay hale and hearty post treatment. The doctor said since survivors tend to face physical and emotional challenges during treatment, it is imperative to 'battle' them and improve their quality of life. Post-cancer care, therefore, is very important.

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8 Lifestyle Factors 
May Slow Aging, 
Reduce Risk of Death




- A new study says heart-healthy habits may reduce the risk of heart disease and death.
- Life’s Essential 8 behaviors were also linked with having a younger biological age.
- These lifestyle choices may alter DNA methylation, a factor in cellular aging.
- Taking slow, manageable steps is the best way to start making lifestyle changes.


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Other Stories of Interest...

Accessory dwelling units 
offer flexible housing, 
independence and dignity 
for older adults
By Catherine Taylor & Elizabeth Howlett
     

The housing crisis is here. This is not hyperbole. It is estimated that Rhode Island residents are facing a 24,000-unit affordable housing shortage. In fact, the latest AARP LTSS (Long-Term Supports and Services) Scorecard ranked Rhode Island 51st in the nation – dead last – when it comes to housing availability for older adults.

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15 Blue-Collar Jobs 
for Older Workers
By Linda Childers

Some blue-collar jobs pay well, are not physically demanding and offer part-time hours.
 
If you’re not ready to retire but want a job that offers a part-time schedule and competitive pay, you might consider applying for what’s known as a blue-collar job. 

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I am aware that as an older individual, it is not expected of me to be up-to-date with all the latest trends. In terms of pop culture, I am firmly rooted in the 70's and 80's. I do not pretend to like or comprehend today's music. Additionally, the majority of men's clothing styles I observe appear more suitable for Bozo the Clown. I realized I was out of touch when I noticed people intentionally wearing ripped jeans and discovered that wearing a baseball cap backwards was no longer limited to catchers. It amuses me to see individuals, including girls, with half of their head shaved while keeping the other half long. Furthermore, when did it become acceptable to wear pants so low that your boxer shorts are exposed? However, none of these matters. They are all passing fads that will fade away in a generation or two. Nevertheless, there is one trend that I find perplexing and greatly bothers me, which is the half-shaven, perpetual five o'clock shadow or three-day-old scruffy beard that many young (and old) men are sporting. What message are they attempting to convey?

Having a full or neatly trimmed beard is one thing. But, the unkempt look, with its scruffy beard and disheveled hair, seems to be a popular trend among many individuals today. It is a departure from the clean-shaven, well-groomed appearance that has long been associated with professionalism and societal norms. This shift in style raises questions about the motivations behind this rebellious choice. For some, the decision to embrace the unkempt look may be a deliberate act of rebellion against the expectations and pressures of conforming to societal norms. It can be seen as a way to challenge the rigid standards of clean-shaven professionalism and assert one's individuality. By intentionally rejecting the traditional image of a well-groomed individual, these individuals may be expressing their desire to break free from the constraints of societal expectations. On the other hand, the unkempt look can also be seen as a way to project a rugged and masculine image. The scruffy beard and disheveled hair can give off an air of nonchalance and a sense of adventure. Is this, supposed to be appealing to women by exuding a sense of masculinity and toughness?

I concede the world is constantly changing and evolving. However, I find comfort in the familiarity of the past. I still manage, with some difficulty, to shower and shave every day. It makes me feel good knowing I still take pride in how I present myself to the world. While I may not always understand or appreciate the trends of today, I take comfort in knowing that my sense of style and taste is rooted in a time that holds a special place in my heart. ... 







Transfer Trauma:
The Emotional Toll of
Moving to a 
Care Facility




By Maggie Aime


The effects of late-life relocation have been dubbed transfer trauma or relocation stress syndrome.
When moving is unsettling to your loved one, you can take steps to transform it into a positive new chapter


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U.S. centenarian 
population
is projected to 
quadruple over
the next 30 years




BY KATHERINE SCHAEFFER


The number of Americans ages 100 and older is projected to more than quadruple over the next three decades, from an estimated 101,000 in 2024 to about 422,000 in 2054, according to projections from the U.S. Census Bureau. Centenarians currently make up just 0.03% of the overall U.S. population, and they are expected to reach 0.1% in 2054.

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Senior Home Care: 
Services,
Costs and 
Tip for Aging in Place




By Elaine K. Howley



Learn about in-home caregiving options for seniors who want to stay in their houses for as long as possible.

Aging is a fact of life. We simply can’t stop the clock, and for most adults, there will come a time when a little extra assistance performing the tasks of daily living would be helpful.

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The 25 
Healthiest Carbs 
You Can Eat




By Julie Upton, MS, RD, CSSD

Carbs get a bad rap for contributing to weight gain and for upping one's risk for diabetes and heart disease. But not all carbs are created equal. Refined, simple carbs like table sugar, syrups, candy, white flour, and baked goods are considered low-quality carbohydrates as they lack essential nutrients and fiber and they can cause your blood sugar and insulin levels to spike. Wholesome, healthy carbs, like those that provide fiber, vitamins, minerals, and bioactive compounds can help prevent chronic conditions and will even help with weight management.

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What do the numbers on my 
Social Security Card mean, 
and how are they generated?


Before June 2011, the SSN was comprised of three parts. The first three digits were the area number, which were assigned by geographic region. Usually, people on the East Coast had the lowest area numbers and those on the West Coast had the highest.

The next two digits were the group number. The group numbers ranged from 01 to 99 and were not assigned consecutively.

The final four digits were the serial number. This number represented a series of numbers from 0001 to 9999 within each group.

In June 2011, the Social Security Administration (SSA) changed the way Social Security numbers were created. The change is referred to as “randomization.”

It’s a randomized assignment methodology that experts say helps protect the integrity and also extend the longevity of the SSN nationwide. The SSA says randomization makes it more difficult for identity thieves to reconstruct someone’s number by using public information.







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 many a truth is strangled.”

Paul Eldridge








Do we really need 
$1M in 
retirement savings? 
Not even close, 
one top economist says



By Daniel de Visé


If you want to retire in comfort, investment firms and news headlines tell us, you may need $1 million in the bank.

Or maybe not. One prominent economist says you can retire for a lot less: $50,000 to $100,000 in total savings. He points to the experiences of actual retirees as evidence.

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The World 
is Being Led 
by Senior Citizens




BY H. M. SABBIR HOSSAIN

With a median age of 62, it’s not ageist to suggest that younger people should lead the world.

In contemporary political discourse, phrases like “Sleepy Joe Biden,” popularized by former president and now convicted felon Donald Trump, aim to cast doubt on Biden’s capability to govern due to his age. Ironically, Trump himself is 77, while Biden is 81. The upcoming U.S. presidential election is shaping up to be a rematch of 2020, pitting Biden against Trump once again. This scenario would feature the two oldest major-party presidential nominees in history, a notable reflection of a country often celebrated for its progressive values.

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Older Adults Facing 
the “Medicare Cliff” 
Experience 
Worsening Health and 
Financial Security




New research finds that low-income older adults who lose Medicaid coverage when they transition to Medicare experience rising out-of-pocket medical expenses, declining net worth, and worsening health.

With the passage of the Affordable Care Act, many states expanded Medicaid to low-income adults ages 19 to 64 with incomes up to 138% of the federal poverty level. As these individuals become eligible for Medicare, they may lose their Medicaid coverage and be unable to afford Medicare’s higher premiums, deductibles, and co-payments.

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Statins Reduce 
Heart Disease Risk 
in Adults 
Age 75 and Up



By Don Rauf


A new study suggests that starting these cholesterol-lowering drugs even when you’re in your late seventies and eighties can give your longevity a boost.

A large new study found that people in their late seventies and eighties with heart-disease risk factors saw a significant benefit from statins. 

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Other Stories of Interest  ...


A CEO’s Post 
Praising Older Workers 
Goes Viral
By Richard Eisenberg

That's how Tom Hunt, the 35-year-old CEO of the British business-to-business marketing company Fame, began what has since become his wildly viral, 95-word LinkedIn post that has amassed 76,076 views, 4,782 comments and 3,455 reposts at last count.

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Does sleep clear more toxins 
from the brain than 
when we’re awake? 

Latest research casts 
doubt on this theory
By Eleftheria Kodosaki


There’s no doubt sleep is good for the brain. It allows different parts to regenerate and helps memories stabilise. When we don’t get enough sleep, this can increase stress levels and exacerbate mental health issues.

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A friend of mine who resides in the Asylum, also known as the assisted living facility or A.L.F., has been in her room for the past 48 hours. She only appeared for one meal during this period and has not participated in any of the usual daily activities such as BINGO, which she used to enjoy. Surprisingly, she has been spending most of her time sleeping, which is completely out of character for her. While this might not be a significant concern for most elderly individuals, it could potentially determine whether she remains at the A.L.F. or is transferred to a nursing home. This is a move that all residents of the assisted living facility dread, and understandably so.

People opt for assisted living for a primary reason: it offers a superior alternative to nursing homes. While nursing homes cater to individuals who are unable to independently meet their daily needs (similar to assisted living facilities), they lack a crucial aspect. The patient's sense of independence is practically stripped away. Solitude is a rarity, and privacy is virtually nonexistent. The doors to your room are always open, even during nighttime. The sounds and smells of other patients permeate the air, and even using the bathroom becomes a public affair. Unless you can afford a private room, you will be paired with one or two roommates who will either talk incessantly or snore to the point where the walls start peeling. However, the most distressing aspect of being in a nursing home is the limited options it presents for the future.

During my time as a nursing home patient for almost three years, I encountered the most challenging period of my life at the age of 65. Unfortunately, my physical therapy progress was not satisfactory, and my prospects seemed bleak. Moreover, being surrounded by severely ill individuals did not contribute positively to my well-being. Consequently, I spent all my non-therapy hours either sleeping or watching TV, resulting in weight loss and a deteriorated appearance. However, my fortune changed when I had the privilege of meeting a psychiatrist who accurately diagnosed me with depression. Thankfully, she prescribed medication that enabled me to successfully complete my physical therapy and regain enough strength to be deemed suitable for a transfer to an Assisted Living Facility (A.L.F). The transformation was truly remarkable, akin to the stark contrast between night and day.

Today, although not the most optimal choices for retirement, my current lifestyle is fairly ordinary. It is undeniably secure and affordable, and I have most of my necessities taken care of. Despite my limited mobility, I still maintain my independence to a certain extent, and my health is satisfactory considering my age. Nevertheless, not a single day passes without contemplating what lies ahead. Will I be fortunate enough to spend the rest of my life here in relative contentment, or will I eventually have to face the dreaded prospect of moving to a nursing home from which there will be no return. …








Can Seniors 
Donate Blood?




By Gail Willowby

Tens of thousands of units of blood are used daily to save lives, not only in the U.S. but in Canada and other countries. A very small percentage of the eligible population donates blood. Seniors may feel there is a safety risk if they donate blood. There are eligibility requirements in order to donate and it doesn’t matter if you are 35 or 85, as long as you meet those requirements!


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How Much 
the Average Person 
65 and Older 
Spends Monthly




By Sean Bryant



As people get closer to their 60s, they often think about transitioning into retirement — and doing so comes with an adjustment to the budget. While every individual has different spending habits during their golden years, it’s important to understand how much the typical retiree spends each month. Doing so allows us to plan smarter for aging and retirement, ultimately leading to living more comfortable lives in our later years.

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Protecting Your Money 
in a Divorce

8 ways to safeguard 
your assets when 
a longtime marriage 
breaks up




By Sid Kirchheimer,  & Adam Shell

Q. My husband and I are getting divorced after 30 years of marriage. How can I protect myself financially?

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Use this 3-word 
response 
when someone 
is rude to you, 
says Harvard-trained 
etiquette expert




By Aditi Shrikant

When a friend makes a joke at your expense or lobs a “playful” insult your way, it can be hard to know how to proceed.


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Can we 
make it possible
to age 
with dignity 
in America?




By Valerie Hudson
 
Everyone gets one step closer to old age with every passing year. With a new year ahead of us, perhaps that fact deserves some renewed consideration. Aging in the United States is an extremely fraught undertaking. It is past time for Congress to act so Americans can age in a much more humane and less costly fashion than is currently possible.


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FLYING SPIDERS?

Who’s ready for Flying Spider Summer? The Joro spider, an eight-legged eldritch horror native to East Asia, is coming to the Northeast US and other parts of the country soon, researchers predict. The invasive species can travel up to 100 miles by “ballooning,” in which they literally ride the wind, with their silk webs acting as parachutes. Adult females can grow up to eight inches with their legs stretched. If that all sounds like nightmare fuel, don’t fret: The Joro might look like something out of a David Cronenberg movie, but it’s not dangerous. They don’t often bite humans, and when they do, it’s not deadly. TBD if they give you superpowers.








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“Here comes 40. I'm feeling my age and
 I've ordered the Ferrari. I'm going to get 
the whole mid-life crisis package.”

 Keanu Reeves






The Time You Take 
Blood Pressure Drugs 
May Lower 
Heart Attack Risk



By DAVID NIELD

Taking blood pressure medication at a time that aligns with your personal chronotype – the way your body's circadian rhythm affects when you go to sleep and get up – could help to protect the heart against the risk of heart attack, a new study shows.

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8 Ways 
To Improve 
Your 
Cognitive Abilities 
& Keep Them!



By Chris Draper

As we age it is inevitable that we will lose some of our cognitive abilities. These are the skills which the brain uses to carry out various tasks, from the simple to the complex. They help us to remember, solve problems and pay attention.

 
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5 MYTHS 
PEOPLE BELIEVE 
ABOUT 
HEART ATTACK 
AND SUDDEN 
CARDIAC ARREST 
THAT COULD COST 
THEM THEIR LIFE



BY VERLA FORTIER

When it comes to heart health, we often think that we know the basics. But here are 5 myths about heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest that will prove this wrong.

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10 FUN THINGS 
TO DO WITH 
SOMEONE IN A 
NURSING HOME OR 
ASSISTED LIVING FACILITY



BY CONNIE CHOW 

When a loved one lives in a nursing home or assisted living, visiting regularly is an important way to stay connected and show how much you care. Spending time with you will brighten their day and knowing when you’ll visit next gives them something to look forward to.

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Other stories of interest...

How Senior Citizens 
Can Stay Independent 
And Healthy With 
Samsung Galaxy Watch6
By Boo Su-Lyn and MP Durgahyeni 

Samsung Malaysia says Galaxy Watch6 Series is the only smartwatch with all 3 features: blood pressure, ECG and body composition. The wearable is customisable for senior citizens to easily monitor chronic health conditions, besides a fall detection feature.


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7 Ways Boomers 
Are Spending 
Their 
Social Security Checks
in 2024
By Angela Mae

Born sometime between the years of 1946 and 1964, most baby boomers are 60 to 78 years old this year. That means most of them have reached the full retirement age of 66 (67 for younger boomers). And considering that people can start collecting Social Security benefits as early as 62 years old, many boomers have already started receiving their monthly paychecks.

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It is unfortunate that we cannot rely solely on people's good judgment to prevent harm to themselves or others. Hence, we abide by rules and regulations, as they are essential for maintaining order in society.  Governments, municipalities, schools, and even assisted living facilities have established rules. These rules are necessary to ensure the health, safety, and well-being of residents. However, when these rules become overly intrusive and contradict the idea of a normal quality of life, it is imperative for me to stand up against them.

Living in an assisted living facility (A.L.F.) means living by the rules set in place by the management. Most of the rules, even the unpopular ones, are there for a good reason. Simply, many of us residents are like children. We want to do what WE want to do regardless of any inconvenience their action may impose. For instance, some assisted living facilities may have strict curfew hours, limiting the residents' freedom to come and go as they please. While this rule may be intended to ensure the safety and security of the residents, it can also feel restrictive and unnecessary for those who are still capable of making responsible decisions. But one particular rule we have here makes no sense and is in place for no other reason than to punish the breaker. 

Most activities are optional and residents can join in whenever they want, except for meal times. Meals have a specific start and end time, and all residents must be in the dining room at the designated time. If a resident is late for dinner, there is a 15-minute grace period before they are unable to sit at their usual table with friends. Instead, they must eat alone in the kitchenette off the lobby. This seems like a harsh punishment for lateness, especially for elderly residents who may have difficulty moving quickly and don't like to eat alone. It's important to show respect and understanding towards all residents, regardless of their punctuality.

I have had discussions with management (often heated) on this matter in the past and, for a while, the rule was relaxed. I understand the need for punctuality. The dining staff needs time to clear the tables and set up for the next meal. But the sudden reversal in recent months, has left many residents, especially those with disabilities, without a say in the matter. Surely there can be some exceptions made without our residents being made to feel as if they were in kindergarten. …. 

PS. Keeping you informed of some of the things they don’t tell you about assisted living is the goal of this blog. Let me know if there is something in particular you would like to know. ...ed.








Here Are 4 Ways 
By Which Seniors 
Can Improve 
Their Credit Scores





By Amit Seth

Whether you are young or a retired individual, you need a good credit score to make full use of your financial capacity. Usually, working people have several options and lots of time at hand to improve their credit score if it is not up to the mark, but can seniors too improve their credit score? Let’s explore


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Presidential candidates 
largely mum 
about details on 
how to 
‘save’ Social Security



BY: JENNIFER SHUTT


Program will see benefits cut by nearly a quarter in 2033 if U.S. Congress, the White House haven’t reached agreement before then


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6 OTC Drugs 
That Can Be Dangerous 
for Older Adults




By Fran Kritz



A recent review of over two dozen studies found that people aged 60 and older rely more heavily on over-the-counter (OTC) drugs than younger adults, often without realizing that they come with health risks and side effects. 

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Tech addiction 
among older adults




By Iris Dyck


Though it’s often associated with young people, cell phone and screen addiction can affect people of all ages.
Though one researcher says, most people don’t realize how much of their time is spent scrolling.

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For older adults, 
preparing for 
doctor’s appointments 
is essential




By Andrea Gallagher


No one ever teaches us how to prepare for these appointments, but it is important if you want to get the most out of your visit. Most physicians have limited time to devote to a patient visit, so being prepared and succinct can go a long way to getting your concerns addressed. I like to start by having a list of my supplements and medications, with dosage levels, ready to hand to the doctor or nurse.

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Americans are 
driving their cars longer

As new car prices rise, so does the age of the average vehicle.

Bought a new car lately? Probably not, if the data just released by S&P Global Mobility is accurate. 
The organization reports that the average age of vehicles on U.S. highways is at a record high - 12.6 years – as American consumers are driving their vehicles longer.






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"It is easier to build strong children 
than to repair broken men."

 Frederick Douglass








Older workers opting out:
Fewer people plan to work
after age 62





By Alicia H. Munnell

Are older workers more confident in their finances or more realistic about their prospects?

The New York Fed’s research department just reported a major shift in retirement expectations. Workers in 2024 are less likely to plan to work full time in their 60s than workers before the pandemic, according to responses to the Survey of Consumer Expectations (SCE) Labor Market Survey.

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Social networks
provide crucial support
for older adults
living with HIV





Having social support and strong social networks is vital to the health and well-being of older adults living with HIV, according to a Rutgers Health study.


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To pee or not to pee?
That is a question
for the bladder —
and the brain




By Emily Underwood

How do we sense the need to urinate? The basic urge is surprisingly complex and can go awry as we age.

You’re driving somewhere, eyes on the road, when you start to feel a tingling sensation in your lower abdomen. That extra-large Coke you drank an hour ago has made its way through your kidneys into your bladder. “Time to pull over,” you think, scanning for an exit ramp.

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I Used to Think
Social Security
Wouldn't Be There
for Me in Retirement.
Now I Know the Truth




By Maurie Backman

As someone who's been writing about retirement planning for roughly the past decade, it's amusing to me to think back on the days when the only thing I knew about Social Security was that it was some sort of program that paid you benefits when you were older. I didn't learn about the program's many rules and nuances until I started covering the topic extensively.

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Other Stories of Interest....


Have you answered 
a spam call by accident? 
Your next move is 
extremely important


Let’s say you pick up a spam call without realizing it — your first instinct might be to tell off the scam artist on the other end.

Just don’t, experts urge.

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Foods You Can Eat 
Without Gaining Weight
By Stephanie Watson

These healthy options are light on calories and fat, plus they fill you up

Cutting is critical when you’re trying to lose weight. You cut calories. You cut fat. Basically, anything that’s crammed with carbs, sweetened with sugar or dipped in a deep fryer is suddenly off-limits.

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I apologize sincerely to those of you, whether young or old, who are experiencing severe pain due to illness or trauma. I can empathize to some extent with what you are going through, and I genuinely hope that you are receiving the necessary treatment and relief. However, the purpose of this post is to address the rest of us - the older individuals who wake up each day feeling awful. We may not be sick, but we are simply miserable.

It appears to be an inevitable reality of life that as we age, we can anticipate a certain degree of discomfort and pain. Just like an old car, our bodies' components are gradually wearing out. The knees that once allowed us to effortlessly bend down to pick up a child, or the hips that we used to run and slide into home base, no longer possess the same strength and flexibility they once did. Nowadays, even something as simple as picking up a dropped napkin causes some part of my body to protest vehemently. Having witnessed my parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles follow the same path, I knew what to expect, and I have learned to accept it. But why must we also endure all the other inexplicable, sometimes minor, little twinges that unexpectedly ruin our day? Who willingly signed up for this?

Sometimes I wish there was a magic elixir for this feeling. Nothing strong mind you. Just something I could take take to relive the discomfort and help me get through another day of hurtling head first into decrepitude.

I usually manage the sharp pains and aches quite well without relying on narcotics. Taking a couple of Tylenol usually does wonders for me. I've tried different natural remedies like herbal teas and over-the-counter salves and lotions, but unfortunately, they don't provide much relief. Lately, I've been considering the idea of trying a low-dose prescription painkiller or muscle relaxant to help me deal with the daily challenges that come with aging. However, I'm a bit hesitant because I'm afraid of becoming dependent on medication and losing control over my body. It's a tough decision to make because the constant discomfort and fatigue really make me question if it's worth compromising my principles for a moment of relief. Maybe it's time for me to reconsider my stance on pharmaceuticals and explore other options for managing my health and well-being. If only I could walk from my room to the main lobby without having to stop and and take a breath, I would be a truly happy man.

I know that I need to prioritize my health and find a balance between natural remedies and medical intervention. It's important for me to listen to my body and seek help when necessary, even if it means stepping out of my comfort zone. I want to be able to enjoy my daily activities without being held back by pain and discomfort. Maybe it's time for me to have an open and honest conversation with my healthcare provider to explore all of my options and make an informed decision about my treatment plan. I deserve to live a life free from constant pain and I owe it to myself to explore all avenues for relief. It's time for me to take control of my health and well-being and find a solution that works for me. ...










Better mental, 
physical health 
in older people tied to 
living near nature




By Judith Van Dongen


Even small differences in the availability of urban green and blue spaces may be associated with better mental and physical health in older adults, according to a Washington State University study.


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Seven Ways to Protect
 Older Adults from 
Financial Abuse




BY THOMAS C. WEST

The sad truth is we all become more vulnerable to scams and financial abuse as we age into our later years. Here are some sobering statistics from Consumer Affairs:


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Beware meds 
that could turn 
your memory to mush





Q. I was quite sharp until I was prescribed gabapentin and amitriptyline. Since then, my memory is garbage. I am currently being tested for dementia.

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Activist groups 
say Medicare Advantage 
defrauds taxpayers,
 call for overhaul




By SCOTT MERZBACH

Contending that tens of billions of dollars are going to for-profit insurance companies instead of paying for necessary medical needs of senior citizens, Valley Action in Amherst and other regional activist groups are calling for stronger rules to guide and reform the Medicare Advantage program.


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Forget the 
proverbial wisdom:
Opposites don’t 
really attract, 
study finds





BY JENNIFER OUELLETTE

What draws us to choose romantic partners? A sweeping new meta-analysis suggests we gravitate toward certain shared traits.

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Kids are expensive

Kids officially cost more than a house. That’s according to a report in Bloomberg citing new research from the nonprofit Child Care Aware of America, which found the price of care for two kids has surpassed rent payments by 25% in every state—and is more than double in eight states and DC. Per the report, a married couple spends 10% of their income on child care, well above the government’s 7% recommendation. And the average child costs their parents ~$11.6k per year, up 3.7% from last year. Lack of access to affordable care is a major culprit, Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen said in a January speech.






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“When I was young I thought that money 
was the most important thing in life; 
now that I am old I know that it is.”

Oscar Wilde







Polypharmacy in
Older Adults


By Sarah A. Nguyen, MD 

& Hanadi Ajam Oughli, MD


Older adults, defined as individuals older than 65 years, are vulnerable to drug-induced adverse effects due to age-related physiological changes, such as decreased renal and hepatic function, increased body fat, lower total body water, and lower lean body mass, all of which can impact the pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics of medications and increase the elimination half-life. Older adults experience a higher prevalence of comorbid chronic conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, and other psychiatric conditions. Nearly 95% of older adults have at least 1 chronic condition, and nearly 80% have 2 or more. Polypharmacy is common given multiple medical comorbidities, but exposure to multiple medications may further lead to harm due to inappropriate medication prescription.


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Having Children
May Worsen Heart Health
for Men: Study



By Anna Skinner


Heart health in fathers is worse than nonfathers, a study by Northwestern University and Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago has revealed.

The study, which was published this month, examined 2,814 men between the ages of 45 and 84. Researchers rated the participants' heart health after examining factors such as diet, physical activity, smoking habits, weight, blood pressure and blood markers, such as the level of lipids and glucose. Results revealed that although fathers' death rate was lower than that of nonfathers, their heart health was worse.

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Millions of 

older Americans
still grapple with
student loan debt,
hindering retirement




By Megan Cerullo


Graduating with student loan debt is an all too common reality for new college degree holders beginning their careers. But there's another, often overlooked cohort of debtors facing their own set of challenges: Americans over the age of 55 approaching their retirement years. 

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Researcher finds
increased dementia risk
in older adults with
a criminal background



by Örebro Universitet


Using national registry data, Carmen Solares Canal identified individuals over 50 and collected data on their criminal convictions and health. The doctoral thesis involves just over 3.5 million people, of whom 800,000 have a criminal background.


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Other Stories of Interest:



10 Tech Tips for Seniors: 
How to Master Your Devices
By LAUREN GRAY


Today's rapid rate of technological advancement would be unrecognizable to people from centuries past. Back then, the skills you learned in childhood or young adulthood would generally serve you throughout your life. By contrast, as current technologies quickly become obsolete, many seniors struggle to keep up with the never-ending list of new tech gadgets, apps, and features.

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Making Your 
Final Wishes Known

By Julie Pfitzinger


It's a subject that can keep us up at night — if I am diagnosed with a terminal illness or facing a serious health challenge, how do I want to die? Do I really know, and more importantly, do my loved ones know, my exact wishes? How do I start to capture those reflections and launch the conversations I need to have?


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It is not a mistake to use an image of a smiling Donald Trump superimposed on a "Guilty" background. It was evident to any rational individual even before the trial began that Trump and his Republican allies would manipulate the outcome in their favor. And to confirm our predictions, since the verdict was announced last Thursday, the Trump campaign has received an additional $34 million in small donations, possibly making Trump the first convicted politician to benefit financially from his wrongdoings. Initially, this may seem like a win-win situation for MAGA supporters, and if he were to become president, it undoubtedly would be. However, amidst this apparent turn of events, there is one silver lining to his conviction, one that may hold more significance than the identity of our next president.

The silver lining to Donald Trump's conviction lies in the potential for accountability and the preservation of democratic values. While it may seem like a win for his supporters, the fact that Trump has been found guilty and is facing consequences for his actions is a crucial step towards upholding the rule of law and ensuring that no one, regardless of their position or power, is above it.

The conviction of a former president sends a powerful message that even those in the highest office of the land are not immune to the consequences of their actions. It serves as a reminder that the principles of justice and fairness should prevail over personal interests and political manipulation.

Furthermore, Trump's conviction sets a precedent for future leaders and politicians, emphasizing the importance of ethical conduct and the need to prioritize the well-being of the nation over personal gain. It serves as a deterrent for those who may consider abusing their power or engaging in corrupt practices, knowing that they could face legal repercussions.

Moreover, Trump's conviction highlights the resilience of the American justice system and its ability to hold individuals accountable, regardless of their status or influence. It reinforces the belief that no one is above the law and that the principles of justice and fairness should guide our society.

Ultimately, the significance of Trump's conviction extends beyond the immediate political implications. It represents a reaffirmation of democratic values, the importance of accountability, and the strength of the institutions that safeguard the integrity of our democracy. It serves as a reminder that the pursuit of justice and the preservation of democratic ideals should always take precedence over personal or partisan interests.   ……









THE IMPORTANCE
OF CHOOSING
GOOD FRIENDS AFTER 60



BY SUSAN "HONEY" GOOD


Lately, I’ve been thinking a great deal about friendships. Friends and social acquaintances are a big and important part of a woman’s life. Therefore, it remains vital, as we age, not to let those relationships slip away. It’s so easy to get caught up in other life events.


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5 Lessons
My Hip Replacement
Taught Me About Life




By Janet Reynolds


Getting a new joint is about far more than simply being able to run up the stairs more easily — it's about asking for help, being patient and focusing on what I have


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Five ways 
seniors 
can exercise 
their minds 
in 2024




By Brittany Tran

Research has shown there are steps we can take to maintain our health as we age. In my work with UC San Diego’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, I meet seniors every day who are taking a proactive approach to aging by enrolling in the continuing education courses we offer.

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Patients With 
Eye Diseases 
at Increased Risk 
of Falls, Fractures




By Julia Bonavitacola


Patients who had cataracts, age-related macular degeneration, and/or glaucoma were at an increased risk of falling and sustaining fractures.

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Senior Marriage: 
Making Love Lovelier 
the 2nd Time Around




By Mark Ashton


There has been a lot of press in recent years about seniors divorcing. The AARP recently wrote about a Bowling Green study which found that divorce rates among people over 65 have tripled since 1990.


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10 Cities With Highest 
Social Security Benefit Income


Because the amount that Social Security recipients receive in monthly benefits depends on earnings during working years, payments can be significantly different. They can also change depending on what type of disability a recipient might have. More than 71 million Americans are currently estimated to receive Social Security benefits.


1- Ann Arbor, Michigan ($30,428)
2- Carmel, Indiana ($30,069)
3- Goodyear, Arizona ($29,157)
4- Cambridge, Massachusetts ($28,219)
5- Allen, Texas ($27,735)
6- Sugar Land, Texas ($27,725)
7- The Woodlands, Texas ($27,661)
8- Highlands Ranch, Colorado ($27,433)
9- Olathe, Kansas ($27,151)
10- Fishers, Indiana ($27,133)







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“Noblest of all dogs is the hot-dog; 
it feeds the hand that bites it.”

-Laurence J. Peter







Some People 
Are Strangely Resistant 
to Alzheimer's. 
Here's What Makes 
Them Different.




BY DAVID NIELD

Some people have the changes consistent with Alzheimer's without presenting any symptoms, almost as if their brains are more resistant to the condition. A new study has explored how this perplexing phenomenon might point the way to treatments.

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New AARP Poll: 
Women 50+ Say 
Social Security, 
Medicare, 
Healthcare Costs 
Will Influence 
2024 Vote




AARP Pennsylvania recently released key findings from its first 2024 election survey that shows candidates should pay close attention to Pennsylvanians age 50 and older. The survey also revealed that the priorities and concerns of Pennsylvania women voters 50 and older will likely influence the outcome of the 2024 election and could be the difference in this election. Women 50+ account for- almost one-third (29%) of likely voters overall and more than half (53%) of likely voters 50-plus in the state.

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Statins are Effective 
Even for People Over 
Age 75, What to Know





1- A new study finds even people over age 75 can get heart benefits from statins.
2- Previously most clinical trials evaluating statins have not included people in this age group.
3- Many major heart organizations, including the American Heart Association, recently suggested that doctors conduct personalized risk assessments with older patients to determine if statins should be used.

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How volunteerism 
powers connections 
for older adults






AmeriCorps Seniors Senior Companion Program volunteers provide friendship and support for other older adults in their communities.

Over time, the average human life expectancy has increased – from 47 in 1900 to 77 in 2020. The recipe for a long, healthy life isn’t so shocking: activity, balanced diets and proactive healthcare all play significant roles. But what may come as a surprise is the importance of connection.

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Study offers insights 
into factors influencing 
older adults to 
stop driving 


What factors lead older adults to stop driving? A new study followed older adults who had no memory or thinking problems to examine this question. The study is published in the May 22, 2024, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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The #1 Workout 
To Improve Your Mobility
Boost your overall health 
and well-being with this 
trainer-approved 
mobility session.
By Adam Meyer 


Improving your mobility is essential to maintaining a healthy, active lifestyle. As you age, staying on top of your mobility becomes increasingly important, as it can help prevent injuries, improve balance, and enhance quality of life, according to the National Institute on Aging. Whether you're an athlete looking to boost performance or simply want your body to move better and reduce your injury risk, mobility should be a top priority for everyone. That's why we spoke with Mike Masi, CPT, a certified personal trainer at Garage Gym Reviews, who reveals his top-ranking workout for improving your mobility.

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The perfect retirement for some people involves simply doing nothing most of the time. After spending years waking up early every morning, enduring long commutes, and working at a job that may seem meaningless just to afford a short vacation once a year, the idea of having no obligations can feel like heaven. However, having endless free time isn't always as great as it sounds. Honestly, there are moments when I wish I had more activities to keep me busy. 

I must clarify that I absolutely adore not being obligated to work at a job. It's not that the job I held for many years was terrible, it simply didn't bring me fulfillment. I cherished my weekends when I could spontaneously embark on adventures, driving to unknown destinations and discovering new things or reliving old passions. However, the thought of returning to the monotonous routine every Monday often overshadowed the joy I experienced during those precious hours of freedom. Therefore, when the opportunity for early retirement at the age of 62 presented itself, I welcomed it wholeheartedly. Finally, I could liberate myself from the burden that had hindered me from pursuing my true calling, whatever that may be. Now, I had the chance to pursue whatever brought me happiness. Unfortunately, as the saying goes, even the most well-thought-out plans can go astray, and I ended up here at the A.L.F., or as I humorously refer to it, "The Land Of the Lost."

Gone are the spontaneous adventures and the thrill of discovering new things. While the staff tries to fill the time with scheduled activities and medical appointments, I have had to rely on myself to provide the arousal needed to keep me from going insane. I keep busy by working on this blog. It not only provides mental stimulation, but it gives me a chance to discuss some of these topics with my fellow residents who, hopefully appreciate the chance at some meaningful discussion, something often lacking here. But that does not mean I don’t enjoy my “veg-out” time too. And it’s not that bad. There’s much to be said for having nothing to do. 

Cheese and fine wine are the only things that improve with age. Being neither a Camembert or Mouton Cadet, I can confirm that my advancing age limits my ability to do everything I desire. Therefore, whenever possible, I make sure to relax and unwind. Whether it's watching television or taking a nap, these activities perfectly suit my needs.

So, while I may jokingly refer to this place as "The Land Of the Lost, "or, The Asylum,  I have come to realize that it is not a place of lost dreams or lost opportunities. Instead, it is a place of rediscovery, where I am learning to embrace the present, find joy in the simplest of things, and appreciate the beauty of human connection. In this unexpected journey, I am slowly finding a new sense of fulfillment, even within the confines of the A.L.F.  …








Social Security's 
high earners
will get almost 
$5,000 a month
in 2024.
Here's how 
they got there.




BY AIMEE PICCHI

Social Security recipients could face some big changes in 2024, thanks to inflation and tax-related adjustments that will impact everything from monthly benefits to how much recipients owe in taxes. For one, the top benefit in 2024 will approach $5,000 per month. 

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Is Living to 100
All It's Cracked Up to Be?




By Kerri Miller


On the day that Erma S. blew out the candles on her fiftieth birthday cake her life wasn't even half over. (At her request, we are not using her last name.)

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5 SUPER HELPFUL TIPS
FOR PHOTOGRAPHING
YOUR GRANDKIDS



BY KARIN VAN MIERLO

Photographing children is one of the more challenging topics in learning photography. But you’re in luck. Children are one of my favorite subjects to photograph, and so I have a lot of experience. That’s why I’d love to share a few tips with you and help you on your way in photographing the life of your kids and grandkids.


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These 15 lifestyle 
and health factors
may increase your risk 
of early dementia




By Caroline Kee

Loneliness, vitamin D deficiency, low socioeconomic status, and alcohol abuse disorder are just a few of the health and lifestyle factors associated with an increased risk of early- or young-onset dementia, according to a groundbreaking new study.


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Artificial Intelligence 
helps predict falls,
creating safety system
 for patients






Applying AI technology to one of the main concerns in patient safety, Nanyang Polytechnic (NYP) and local medical technologies firm Longway AI Technologies have developed a system that can analyse human gaits and make recommendations for healthcare professionals to render assistance before a fall happens.


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Billions of Dogs

If you enjoyed a hot dog Monday, your barbecue was probably fun, but not original. Americans typically devour ~7 billion hot dogs between Memorial Day and Labor Day—that’s 818 hot dogs per second each summer, according to the National Hot Dog & Sausage Council. About 38% of yearly hot dog sales take place during the season, with 10% in July alone. And while Los Angeles may be more associated with $19.00 Erewhon smoothies named for celebrities, it was the top hot-dog-consuming city in terms of pounds sold over the full year last year. New Yorkers still spent the most on dirty water dogs, though, shelling out $111.4 million compared to No. 2 LA’s $91.8 million.






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“The last refuge of the insomniac
 is a sense of superiority to the sleeping world.”
― Leonard Cohen







High cost of living
pushing seniors
to riskier investments





Fixed-income investments have long been an attractive option for aging populations, but as rates cool, there's a growing risk appetite

Despite the rising cost of living and the need for more cash, even simple investing concepts still confuse a lot of people, which helps explain why about four in 10 Canadian investors aren’t sure what ETF stands for and don’t know what dollar cost averaging is, according to a recent poll by CIBC Investor’s Edge.

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Why More Middle-Aged Adults
Are Having Strokes —
and How to Prevent One





By Rachel Nania

 
Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. has a stroke — a disruption of blood flow to the brain. And that someone might be younger than you think.

While stroke is often thought of something that hits later in life, the reality is, anyone can have a stroke. And research shows that stroke rates are rising in young and middle-aged adults.

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Older Adults Opened Up
About Things They
"Took For Granted"
In Their 20s And 30s,
And It Hits Hard





"I regret putting up with toxic behavior from relatives 'because they are family.' I wish that I'd set my boundaries and been done with that much earlier. Nobody should put up with bad behavior."

By Liz Richardson

Last month, we wrote a post where older adults from the BuzzFeed Community shared things they "took for granted" in their 20s and 30s. In the comments, even more readers shared their own responses. Here's what they had to say:

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Low vitamin D levels
linked to higher diabetes risk
in older adults, study finds




By Dr. Sushama R. Chaphalkar


In a recent systematic review and meta-analysis published in the journal Nutrients, researchers from Italy updated a systematic review and meta-analysis to examine whether low serum vitamin D (25-hydroxyvitamin D or 25OHD) levels can predict the onset of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in older adults. Despite adjusting for several confounders, they found that low 25OHD levels were associated with an increased risk of developing T2D in older adults.

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The Best Place to Live on 
Only a Social Security Check
By Ghazal Ahmed

This article takes a look at the best place to live on only a Social Security check. If you're looking for more options to consider for your golden years, check out all 20 Best Places to Live on Only a Social Security Check.

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Photo Of The Week



The warm weather this weekend and a good amount of rain forced these
 tiny white flowers to pop out overnight. Unfortunately, they’ll be gone
 tomorrow when the lawn care guys come and mow them down.











Residents at the Asylum are subject to a number of restrictions regarding the items they can have in their rooms. In addition to the obvious prohibitions on alcoholic beverages, knives, and guns, residents are also not permitted to possess any cooking appliances such as a Mr. Coffee or a microwave oven. This policy is in place for valid reasons. These heat-generating objects can pose a significant danger to both the user and the facility as a whole if mishandled. Improper use of a microwave oven, for instance, can result in a fire. Unfortunately, this was the case last week when the only microwave oven in the annex section of our facility malfunctioned and ceased to function. Our maintenance department conducted an investigation and determined that the cause of this incident was user error. It appears that someone had forgotten the most crucial rule of microwaving: no metallic containers should be used.

This is why we can’t have nice things.

The inhabitants, myself included, put up a strong fight to get an additional microwave installed in our secluded section of the building where twenty plus individuals reside. It was challenging to have to trek all the way to the main kitchen area to use the sole microwave available for residents. After nearly 7 years of pleading, the management finally relented and sanctioned the new appliance. Everything was running smoothly for approximately 6 months. The residents, cognizant of the fact that this was a rare concession from the administration, were considerate and handled the machine with great care. We ensured it was kept clean and made sure that everyone who used it followed the safety guidelines. Unfortunately, someone failed to do so. Now, it is uncertain whether the administration will replace it. However, there is a backup plan. If they opt not to replace the unit, we, the residents, will purchase one and donate it to the facility. The cost to replace the lost microwave is around $113. Contributions will be voluntary, and the amount each resident will contribute has not been decided. Nevertheless, we are determined to retrieve our microwave one way or another. The issue that remains is how to prevent it from being damaged again.

Microwave ovens have been a common household appliance since the 1970s. It is reasonable to assume that by now, everyone should be familiar with their usage, just like a TV or telephone. However, due to the age and cognitive abilities of some of our residents, there may be a few who have forgotten what items should not be used when heating up their food. To prevent any mishaps, we have come up with a couple of suggestions.

Firstly, a simple and effective way to discourage the use of improper utensils, such as metal containers, is to prominently display a warning sign near the microwave. This will serve as a constant reminder for everyone to use only microwave-safe materials.

Additionally, one of our residents has proposed another solution. They suggested placing a selection of microwave-safe plates, bowls, and containers next to the microwave unit. This way, anyone who needs to heat up their food can easily access these appropriate utensils. I find this idea to be quite practical and beneficial, and I will definitely recommend implementing it when we acquire a new microwave unit. What’s your thoughts on this?    ……








How to Age 
Your Brain Successfully
Can science tell us how 
to stay cognitively fit?
Here's what you 
should know




By Ellen Kornmehl


On certain days, my mind can seem like an old short-wave radio. I feel the static and sputtering as I search to retrieve old colleagues' names or that 90s song title crammed deep inside its neural networks. I imagine the firings in its tangled web of gray matter navigate a corn maze of inefficiencies.

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Don’t call me “old”:
Avoiding ageism
when writing about aging




By Stephanie Morrison

Ageist messages are everywhere — you need only to browse a greeting card aisle to see countless quips about being a “geezer” or “over the hill.” Ageist content is so prevalent in our society that too many people may not recognize it as problematic.

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These are the 
biggest mistakes
people make with
 Social Security





Navigating Social Security can be cumbersome, to say the least. Even basic questions such as when you should retire can come to take on an immense and sometimes desperate tone, as you try to make a decision that doesn't screw up your retirement beyond repair. Sometimes you can do it yourself or sometimes you need help from a professional. Everyone's financial situation is different.

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Some medications
may harm driving skills
of older adults




By Amy Norton
   
Some common medications -- including antidepressants, sleep aids and painkillers -- may dull the driving skills of seniors, a new study finds.

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Investors predict 
senior living
rent increases of 
3 to 7 percent




By Lois A. Bowers

Sixty-six percent of respondents to a newly released survey said they expect rental rate increases of 3% to 7% over the next 12 months for active adult, independent living, assisted living and memory care communities.


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Americans Sleeping Less, 
More Stressed

Women, particularly those under age 50, report sleeping less than they need and higher stress levels than men

For the first time in Gallup polling since 2001, a majority of U.S. adults, 57%, say they would feel better if they got more sleep, while 42% say they get as much sleep as they need. This is nearly a reversal of the figures last measured in 2013, when 56% of Americans got the sleep they needed and 43% did not.









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QUOTE

“The time, the mosquito will 
land on your testicles, 
the way you'll kill it, will help you to 
resolve world issues without violence”

― Ntambara Sylvestre Owen Berbason






Looking younger 
linked to
positive aging 
experiences
and better health
in older adults




by Mane Kara-Yakoubian

A study published in Psychology and Aging found that older adults who perceive themselves as looking younger than their peers generally experience more positive and fewer negative aspects of aging, while those who appear older tend to have the opposite experience.

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Long-Term Care Expenses
Can Destroy Your
Estate Plan:
Plan Accordingly





Estate planning is about much more than reducing taxes; it’s about ensuring your loved ones are provided for after you’re gone and that your assets are passed on according to your wishes. However, few events can upend your estate plan as the way unanticipated long-term care (LTC) expenses can.

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Older Americans
often don't prepare
for long-term care,
from costs to location
to emotional toll




BY BRIAN AROLA .


Seven tough weeks passed with her husband in the hospital before Nancy Gag Braun found long-term care for him.

From 2019 up until that point in 2022, Braun had cared for Steven at their Mankato home. A traumatic brain injury in February 2019, followed by his progressive dementia, eventually led to the need for professional help and the hospital stay.

By then, there were episodes when he didn’t recognize that the woman trying to care for him was his wife. He started showing fear and aggression toward this person he thought was a stranger in his home.

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New Bill Aims to Boost
Substance Use Treatment
Funding for Older Adults



By Morgan Gonzales.


A newly introduced bill proposes to stack funds to improve substance use disorder (SUD) treatment for older adults. 

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Any Level 
of Leisure-Time
Physical Activity Aids
in Stroke Prevention




By Jolynn Tumolo

Any amount of leisure-time physical activity helps to lower the risk of stroke compared with inactivity, according to a systematic review and meta-analysis published in the Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry.

“People should be encouraged to be physically active even at the lowest levels,” advised corresponding author Raffaele Ornello, MD, of the University of L'Aquila in Italy, and study coauthors.

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Other stories.....


How the elderly could benefit 
by switching to decaf coffee
Story by Laura Donnelly 

.Switching to decaffeinated coffee could prevent falls among the elderly, research suggests.

A study of older people living in care homes found that cutting out caffeine saw the number of accidents fall by up to one-third.

Experts said those with concerns about falls should “give decaf a go”.

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Divorce and 
Social Security: 
5 Things to Know
By M.P. Dunleavey


You may qualify for benefits equal to half those of your higher-earning ex-spouse, without needing to tell them about it or seek their permission


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The closest I came to going to Vietnam was when I stood in my underwear, among a hundred other young men, at the Armed Forces Induction Center on Whitehall Street in Lower Manhattan. It was 1964, and I had just turned 19. A year out of high school, I was working full time at my father's business. The U.S. had been drafting guys like me for almost a year, and I was a prime candidate to be one of the early inductees. Naturally, I was not excited about the idea of leaving my comfortable life to go fight, kill, and possibly die in a foreign country I knew nothing about and cared even less. It was time to look for a (legal) way out. 

I hadn't received my draft notice yet, giving me some time to contemplate how I could postpone my military duty until the shooting war was over. Serving a few years in the military wasn't an issue for me, but I definitely didn't want to return home in a body bag. Consequently, similar to many others my age, I made an unexpected decision to pursue college. I signed up for night courses at a local college. Although it wasn’t easy (I had to take at least 10 credits a semester and maintain a c average) I did manage to do it while working full time. And a good thing I did. 1965 to 1969 were some of the toughest and most deadly years of the Vietnam war. Tens of thousands of young Americans were killed in a war that was becoming increasingly unpopular with most Americans. 

As a response to anti-war protests and to those who thought the draft was unfairly weighted in favor of well-to-do white men, a lottery was devised to even the odds. That was in December of 1969. My draft lottery number was 339. Nobody from that year was ever called to serve. Yes, I lucked out. A year later I graduated college and went back to my cushy life. But for what it’s worth, for many years, I could not help but feel a little ashamed, and even guilty, of myself for being so fortunate when many of those guys I stood in line with on that chilly day back in 1964 did not come back or came back with horrible wounds both physically and mentally. 

I know that many of you have experienced the hardships of that war firsthand, or have loved ones who have. I want to express my deepest apologies, not because I was lucky enough to avoid it, but because you, as veterans, had to face one of the most challenging military campaigns in U.S. history. The truth is, we should never have been part of that war, just as we should never have been involved in conflicts like Iraq or Afghanistan. However, my respect and appreciation for all those who serve in our armed forces remains unwavering. They truly do an outstanding job. So, on this Memorial Day, as we pay tribute to those who have served and continue to serve, may God bless you and thank you for your dedication...








Our assisted living system
 is failing




BY ARON SOLOMON

The problem of seniors with cognitive issues wandering away from assisted living facilities or being left outside unattended has been thrust into the legal and societal spotlight as the year came to a close. Since 2018, at least 98 seniors have died under such circumstances, according to the findings of a blockbuster investigation published in December by The Washington Post. 


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When your ship 
comes in:
Medicare and the 
‘temporarily rich’


Some seniors are selling off property they own, 
resulting in suddenly having a huge influx of cash.



By Tom Margenau


It seems like there are a lot of rich (or temporarily rich) baby boomers out there. Why? Very often it’s because they are selling off property they own and suddenly have a huge influx of cash. This observation is based on the unusually high number of emails I’m getting from senior citizens telling me about their newfound financial gains. Why they are emailing me is how I bring the two points together.

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5 Best Long Term
Care Insurance Companies
Heading into 2024




Market Analysis of Long-Term Care Insurance

Long-term care insurance is provided to senior citizens who are unable to support themselves and are receiving long-term care services. The care can range from assistance in daily activities at home to extensive care at institutions and facilities. According to a report by SkyQuest Technology, the global long-term care insurance market was worth $18.88 billion in 2021. The market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 12.3% and reach $53.21 billion in 2030. The growth can be attributed to a rise in the aging population, an increase in long-term ailments, and a higher life expectancy.

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How Seniors Can Find
the Right Medical Alert Device
for Their Current Needs




By Tracy Griffin

Maintaining independence and safety as we age should be of utmost importance. In Canada alone, falls are the leading cause of injury among older adults. These instances can escalate quickly if the proper measures are not in place for seniors to contact help immediately. With the right medical alert device, you and your loved ones can know that if an emergency arises, help will be on the way shortly. However, not all devices are built the same. It is essential to decipher your needs and find a device with the right features to continue your healthy and active lifestyle.


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The dementia crisis is here.
Better training can't wait






The number of Americans over the age of 65 is rising quickly. In the past century, it has grown at nearly five times the rate of the rest of the population and is now approaching 60 million people. That includes about 15.5 million added since 2010. This is good news for the widening community of people who are enjoying happy, healthy golden years.


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TOP MOSQUITO CITIES LIST


This year’s data was collected by tracking new residential mosquito treatments from April 1, 2023, to March 31, 2024. This data helps Orkin better understand how likely homeowners in each city are to have a mosquito problem.






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“Once, during Prohibition, 
I was forced to live for days
 on nothing but food and water.”

W.C. Fields









How Many Older Adults
Live in Poverty?




By Nancy Ochieng, Juliette Cubanski, 
Tricia Neuman, and Anthony Damico


Social Security payments and Supplemental Security Income have been instrumental in providing economic security for older adults in the US. Additionally, Medicare, which provides health insurance to 66 million people age 65 or older and younger adults with long-term disabilities, offers financial protection by helping to cover the cost of medical care, while Medicaid provides additional benefits and cost-sharing assistance to many Medicare beneficiaries with low incomes. Despite these economic and health supports, many older adults live on relatively low incomes. ....

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AI may help
older adults manage
multiple medications




By Dennis Thompson

AI could help doctors cut back on the bewildering variety of medications that seniors frequently are prescribed, a new study suggests.

More than 40% of seniors are prescribed five or more meds, and this increases a person's risk of adverse drug interactions, researchers said.

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Top 7 
Retirement Tips
for 2024




By Meredith White

Retirement planning is a crucial aspect of financial management, ensuring a secure and comfortable life post-employment. However, you shouldn’t wait until retirement to start planning and preparing...

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Golden tickets:
See what movie theaters
are offering senior discounts




By James Powel

While going to the movies — or as my grandfather called it "the show" — may not be the same cultural touchpoint for younger Americans as it was in the past, it is still a place for generations to connect.

It is also an opportunity to take advantage of senior discounts offered by theater chains.

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No Kids to Rely On?
Seven Things Solo Agers
Must Do Now




BY THOMAS C. WEST


If you don’t have children or a support system of close friends nearby, you face some special challenges. For peace of mind, answer these seven questions.

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The N.Y.Times
Offers a History Lesson
in Retirement Anxiety






The beauty of studying history is that it some times sews together a credible narrative. We have written a fair amount about America’s anxiety, both financial and political. But today’s podcast, an interview with Michael Steinberger offered a history of American retirement and some real insight into why many of us are uneasy about not just our children’s future, but our own.

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Other Stories....


PRACTICAL TIPS 
FOR A FULFILLING 
EVERYDAY LIFE 
WITH HEARING LOSS
BY KEITH DARROW 


Whether by birth or acquired later in life, hearing impairment affects individuals in distinct ways, posing intricate challenges that significantly influence their daily lives. People experiencing hearing loss encounter daily struggles that often go unnoticed by those without impairments. These commonplace challenges, often taken for granted by others, are an integral part of the hearing impaired’s daily experience, shaping their unique perspective on life.

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Working and receiving 
Social Security benefits 
in 2024: 
the government explains 
the situation


Working and receiving Social Security benefits is not incompatible. Contrary to popular belief you can hold down a job and still receive retirement benefits, spousal death benefits and many other forms of Social Security benefits.

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Our Friday Look
 at Assisted Living 
Continues


We have examined numerous advantages and disadvantages associated with residing in an assisted living facility, as well as the factors you or your loved one should be cautious about when contemplating a transition to such a location.

We have provided information about the quality of food, available activities, housekeeping services, and even the types of residents you may come across. However, regardless of our individual needs, preferences, and desires, there will come a time when medical care becomes necessary. The availability of such care often relies on the priorities of the particular facility.

Some assisted living facilities prioritize providing comprehensive medical care to their residents, while others may have limited medical services available. It is crucial to consider this factor when contemplating a transition to an assisted living facility.

One advantage of residing in an assisted living facility that prioritizes medical care is the peace of mind it provides. Knowing that there are trained medical professionals available on-site can alleviate concerns about emergencies or health issues. These facilities often have nurses or doctors on staff who can provide regular check-ups, administer medications, and monitor residents' health conditions.

Additionally, assisted living facilities with robust medical care options may offer specialized services for residents with specific medical needs. For example, they may have staff experienced in managing chronic conditions such as diabetes or dementia. This expertise can ensure that residents receive appropriate care and support tailored to their individual health requirements.

Furthermore, these facilities may have partnerships or affiliations with nearby hospitals or healthcare providers, ensuring that residents have access to specialized medical treatments or procedures when necessary. This can be particularly beneficial for individuals with complex medical conditions or those who may require specialized care in the future.

However, it is essential to be cautious when considering the availability of medical care in an assisted living facility. Some facilities may have limited medical staff or rely on external healthcare providers for medical services. In such cases, residents may need to arrange and pay for their medical appointments and transportation to off-site healthcare facilities.

Moreover, the level of medical care provided can vary significantly between assisted living facilities. Some may only offer basic first aid and assistance with medication management, while others may have a more comprehensive range of medical services. It is crucial to thoroughly research and inquire about the specific medical care options available at each facility under consideration.

In conclusion, the availability and quality of medical care should be a significant consideration when contemplating a transition to an assisted living facility. Facilities that prioritize medical care can provide peace of mind, specialized services, and access to healthcare professionals. However, it is essential to carefully assess the level of medical care offered by each facility to ensure it aligns with the individual's or their loved one's medical needs and preferences.









Predicting 
Alzheimer's dementia 
in oldest of the old





A new study indicates that severity of amyloid deposition in the brain—not just age—may be key to determining who will benefit from new anti-amyloid therapies to delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease.

University of Pittsburgh clinicians and scientists report that the accumulation of toxic amyloid beta clumps that signal Alzheimer's disease pathology accelerates in old age, but the baseline amyloid burden and the overall brain health going into this acceleration are more powerful predictors of who is most likely to progress to Alzheimer's. The paper is published today in Neurology.

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The Safest Way 
to Get Up 
From a Fall
Use these five tactics 
if you take a spill




By Stacey Colino


A fair amount of media and medical attention is paid to preventing falls among older adults — but there are times when people fall, despite taking the recommended precautions. Every year, more than 25 percent of adults 65 and older fall, and falling once doubles a person’s chances of falling again, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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A New Test 
Could Save 
Arthritis Patients
 Time, Money, and Pain.
 But Will It Be Used?



By Arthur Allen

Erinn Maury knew Remicade wasn’t the right drug for Patti Schulte, a rheumatoid arthritis patient the physician saw at her Millersville, Maryland, practice. Schulte’s swollen, painful joints hadn’t responded to Enbrel or Humira, two drugs in the same class.

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The benefits 
of having friends 
who aren’t your age



By Eva Terry
 

“Having friends of all ages and in all stages is not only a nice thing to have, I think it’s deeply important to the fabric of our lives for a richer life,” she said.

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Author Talks:
The world’s longest study
of adult development finds 
the key to happy living





Harvard study director Robert Waldinger provides the data-backed answer to what makes people live happier and longer lives and shares the choices anyone can make to start feeling more fulfilled right now.

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U.S. News Ranks the Best States for 2024

These Are the 10 Best States in the U.S.

1- Utah
2- New Hampshire
3- Nebraska
4- Minnesota
5- Idaho
6- Iowa
7- Vermont
8- Washington
9- Florida
10 -Massachusetts

A common factor among the highest-ranking states was a relatively strong performance in categories containing various types of economic indicators. More than half of the top 10 states were among the top 20 performers in each of the economy, opportunity and fiscal stability categories.

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“Americans will put up with anything 
provided it doesn't block traffic.”
― Dan Rather






New study finds
cannabis poisonings
among senior citizens
have tripled





The push to legalize cannabis has led to a significant increase in senior citizens going to hospital emergency rooms because of cannabis poisoning, a newly released Canadian study revealed.

Researchers analyzed “the association between edible cannabis legalization and emergency department visits for cannabis poisoning” in adults in Ontario, Canada, who were at least 65 years old. The study found that the number of senior citizens who visited emergency departments in hospitals due to cannabis poisoning tripled after Canada legalized edible cannabis. 

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White matter
in superagers' brains
is less prone to aging
and cognitive decline





Aging commonly leads to cognitive decline, particularly in memory function, and is often associated with neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s. However, a unique subset of older adults known as “superagers” defy this trend, maintaining memory comparable to much younger individuals.

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Understanding 
Medicare Coverage
for Nursing Home Care:
Confusion Can Be Costly






As a lawyer, I have exclusively represented long-term care healthcare providers for over ten years. I have gained useful insight into how people plan—or, in many cases, fail to plan—for the possibility that they may need long-term care. Along the way, I have identified some common misconceptions that many people have about long-term care.

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24 Modern-Day Inventions
That People Over 30
Would've Given Anything
To Have Back In The Day
(And Exactly Why)




by Claudia Santos


It's easy to reminisce and be nostalgic about the good ol' days. But sometimes, you have to admit that certain modern inventions would have made life way easier back then. Recently, we asked older adults of the BuzzFeed Community to share the present-day item they wish they had in their younger years. Here's what they had to say.

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DEALING WITH THE
DEATH OF A SPOUSE –
SHOULD WE 
MOURN FOREVER?




BY YVONNE BROADY

I write often about grieving and the feelings one can experience when they are in the throes of it. One can never know what it’s like to be in the grip of pain after the loss of a spouse or a loved one unless they have experienced such a loss.

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How to handle 
selling a home 
when moving into 
an assisted living facility

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Who pays 
for long-term care?
By Alicia H. Munnell

People are confused and overestimate Medicare's role in paying for long-term care. We've embarked on a host of studies about long-term care. One component of that effort is to assess the public's understanding of how these costs are financed.

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My Life In
A Parallel Universe


I recently completed watching the Netflix show "The Man In the High Castle." It's a film that explores the hypothetical scenario of Nazi Germany and Japan emerging victorious in World War II. As the series unfolds, we discover that the events take place in an alternate reality where things are slightly askew. This got me pondering about how my life would have turned out if things had just been a tad different.

In my "Alternate Universe," I'd still be an elderly gentleman, but not your typical one. I'd be the kind of senior you often spot in those fancy commercials and brochures for luxurious retirement communities. Picture this: a head full of hair, an average weight for my height, and absolutely no need for a cane or any mobility aids. I'd reside in a modest apartment in a bustling city, enjoying the urban vibes. While I wouldn't consider myself wealthy, I'd have enough funds to treat myself to a nice meal at a restaurant, explore museums, and even indulge in some travel adventures. Now, let's be realistic here, my health wouldn't be perfect, but it would be decent for someone my age. I might require a few Tylenol here and there, and perhaps the occasional assistance from Viagra. But hey, that's just part of the package!

Strangely enough, I don't envision myself as a married person with children. It could be due to the fact that my previous marriage was short-lived and we never talked about starting a family. Instead of a partner and kids, I imagine having a Golden Retriever as a companion and a Porsche as my ride. The Porsche is my only concession to fantasy.

I'd spend my days reading, writing, and exploring the city, taking in all the culture and excitement it has to offer. I'd be a regular at the local coffee shop, chatting with the baristas and fellow regulars. I'd also volunteer at the local animal shelter, taking my Golden Retriever for walks and helping out however I can.

In my alternate reality, I'd be living life to the fullest, embracing my age and all the experiences that come with it. I'd be a testament to the fact that age is just a number, and that it's never too late to live your best life. I'd be a reminder that growing old doesn't have to mean slowing down, but rather embracing all that life has to offer….. 








Arts and creativity interventions
prove cost-effective for
enhancing older adults'
health and well-being




By Tarun Sai Lomte


In a recent study published in BMC Public Health, researchers assess the value and cost-effectiveness of arts and creativity interventions (ACIs) on the health and well-being of older adults.



Supporting healthy aging

The percentage of the older adult population has increased in almost every country over the past several decades. An aging population reflects one of the successes of public health; however, it has numerous economic implications.

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How planning for
 long-term care
is burdening 
middle-class Americans




By William Brangham


Long-term care is already a huge problem in the United States, one that's growing as the baby boom population ages, and one with big financial costs. William Brangham explores the impact this is having on middle-class Americans and how they are having to rearrange their lives.

Long-term care is already a huge problem in the United States, one that's growing as the baby boom population ages and one with big financial costs.

William Brangham looks at the impact this is having on middle-class Americans and how they're having to rearrange their lives.

The numbers alone give a very stark sense of what America is facing. Between now and 2030, every single day, about 10,000 Baby Boomers will turn 65.

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Senior Living Costs Spike,
But What About the Value?




BY SEYCHELLE THOMAS

The onset of the pandemic brought intense staffing challenges across all forms of long-term senior care facilities. A 2022 survey from the Agency for Healthcare Administration (AHCA) found that 87% of nursing homes experienced moderate to high levels of staffing shortages and another 98% faced challenges in hiring new staff. 

In response, facilities often relied on hiring contract workers at a higher cost than full-time employees which increased operating costs. Today those staffing pressures have eased, but the cost of renting in a senior living facility continues to rise. Just because the price has risen, doesn’t always mean the value rises along with it. 

Cost vs value :

The National Council on Aging estimates the average cost of assisted living in the United States to be $4,500 per month or $54,000 annually. Increased levels of care (such as memory care for seniors with Alzheimer's and Dementia) typically raise costs even more to an average of $6,160 per month. In addition to a base level of care, the NCOA report found that rents at assisted living facilities typically increase on an annual basis by about 4 to 10 percent. 

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Pet Ownership May Slow
Cognitive Decline in
Older Adults Living Alone





By Lori Solomon

Pet ownership is associated with slower rates of cognitive decline among older adults living alone, according to a study published online Dec. 26 in JAMA Network Open.

Yanzhi Li, Ph.D., from Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China, and colleagues explored the association of pet ownership with cognitive decline among 7,945 participants (mean age, 66.3 years) in the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing.

The researchers found that pet ownership was associated with slower rates of decline in composite verbal cognition (β = 0.008 standard deviation [SD]/year), verbal memory (β = 0.006 SD/year), and verbal fluency (β = 0.007 SD/year). All three associations were modified by living alone. Among individuals living alone, pet ownership was associated with slower rates of decline for composite verbal cognition (β = 0.023 SD/year), verbal memory (β = 0.021 SD/year), and verbal fluency (β = 0.018 SD/year). But associations did not persist among those living with others. 

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Adapting to 
Psoriatic Arthritis
in Your Golden Years




By Mashum Mollah

Just as the famed Golden Girls faced life’s challenges with humor and resilience, you too can manage living with psoriatic arthritis in your golden years. It’s not an easy journey, but it’s certainly one you can navigate successfully.

You’ll learn to cope with the physical changes, master the emotional challenges, and make lifestyle modifications. From understanding the importance of regular exercise to making dietary adjustments, you’ll find ways to alleviate your symptoms.

Medication and therapy will play a significant role, and you’ll realize the value of building a supportive network.

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Which states are the deadliest
 for senior drivers?


The deadliest state for seniors when it comes to vehicular deaths is Oklahoma, with a death rate of 24.7 people per 100,000 seniors. A close second is Alabama, with a death rate of 24.6, closely followed by Mississippi’s 24.5.

On the flip side, the safest state for senior drivers is Rhode Island, with a death rate of 6.6 per 100,000 older people.

Characteristics of the safest states for driving could be the reason for fewer deadly accidents. Those may include a lower population in Rhode Island and robust public transit systems in parts of New York and Massachusetts. In either case, fewer seniors driving could indicate a reason for fewer deadly accidents.









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“Without ice cream, 
there would be darkness and chaos.”
― Don Kardong



 

 

 

 Why Finance Cons

Target Older Adults,

and How to

Protect Yourself



By Kimberly Palmer 


While financial fraud can happen to anyone, older adults face unique challenges when it comes to scams, which are increasingly common among that age group.

Losses due to scams targeting those age 60 or older ballooned to $3.4 billion last year, an increase of 11% over the previous year, according to the FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center. The average amount lost was $33,915. 

Tech support scams were reported to be most common among this demographic, followed by personal data breaches and confidence and romance scams, where the scam artist first gains trust before moving on to the topic of money. The FBI notes that older adults make an attractive target because they usually have savings, a home and other assets. They may be more trusting and less likely to report being scammed.

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Medicare should include

dental coverage,

dentists tell U.S. Senate panel



BY: JENNIFER SHUTT


Dentists from throughout the country urged Congress to include dental coverage in Medicare during a hearing Thursday, saying that fewer than half of beneficiaries visit a dentist each year.

The panel of four dentists told the U.S. Senate Help, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee that other changes are needed as well to reduce the gap in consistent dental care for all Americans, including removing the barrier between health care and dentistry as well as bolstering affordable treatment for underserved communities.

The dentists also told senators that better outreach and education are needed to ensure people understand how missing regular checkups can have negative repercussions on their physical health.


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Uber launches service

that can help with eldercare




By Jessica Hall

Transportation to medical appointments or medical errands can be arranged by app and paid for with health insurance

For the millions of caregivers in the U.S., getting a loved one to a doctor's appointment just got easier with the help of a new service from ride-hailing app Uber.

Through a new tool from Uber (UBER), called Uber Caregiver, people providing care can arrange for transportation for appointments or help restock essentials for a loved one.

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73 best discounts

for ages 50+:

Where to save money

for active agers,

seniors and retirees



BY HEATHER PETTY

While senior discounts aren’t as standard as they’ve been in the past, you can still save money just for managing to make it to your 50s. And let’s face it, there’s been a bit of chaos to survive in each year of those five-plus decades. You deserve it.

So, whether you’re ready to associate the word senior with your current age bracket or not, simply flashing your ID could save you money on groceries, travel, entertainment and more.

To celebrate Older Americans Month — and help you find the best deals, rates and prices out there — we put our research nose to the grindstone to dig up the top discounts across national and regional chains, retailers and services.

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61% of older adults

would choose

preserving savings

over growing wealth —

could you be

playing it too safe?




By Chris Clark


A recent survey by Global Atlantic Financial Group finds a staggering two-thirds of respondents aged 55-75 indicated a preference for protecting their existing savings over seeking wealth growth — the wounds still fresh from anxiety-inducing market losses during the pandemic bear market.

Global Atlantic’s study of retirement-age investors with at least $250,000 in investable assets revealed a clear shift toward stability, guaranteed income, and protection.

The study found that 65% of respondents want a retirement plan with guaranteed income for life. Nearly half prioritized protecting assets from losses, with 69% reporting discussing loss-prevention strategies with their advisers.

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How a Dozen Smart Home Devices 

Allow One Savvy Septuagenarian 

to Age in Place

By Rachel Cericola

Anne Madison, 73, lives in a seniors community outside of Baltimore, Maryland. She also happens to be a big fan of smart-home devices, which is how we came to know her.

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8 BEST GIFTS FOR 

VISUALLY IMPAIRED 

SENIORS

BY SOHAIL AHMED 


It can be challenging to buy a gift for your senior family members or friends who have visual impairment. You want gifts to be useful and make your loved one’s life easier.

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As old folks we have a tendency to look upon the past as some magical time when everything was better and the world made sense. We believe back then, the cars were made better, the clothes were “sharper” and the music was cooler. The girls were more “girlie” and the boys more “gentlemanly’.” We had better programs on TV and better DJ’s on the radio. Our schools were a place where we were taught all we needed and we respected our teachers unequivocally. Life, in general, was better. It certainly was much simpler. Or was it really?

As we reflect on our youth, it is easy to fall into the trap of nostalgia and view the past through rose-tinted glasses. We remember the good times, the moments of joy and excitement, and conveniently forget the challenges and hardships that also existed. While it is true that certain aspects of the past may have had their merits, it is important to critically examine whether life was truly better or if our perception is clouded by sentimentality.

When it comes to cars, for example, we may recall the sturdy build and durability of older models. However, we often overlook the lack of safety features and advancements in technology that modern vehicles offer. While clothing styles may have been more elegant and refined, they were often restrictive and limited in terms of comfort and practicality. Similarly, while the music of our youth may hold a special place in our hearts, it is important to acknowledge the diverse and innovative music that continues to be produced today.

The notion of girls being more feminine and boys being more chivalrous is a reflection of societal norms and expectations of the time. While it may have appeared desirable on the surface, it also perpetuated gender stereotypes and limited individual expression and freedom. Today, we strive for equality and inclusivity, recognizing the importance of breaking free from rigid gender roles.

Television programs and radio DJ’s of the past may have provided us with a sense of familiarity and comfort, but it is crucial to recognize the vast array of entertainment options available today. With the advent of the internet and streaming services, we have access to a wide range of content that caters to diverse interests and preferences.

Regarding education, while we may have held our teachers in high regard, it is important to acknowledge that educational systems have evolved over time. Today, there is a greater emphasis on critical thinking, creativity, and adaptability, preparing students for the complexities of the modern world. While we may have fond memories of our school days, it is essential to recognize that education is an ongoing process that continues to evolve and improve.

Life, in general, is a complex tapestry of experiences, and it is unfair to compare different eras as inherently better or worse. Each period has its own unique challenges and opportunities. It is important to appreciate the advancements and progress that have been made while also acknowledging the flaws and shortcomings of the past. By embracing a balanced perspective, we can better appreciate the present and work towards creating a future that is truly better for all....



Editor’s note: The MAGA or “Make America Great Again” movement, has a very different view of the past that goes far beyond cars, clothes or music. They may say they want America to return to its admittedly one-time glory, but what they really mean is they want us to go back in time when the white, middle-class male was king and the hell with the rest.










Few health plans have
dedicated Alzheimer’s 
and dementia care
management strategy




By Noah Tong


Health plans and value-based care organizations are ill-prepared to help patients with Alzheimer’s Disease or related dementia.

Just 4% of respondents in a recent survey of 50 senior leaders working for health payers said their organization has a fully developed strategy in place to help patients with Alzheimer's disease or dementia, yet 77% said they acknowledge helping these individuals is a “very” or “highly” urgent priority. The survey’s results highlight the major disparity between what patients need and how plans are helping.

The report, from healthcare advisory firm Sage Growth Partners, was commissioned by Together Senior Health, a brain health company that partners with Medicare Advantage health plans and accountable care organizations.

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19 Things 
You Didn't Know 
Your Smartphone 
Could Do






By Edward C. Baig

Smartphones have become the Swiss Army knives of technology, going way beyond making and receiving calls while you're on the go.

Yes, they're often described as a minicomputer in your pocket. But you also have a radio, a flashlight — even a level for when you're doing handiwork around the house.

As smartphones added new features through the years, people began relying on them to take pictures, be their address book, wake them up in the morning and manage their appointments. More than 6 in 7 people age 50 and older own a smartphone, according to a January 2023 AARP Research report.

But your smartphone can do much more. Here are 19 additional ways to use your iPhone or Android device and how to tap into those capabilities. All of the features are either baked into your phone already or available as free downloads from Apple's App Store or the Google Play store for Android.

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The Importance of 
Adequate Protein Intake 
for Muscle Health 
in Older Adults






By Zara Nwosu


As we age, maintaining muscle health and function becomes increasingly important. A crucial element for this is protein, an essential nutrient our bodies require for a variety of tasks, including muscle building and repair. Recent research underscores the significance of sufficient protein intake, particularly in individuals aged 55 and above, as inadequate protein consumption can negatively impact the muscles related to posture and movement within just a week.

Protein’s Role in Muscle Health:  

A study highlighted by Medriva reveals that insufficient protein intake can have detrimental effects on muscle health in older adults. Protein is not only vital for muscle growth and bone strength, but it is also integral to overall bodily function. There is a clear correlation between protein intake and muscle development, with higher protein intake proving beneficial for muscle recovery and growth post-exercise. Moreover, protein supplementation can positively influence the cardiovascular, endocrine, and renal systems. However, it’s important to note that excessive protein consumption can lead to potential health risks and should be avoided.

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More People Are Choosing 
Continuing Care 
Retirement Communities
—This Is Why




By Lauren Giella


As people age, planning long-term care becomes a daunting task for many seniors and their families. Across the country, continuing care retirement communities, or CCRCs, are working every day to ease that stress and worry.

A continuing care retirement community, also known as a life plan community, is not simply a nursing or retirement home. They are long-term care options where residents stay on the same campus as they age and their medical needs evolve.

While a resident might move into a home or apartment, the community will provide a continuum of care that adapts to each resident as they transition through different phases of life—from independent living to assisted living, memory care or skilled nursing care.

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Hip-focused 
physical therapy
reduces chronic 
low back pain
for older adults, 
finds clinical trial




By Tracey Bryant

Hicks, a research champion aiming to improve the health of older adults, is shown monitoring treatment with physical therapist Natasha Lobo at the Physical Therapy Clinic on UD’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus. Credit: Ashley Barnas/University of Delaware
When the University of Delaware's Gregory Hicks started his research career two decades ago, he was one of only a few people in the United States studying chronic low back pain in people over 60 years old.

Fast-forward to today, the research on back pain has ramped up, yet studies of older adults with the problem are still sparse.

"Unfortunately, the societal attitude is that older people don't warrant the same level of care that younger people do when it comes to musculoskeletal problems," said Hicks, Distinguished Professor of Health Sciences at UD. "But I don't believe that for a minute."

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Why Do We Get Brain Freeze?

Scientifically known as sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia, brain freeze is caused by a rapid change in blood flow to the brain’s vessels when exposed to cold substances. Amaal Starling, MD, a neurologist at the Mayo Clinic, describes the process behind brain freeze: “There are blood vessels that are inside the mouth in the back of the throat, and then when they are rapidly exposed to something very cold, they constrict or become smaller,” Dr. Starling says. “This initial constriction is quickly followed by dilation. When those blood vessels rapidly change size like that, it activates the pain receptors.”









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“I only sleep with people I love, 
which is why I have insomnia.”

― Emilie Autumn,







Social Security 
benefits report
confirms major changes 
are coming

Legislative intervention is required 
to avoid reduced benefits,
 but there are many options.





By Jeffrey Quiggle

A report recently released by the Social Security and Medicare Boards of Trustees confirmed last year's findings that a key trust fund will be exhausted in 2033.

But that doesn't mean reductions in benefits are inevitable. In fact, Secretary of the Treasury Janet Yellen and other officials emphasized that point in a message to the public associated with the report.

"Lawmakers have many options for changes that would reduce or eliminate the long-term financing shortfalls," the officials wrote. "Taking action sooner rather than later will allow consideration of a broader range of solutions and provide more time to phase in changes so that the public has adequate time to prepare."

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Senior-care referral site
‘A Place for Mom’
stays mum on neglect

In some states, more than a 
third of the 
popular website’s most 
highly recommended 
facilities have been cited for 
substandard care, 
The Washington Post found.





By Christopher Rowland, Steven Rich, Todd C. Frankel and Douglas MacMillan

When families search the internet for senior-care homes, they inevitably come upon A Place for Mom. The site says it helps 700,000 people every year.

It calls itself the nation’s leading “trusted advisory service,” but in reality A Place for Mom is a referral service that is paid large fees by assisted-living facilities and does not independently assess their records. More than a third of its most highly recommended facilities in 28 states were cited for neglect or substandard care in the past two years, many of them repeatedly, according to a Washington Post review of inspection reports.

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Many Older Americans
Get Care Outside of
Doctor's Office, Poll Finds




By Dennis Thompson

Most seniors have embraced “doc-in-a-box” strip mall clinics and urgent care centers as a means of getting prompt medical care, a new poll has found.

About 60% of people ages 50 to 80 have visited an urgent care center or a retail health clinic during the past two years -- even though those sort of options weren't available earlier in their lives.

“The rapid rise in availability of these kinds of clinics, which typically offer walk-in convenience, expanded hours and self-scheduling of appointments in locations close to home, work or shopping, has transformed the American health care landscape in less than two decades,” said Dr. Jeffrey Kullgren, director of the University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging.

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Here are 5 
superfoods
that promote 
healthy aging
in older adults





Maintaining a healthy diet during older years can promote healthy aging and protect the body against diseases that older adults are at higher risk for, such as dementia and heart disease. Incorporating superfoods such as berries and nuts into an everyday diet may be beneficial to healthy aging.

“Good nutrition across the lifespan helps prevent chronic disease — and we know that it’s never too late to make improvements to support healthy aging. Older adults are at greater risk of chronic diseases, such as heart disease and cancer — as well as health conditions related to changes in muscle and bone mass, such as osteoporosis,” reports the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“The good news is that this population can mitigate some of these risks by eating nutrient-dense foods and maintaining an active lifestyle.”

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Low Testosterone 
in Men
Linked with Higher Risk 
of Death






A study has found that low testosterone in men was linked with a higher risk of dying.

Those with very low testosterone have a higher risk of dying from CVD.

This might be because low testosterone is associated with certain CVD risk factors.

Low testosterone can be detected with a simple blood test.

Treatment may involve lifestyle changes or hormone replacement therapy.
While the sex hormone testosterone tends to be most associated in people’s minds with the development of male characteristics and a healthy desire for sex in both men and women, it plays other roles related to muscle size and bone strength.

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In Other News......

VACATIONS FOR SENIORS 
WITH LIMITED MOBILITY

Are you or a loved one eager to go on a vacation but find that limited mobility poses a challenge? The desire to explore and create memories knows no age limit, and thankfully, there are tailored vacation options designed specifically for seniors facing mobility constraints.

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McDonald’s announces 
‘Grandma McFlurry’: 
But what’s in it?
By Talia Naquin, Michael Bartiromo

McDonald’s is releasing a new McFlurry said to be inspired by — and celebrating — grandmas.

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At The A.L.F...





I've got a small sink in my room, in addition to the one in my bathroom. Although I don't use it often, I make sure to clean it with stainless steel cleaner every week or so. Just the other day, while I was doing my cleaning routine, I noticed something strange. The drain stopper, that little thing that lets the sink fill up with water, was nowhere to be found. I searched all around the sink, checked the overhead cabinet and even my dresser, but it had vanished. It was definitely there a day or two ago, so what could have happened to it? The only logical explanation is that someone must have taken it. While it may not be a huge deal to lose a drain stopper, unfortunately, theft of personal belongings is a serious issue here at the A.L.F. It's a topic that often goes unspoken when discussing the decision to move to assisted living. 

Security is always the top concern. Nobody can enter or leave without being noticed. A close eye is kept on every corner of the building with CCTV cameras, and only residents and authorized staff have access to the residents' rooms. However, it's surprising that things frequently disappear, and it's not just insignificant items like drain plugs. Items of more value have been reported stolen.

Despite the constant reminders for residents to avoid leaving money or jewelry unattended, they still do so, and mysteriously, these items go missing. However, it's not just cash, rings, or bracelets that are "lost." More frequently, it's clothing items like coats, sweaters, and even shoes that are reported stolen. So, the question remains: who is responsible for taking them and what does the facility do to remedy the situation?

The facility upgraded its security system from traditional key entry to electronic fob-like devices for enhanced safety measures. This transition enables the facility to track door access and monitor who opens them. Regrettably, often a theft incident only gets reported by the resident days after the occurrence, making it challenging to determine the exact time of the theft. This delay in reporting provides an opportunity for potential thieves to take advantage of the situation, relying on the resident not being believed to commit their crime without detection or consequences.

Just to be clear, I've never had anything stolen from me. It's probably because I don't leave valuable items lying around or have expensive clothes in my closet. But there's another reason too. I don't come across as an easy target. Basically, a potential thief would know that I'd notice if something went missing and report it right away. Unfortunately, not everyone in our community can say the same. Some residents are vulnerable due to cognitive decline, making them easy targets for theft.

In conclusion, it is crucial to recognize and address the vulnerability of individuals with cognitive decline in our community. By fostering a supportive and vigilant environment, educating both the vulnerable residents and their caregivers, and collaborating with law enforcement, we can work towards minimizing the risk of theft and ensuring the safety and well-being of all community members. However, none of this explains the whereabouts of my drain plug.







Scientists Reveal 
the Hobbies
That Improve 
Older Adults' Health




By Jess Thomson

Many people associate doing something creative with relaxation and a sense of calm, and it turns out that science agrees.

Participating in art-making as you age is good for your mental well-being, according to new research in the journal Frontiers Public Health.

This study investigated the association between art and mental health among 2,843 adults born between 1946 and 1964. 

The data showed that the adults who had performed any recreational art activities during the year-long study saw significantly better mental health and physical health afterward than those who didn't do any art.

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7 WAYS TO MANAGE 
VARICOSE VEINS




BY SOPHIE CHUNG

Noticing varicose veins in the mirror can be upsetting for some. While they aren’t exactly the most welcome companion, there’s often a way to deal with them so you can feel more confident. But what are varicose veins and how can you manage them?

Varicose veins are veins that are swollen and enlarged. They’re most commonly seen in the legs and feet and are usually dark blue or purple in colour, with a bumpy or bulging appearance. Often, they don’t do any harm other than being an unwelcome physical appearance.

However, if you start to notice that your legs feel heavy and uncomfortable, then varicose veins could be the culprit. Other common symptoms include swollen feet and ankles, muscle cramps, dry skin around the veins, and throbbing in the legs.

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AI for the Elderly:
Transforming Senior Care 
Through Innovation





The integration of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in elderly care marks a significant leap towards innovative and efficient healthcare solutions. As the global elderly population continues to swell, the strain on traditional care systems intensifies. According to the World Health Organization, the proportion of the world’s population over 60 years will nearly double from 12% to 22% by 2050. This demographic shift calls for an urgent reevaluation of care strategies, where AI emerges as a pivotal element.

AI for the elderly isn’t just a technological advancement; it’s a compassionate approach to addressing the multifaceted needs of senior citizens. From monitoring health vitals to providing companionship, AI’s role is multifarious. This blog explores how AI technologies are revolutionizing elderly care, creating a synergy between high-tech solutions and the human touch.

The Current State of Elderly Care and the Role of AI

Elderly care currently faces a myriad of challenges, including limited resources, increasing healthcare costs, and a growing demand for personalized care. Traditional caregiving methods struggle to keep pace with the complex needs of an aging population. In this context, AI offers a beacon of hope. AI-powered solutions are reshaping elderly care, providing scalable, efficient, and more humane care options.

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What are senior apartments?
Experts explain 
the independent living option
for older adults



Senior apartment living is different from 
assisted living and nursing homes 
in a number of ways. 
Here, industry experts 
break everything down.




By Nicole Fabian-Weber


When it comes to senior living and housing communities, there are a number of options, ranging from 55 and older and continuing care retirement communities to assisted living, nursing homes and beyond. While an aging adult’s needs and support levels are big deciding factors, one option that provides both independence and amenities that cater to older adults is senior living apartments.

More hands-off than assisted living and nursing homes, senior apartments allow residents to “benefit from retaining their independence while being part of a community,” explains Robert Lowry, vice president of Sunny Hills in Sebring and Homestead, Florida. “They have activities at hand at these types of facilities, which promote a healthy and sociable lifestyle.” 

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LOOKING FOR FRIENDLY 
BOOMER DESTINATIONS?
HERE ARE 3 YOU 
WILL SURELY ENJOY




BY JANE AND DUNCAN DEMPSTER-SMITH

We have been travelling the world full time since 2013, and we have found some friendly travel destinations that we have enjoyed. We think that you will enjoy them too.

The Must-Haves

But first, let’s consider the most important features that gain our attention. Our check list includes:


Safe for travelers:

Good to travel to in spring and autumn without breaking the bank;
Great food choices and walking tours – our favourite things that we enjoy doing when we arrive into a new place;
Reasonable accommodation in the city centre
Safe and reliable public transportation
Additional offerings, e.g., history, culture, architecture;
The destination’s most well-known characteristics;
Ease of getting there, e.g., international or local airport, train station, bus station....

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Americans Sleeping Less, 
More Stressed


For the first time in Gallup polling since 2001, a majority of U.S. adults, 57%, say they would feel better if they got more sleep, while 42% say they get as much sleep as they need. This is nearly a reversal of the figures last measured in 2013, when 56% of Americans got the sleep they needed and 43% did not.

Americans’ perception that they aren’t getting enough sleep is borne out by the diminished number of hours of sleep they report getting per night.

These differences in average sleep reflect substantial changes over time in the percentage of U.S. adults sleeping eight or more versus five hours or less per night. In 1942, 59% were getting eight-plus hours of sleep, while only 3% reported getting five hours or less. By 1990, the percentage reporting eight or more hours had fallen to 27%, while the proportion getting five or less was up to 14%. Today, a quarter are still getting eight-plus hours, but the percentage getting five or less has risen to 20%.

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“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, 
It cannot save the few who are rich.”

― John F. Kennedy
[Inaugural Address, January 20 1961]





Medicare Advantage 
to Be Radically Changed 
Under New Plan




By Suzanne Blake


For years, seniors have complained about prior authorization requirements under some Medicare Advantage plans. The privatized version of Medicare often provides lower out-of-pocket costs but forces patients to choose between pre-approved healthcare providers.

And in many cases, seniors on Medicare Advantage have to get prior authorization approval to access the treatments they need.

All that would change if Democratic Rhode Island Senator Sheldon Whitehouse's plan gets passed.

 
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Elder Abuse Is Easy to Miss

Here is what to look for 
if you suspect a caregiver —
whether a relative or
 a professional —
is mistreating a loved one





By Leida Snow

People are living longer in their own homes outside of nursing homes or other institutional settings, which means that at some point each of us is likely to be a caregiver or looking for continuing health care for a loved one or ourselves.

Costs can be staggering. Finding reliable, consistent and safe care is often a matter of luck. Indeed, family members and in-home professionals — people who are most likely to be trusted — are responsible for most elder abuse, according to the National Council on Aging.

The problem is poised to grow as more Americans live longer and want to live at home. U.S. Census Bureau data says one in six Americans were over the age of 65 in 2020. More than 88% of older adults live in their own homes , says the the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard, and almost all of them want to stay at home, AARP surveys have found.

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How to reduce
assisted living facility costs,
according to experts





By Dori Zinn

Whether you choose retirement or you can no longer work, it might be time to start thinking about long-term care, including assisted living facility costs. After all, this type of care can come with a high price tag, so it's important to know what you can and can't afford — and what your plans are for this type of care in the future. 

For example, assisted living facilities costs average about $54,000 annually, according to the National Council on Aging. And, keep in mind that where you live, the type of facility you live in and your level of care all determine those costs, so they can vary significantly depending on those and other factors.

While not all long-term care results in assisted living facility needs, you might find that this type of care is crucial to meet your needs in the long run. But because it comes with a hefty price tag, it's important to find ways to reduce those costs if you can.

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What you need 
to know
about aging 
in place at home





By HELEN DENNIS

Q. Two elderly gentlemen in their 80s live next door to us with no children and with no relatives or friends close by. They have substantial money and feel they will be OK staying at home. One of the men is showing signs of dementia; the other is unaware of future issues. Their home is a small 1920s home with a small bathroom, is not wheelchair accessible and there is no place for a ramp. I am concerned as a good neighbor and physical therapist. Could you write a column about assessing your living space and needs for the future? 

You are referring to what is called aging in place. It means staying in your home as long as you can instead of using other options. These options may include assisted living or continuing-care communities, home sharing or what is referred to as active aging communities. 

We know that most people want to age in their own homes surrounded by loved ones, friends and their community. Some folks love their homes, and the ambience, memories and location they’ve grown accustomed to. And then there is having a sense of control and familiarity with the space. 


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ARE YOU RETIRED
AND NEED/WANT
TO GO BACK TO WORK?
ADVICE FROM A
CAREER COACH!




BY DEBORAH VOLL

In addition to coaching mid-career women who want to change things up or the stay-at-home moms who are going back to the workplace, I’ve had a new kind of wonderful client come to see me. This is the retired woman who wants to go back into the workplace.

So, whether you need to create extra income, or you want to jump back into the workplace because you’re bored or want new challenges… you’ve come to the right place.

Some retired women want to start a business, others want to go back into the workplace but in an entirely new field. Others want a pleasant or fun job to generate some extra money for vacations or special projects. Some women want to go back full time, and others prefer part-time hours or seasonal opportunities.

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In Other News…

10 Tech Tips for Seniors: 
How to Master Your Devices

DON'T LET YOUR AGE STOP YOU FROM STAYING CONNECTED.

By LAUREN GRAY

Today's rapid rate of technological advancement would be unrecognizable to people from centuries past. Back then, the skills you learned in childhood or young adulthood would generally serve you throughout your life. By contrast, as current technologies quickly become obsolete, many seniors struggle to keep up with the never-ending list of new tech gadgets, apps, and features.

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It’s impossible to accurately determine the exact number of individuals who are ardent supporters of Trump and would support him regardless of the outcome of the numerous indictments against him. However, it is evident that there is a significant number of such supporters, possibly in the millions. This raises the question of why a considerable portion of the population admires someone who is considered a scoundrel.

One factor that contributes to Trump's enduring support is his ability to connect with his base on an emotional level. Throughout his political career, Trump has successfully tapped into the frustrations and grievances of a significant portion of the population who feel marginalized or ignored by the political establishment. By presenting himself as an outsider and a champion of their concerns, he has cultivated a devoted following that remains steadfast in their support, regardless of the legal challenges he faces.

As we write this post, Michael Cohen (Trump's former personal attorney) is on the stand in New York testifying that Trump paid off an adult film star in order to assure her silence of the affair so that his image would not be blemished as he prepared to run for President of the United States. And, the money to pay her off came from a business he formed for the sole purpose of hiding the pay-off. According to Mr. Cohen, he didn’t care what his wife (Melania) knew or didn’t know. Only how it looked to the public. Whether you believe Mr. Cohen or not, his testimony should raise at least so doubt as to Trump’s honesty and morals. And yet, if you ask a dyed-in-the-wool Trump supporter, they either don’t believe you or don’t care, why? Because Trump's brash and unapologetic style may resonate with their own beliefs or aspirations, leading them to overlook or rationalize any negative aspects of his character.

What can we gather from this about America today? Well, it speaks volumes, and unfortunately, most of it isn't positive. The role of a president is to embody and uphold the hopes and values of the majority of the population. They are meant to be the face of our nation. However, when all people see is a corrupt, sexist, dishonest fool who could potentially become a dictator representing a country that has always championed human rights and equality, we have a serious issue on our hands. And that issue starts with a certain letter "T" and could lead us all down a disastrous path if he gets reelected... ……











More patients 
are losing their doctors –
and their trust In 
the primary care system




By Lynn Arditi

First, her favorite doctor in Providence, R.I. retired. Then her other doctor, at a health center a few miles away, left the practice. Now, Piedad Fred has developed a new chronic condition: distrust in the American medical system.

"I don't know,'' she said, eyes filling up. "To go to a doctor that doesn't know who you are? That doesn't know what allergies you have, the medicines that make you feel bad? It's difficult...I know that I feel cheated, sad, and like I have my hands tied.''

At 71, she has never been vaccinated against COVID-19. She no longer gets an annual flu shot. And she hasn't even considered whether to be vaccinated against the respiratory syncytial virus, or RSV, even though her age and asthma put her at higher risk of severe infection.

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Three Key Elements of 
a Solid Retirement Plan


A good plan isn’t just about the size of your nest egg. 
It’s also about how you manage these three things: 
taxes, investment strategy and income planning.




BY SCOTT NOBLE


Here’s an alarming statistic from an Allianz Life study: Four in 10 Americans say they don’t have a financial plan for retirement and will just figure it out when they get there.

Are you one of those 40% who will wing it? Don’t be. The downside of poor or no planning is that your retirement likely will fall short financially of what it might have been. It is worth your time — especially when considering your decades of hard work — to thoroughly consider each of the financial aspects that will impact your retirement and devise a plan that will allow you to maximize your enjoyment of it.

Some people fail to plan properly for retirement because they have confidence in their retirement savings and ignore other elements of a solid retirement plan. Perhaps even more due diligence than what was required to build savings consistently over time is necessary with retirement planning because pre-retirees need to focus on how they can make their money last in retirement.

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Not sure what to do 
with your 401(k)?
Maybe Warren Buffett 
can help you.




By Richard Eisenberg
 

In a year like 2023, when the S&P 500 SPX was up about 23% and corporate bond funds had total returns of 8% or so, it’s been easy to be a bull-market genius. But since many years aren’t so terrific (looking at you, 2022), you may want to read books to make you smarter about investing, especially managing your portfolio in retirement.

Figuring out how to invest your retirement portfolio wisely can be challenging when leaving a full-time job. As the three scholars who wrote the Financial Services Review paper “The Pros and Cons of Remaining in a 401(k) Plan After Retirement” said, most 401(k) participants “are likely to lack the skills to do a good job constructing their own portfolios without advice.”

I’d like to recommend three helpful new books that have a common principle: Invest for the long term.


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Social Security rule 
for beneficiaries
who keep working is 
‘poorly understood,’ 
report finds



By Lorie Konish



KEY POINTS:

Today’s Social Security beneficiaries may move in and out of the workforce before fully retiring.
That may trigger a rule called the retirement earnings test, which can temporarily reduce benefits.

But those claimants should understand that their Social Security benefits may be temporarily reduced due to the income they earn.

That Social Security rule — the retirement earnings test — is “poorly understood by the public,” finds a new report from the Social Security Advisory Board, a bipartisan, independent federal agency.


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90% Of Lower-Income 
Adults Over 50
Have Nothing Saved 
For Their Retirement
As Millions 
Near Retirement Age




By Jeannine Mancini


A massive number of lower-income workers over 50 have little to no savings for retirement, according to a recent analysis by the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO).

The study, examining data from the Federal Reserve’s Survey of Consumer Finances, highlights a major contrast between low-income workers and their high-income counterparts in terms of retirement savings.

The GAO found that only 10% of low-income workers aged 51 to 64 had retirement savings in 2019, a decline from 20% in 2007. This group, with median earnings of approximately $19,000 annually, contrasts with high-income Americans, who earn about $282,000 per year and have seen their median retirement assets nearly double to $605,000 over the same period.

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SOCIAL SECURITY FACT

Over their lifetimes, most people get more from Social Security and Medicare (which is also partially funded by payroll tax contributions) than they pay in, according to analyses by the Urban Institute, a nonpartisan think tank. Still, you might think of Social Security less like saving for retirement — there are other vehicles for that — and more like an earned benefit the government promises to pay so you have at least some income in your later years.







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“Naming your child Wiseman
 does not guarantee 
that he will someday be 
a wise man … 
or even just a man.”

― Mokokoma Mokhonoana









Biden campaign
steps up efforts
to convince older voters
to abandon Trump





By Ross O'Keefe

President Joe Biden’s campaign is escalating its outreach to senior citizens in a maneuver to flip a voting group that usually votes Republican.

Those outreach efforts include bingo games organized by volunteers in swing states and running ads during shows favored by older voters like the Price is Right. 

Voters 65 and older have historically supported Republicans in the last two election cycles, but former President Donald Trump saw older voters’ support decrease from 2016 to 2020. A recent poll indicated Biden, who is four years older than Trump at 81, is leading Trump among older voters, 51% to 42%.

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Seniors and breast cancer:
Why aren’t older women
told to get mammograms?

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
recommends screenings for women
starting at 40 through age 74




By Melissa Rudy


The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) announced on April 30 that women between ages 40 and 74 should get mammograms every other year.

This is a significant change from previous guidelines, which said women should begin biennial mammograms at age 50, but could opt to begin as young as 40.

Some experts object to the fact that the agency doesn’t include official screening recommendations for women older than 74.

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Some older Americans splurge
to keep homes accessible
while others struggle
to make safety upgrades





By ANNE D'INNOCENZIO


Brenda Edwards considers the four bedroom ranch-style house where she has lived for 20 years her forever home. It's where the 70-year-old retired nurse and her 79-year-old husband want to stay as their mobility becomes more limited.

So she hired an interior designer for $20,000 and spent another $95,000 to retrofit their house in Oakdale, California. She had the kitchen aisles widened to accommodate a wheelchair in case she or her husband ever need one. The bathroom now has a walk-in steam shower and an electronic toilet seat that cleans the user when activated.

“We felt comfortable," Edwards said in explaining why the couple decided to invest in the property instead of downsizing. "We have a pool. We have a spa. We just put a lot of love and effort into this yard. We want to stay."

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In sickness and in health,
older couples mostly
make Medicare moves together





Older Americans who enroll in Medicare or change their coverage do so as individuals, even if they're married or live with a partner. But a new study suggests the need for more efforts to help both members of a couple weigh and choose their options together.


The study, published in JAMA by a team from the University of Michigan, focused on half of older adults enrolled in Medicare Advantage plans run by private insurance companies. It finds a close linkage between both members of a couple in both the decision to stay in the same plan and to change to another Medicare Advantage plan or switch to traditional Medicare run by the federal government.

"Being a member of a couple and sticking to the partner's enrollment decisions was more important than any other factor in predicting whether a person with Medicare Advantage would change insurance coverage for the next year," said Lianlian Lei, Ph.D., the lead author of the study and an assistant professor of psychiatry at the U-M Medical School.

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NATIONAL PARK
BUS TOURS 
FOR SENIORS



BY SANDRA ROUSSY

If you’re a senior with a thirst for adventure and a love for the great outdoors, a National Park bus tour can be the ultimate way to explore the breathtaking landscapes and hidden gems of America’s iconic national parks.

These curated bus tours cater to your unique needs and interests, ensuring a safe and comfortable travel experience. Leave the worries of logistics and planning behind as you step aboard the bus, where every detail has been meticulously arranged to make this adventure truly memorable.

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In other news:

Hey kids, 
seniors don’t feel that old
BY BILL DUNN 

As an official senior citizen, I’ve noticed the biggest misconception young people have about old people is this: young people assume that old folks have been old for so long that our default setting is “geezer.” That is: we are old people, we think like old people, we act like old people, and we have no understanding of what it’s like to be a young person.

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Smart Ways 
to Help Your 
Adult Children's 
Financial Lives

Start by familiarizing them with financial concepts, 
digging them out of debt and seeding their savings

By Lucy Lazarony

Joanne Burke is a Certified Financial Planner in Vienna, Virginia, and a mom with two 20-something adult children. She is helping them by planning and investing for their futures.

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With Seniors, 
it’s mobility
That determines 
quality of life

It is often said that good health is the most valuable possession one can have. However, in addition to health and wealth, mobility plays a crucial role in determining the quality of life, especially as we grow older.

When we were young, we never really appreciated our freedom of movement. We would simply wake up, get dressed, hop in our car, bike, or motorcycle, and off we'd go. We could even walk for miles if needed, and using public transportation was never a big deal. We had the luxury of going wherever we pleased, whenever we pleased, without any second thoughts. It truly embodied the essence of genuine freedom. Little did we realize that this ability to move independently from one place to another could be taken away from us. Sadly, for many older adults, the harsh reality of losing something we once took for granted becomes all too real. The freedom to explore, to wander, and to experience the world on our own terms becomes a distant memory, replaced by the limitations imposed by age and physical decline.

As an individual who walked everywhere, I was completely unprepared for the challenges that awaited me. Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that something as natural as walking would suddenly become a significant concern, dictating the course of my life. For those who are unaware, using a mobility aid is just one of the many obstacles one must face. Alongside the cane, walker, or wheelchair, there is an entire realm of planning that must be undertaken in order to simply go somewhere. Will there be ramps or stairs? How far is the entrance from the parking spot? Can public transportation accommodate my walker? And these are merely the initial considerations. The others being, will I have the stamina to make I to my destination and how exhausted will I be when I get there? I have passed on many outside trips and excursions because I knew I would be too tired to do much of anything.

Despite these challenges, I learned to adapt and find strength within myself. While the challenges of relying on mobility aids were unexpected and at times overwhelming, they also taught me resilience and perseverance. I learned to appreciate the small victories and celebrate the progress I made, no matter how incremental. Walking may have become a major obstacle in my life, but it also became a catalyst for personal growth and a reminder of the strength that lies within.  








WANT TO LIVE LONGER?
LEARN TO BREAK
AGEIST STEREOTYPES




BY CATHERINE STIFTER


I love to walk. I’ve travelled to many beautiful places on foot. Whether climbing to the rocky summit of a mountain, standing at the base of a refreshing waterfall or just taking a stroll around the block, walking brings me sanity and joy. It’s a non-negotiable part of my daily movement practice.

So when we checked into our southern California campground a few weeks ago, I inquired about local hikes. The ranger, a woman who looked to be about my age, handed me a copy of a hand-drawn map of trails through the oaks and chaparral in the hills above the campground. She pointed out the location of historic grinding rocks used by people of the Kumeyaay nation to process acorns.

And then, with a withering look, she cautioned, “But, all these trails are very up and down.” I felt myself bristling at her assumption that I might not be fit for such adventure. I said, perhaps a bit too forcefully, “That’s exactly what I’m looking for!” 

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4 Major Drug Shortages
That Could Affect You in 2024




BY ABBY REINHARD

In today's world, we expect what we need to be available when we need it. That mindset certainly applies to the different medications we're prescribed, which can be debilitating to go without. But now, the U.S. is facing an onslaught of drug shortages, with over 300 drugs in short supply as of late spring—the highest number in a decade. Making matters worse, the average shortage impacts a least half a million people, according to an Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) report to Congress. And we could see several drug shortages continue in 2024.

Drug shortages "are an ongoing concern in the U.S.," per the ASPE report, impacting consumers via "higher out-of-pocket costs, higher insurance premiums, and adverse health outcomes." Beyond this, in an opinion piece for The New York Times, Emily Tucker, PhD, assistant professor of industrial engineering at Clemson University, pointed out that the average shortages aren't usually "short," lasting approximately 1.5 years, and substitute medications aren't always the best option for patients.

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New Love 
for Older Adults:
Don’t Make the Same 
Financial Mistakes

If you find yourself getting ready to get 
hitched again (or for the first time), consider 
taking steps to protect yourself financially.




BY NEALE GODFREY

We are hearing a lot about the ABC reality show The Golden Bachelor and how older people are finding new love and new mates. Plastic surgery aside, these people are supposed to represent the new older generation of vibrant and active adults who have a lot of life still to live. Other than hearts, hugs and hot tubs, have you thought about how you are going to pay for your new longer love life?

Does age create financial wisdom?

Babies born today have more than a 50% chance of living to be over 105. If you are an older person, you are also expected to live longer than you may have thought. An American man who turns 70 today will live to be 85, on average, and a woman will live to 87, according to a study published by the American Journal of Public Health. This changes the landscape for the possibility of outliving your money. And we see this as 43% of people are scared that they haven’t saved enough.

Here is an example cited by USA Today: “Let’s say a man retires at 65 with $250,000 in savings. If he scrimps and spends it down at a rate of only $30,000 a year, the money might last him to age 73½. But longevity tables say he can expect to live another decade.”

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Americans Over 70
Hold More Than 30%
of the Country’s Wealth



By Alex Tanzi

Most don’t work anymore, but Americans age 70 and older have seen their share of collective wealth surge during the pandemic.

As a group, these older baby boomers have accumulated more than $14 trillion in additional net worth since the end 2019, based on Federal Reserve data. Their share of the country’s wealth has jumped to a record 30% last quarter, even though they account for 11% of the population.

The aging population helps explain some of the gains: There are about 2.3 million more people over 70 in the country than in 2019. But one major driver was the surge in home values and stocks during the pandemic, which benefited older generations most likely to own a house — or two — and hold equities or mutual funds.

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Senior Citizens 
Rediscover Love:
A Return to 
Traditional Dating





By: Sakchi Khandelwal


In a delightful twist to contemporary dating culture, an increasing number of senior citizens are choosing to embrace the dating scene, favoring traditional methods like mixers and speed-dating events over digital platforms. One such individual, Lynn Phillips, a spry 62-year-old, recently attended a speed-dating event held at the Romeoville Public Library just outside of Chicago.

The Human Connection

Phillips, like many of her contemporaries, prefers the authenticity of in-person connections over the impersonal nature of dating apps. The event she attended was organized by the Chicago Seniors Social Meetup, a group that caters to active seniors over 70 and promotes various social activities.

From wearing ugly holiday sweaters and belting out tunes at karaoke nights, to enjoying happy hour deals at Gold Coast Social, or supporting a comedian friend at the Lakeview Taproom and Coffee House, these events are designed to facilitate new connections and friendships. The underlying message is clear – you’re never too old to fall in love, have fun, pursue dreams, or embark on new adventures.

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Olivia and Liam Reign Supreme
Duo are Social Security’s Top 
Baby Names for Fifth Consecutive Year

Olivia and Liam are once again America’s most popular baby names, with 2023 being the fifth consecutive year that parents have chosen the monikers for their little ones. Also for the fifth consecutive year, Noah took the second slot for boys, and Emma for girls. Only one new name appeared in the Top 10 lists this year, with Mateo joining the boys for the first time.

Here are the top 10 boys’ and girls’ names for 2023:










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To put a frozen bag in the microwave 
for your child is an act of hate.”
 — Raymond Blanc

 

 

 

What Does 

Aging Gracefully 

Even Mean?


Start by feeling comfortable — 

even proud — of who, 

what and how old you are


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By Edd and Cynthia Staton


The older we get, the more the term "aging gracefully" seems to pop up. In interviews with actresses in their 60s and 70s. In articles offering advice on how to keep our skin dewy and youthful, our bodies trim and healthy.

But what does aging gracefully even mean? Is it about looking years younger than your actual age, whether through lucky genes, dedication to health and wellness, cosmetic procedures or all of the above?

Or are graceful agers those who confidently embrace their older status while letting their hair go gray and accepting lower stamina and those extra pounds?


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Disproportionate 

Hospitalization Rates 

Among Older Adults 

Highlight Ongoing 

COVID-19 Threat



By Sophia Abene


Despite overall reductions, the elderly remain vulnerable to severe COVID-19 outcomes.

COVID-19 continues to pose a threat to public health despite reductions in severe disease cases overall since the pandemic's onset. Hospitalization rates associated with COVID-19 remain disproportionately high among adults aged 65 and older compared to younger age groups, including adolescents and children.

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommended an updated vaccination strategy for COVID-19, utilizing a monovalent vaccine derived from the XBB.1.5 variant for individuals 6 months and older. Recognizing the ongoing circulation of SARS-CoV-2 and the heightened risk of severe illness in those aged 65 and older, ACIP further recommended, on February 28, 2024, an additional dose of the updated vaccine specifically for this age group.

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Caring for older Americans’ 

teeth and gums is essential 

but Medicare generally 

doesn’t cover it




By Frank Scannapieco


C. Everett Koop, the avuncular doctor with a fluffy white beard who served as the U.S. surgeon general during the Reagan administration, was famous for his work as an innovative pediatric surgeon and the attention he paid to the HIV-AIDS crisis.

As dentistry scholars, we believe Koop also deserves credit for something else. To help make the medical profession pay more attention to the importance of healthy teeth and gums, he’d often say: “You are not healthy without good oral health.”

Yet, more than three decades after Koop’s surgeon general stint ended in 1989, millions of Americans don’t get even the most basic dental services, such as checkups, tooth cleanings and fillings.

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The Social Security fix 

no one is talking about




By Mark Miller


What if the traditional wisdom on how to fix Social Security no longer holds?

The trustees who oversee the program issued their annual financial forecast on Monday, predicting that the combined retirement and disability trust fund reserves will be depleted in 2035 - one year later than forecast last year. The improvement is due to the recent strong economy and wage growth, which has accelerated payroll tax payments that fund the program. Still, in 2035, the program would be insolvent.

That may sound like Social Security will have no money at all to pay benefits in 2035. But what the report really means is that the enormous Social Security trust fund reserves - currently $2.78 trillion - would be depleted, and the program would be bringing in enough cash at that point to pay only 83% of the benefits promised to current and future beneficiaries. That would be the equivalent of a 17% cut in benefits.

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Dementia cases 

are on the rise — 

avoid these 12 risks 

to keep your brain healthy




By Ernetine Siu


A global mental health crisis is on the horizon — dementia.

It is a condition that can be caused by a number of diseases that gradually destroy nerve cells and damage the brain, resulting in a decline in cognitive functions, according to the World Health Organization.

With the advancement of medicine, science and technology, people are living longer lives and the world’s aging population is growing at an unprecedented rate, raising the risk of a larger cohort of people living with dementia.


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Late Start Money Tips: 

4 Ways To Get Rich 

After the Age of 50

Yaël Bizouati-Kennedy

While experts recommend starting to save early in order to take advantage of compound interest, contrary to popular belief, you can get rich even with a late start. Indeed, it’s never too late for anything in life and by following certain rules, you can still get wealthy after 50, experts said.

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DO YOU WANT TO KNOW 

WHEN YOU WILL DIE?

BY ANN RICHARDSON 

Not long ago, my husband said rather casually to me, “I wish I knew when I was going to die.” An important wish, indeed. He was 81 at the time.

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Dining options may be 
Slim to none


In our ongoing exploration of the practicalities of assisted living, a topic I am well acquainted with, we now turn our attention to a significant occurrence that unfolds three times daily: mealtime.

In an A.L.F. (Assisted Living Facility), mealtime holds more significance than mere sustenance. It is regarded as a valuable activity, on par with Arts and crafts, Tai Chi, or even Bingo. Each meal session serves as an opportunity for residents to engage with one another, allowing them to express their frustrations, discuss family matters, current events, or simply indulge in some gossip. While this provides a respite from the monotonous routine that permeates this place, the quality of food remains the most crucial aspect of the dining room experience. Unfortunately, despite the varying conversations from one meal to another, the food often fails to meet expectations. This holds true for many places, including ours, where the food is often considered uninteresting, uninspiring, and worst of all, repetitive.

It is essential to understand that mealtime is not simply a basic need that must be met by the government. Some establishments go above and beyond in providing residents with an abundance of top-notch and diverse cuisine, showcasing its excellence in their marketing efforts. However, these high-end locations often come with a steep price tag, requiring residents to cover the costs themselves. The disparity in the quality of food served in these establishments can be stark, depending on whether one resides in a subsidized or more budget-friendly facility.

Being in a facility that receives government subsidies can come with its own set of challenges. Our experience at the A.L.F. (Assisted Living Facility) has been less than satisfactory, particularly when it comes to the quality and variety of the food provided. Despite the financial support from the government, we have noticed a lack of effort in ensuring that the meals provided meet our nutritional needs and preferences.

To address this issue, I have taken it upon myself to document our meals, with a specific focus on breakfast, through photography. By capturing the unappetizing and repetitive dishes served to us, I hope to bring attention to our concerns during our resident's meeting. It is crucial that the management and staff understand the impact that these subpar meals have on our overall well-being and satisfaction.

By presenting visual evidence of the unappealing and monotonous food options, I aim to shed light on the need for immediate improvement. It is disheartening to see the lack of variety and creativity in the meals provided, especially considering the diverse dietary needs and preferences of the residents. We deserve to have a range of options that cater to our individual tastes and dietary restrictions.

If there is no noticeable improvement in the meal variety within the next two weeks after presenting my evidence, I may consider taking further action by sharing my photos and comments on social media platforms. This step is not taken lightly, as it could potentially damage the reputation of the facility. However, it is essential to highlight the issue and hold the management accountable for their negligence in providing us with nutritious and enjoyable meals.

Sharing my concerns on social media will not only bring attention to the problem within our facility but also raise awareness among the wider community. It may encourage other residents in similar situations to speak up and demand better treatment. Additionally, it could prompt government officials and regulatory bodies to investigate the facility's compliance with the standards set for subsidized facilities.

In conclusion, being in a facility that receives government subsidies does not guarantee a satisfactory experience. Our concerns regarding the quality and variety of the food provided at the A.L.F. have prompted me to document our meals through photography. By bringing attention to this issue during our resident's meeting and potentially sharing my photos and comments on social media, I hope to push for immediate improvements. It is crucial that our dietary needs and preferences are met, and that we are provided with nutritious and enjoyable meals that contribute to our overall well-being…










‘I gotta do it now’:
for some older adults,
retirement means chasing
a new ambition




By Cathy Wurzer, Chris Farrell and Gretchen Brown


Among the more striking economic and social trends in the past several decades is the rise of the second-act entrepreneur. The catchphrase captures older adults who retire from their primary career later in life and start a new business in their next chapter.

People who are 55-64 years old account for about a quarter of new entrepreneurs in recent years. These entrepreneurs include everyone from the solopreneur to the ambitious founder launching an enterprise with several employees. Whatever the size, scale and scope of the small business, second-act entrepreneurs add to the dynamism of our communities.

MPR’s senior economics contributor Chris Farrell has long reported on the economics of second-act entrepreneurs. He interviewed Courtney Burton, who is running two businesses in her encore, and joined MPR News Host Cathy Wurzer to talk about what he learned.

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Brain Autopsies
Suggest a New Culprit
Behind Alzheimer's Disease




BY REBECCA DYER


Analysis of human brain tissue reveals differences in how immune cells behave in brains with Alzheimer's disease compared to healthy brains, indicating a potential new treatment target.

University of Washington-led research, published in August, discovered microglia in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease were in a pre-inflammatory state more frequently, making them less likely to be protective.

Microglia are immune cells that help keep our brains healthy by clearing waste and preserving normal brain function.

In response to infection or to clear out dead cells, these nifty shape-shifters can become less spindly and more mobile to engulf invaders and rubbish. They also 'prune' synapses during development, which helps shape the circuitry for our brains to function well.

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Being slightly overweight
has surprising health benefits
for this group of people...




By Matthew Sedacca

Adults 65 and older shouldn’t worry about carrying around a few extra pounds, according to British medical experts. 

A guidance report from the British Dietetic Association, published in November and based on a review of studies by the University of Plymouth, recommended that for people who are over 65 and slightly overweight, “losing weight might not actually improve your health.”

The 2021 analysis by Plymouth researchers suggests that for people in their older years, the ideal Body Mass Index is actually between 25 to 29.9, or overweight, compared to the usual advice of a “healthy” BMI between 18.5 and 25. 

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“They Will Come at Me”:
New Study Investigates Fear
of Retaliation in
America’s Nursing Homes





“I try to stay isolated because of disrespectful treatment by staff. I am nervous now that I said something. They will come at me,” said one anonymous resident of a nursing home, describing how expressing concerns about the care they receive could lead to abuse, neglect, punishment, and other forms of retaliation.

Despite federal and state laws protecting residents’ rights to voice grievances, this fear of retaliation scares them into silence and has emotional, psychological, and physical consequences. While prevalent, the fear of retaliation has largely been overlooked in policy and research.

Eilon Caspi, a gerontologist and assistant research professor at UConn’s Institute for Collaboration on Health, Intervention, and Policy (InCHIP), has a new study published in the Journal of Applied Gerontology that aims to improve understanding of this phenomenon. The study analyzes 100 standard survey and complaint investigation reports from state survey agencies in nursing homes across 30 states.

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7 Tips for Teaching You or
Your Grandparents to Text




By Meredith White

In today’s digital world, staying connected is crucial, and texting is a key part of this. For many of us, our grandparents might not be as tech-savvy as we are. Teaching them to text is more than just showing them a new skill; it’s about bridging the generational gap. It’s a way to ensure they’re not left out of the loop, whether it’s a family group chat or a simple “Good morning” message. Plus, it gives you a new way to share your life with them, making them feel loved and included.

Understanding Technology from a Senior’s Perspective

For many seniors, technology like texting can be daunting. They grew up in a time when communication was more about face-to-face interactions or handwritten letters. The small buttons and screens, the fast pace of digital conversations – all of this can be overwhelming. 

So, when you’re caught up in your busy student life, consider this: You can outsource your homework to the “write my nursing paper for me” service, and dedicate some time to helping your grandparents. This not only eases their apprehension towards texting but also brings you closer, building a bridge across the digital divide.

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15 Foods You Can Freeze

Your freezer is one of the most underrated kitchen tools, says David Lee, cofounder and executive chef of Planta restaurants in Miami, Toronto and other locations. It can help you jump-start dinner, take advantage of sales, reduce waste and spoilage, and always have the ingredients you need on hand. Try keeping these unexpected items in the freezer. It’s a game changer!​

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Americans will lose
 full Social Security benefits
in 11 years,
according to the program's trustees —
a year later than expected



By Ayelet Sheffey and Juliana Kaplan



Full Social Security benefits are expected to run out in 2035, per the program's trustees.

That's a year later than expected, and at that point, 83% of the benefits will be available.

Still, the uncertain fate of the program worries retirees who rely on Social Security.

As more Americans fear being unprepared for retirement — and rely solely on Social Security — those full benefits might not be long-lived.

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Readmission Rates
After Major Surgery
High for Older Adults

Readmission rates highest for those 
with frailty and probable dementia




By Lori Solomon

Older adults face high rates of readmission within 180 days of major surgery, according to a study published online Feb. 28 in JAMA Network Open.

Yi Wang, Ph.D., from Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and colleagues estimate the number of hospital readmissions within 30 and 180 days after major surgery among community-living U.S. residents aged 65 years and older. The analysis included 1,477 participants in the National Health and Aging Trends Study (1,780 major surgeries).

The researchers found that the weighted rates of hospital readmission were 11.6 percent for 30 days and 27.6 percent for 180 days. Within 180 days, the highest readmission rates were seen among participants aged 90 years and older (36.8 percent), those undergoing vascular surgery (45.8 percent), and persons with frailty (36.9 percent) or probable dementia (39.0 percent). With death as a competing risk in age- and sex-adjusted models, the hazard ratios for hospital readmission within 180 days were 2.29 for frailty and 1.58 for probable dementia.

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Does Assisted Living
Provide Assistance
And Promote Living?




By Sheryl Zimmerman, Robyn Stone, Paula Carder, and Kali Thomas

Assisted living has promised assistance and quality of living to older adults for more than eighty years. It is the largest residential provider of long-term care in the United States, serving more than 918,000 older adults as of 2018. As assisted living has evolved, the needs of residents have become more challenging; staffing shortages have worsened; regulations have become complex; the need for consumer support, education, and advocacy has grown; and financing and accessibility have become insufficient. Together, these factors have limited the extent to which today’s assisted living adequately provides assistance and promotes living, with negative consequences for aging in place and well-being. This Commentary provides recommendations in four areas to help assisted living meet its promise: workforce; regulations and government; consumer needs and roles; and financing and accessibility. Policies that may be helpful include those that would increase staffing and boost wages and training; establish staffing standards with appropriate skill mix; promulgate state regulations that enable greater use of third-party services; encourage uniform data reporting; provide funds supporting family involvement; make community disclosure statements more accessible; and offer owners and operators incentives to facilitate access for consumers with fewer resources. Attention to these and other recommendations may help assisted living live up to its name.


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A healthy lifestyle
can mitigate genetic risk
for early death by 62%




By Madeline Holcombe


Even if your genetics put you at greater risk for early death, a healthy lifestyle could help you significantly combat it, according to a new study.

That risk could be mitigated by about 62% in people with a genetic predisposition, said lead author Dr. Xue Li, dean of the School of Public Health at Zhejian Univeristy School of Medicine in China.

Many studies have shown the connection between a healthy lifestyle and longevity and others have underscored the genetic component in lifespan, but the report published Monday in the journal BMJ Evidence Based Medicine explored how the two come together.

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HOW TO EFFECTIVELY
COMMUNICATE
WITH YOUR DOCTOR



BY ALISA SABIN


A 2021 AHIMA Foundation survey found 76% of respondents don’t leave their doctor’s office on a positive note. Poor communication between patient and doctor may adversely affect medical care. Successful physician-patient dialogue is the cornerstone of health. These conversations often prove challenging. There are things you can do to enhance the communication during your doctor’s visit. The following are some tips to optimize discourse. 

Focus on What Is Important to You

Unfortunately, there may be time constraints at your doctor’s visit, and it is very possible only one issue is able to be addressed at each visit. So, make sure you start off talking about the main issue you want addressed. Keep in mind, if the appointment is already made to address a chronic health issue like diabetes or hypertension, that is probably what will be discussed. If you have a different problem you want addressed, it is best to schedule a separate appointment for that, so full attention can be focused on your main concern.

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New Staffing Mandates 
for Long-Term Care Facilities
By Troutman Pepper

Last month, on April 22, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its Minimum Staffing Standards for Long-Term Care Facilities final rule, which will apply to any long-term care (LTC) facilities that receive federal funding. According to CMS, the adoption of these minimum staffing standards is meant to address perceived chronic understaffing of LTC facilities that CMS believes may lead to sub-standard patient care. Perceived understaffing of LTC facilities has been a primary concern of CMS for some time, particularly after the LTC sector lost nearly 200,000 jobs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Older brains feel ‘reward’ from music, 
even if they don’t like it
By Ashley Joannou  

The brains of older adults feel a sense of reward when listening to music, even if it’s a song they don’t particularly like, a researcher at British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University says.

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Sleaze vs Morality


A candidate running for the position of President of the United States finds themselves in a courtroom, facing charges of falsifying business records in order to conceal a hush money payment made to a porn star with whom they had engaged in a sexual relationship, all while their wife and newborn son were waiting at home. Setting aside the legal aspects of the case, one cannot help but wonder, "Would anyone in their right mind vote for such a morally questionable individual?" Surprisingly, they did, and if the polls are accurate, they will do so again. This begs the question, "What has happened to the moral compass of our nation?"

There was a time when we held our elected leaders to a higher moral standard than the average citizen. One had to possess near sainthood-like qualities to even be considered as a candidate, regardless of political affiliation. Potential candidates underwent rigorous scrutiny and vetting before their names could even grace the "A" list of possible candidates. Only then would they receive the support of their respective parties. Occasionally, someone would slip through the cracks, but their misdeeds would inevitably come to light, leading to their resignation or removal from office once the news became public. They would be ostracized by their colleagues, and no one wanted any association with them. However, it seems that this no longer holds true. Nowadays, the more morally questionable a candidate is, the more they are admired by the electorate and even by fellow politicians. So what happened?

For one, the rise of social media and a 24 hr. news cycle. Scandals come to light faster and bigger capturing the public’s attention. Constant exposure to all this sensationalism has negated the moral aspects of their actions to one of just another form of entertainment. 

Secondly, there has been a growing dislike with the political establishment. Many voters feel disconnected from the traditional political elite and are seeking candidates who they perceive as outsiders or disruptors. This has led to a willingness to overlook moral shortcomings in favor of someone who promises to shake up the system and bring about change. And if those disruptors happen to have a questionable background, who cares. Also, they may justify their support by arguing that the ends justify the means, or that the candidate's personal life is separate from their ability to govern effectively.

Add to that the view people now have of politicians as being inherently corrupt and dishonest, leading them to believe that all candidates are flawed in some way. This cynicism has lowered the bar for moral expectations, as people may feel that no candidate is truly virtuous.

Of curse, we can’t forget the cult following of some charismatic and captivating individuals which can often overshadow their moral failings with their ability to connect with voters on an emotional level. 

The moral compass of our nation has changed, allowing for the acceptance and even support of morally questionable candidates. We now face the problem of how we can turn the country around before these changes become permanent and threaten our democracy….









New Poll Finds Older Americans
Believe Medicare Should Cover
Weight-Loss Drugs




According to the latest University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging, about three in four older Americans (76 percent) believe Medicare should cover the cost of weight-loss medications like Ozempic, Wegovy, or Zepbound.

More than four out of five older adults (83 percent) think insurance companies should pay for drugs that help people with obesity manage their weight, according to poll results from more than 2,600 people ages 50 to 80 years.

A 2003 law currently prohibits Medicare from covering medications specifically for weight loss, although the federal insurance program can cover drugs that help people with type 2 diabetes manage their weight, researchers said in background notes.

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Let’s have an honest 
conversation
about what to 
expect as you age




By Judith Graham


How many of us have wanted a reliable, evidence-based guide to aging that explains how our bodies and minds change as we grow older and how to adapt to those differences?

Creating a work of this kind is challenging. For one thing, aging gradually alters people over decades, a long period shaped by individuals’ economic and social circumstances, their behaviors, their neighborhoods, and other factors. Also, while people experience common physiological issues in later life, they don’t follow a well-charted, developmentally predetermined path.

“Predictable changes occur, but not necessarily at the same time or in the same sequence,” said Rosanne Leipzig, vice chair for education at the Brookdale Department of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York. “There’s no more heterogeneous a group than older people.”

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Joint Pain In Winter:
7 Tips To Reduce 
Joint Stiffness
And Protect Your 
Bones From Cold




By Satata Karmakar

The characteristics of winter conditions can vary based on geographical location, but several common features are associated with this season. Winter brings colder temperatures, reduced humidity, shorter daylight hours, and fluctuating barometric pressures. The seasonal shift towards winter brings about transformations in the landscape, and these changes notably impact joints, particularly in individuals with pre-existing joint diseases.

The effect of winters on people with existing joints may have individual variations and also differ from the type of arthritis. Many people, especially with rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, commonly report heightened joint pain and stiffness, particularly during early morning hours, with gradual improvement as the day progresses.

In an exclusive interaction with TheHealthSite.com, Dr. Sandeep Yadav, Rheumatologist at P. D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre, Khar, highlighted the various risk factors that contribute to increased joint pain and stiffness. Scroll down to learn how you can protect your bones during the chilly months.

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Ruminations on the Word 'Old'
Semantics, pragmatics and 
other meanings of this 
often weighted word



By Vanessa Nirode


Recently, a friend questioned my oft use of the word 'old' when referring to myself. Of a similar age, she doesn't consider herself old at all. The fact that I describe myself with that particular adjective annoys her. She doesn't understand why I would ever present myself this way.

"When I turned 50, I was inordinately happy. I found it profoundly significant that I had made it to the second half of my life.

 I was proud of myself," I thought about this for a few weeks after she brought it up and have realized that I regard old differently than many other people do. To me, old is not a negative, not something to be kept secret for fear someone may think less of me. In fact, something I find annoying is when I say, "I'm old; I've been doing XXX for almost 40 years," and someone immediately replies, "You're not old!"

To me, old is not a negative, not something to be kept secret for fear someone may think less of me.

My argument is that in the context of what I was referencing, I am.

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Best Health Insurance Plans
For Senior Citizens
To Look Forward To In 2024




By Dipen Pradhan

Health insurance is a must when you or elders in the family start to get older by day. Insurance companies in India offer health plans that are specifically designed for senior citizens. Generally, an entry age for such a policy is 60 years and above, and covers various medical needs including the cost of in-patient hospitalization, pre-and post-hospitalization, modern treatment, home treatment, etc.

However, not all senior citizen health policies provide similar benefits. There’s a compulsory co-payment condition, sub-limits on room rents, etc. Also, health insurance plans have a certain limit on sum insured, which depends on the premium amount insured chooses to pay.

For this reason, we’ve analyzed 30 major products, and chose the best health insurance plans for senior citizens to help you make the right decision.

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A Sandwich By Any Other name…

The Earl of Sandwich enjoyed his time at the gaming tables. So much so that he didn’t want to leave his marathon gambling sessions to have a meal. Instead, he had a servant bring him a slice of roast beef between two pieces of bread—a meal he could eat with his hands without having to leave the table. His fellow gamblers found this eccentricity of the Earl’s amusing, but they also soon began to see the logic of it. Supposedly some to them began to tell the waiters to bring them “one like Sandwich.” And thus the now ubiquitous “sandwich” acquired its name.

Lord Sandwich was an interesting character, whose life included numerous Dose-worthy episodes. But it is as the namesake of the sandwich that he is best remembered.

John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, died in London at age 73, on April 30, 1792, two hundred thirty-two years ago today.
By the way, it is often said that Montagu “invented” the sandwich. That is not true. He was certainly not the first person to come up with the idea of making a meal out of two slices of bread with something in between. But he did help popularize the notion in the English-speaking world and he did give it a name. In fact, within a few decades of his death “sandwich” had entered the language not only a noun, but also a verb—meaning to place something between two other things.




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Seniors who will receive
two Social Security
paychecks in May –
It won’t happen again
until August





There is a group of seniors who are going to receive two Social Security checks in May. This special modification in the Social Security payment schedule won’t happen again until August, so check here if you are among the elected group of seniors who will receive payments worth up to $2,830 throughout the month. 

SSI benefits are typically disbursed on the first of each month, but this month comes with an additional payment. According to the payment calendar from the Social Security Administration (SSA), payments are scheduled to be mailed on Friday, May 31, because June 1 falls on a Saturday this year. SSI recipients will need to consider that since they will receive a payment in advance, they will not receive monthly benefits in June. 

As the Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program confirmed, the maximum amount an individual can get from SSI is $943 per month in 2024. A couple may receive up to $1,415 in total. In certain instances, couples who violate wealth limits after getting married may be subject to a “marriage penalty” that lowers the benefits they get. Lastly, some beneficiaries could be entitled to an extra $472 payment per month if they meet the essential person (EP) criteria. 

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4 Ways to Cultivate 
Wellness
in Your Golden Years



By Helen Bell

Aging is a natural part of life’s journey, and how we approach our later years can have a big impact on our overall well-being and quality of life. 

If you’ve decided that you’re keen to embrace the art of aging gracefully, there are a number of holistic approaches you can adopt to address not only your physical health but also the mental, emotional, and social aspects of wellness. 

This guide discusses the 4 best ways to cultivate wellness in your golden years, from staying active and nourishing your body to fostering meaningful connections and creating environments that will enable you to age healthily.

Nurture Your Body with Physical Fitness...

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Strokes are more
common in 
older adults





The U.S Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says the older you are, the more likely you are to have a stroke. In fact, the agency says the chance of having a stroke about doubles every 10 years after age 55.

Leslie Ingold, stroke coordinator at OSF HealthCare, says the science lines up with the statistics.

“People in old age tend to be more prone to coronary artery disease, atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter,” Ingold says. “Those types of diseases tend to increase your risk for stroke.”

The good news, Ingold says, is that older adults don’t need a separate set of instructions on stroke prevention. All ages can remember the acronym B.E.F.A.S.T. If you suspect someone is having a stroke, check their balance, eyes, face, arms and speech for irregularities. The T in B.E.F.A.S.T. stands for time, as in, if someone is not normal in letters B through S, it’s “time” to call 9-1-1.

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Resident-to-resident 
aggression
common 
in assisted living





By James Dean

One in six residents of assisted living facilities is subject to verbal, physical or other aggression by fellow residents in a typical month, and those suffering from dementia are most at risk, new research finds in the first large-scale study of the phenomenon.

Involving 930 residents of 14 licensed assisted living facilities in New York state, the study found incidents of resident-to-resident aggression, also called resident-to-resident elder mistreatment, were nearly as prevalent as they are in nursing homes. That was unexpected, since assisted living residents tend to be less impaired, more mobile and have more privacy than those in nursing homes.

The results point to a need to train staff on how to recognize potentially harmful aggression and intervene, and for clearer policy guidance on how facilities should address the issue. The researchers are currently testing a training program they developed, “Improving Resident Relationships in Long-Term Care,” which they said has helped reduce injuries in nursing homes.

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Senior homes refuse
to pick up 
fallen residents,
dial 911. 
‘Why are they calling us?’




By Todd Frankel

The 911 call came just before 8 a.m., and Ladder 5′s four-man crew scrambled to the truck just as their overnight shift was about to end. It was the kind of call that veteran firefighter Chad Callison said he dreaded.

It was not a heart attack, or a car crash or a building fire.

It was a “lift assist” at Heritage Woods, a local assisted-living facility.

Lift-assist 911 calls from assisted living and other senior homes have spiked by 30 percent nationwide in recent years to nearly 42,000 calls a year, an analysis of fire department emergency call data by The Washington Post has found. That’s nearly three times faster than the increase in overall 911 call volume during the same 2019-2022 period, the data shows.
The growth has infuriated first responders who say these kinds of calls — which involve someone who has fallen and is not injured but can’t get up — unfairly burden taxpayers and occupy firefighters with nonemergencies that should be handled by staff at facilities that charge residents as much as $7,000 a month.

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"Young People Need To Adapt": 
21 Older Adults Are Revealing 
The Behaviors Younger People 
Should Stop Before 
They "Get Left Behind"

Older adults on Reddit shared their candid thoughts on what they wish young people did differently, ranging from being more community-minded to saving money early.

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GUIDE TO THE BEST 
ADVENTURE HOLIDAYS 
FOR THE OVER 60S
BY JACKIE PARSONS 

Are you fizzing with energy and still hankering after adventure? If so, you’re not alone. Travel clearly tops the ‘to-do’ lists for many of us, with plans for the best trips of our lives so often put on hold until post-retirement, and an ever-increasing bucket list of one-off experiences just waiting to be worked through. Safari holidays, Machu Picchu, the Taj Mahal, the Northern Lights… there’s no end to our dreams!

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Recently, I stumbled upon a delightful Italian expression that perfectly captures the essence of one of the greatest joys of retirement. The phrase, "Dolce Far Niente," which translates to the "sweetness of doing nothing," encapsulates the concept of savoring the present moment and fully embracing a state of relaxation. It is not about being idle or experiencing boredom, but rather about relishing in the freedom to simply be, without any external pressures or obligations. This expression expresses the blissful state of mind that retirement can offer, where one can fully immerse themselves in the pleasure of doing nothing and find contentment in the simplicity of existence.

The idea of retirement often centers around the ability to do as one pleases at any given moment. Whether it's fishing in the middle of the night or pursuing other hobbies, the absence of work obligations allows for such freedom. While activities like fishing, tennis, or photography can be fulfilling, true relaxation is a different experience altogether. Some cultures excel at this, but unfortunately, Americans are not typically among them. In the United States, idleness has historically been viewed negatively, as seen in the saying "Idle hands are the devil's tools." The lack of a proper balance between work and leisure, or genuine relaxation, may be one of the reasons why Americans are often ranked as some of the least happy individuals globally. [1]

In order to fully embrace the benefits of retirement, it's important to cultivate a mindset of relaxation and mindfulness. This may involve letting go of the need to constantly be productive or achieve specific goals, and instead focusing on being present and enjoying the simple pleasures of life. By incorporating relaxation techniques such as meditation, deep breathing, or gentle yoga into one's daily routine, retirees can cultivate a sense of inner peace and tranquility.

I know it's not healthy to constantly be on the go, but I just can't seem to shake this feeling of needing to be constantly productive. Even when I try to relax, my mind is always racing with thoughts of what I could be doing instead. It's like I have this internal pressure to always be achieving something, even in my downtime.

I envy those who can truly unwind and enjoy the simple pleasures of relaxation. I wish I could just let go of my need to constantly be doing something and just be in the moment. But for now, I'll continue to struggle with finding true relaxation and try to find a balance between productivity and self-care. ....

[1] For the first time since the World Happiness Report was first released 12 years ago, the US isn't ranked in the world's top 20 happiest countries. It sits at No. 23, the United Arab Emirates is ranked at 22 and Slovenia at 21.








Are you aging well?
Here are the 7 signs
geriatricians look for
in older adults




By Marc Lallanilla


Healthy aging goes far beyond simply eating right and exercising, according to Dr. Parul Goyal, a geriatrician at Vanderbilt Health in Nashville.

“Aging well, in my opinion, consists of three different components,” Goyal told HuffPost.

Those components are physical well-being, emotional connection and mental support.

When all those elements are in place, a healthy, happy, rewarding life is the result. And the following seven factors are an indication that you’re taking all the right steps.

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Woman Who 
Defied Alzheimer's
Could Show Us 
How to Avoid It







By REBECCA DYER


The key to stopping Alzheimer's may lie with a woman who never had the disease.

Despite having a strong genetic risk, a woman who carried two copies of a rare genetic variant linked with late onset Alzheimer's called APOE3 Christchurch appeared resistant to the disease's cognitive decline.

Now scientists have observed how mice with a similar set of genetic mutations responded to Alzheimer's-like conditions.

Similar to the human case, the mice appeared to have fewer neurological defects associated with advanced stages of the disease, with the key factor being how the brain's cleaning cells (microglia) respond to the disease's pathology.

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1 in 5 seniors still work —
and they're happier than
younger workers



BY AIMEE PICCHI


As Americans age, that demographic change is also impacting the workforce, with a new Pew Research Center analysis finding that 1 in 5 people over 65 are still working, a twofold jump from the 1980s. 

That translates into 11 million senior citizens who remain in the workforce, which by sheer numbers is quadruple the figure in the mid-1980s, Pew said. And it's a trend that's expected to continue, with Americans over 65 projected to be one of the few demographic groups with rising labor force participation over the next decade, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 

Aside from giving a boost to the economy, older Americans who continue to work are likely helping their own financial situations as well. That's because they're able to save more money and delay retirement, which requires people to draw down their savings, noted Pew senior researcher Richard Fry. But there could also be a downside to the trend, given that it could reflect the end of traditional pensions and the inadequacy of some workers' retirement savings.

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What Happens 
to Your Body
When You 
Skip Breakfast

Registered dietitians say 
skipping breakfast 
may impact your health.




By Adam Meyer

Growing up, your parents likely told you ad nauseam that breakfast is the "most important meal of the day." Well, they may have been right all along. Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast is related to a higher intake of nutrients throughout the day and better overall diet quality. The unfortunate news though is not everyone has the time for breakfast. Also, many folks prefer fasting in the morning and having their first meal later in the day. But what happens to your body when you skip breakfast? To find out, we chatted with registered dietitians who share their expert wisdom on the potential health consequences of not breaking your fast in the morning.

Eating a healthy, balanced breakfast in the morning can do amazing things for your health. That's because breakfast is more than a meal; it's a catalyst that kickstarts your metabolism and fuels a healthy body and mind. A 2018 study in Nutrients concluded that those who eat breakfast consume fewer added sugars and more fiber, vitamins, and minerals than non-consumers.

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DOZENS OF 
ASSISTED-LIVING 
RESIDENTS DIED
AFTER WANDERING 
AWAY UNNOTICED




The alarms went off at 9:34 p.m. inside Courtyard Estates at Hawthorne Crossing, an assisted-living facility near Des Moines catering to people with dementia. A resident had wandered through an exit door, a routine event in America’s growing senior assisted-living industry.

Automated texts pinged the iPads of the two caretakers working the night shift, and the phones of an on-call nurse and the facility’s director. The warnings repeated every few minutes.

Though local temperatures were plunging toward minus-11, no one responded. The on-call nurse told investigators she ignored the door alerts because she was with her family. The caretakers said they didn’t see them on their iPads. And they never followed through with hourly safety checks on memory-care residents.

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Who are the oldest – 
and youngest – 
current world leaders?


National leaders range in age from their mid-30s to 91. The youngest leader is Burkina Faso’s Ibrahim Traoré, who is 36. He only slightly edges out two fellow 36-year-olds, Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa and Montenegrin Prime Minister Milojko Spajić. Only two other world leaders are in their 30s: Irish Taoiseach Simon Harris and Chilean President Gabriel Boric.

The oldest national leader is President Paul Biya of Cameroon, who was born in 1933 and took office more than 40 years ago. Biya is the only current national leader in his 90s.

The median age of current national leaders is 62, as of May 1, 2024. The largest share of global leaders today (34%) are in their 60s. Roughly a quarter (22%) are in their 50s; 19% are in their 70s; and 16% are in their 40s. Biden is among the 5% of leaders who are in their 80s.

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 but a gourmet would sample a fried park bench
 just to know how it tastes.”

― Walter Moers









16 charged in international
'grandparent scam' run in
the Dominican Republic





By Mike Heuer
   
The Department of Justice has charged 16 for their alleged roles in a "grandparent scam" that the DOJ says bilked millions of dollars from elderly residents in the United States.

Eleven of those charged are men located in the Dominican Republic and range from 24 to 59 years of age, DOJ officials announced Tuesday.

A 19-count indictment accuses the 16 defendants of mail and wire fraud conspiracy, wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy to commit money laundering and money laundering.

A grandparent scam targets grandparents in the United States who would do anything at any cost to help a grandchild who is in distress, Philip Sellinger, U.S. attorney for the District of New Jersey, said in a virtual announcement Tuesday.

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Understanding
Liver Regeneration
in Seniors




By Markus

The liver is unique among organs in its ability to regenerate itself, a feature that remains effective even as we age. This capability is crucial for maintaining health and vitality in senior years. In this article, we’ll explore the signs of liver healing and general strategies to support liver health in seniors, brought to you by PureHealth Research.

The Regenerative Power of the Liver

As one of the body’s largest and most vital organs, the liver performs several critical functions, including detoxifying harmful substances, processing nutrients, and managing blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Its ability to regenerate is particularly important after injury or disease, allowing it to recover without the need for extensive medical interventions.

The regeneration process of the liver is remarkable; it involves the proliferation of hepatocytes, the main type of liver cells. These cells can replicate quickly in response to liver damage, thus allowing the organ to restore its mass and function relatively quickly and efficiently.

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Misplaced your keys?
How to distinguish dementia
from normal age-related
memory loss





Memory is a complex and often misunderstood topic and remains an active area of scientific research.

Memory loss can be a symptom of dementia, but everyone experiences memory loss at some level.

A new book highlights some of the insights, challenges, and mysteries of this field of study.

Chances are high that your memory doesn’t work the way you think that it does.

Or at least that’s one of the central tenets of The Psychology of Memory, a new book written by psychologists Dr. Megan Sumeracki and Dr. Althea Need Kaminske.

If your memory does seem to be declining, you don’t need to necessarily fret. It’s quite common.

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COOKING FOR ONE:
WHY COOK AT HOME
IF IT’S ONLY ME?




BY PEG DOYLE APRIL

Be honest: have you asked the question above to yourself or to a friend? If you have, please go back and read the words. It’s only you? What does that say about your worthiness to be well-nourished?

If you are someone who has cooked for a family or a spouse for many years and find yourself alone, it might seem like a welcome relief. It would be easy to come in from a long day and grab a bunch of chips and a little hummus and tell yourself you’re getting some protein, so what’s the big problem?

But there is a problem on many levels. There is an unconscious, or maybe conscious message here that your nutrition doesn’t matter. Once you start thinking this way, that attitude can filter into other aspects of your life. And this is at the very stage of your life when society can unwittingly diminish you because of your age.

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You are being paid properly:
Everything you ever wanted
to know about Social Security

Senior citizens often think they’re not
getting enough in benefits after they
start talking and comparing
amounts with friends.




By Tom Margenau


In my 32 years of experience working for the Social Security Administration and the 27 years I’ve been writing this column, one of the more common complaints I’ve heard from people goes something like this: “I don’t think I am getting the right Social Security benefit amount. It’s less than it should be.” Or like this: “Based on what all my friends are getting, I am sure they figured my benefits incorrectly and they are not paying me enough.” Or sometimes something very blunt like this: “The government is cheating me out of my hard-earned Social Security!”

Here is something interesting: Not once in the past five decades have I heard something like this: “I think Social Security is paying me too much money!” I guess that’s just human nature. People tend to expect the worst (especially when it comes to government services) and/or they believe they are being cheated out of something that everyone else is getting.

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In Other News.....


Promoting economic security 
for older adults
Revitalizing policies that 
benefit aging Americans


The U.S. population is aging rapidly. The fastest growing segment of the population is that of adults aged 85 and over. The supply of informal caregivers is declining relative to the demand for assistance with functional impairments. Together, these trends are putting stress on the public programs that support older adults including Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. Estimates suggest that within a decade, ......

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At The A.L.F...




In our usual practice, as the week draws to a close, we delve into the experience of being a resident in an assisted living facility. With the increasing number of Americans reaching the age of 65 (10,000 per day), the issue of where these individuals will reside is becoming a pressing concern. Although the concept of assisted living is not new, it is only recently that more seniors are considering it as an alternative to staying at home or in a nursing facility. Regrettably, like many other things, there are numerous misconceptions about what it truly entails to live in an A.L.F. around the clock, every day of the year. While there are many positive aspects to highlight, there are also some drawbacks that should not be overlooked. Today, I aim to discuss one of these challenges that residents frequently encounter.

In our assisted living facility, just off the lobby, there is a designated area where various messages are displayed. These include the daily calendar of activities, news about upcoming trips, and reminders of special events. While these are typical things you would expect to see in a community of senior citizens, there is also a different kind of notification that may catch you off guard. A photo of one of our residents is placed in a clear plastic frame, accompanied by a brief but touching message announcing their passing. This serves as a poignant reminder that even in a place focused on life, the inevitability of death is a reality we must face.

It is a somber but necessary part of life in an assisted living facility, where residents become like family to one another. The photo and message serve as a way to honor and remember those who have passed, allowing their memory to live on in the hearts of their fellow residents and staff members. It is a way to pay tribute to their life and the impact they had on those around them.

The display also serves as a reminder to cherish the time we have with our loved ones and to make the most of every moment. It encourages residents to appreciate the community they have built together and to support one another through both the joys and sorrows of life.

While the notification of a resident's passing may be unexpected, it is a reminder of the circle of life and the importance of coming together as a community to celebrate the lives of those who have touched us. It is a reminder to live each day with gratitude, kindness, and compassion, knowing that our time on this earth is precious and fleeting. …….








US is not prepared 
to house a growing number 
of older Americans



A recent report shows that 
unhoused populations 
above the age of 55 are on 
the rise around the country.




By: Chris Stewart


As skyrocketing housing prices persist across the country, the resulting homelessness crisis is growing, and more Americans are in need of assistance.

However, some industry experts have noted an uptick in the average age of unhoused populations.

“It's very tough. Very tough. Not knowing where you're going to go at night is very tough. I can't even get stable work because you have to have a stable place,” said Latia Griffin, who is experiencing homelessness in Ohio.

A recent report from Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies has sounded an alarm about how the aging US population intersects with the growing homelessness crisis.

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How Do You Pay Back 
A Reverse Mortgage?




By: Colin Grubb


Reverse mortgages are sometimes framed as a product that enables homeowners 62 and over to borrow money against their house that they never have to pay back. This is not the case. A reverse mortgage is a loan. Specifically, it is a home equity loan with unique terms. And like any loan, it will eventually have to be repaid.

The main difference between a reverse mortgage loan and any other loan is the repayment terms. As long as the borrower is living in the house and meets specific reverse mortgage requirements, they do not have to make payments on the loan. However, the loan becomes due if the borrower dies, moves out, or fails to meet the requirements. In this article, we’ll explain your options when a reverse mortgage becomes due. We’ll also discuss common ways to repay a reverse mortgage early. Read on to find out what you need to know about paying back a reverse mortgage and whether or not a reverse mortgage is a good idea for you.

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A report from the Institute of Medicine
urges doctors to take cases of
chronic fatigue syndrome seriously




By BY SARA MONIUSZKO


About 3.3 million U.S. adults have chronic fatigue syndrome, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The number is the first nationally representative estimate of how many Americans have the condition — and it's more than previous studies have suggested, likely boosted by some patients with long COVID, the Associated Press reports, 

The CDC report, released Friday, is based on a survey of 57,000 U.S. adults in 2021 and 2022. Participants were asked if a health professional had ever told them they had chronic fatigue syndrome and whether they still have it. About 1.3% said yes to both questions, which translated to about 3.3 million U.S. adults, CDC officials said.

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The Life Expectancy Gap
Between Men And Women
Hasn’t Been This Bad In 25 Years
Fortunately,
there’s something men 
can do about it.




By Tyler Santora


Since about 1890, women in the U.S. have, on average, lived longer than men. There are many reasons why — both biological and sociological — this is the case. A new study finds that the life expectancy gap is growing. On average, men now live nearly six years less than women.

Life expectancy in general is declining in the U.S., according to the new study which was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. For the study, researchers examined mortality data, including causes of death, in the country from 2010 to 2021. They found that from 2019 to 2021, average life expectancy dropped from 78.8 to 76.1 years.

As of 2021, women’s life expectancy is 79.3 years and men’s life expectancy is 73.5 years. That means there’s a 5.8 year difference between the two — the largest gap since 1996 and up from a low of 4.8 years difference in 2010.

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Balancing act:
Less work, more social life
key to happiness for seniors




By Neha Mathur

In a recent article published in BMC Public Health, researchers propose a modified work-life balance (WLB) concept for older adults aged ≥ 55 years that considers the aging process and parameters representing working hours and the degree of social engagement.

Study: Working hours, social engagement, and depressive symptoms: an extended work-life balance for older adults. Working hours, social engagement, and depressive symptoms: an extended work-life balance for older adults. 

Most previous studies on WLB and its consequences on health have not examined the consequences of working hours alongside social engagement on depressive symptoms. Moreover, these studies only focused on the population aged <65 years.

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Seniors Favorite Foods

Overall, seniors tend to prefer foods that are easy to chew, 
nutrient-dense, and provide comfort and satisfaction.


- Comfort foods such as mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, and meatloaf

- Soups and stews that are easy to digest and warm and satisfying

- Fresh fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamins and nutrients

- Dairy products like yogurt, cheese, and milk for calcium and protein

- Lean proteins like chicken, fish, and tofu for muscle maintenance and repair

- Whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, and whole wheat bread for fiber and energy

- Desserts such as ice cream, cookies, and pudding for a sweet treat

- Nutritious smoothies and shakes for a quick and easy meal option.










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and a pile of junk.”

― Thomas A. Edison







Old age isn’t what
it used to be




By Lois A. Bowers

As a journalist striving to bring you the latest news and information of interest as you directly or indirectly serve prospective senior living residents, current residents and their families, my eyes light up when I hear about a study that purports to be about “older adults.”

Imagine my disappointment when I start reading it and realize the study is about 50-year-olds. The study still could be an interesting read, but in my mind, 50 is not old.

People’s ideas of “old” may vary. Many today might say that, generally speaking, “old” is the 80s and older. Of course, some individuals may age more quickly or more slowly than others, and age does not necessarily equate to ability.

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Watch Your Step!
Survival Rates
Following Hip Fracture
Worse Than For
Many Cancers




By William A. Haseltine

Bones are the very foundation of our bodies, the scaffolding upon which everything else depends for support and structure. But with age, bones become more porous, increasing the risk of fractures and breaks. Although these may seem like minor injuries, they are anything but. An eye-opening new study reveals that hip and spine fractures in older adults have lower survival rates than many types of cancer.

These Old Bones

To study the impact of fractures on the life expectancy of older adults, a group of Canadian researchers scoured the databases of the public healthcare system in Ontario, Canada. They compiled data from nearly 100,000 individuals, all of whom were older than 65 and had suffered from a documented fracture either in the hip or the spine. Each participant was then matched to a control group of the same age, none of whom had suffered a recent fracture.

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50% of Those on 
Social Security
Face Losses 
Averaging Over
$3,000 Because of
This Problematic Rule



By Christy Bieber



KEY POINTS

- When Congress first made Social Security benefits taxable, only a small percentage of retirees had to pay the IRS.

- The threshold at which benefits became taxable was not indexed to inflation.

- A growing number of retirees are now subject to taxes, with an average bill of $3,211.

Those on Social Security are losing thousands because of laws passed in 1983 and 1993. Here's why.
Social Security retirement benefits provide much-needed income to millions of seniors who rely on this money to help cover their essential costs. Unfortunately, many seniors are losing thousands of dollars worth of these benefits every year as a result of a problematic rule.

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Age Is No Barrier:
How Dental Implants
Benefit Seniors





By Jeffrey Gomez

Tooth loss is a common experience as people age.  While dentures and bridges have traditionally been used to replace missing teeth, dental implants have emerged as a superior and long-lasting solution.  

For many seniors, concerns may linger about whether implants suit their age group. However, this article aims to dispel those myths and demonstrate how dental implants can significantly improve their quality of life.

What Are Dental Implants?

A dental implant acts as a biocompatible anchor, a screw-like post made of titanium that replaces a missing tooth root and supports a natural-looking crown. Once the implant fuses with the jawbone through osseointegration, it becomes a strong and sturdy foundation. 

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16 Small Business Ideas
for Senior Citizens




By Maleha Afzal


In this article, we will take a look at the 16 small business ideas for senior citizens. If you want to skip our detailed analysis, you can go directly to 5 Small Business Ideas for Senior Citizens.

Entrepreneurial Trends Among Senior Citizens

According to a report by Forbes, people aged between 55 and 64 made up 22.8% of the entrepreneurs in 2021. Business founders above the age of 45 make up between a quarter and a third of new business activity. As life expectancy rates across the globe continue to increase, people will now experience 60-year non-linear career paths instead of the traditional 40-year career setup. Older people not only have enough experience in the industry, but the age group also happens to have more financial stability and freedom supported by a vast network. Forbes also highlights that older people or late entrepreneurs are three times more likely to introduce novel ideas to the market compared to younger entrepreneurs. You can also take a look at the part time jobs for seniors that pay daily or weekly.

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In Other News...

American Council on Aging 
helping older Americans fight inflation
By Briana Conner

American Council on Aging helping older Americans fight inflation

The rising cost of living is impacting all of us, but inflation is hitting older Americans especially hard. In particular, it's taking a bite out of the budgets people with fixed incomes live on.

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What Big Bang Theory?

 

I won't be delving into astrophysics or attempting to explain how the universe began. Simply put, the Big Bang theory suggests that the universe started as a hot and dense point around 13.8 billion years ago, expanding to create everything we see today. However, recent research and theoretical developments have led some scientists to propose an alternative view - that the universe has no definitive beginning and will continue to expand indefinitely. This challenges our traditional understanding of time and existence, suggesting that the universe has always existed in some form and will never cease to exist. This idea may be unsettling for some. Including me. If you are having difficulty getting your head around this new theory, there’s a good reason for it

The idea the universe was always there contradicts our beliefs about reality. We are used to thinking in terms of beginnings and endings, linear progression, and finite lifespans. The concept of an eternal and unbounded universe can be unsettling, as it makes us confront the limitations of our understanding and the vastness of the cosmos.

If these assertions are true, it implies that our existence may seem insignificant and lacking in meaning. However, there is a glimmer of hope in the idea that a part of us may endure alongside the universe if it continues indefinitely. When we die, we don't vanish completely, but our atoms disperse and become part of the vast expanse of the universe, contributing to its expansion. Does this bring you any comfort?

While this new theory may be difficult to understand, it also presents exciting possibilities for exploration and discovery. By questioning our assumptions about the origins and nature of the universe, we can gain new insights into the fundamental workings of reality and our place within it. Ultimately, the journey to understand the true nature of the universe continues to inspire awe and wonder in all who embark upon it. .... 

 





Is the American Dream dead?




Couple who moved to Ecuador say they're 'aging in reverse' after escaping 'toxic hamster wheel' culture in the US - as families head overseas amid crippling debt and soaring house prices

Americans are trading in crippling debt and soaring house prices for white sand beaches and cheap rent abroad as some expats say the 'American dream is dead'. 

One middle-aged couple who gave up their house and jobs to move to Ecuador even said they lost 50lbs after escaping the 'toxic hamster wheel' culture in the US. 

And they're not alone. An estimated 9 million Americans live abroad currently, up from 6.8 million in 2013, according to the most recent State Department data.

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Signs Of Heart Disease:
7 Little-Known Symptoms
That Appear At Night



By Tavishi Dogra

Heart failure and heart attack are not the same. While heart attack is a sudden occurrence due to a blockage or a clot that stops blood flow to the heart, heart failure is weakening of the heart muscles over a period of time due to various reasons like bad lifestyle habits, blockage in arteries or due to lifestyle disorders like diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease, obesity, etc. Here are few signs of heart failure that you should know,

Listening to your body, especially at night, can differentiate between timely intervention and a potentially life-threatening situation.

Heart disease, a silent but lethal medical condition, is the leading cause of death globally. Awareness and timely diagnosis can make a significant difference in outcomes. "Your heart works tirelessly, day and night; give it the attention it deserves," urges Dr Niranjan Hiremath, a senior cardiovascular consultant, aortic surgeon and the surgical lead of the Apollo Hospital.

1. Night-time chest discomfort: Often mistaken for indigestion or acid reflux, chest pain that appears at night can be indicative of angina or coronary artery disease. If the pain radiates to the arm, neck, jaw, or back, significantly if it's associated with sweating, nausea, or shortness of breath, it could be a sign of an impending heart attack. Experts advise not dismissing such pains and seeking immediate medical attention.

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Spousal Social Security 
Benefits:
3 Things All Married 
Couples Should Know





By Maurie Backman


KEY POINTS:

- You may be able to claim Social Security based on a spouse's earnings record.
- You should understand the timing of when you're allowed to sign up for those benefits.
- You should also know the maximum those benefits will pay you.

Know the rules so you can make the most of this perk.
To qualify for Social Security benefits in retirement, you need to accrue 40 work credits in your lifetime. Credits are earned by making money and paying Social Security taxes on your income.

But it's also possible to collect Social Security as a retiree even if you never worked thanks to spousal benefits. There tends to be a lot of confusion, however, about how these benefits work, so here are a few key things you ought to know.

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Increased regulation, 
active adult, 
Medicaid HCBS 
top list of trends 
predicted for senior living 
in 2024




By Kimberly Bonvissuto

Heightened state regulation, dementia care support, the rise of active adult communities and the increased provision of home- and community-based services to Medicaid beneficiaries are among the top trends that will shape the senior living industry in the coming year, according to a panel of industry experts.

Health Dimensions Group, a management and consulting firm serving senior living and care providers, hosted a panel discussion Tuesday ahead of the release of a white paper on the top trends in aging services for 2024.

State regulation ‘ramping up’

In many states, assisted living has shifted from an apartment setting offering meals and minor assistance into a comprehensive care environment, according to HDG CEO Erin Shvetzoff Hennessey. With the increasing service and care needs of residents, however, comes an increase in state regulations for providers.

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Sticker shock for older adults:
Essential items have gone 
up in price by about 10%



By Jessica Hall



Goods and services needed by older adults are seeing the most lasting inflation

The rate of inflation may be slowing, but more than two-thirds of older adults have seen their monthly budget for essential items such as housing, food and prescription drugs rise 10% from a year ago.

The data from the Senior Citizens League, a think tank that advocates for seniors, show that the goods and services needed by older adults are seeing the most lasting inflation.

This comes as the cost of living rose a slim 0.1% in November amid lower oil prices. Still, another key measure of inflation showed higher costs of other goods and services, such as rent and used cars.

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TIME’s 2023’s 
Top Inventions For Seniors



Safer Seniors
CAN Go Smart Cane

Walking With Ease
Cionic Neural Sleeve

Control for Quadriplegics
Naqi Neural Earbuds

The Beauty of Stability
Lancôme Hapta

Gaming for All
Sony Access Controller for PS5

Concertgoers wear haptic suits created for the deaf by Music: 
Not Impossible, during an outdoor concert at Lincoln Center in 

Playing with Braille
LEGO Braille Bricks

Brushing Away Decay
Samba Robotic Toothbrush

Smoother Moves
Zeen

 







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The first COLA estimates 
for 2025 are released. 
It’s going to come as 
a big surprise to retirees




The first COLA estimates for 2025 were recently unveiled by one of the nation’s largest nonpartisan senior groups and are likely to surprise retirees. For most retirees, Social Security represents their primary source of income. Based on a combination of survey and administrative data, the SSA research found that for 4 out of 10 retirees, their monthly benefits contributed at least 50% of their income, and for 1 in 7 of them, it provided at least 90%.

All Social Security beneficiaries rely on the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) increase. Because of this yearly adjustment, most seniors experience a reasonably continuous rise in their annual cost of living, regardless of what the official Consumer Price Index (CPI) suggests. As a result, most seniors are pleased to get an increase in their Social Security income each January, even if a significant chunk will later be offset by Medicare costs.

COLA estimates: How is the cost of living adjustment (COLA) calculated?...

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Many Basic Money Questions 
Stump U.S. Adults – 
How to Boost Your 
Financial Literacy



By Erica Sandberg

While some parents explain what they're doing and show how to best spend, borrow, save and invest, then gradually integrate the kids into the process, many don’t.

Key Takeaways

- More than half of the U.S. population is not financially literate.

- Misunderstandings about money and mistrust in financial institutions is costly to consumers. 

- Money skills are often not taught at home, and some populations are at greater risk. 

- Schools are being mandated to teach personal finance, but not all are participating equally.

- Understanding core personal finance concepts like cash management, bank accounts, credit, taxes and investing is important. With that knowledge, people can make decisions that benefit their current budget and help with future goal achievement. When they have low financial literacy levels, though, people tend to overpay and undersave.

A 2023 survey conducted by the National Financial Educators Council found the estimated average amount of money lost due to lack of financial knowledge was $1,506 per respondent.

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BACK PAIN: 
HOW IT BECOMES A 
CHRONIC PROBLEM 
FOR BABY BOOMERS



BY LEX GONZALES 

You are not alone if you’re experiencing chronic back pain. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 7.6 million older adults suffer from back and spine problems. That is more than twice the number of disabilities caused by heart problems. It is significant enough of a problem that it severely impacts the quality of life of millions of Baby Boomers.

So, how does your back pain become a chronic, constant, or persistent problem?

- Weak or uncoordinated core muscles

- Poor ergonomics or body mechanics

- Neuroplasticity

Weak or Uncoordinated Core Muscles...


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F.D.A. Approves 
Antibiotic for Increasingly 
Hard-to-Treat 
Urinary Tract Infections


Pivmecillinam, which has been used 
n Europe for decades, will become 
available next year to women 18 and older.



By Andrew Jacobs

The Food and Drug Administration on Wednesday approved the sale of an antibiotic for the treatment of urinary tract infections in women, giving U.S. health providers a powerful new tool to combat a common infection that is increasingly unresponsive to the existing suite of antimicrobial drugs.

The drug, pivmecillinam, has been used in Europe for more than 40 years, where it is often a first-line therapy for women with uncomplicated U.T.I.’s, meaning the infection is confined to the bladder and has not reached the kidneys. The drug will be marketed in the U.S. as Pivya and will be made available by prescription to women 18 and older.

It is the first time in two decades that the F.D.A. has approved a new antibiotic for U.T.I.s, which annually affect 30 million Americans. U.T.I.s are responsible for the single-greatest use of antibiotics outside a hospital setting.

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Dementia care 
comes with 
‘catastrophic’ costs 
for older adults, 
families, study finds



By Kimberly Bonvissuto


Older adults living with dementia, and their families, often face “catastrophic” out-of-pocket payments for assisted living and other types of long-term care, necessitating alternative financing and integrated care solutions to reduce long-term care’s financial challenges for them, according to the results of a new study.

A team of researchers from the University of Washington, the University of California, San Francisco, and Georgia State University analyzed data from 4,500 adults aged 70 or more years in the 2019 National Health and Aging Trends Study to compare out-of-pocket expenses by dementia status and care setting.

Their findings, published recently in the JAMDA, the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine, show that although assisted living residents living with dementia paid a larger percentage of their monthly income on their care, the average monthly out of pocket payment for that care was less for an assisted living resident compared with a nursing home resident.

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10 Little Things to Remember 
if You Struggle to Declutter
By Courtney Carver

If you struggle to declutter, you are not alone. Decluttering can be frustrating and a real struggle for a variety of reasons. You may not have enough time to make the progress you want to make. You may not have the energy you want for decluttering or the decisions of what to hold on to or donate or sell can become overwhelming.

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Which States Have the Highest 
Minimum Wage in America?
By Dorothy Neufeld
 

This illustrative graphic shows the states with the highest minimum wage in America in 2024.

Which States Have the Highest Minimum Wage in America?

This year, 22 states are raising their minimum wage, impacting almost 10 million workers across the country.

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COLLEGE PROTESTS
What’s different from the 60’s


In 1963 (or maybe 64), I found myself on the third floor of a building on Whitehall Street in downtown NYC, in my underwear, surrounded by a hundred other young men, all waiting to be examined by a Selective Service doctor to determine our fitness for the armed forces. A few days later, I received the news that I was classified as 1-A. While 1-A may be fine for meat, it wasn't ideal for a 19-year-old facing a war in a foreign land. Vietnam was a mystery to me, and I chose not to discover it firsthand. Instead, I enrolled in a local university, met the minimum credit requirements, and obtained a student deferment hoping the war would be over by year’s end. It wasn’t. And I found myself, placard in hand, at an antiwar protest in the park opposite my school’s campus.

I wasn't a hippy, nor did I have a political agenda. I simply wanted the U.S. to withdraw from a war we shouldn't have been involved in. I also wanted to protect my life. So, I raised my voice, I protested, I repeated the slogans ("Hell no, we won't go." and, "Better red than dead.") and then went home. Yes, some protests turned violent. There were clashes with law enforcement and even some construction workers, but I didn't stick around for that. Overall, the protests were mostly peaceful. There was no hatred, no enemy. All I desired was an end to the war so I could resume my studies and work. However, times have changed. Today's protests have taken a different direction. If you believe it's about a ceasefire or human rights violations, you're mistaken. The majority of the "students" on the lawns of Columbia, NYU, USC, and other universities want one thing only. The annihilation of the State of Israel and the eradication of the Jewish people. 

They chant "From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free" and wave flags of terrorist organizations like Hamas. They call for boycotts, divestments, and sanctions against Israel, ignoring the fact that Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East and a strong ally of the United States. They spread lies and misinformation, demonizing Israel and its people. They have no interest in peace or coexistence, only in the destruction of a nation that has faced centuries of persecution and genocide.

I briefly felt joy seeing students protesting on campuses again after years of apathy, but my happiness faded when I discovered their true intentions. This is not a traditional peace march - these individuals are extremist activists taking advantage of naive students who are unaware of history or actual genocide.

You should refuse to stay silent while history repeats. Do not tolerate this new form of anti-Semitism masked as activism. Keep speaking up against hate and prejudice, and stand with the Jewish community and Israel. This will ensure the past is not forgotten and, hopefully, bring about a peaceful and secure future for all. …










Retirement planning

True life expectancy not on most adults’ radar,
increasing the risk of outliving resources




By Kimberly Bonvissuto

With 10,000 Americans reaching retirement age every day, retirement planning should be top of mind for many prospective senior living residents. But two recent studies found long-term care planning isn’t a top concern for older adults, and many also don’t have a good understanding of longevity.

While most Americans are worried about inflation and the economy as threats to their retirement, financial advisors said they should be more concerned about how to pay for long-term care costs, according to a recent study from Lincoln Financial Group.

The organization surveyed more than 1,000 US adults and 405 financial professionals on long-term care attitudes, experiences and planning. They found that 59% of adults cited inflation as the biggest threat to their retirement savings, while 51% think it’s the economy. 

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The Elephant In
The Senior Living Room:
Ageism In Marketing




By Arthur Bretschneider


There’s this thing called “subjective age” that’s had me thinking a lot lately. It's the idea that the age at which you see yourself is tightly connected to your physical and mental health. Most people over the age of 40 are said to think of themselves as about 20% younger than they actually are. If that holds true, doing some quick math, the average 85-year-old would see themselves as roughly 68 years old. For today’s marketers, that insight is gold.

Members of my team recently attended a conference focused on marketing and sales in the senior care industry and found it to be pretty illuminating. The biggest revelation seemed to be the degree to which senior living sales and marketing functions, from both large and small communities, are harnessing the power of big data and artificial intelligence to advance and streamline their systems, draft marketing copy, score their leads and more. So, naturally, these smart marketers are also using this subjective age tendency to craft marketing strategies, including copy and imagery.

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24 Ways To Simplify 
Your Life In 2024




By Courtney Carver

There are many ways to simplify your life but if you try to do them all at once, you will complicate your life. I used to try to do everything all at once so I know what’s it’s like to feel inspired and jump into a big change. Every time I did it, I seemed to give up, exhausted mid-way through. Consider one change at a time and give it as much time as it needs. Take the pressure off and change the way you change.

In this article, I’m going to share 24 ways to simplify your life and while I think they are all helpful and significant, they may not all be for you. These 24 ways to simplify your life definitely won’t work if you try to do them all at once. If I’m being repetitive it’s because I had to be reminded over and over again for years before I finally started honoring my own time and energy availability.

I used to go for the do it all or die trying approach and I usually ended up burning out and not doing anything very well. Once I started to focus on one thing at a time, I had more energy, attention, and commitment to see things through and discover the benefits.

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How Much Protein 
You Need 
To Eat Every Day 
To Build Muscle




By Adam Meyer

Let's face it: We have a protein obsession. According to a study in Nutrition Reviews, the protein intake of most Americans is significantly higher than the recommended daily amount. But while protein plays a critical role in several bodily functions, like weight loss, building muscle, and increasing satiety, how much of this essential macronutrient do you need daily to build muscle?

To find out, we turned to Gianna Masi, CPT, RDN, a certified personal trainer and registered dietitian with Barbend, who drops some expert knowledge on how much protein you need daily to pack on muscle. Regardless of where you're at on your fitness journey, understanding optimal protein intake is vital to success.

Fortunately, optimizing your protein intake doesn't mean blindly chugging protein shakes or devouring mountains of chicken breast. Instead, it requires a more nuanced approach and understanding of your body's needs, depending on your body and activity level. That's why we've sifted through the online bro-science to break down the real science behind protein requirements.

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What happens 
if I miss
Medicare 
open enrollment?




By Kimberly Lankford

Open enrollment, your opportunity to choose a Part D prescription drug plan or Medicare Advantage plan for the coming year, is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. If you miss this annual open enrollment period, you’ll be reenrolled automatically in your current plan as long as it’s offered in your area.

Considering that coverage and costs vary from year to year, your current plan may no longer be your best choice. After open enrollment ends, you may still qualify to switch your coverage in certain circumstances.

When can I switch Medicare Advantage plans after open enrollment?
If you have a Medicare Advantage plan and want to switch to another plan that provides better coverage for your doctors or drugs — or leave Medicare Advantage for original Medicare — several opportunities exist that may let you make changes after open enrollment, including:

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Everyone is not 
having babies

Last year, ~3.6 million babies were born in the US, which is the smallest number of births since 1979, according to data from the CDC. That put the fertility rate at 1.62 births per woman, the lowest the rate has fallen since the government began tracking in the 1930s. Although the drop in births is noteworthy, especially since 2023 was the first full year since the Supreme Court overturned national protections for abortion, it’s a continuation of a longstanding trend—disrupted only by a post-Covid baby boom in 2021 and 2022.







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Newly proposed bill
could increase yearly
Social Security benefits
for seniors




By Matt Durr

A recently proposed bill introduced in the U.S. House would provide more money annually for seniors who receive Social Security benefits thanks to a change in the way the yearly cost-of-living-adjustment (COLA) would be determined. Known as the Boosting Benefits and COLAs for Seniors Act, the bill was introduced by Rep. Ruben Gallego, D-Arizona.

Currently, the COLA is determined by the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners (CPI-W) from the previous year. The CPI-W considers various factor regarding the spending of Americans on items like food, consumer goods, housing, health care and more.

Critics of using the CPI-W say the formula doesn’t account for how these expenses impact seniors, especially when considering inflation. For this year, the COLA was 3.2% or roughly $50 per month for recipients. Last year, the COLA was an 8.2% increase.

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Alzheimer's drug adoption 
in US
slowed by 
doctors' skepticism



By Julie Steenhuysen

Nine months into the U.S. launch of the first drug proven to slow the advance of Alzheimer's, Eisai and Biogen's Leqembi is facing an unexpected hurdle to widespread use: an entrenched belief among some doctors that treating the memory-robbing disease is futile.

Alzheimer's experts had anticipated bottlenecks due to Leqembi's requirements, which include additional diagnostic tests, twice-monthly infusions and regular brain scans to guard against potentially lethal side effects.

And those issues have played a role in slow adoption since the drug was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, according to interviews with 20 neurologists and geriatricians from rural, urban, academic and community practices in 19 states.

In interviews with Reuters, seven doctors treating patients for Alzheimer's attributed their own reluctance to prescribe Leqembi to concerns about the drug's efficacy, cost and risks.

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When does old age begin?
How increased longevity
tricks seniors into thinking
they’re still young





Researchers have found perceptions about age differ wildly between generations, with senior citizens possibly suffering from “age-group disassociation” when they insist that they’re not yet elderly.

Scholars from the University of Berlin, in collaboration with academics at Stanford University, the University of Luxembourg and the University of Greifswald, Germany, examined responses from 14,056 Germans to prompts about aging, collected between 1996 and 2021. The study was published in the journal Psychology and Aging.

Among the questions: “At what age would you describe someone as old?”

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A cheap drug 
may slow down aging.
A study will determine 
if it works




By Allison Aubrey


drug taken by millions of people to control diabetes may do more than lower blood sugar.

Research suggests metformin has anti-inflammatory effects that could help protect against common age-related diseases including heart disease, cancer, and cognitive decline.

Scientists who study the biology of aging have designed a clinical study, known as The TAME Trial, to test whether metformin can help prevent these diseases and promote a longer healthspan in healthy, older adults.

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THE CASE FOR
FACE TO FACE
FRIENDSHIP
AFTER 60




BY LORI MARTINEK

Friendship matters even more after 60. Friends keep us active and engaged. They keep us connected to the world around us.

A circle of friends can provide support and encouragement, a sounding board and a sense of security which emboldens us to try new experiences. All of this is especially important if we are in our 60s and solo. Yet good friends can be hard to find just when they’re needed most.

Many of us live alone, are retired or may work from home. Schedules are busy. Social media can connect us, true, but it also keeps people at arm’s length. Remembering names and new casts of characters is becoming increasingly difficult. Moreover, knowing what to share with someone you don’t know very well (yet) can be tricky.

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Hearing Loss Is Plaguing 
a Generation of Rock Stars

By Edna Gundersen

Despite hearing damage caused by decades of unprotected exposure to high-volume concerts — a risk fans face too — many musicians are coping, even thriving.


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Try This Approach 
To Help Reduce Inflammation 
and Improve Longevity
By Carly Quellman

A biomedical researcher offers tips on using integrative medicine to reset the body when it comes to inflammation


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I may be a bit old-fashioned, but there's something special about receiving physical mail. The kind that arrives in your mailbox I believe that if someone goes through the effort of addressing an envelope, putting a stamp on it, and sending it to you, it must be meaningful. Even if it's just a flyer from a congressperson updating you on their work, it grabs my attention. I know, in this day and age when everything we do we do electronically, receiving mail in any other form is looked upon as suspicious and even annoying. After all, except for ads, the only correspondence that arrives in our mail boxes is either a bill, credit card statement, or a jury duty notice.

But for me, there's a sense of anticipation and excitement that comes with checking the mailbox each day. The possibility of finding a handwritten letter from a friend or family member, a postcard from a faraway place, or even a package waiting to be opened is something that can't be replicated through email or text messages.


There's a personal touch to physical mail that is often missing in our fast-paced, technology-driven world. The time and effort it takes to write a letter, seal it in an envelope, and send it off shows a level of thoughtfulness and care that is hard to convey through a quick email or social media message.

I also appreciate the tactile experience of holding a physical piece of mail in my hands. The feel of the paper, the sound of tearing open an envelope, and the smell of ink on a letter all add to the sensory experience of receiving mail.

In a world where communication is often instant and fleeting, physical mail offers a sense of permanence and nostalgia. It's a reminder of a time when communication was slower but perhaps more meaningful, when people took the time to sit down and write a letter instead of sending a quick text.

So, while I may be considered old-fashioned by some, I will continue to cherish the experience of receiving physical mail and the connection it brings in a digital world. …









Seven facts about
the economic security
of older adults




By Wendell Primus and Julia Paris



Fact 1: Living Arrangements
Fact 2: Age Distribution
Fact 3: Racial/Ethnic Makeup
Fact 4: Average Family Income
Fact 5: Composition of Family Income
Fact 6: Safety Net Benefits
Fact 7: Health Care Costs

Social Security is vital to the economic security of many older Americans. However, a Social Security solvency crisis is anticipated in 2033, jeopardizing future assistance and requiring reforms to the program. This analysis assesses the current state of older adults’ financial wellbeing and the role that Social Security reform might play in strengthening the economic security of older adults.

With data from the March 2023 Current Population Survey (CPS) Annual Social and Economic Supplement (ASEC), which represents calendar year 2022, we group older adults into five quintiles based on the ratio of their family income to the poverty threshold. In addition, we divide the first income quintile into two categories: the first represents individuals who are in poverty (50.9% of the quintile), while the second represents the remaining individuals in the first quintile with incomes above the poverty line. Additional information regarding our measure of income to poverty is available in the Methods section.

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Do you pay taxes
on long-term care benefits?



BY JOSHUA RODRIGUEZ


Taxes are an important consideration as you plan for retirement. If you've saved for your retirement in a traditional 401k or IRA, you'll need to consider the income tax burden associated with the money you draw from your account throughout your golden years. 

However, IRAs and 401ks aren't the only retirement income sources that have the potential to create taxable events. So, it's important to ask questions about the taxability of any money you could potentially receive, either in the form of cash or in the form of goods and services provided. After all, a surprise tax bill could have a detrimental impact on your retirement budget.

In turn, you may be wondering about your long-term care insurance policy. Will you have to pay taxes on the value of the benefits you receive?  

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Required Minimum
Distribution Calculator (RMD)




Avoid stiff penalties for taking out too little 
from tax-deferred retirement plans


What is a required minimum distribution (RMD), and why should I care about it?

An RMD is the smallest amount you must withdraw from your tax-deferred retirement accounts every year after a certain age. At some point in your life, you may have put money into tax-deferred retirement accounts, such as Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs) and 401(k) workplace retirement accounts. The key word here is “tax-deferred.” You postponed taxes on your contributions and earnings; you didn’t eliminate them. Eventually, you must pay tax on your contributions and earnings. RMDs make sure that you do that.

When do I have to take RMDs?

You must start taking RMDs by April 1 of the year after you turn 73. Let’s say you celebrated your 73rd birthday on July 4, 2023. You must take the RMD by April 1, 2024. You’ll have to take another RMD by Dec. 31, 2024 and by Dec. 31 each year after that. (For tax year 2022, the age for starting RMDs was 72).

How much do I have to withdraw each year?


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WHEN GARDENING
IS YOUR PASSION,
GROW VEGGIES 
INDOORS!



BY KEVIN JEFFERSON

For city dwellers, having a vegetable garden may seem like a pie in the sky. However, it’s possible to grow veggies indoors and is actually a lot easier than most people think – it’s a phenomenal, low-maintenance alternative to nurturing an actual outdoor garden.

Not only does it allow urbanites to harvest the sweet bounty of their own labors, but it also removes the need to worry about garden critters and cold frost. While it certainly does have its challenges, growing veggies indoors is an extremely pleasant hobby and one that you’re bound to fall in love with. Here’s how to get started:


Choose an Indoor Gardening Area

This may be the most difficult part. Those who aren’t in the process of renovating their apartments may find it quite challenging to choose an area that will be reserved for veggies and veggies only. On the other hand, if you are, say, designing a new kitchen at the moment, it will be easy for you to dedicate one part of it to your vegetables.

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How Exercise
Could Be Aging You Faster,
New Study Reveals



BY ABBY REINHARD


Since childhood, we've been taught that it's vital to get moving and eat well to keep our bodies healthy for longer. These claims have been backed up by countless studies, with research regularly associating physical activity with increased life expectancy. In fact, research has also linked more exercise to "maximum mortality reduction," per the American Medical Association (AMA). But according to a new study, there's something else to consider, as exercise could actually be aging you faster.

A June 2023 preprint study has yet to be peer-reviewed by a journal, but according to The New York Post, it received a national sports medicine prize in Finland. The findings challenge previous beliefs about exercise, concluding that being active may not lead to a longer life in all cases.

Researchers at the University of Jyväskylä evaluated data from adult twins in Finland, including participant questionnaires from 1975, 1981, and 1990, with follow-up continuing until 2020. Participants self-reported their daily activity, referred to as leisure-time physical activity (LTPA), and were then classified into one of four classes: sedentary (13.4 percent of participants), moderately active (36.7 percent), active (38.7 percent), and highly active (11.2 percent).

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Fact: 'Butt' is an actual 
unit of measurement


The imperial system is a funny thing. Like, really funny. So funny that there is actually a unit of measurement for wine (or whiskey) casks called a “butt.” That means if you fill the barrel up, you technically have a buttload of wine—though you’d probably just call it a full butt. Are you laughing yet?

Okay, seriously, though. Not a lot of people still talk in terms of tuns and butts any more. The antiquated terms are likely only used at wineries and distilleries these days, but they’re still fascinating, if only because the etymology offers a trip back in history when big barrels of alcohol brought nations together. The words are not only derived from Old English but also Dutch, Italian, and French. Butt actually comes from “botte,” a Medieval French and Italian word for boot. In Italy, at least, botte is still used to refer to a wine cask.

At this point you’re probably wondering just how much wine it takes to make a buttload. The actual amounts have varied somewhat ever the years, but we’ll go with the numbers provided by the Macallan distillery in Scotland. According to those folks, a butt is 108 Imperial gallons.







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Yesterday is gone, you don't know if
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AI could play role
in preventing prescribing
of unnecessary drugs
in older adults




BY KRISTEN FISCHER

A new study finds that artificial intelligence could encourage doctors to stop prescribing drugs that aren’t necessary — especially in older adults, who tend to be on multiple medications. The report was published Thursday in the Journal of Medical Systems.

More than 40% of older adults are taking five or more prescription medications, a rate that raises their risk for potentially harmful drug interactions.

Researchers used ChatGPT to assess a faux medication list for seniors. The team requested the AI technology to evaluate a variety of clinical scenarios when someone took different mixtures of medications. The scenarios included having a history of heart disease and having a difficult time performing activities of daily living.

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The Signs of Depression 
in Seniors





By Sam Thompson

What does depression looks like? Lack of interest, lethargy and sadness are all visible signs that we notice. Depression in seniors can manifest itself in different ways than it does in younger adults. Old age and disease can be attributed to many of the symptoms of depression in seniors. This can make it more difficult for both doctors and loved ones to realize when a senior is depressed.

What are the most common signs of depression in seniors? If untreated, depression in seniors can lead to:
Loss of concentration and other cognitive changes. These can quite easily be attributed to dementia or another illness such as Parkinson’s disease.

 - Loss of pleasure in activities. This can show up as lethargy or a depressed mood.

- Weight loss or weight gain. Along with this you will notice an increase or a decrease in appetite. Those with a loss of appetite will show no enjoyment in food. If they once loved to cook or think up new recipes, this too will gradually disappear.

- Feelings of worthlessness. If your loved one is showing feelings of extreme guilty or worthlessness, it’s time for a trip to their healthcare provider. The same goes if they start to speak of wishing to die or commit suicide. This is a mental health emergency.

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UNDERSTANDING
PRENUPTIAL AGREEMENTS
FOR SECOND MARRIAGES





BY BRIAN JOSLYN

Second marriages are often a second chance at love and tend to draw on the wisdom gained from prior experiences. There are plenty of reasons why couples choose to remarry after divorce or the loss of a spouse. Love and companionship remain the leading reasons people decide to get married. However, beyond love, there are practical considerations such as increased health, better finances, and lower poverty rates that often motivate individuals to remarry.

Those entering into a second marriage often bring valuable insights from their past relationships, allowing them to navigate potential pitfalls more proficiently. By reflecting on past mistakes and understanding their own needs and boundaries more adequately, spouses can actively work towards building a stronger and more fulfilling partnership the second time around.


Many times, those who choose to marry for a second time opt to prepare a prenuptial agreement, which is a practical tool that clarifies financial matters and protects assets. Prenuptial agreements also serve as a means for couples to communicate openly about expectations and responsibilities. They foster transparency and trust, contributing to the overall stability and longevity of the marriage.

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Study shows strong social ties
may ease the way for older adults
in life's final chapter




By Vijay Kumar Malesu

In a recent study published in The Lancet Healthy Longevity, a group of researchers investigated the changes in and impact of social connections on end-of-life outcomes, including symptoms, healthcare utilization, and place of death in older adults across 19 countries using longitudinal data.

Study: Social connection and end-of-life outcomes among older people in 19 countries: a population-based longitudinal study. Image Credit: belushi / ShutterstockStudy: Social connection and end-of-life outcomes among older people in 19 countries: a population-based longitudinal study. Image Credit: belushi / Shutterstock

Background 

The significance of social connections on health, particularly in the final stages of life, remains underexplored despite evidence suggesting its comparable impact on mortality to well-established risk factors. With aging populations facing increasing chronic illness, understanding the dynamic nature of social ties and their influence on end-of-life experiences, including symptoms, healthcare usage, and death's location, becomes crucial. Further research is needed to establish causal relationships and identify mechanisms by which social connections influence end-of-life outcomes, potentially guiding targeted interventions and policy development.

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What is independent 
senior living?
Experts break down 
pros and cons





By Nicole Fabian-Weber

There are a number of living options for older adults, one being independent senior living. Geared toward older adults that are — you guessed it — independent, these communities provide things like socialization, outings, fitness classes and more. Needless to say, they’re incredibly beneficial for senior well-being. 

“In many cases, independent living communities allow seniors to live on their own without the burden of cooking, housekeeping or home repairs,” explains Benjamin Surmi, a social gerontologist and director of education and culture at Koelsch Communities, a senior living company with independent living, assisted living and memory care. 

“Furthermore,” he continues, “independent living provides access to amenities, resources, services and other benefits.”

Whether you’re looking for yourself or a loved one, here’s everything to know about independent senior living. 

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Are You Taking
Too Much of This
Common Pain Reliever?

With the ingredient present 
in more than 600 drugs, 
it's easy to overdo it

By Kimberly Goad

You wouldn’t knowingly exceed the dosage on a pain reliever. But if you regularly reach for a common analgesic to treat any one of a number of ailments — whether it’s arthritis or back pain, the flu or seasonal allergies — you might inadvertently be doing just that.

Acetaminophen (a.k.a. Tylenol) isn’t merely a standalone remedy for, say, the occasional headache, back pain or muscle aches; it’s also commonly included in medications that treat the above health woes and others. According to the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA), more than 600 drugs — both prescription and over the counter — contain acetaminophen to help curb pain and reduce fever.   

And while it’s easy to assume that anything sold off the shelf at your local pharmacy lacks the power to do serious harm, the truth is “just because it’s over the counter doesn’t mean it’s a safe medicine,” says Mohammed Issa, M.D., assistant professor at Harvard Medical School and medical director of the Pain Management Center at Brigham and Women’s Faulkner Hospital. “Too little or too much of anything can be dangerous — even an over-the-counter medicine like acetaminophen.”

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Smart Ways to Help 
Your Adult Children's 
Financial Lives

Start by familiarizing them 
with financial concepts,

By Lucy Lazarony


Joanne Burke is a Certified Financial Planner in Vienna, Virginia, and a mom with two 20-something adult children. She is helping them by planning and investing for their futures.

"The way I help my kids is to fund their Roth IRAs," says Burke, founder of Birch Street Financial Advisors. "The Roth accounts are incredibly flexible and have the capacity to grow into a sizable account over the course of their lifetime. This is the legacy that I'm leaving for them."

"Instead of them inheriting my wealth when they're in their 50s or 60s and in the highest earning potential and tax brackets, I'm giving it to them now. The compounding feature in a tax-free account is unparalleled," she says.

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Yes. It is a Witch Hunt




It might come as a shock, but I agree with our ex-president's statement that "This is a witch hunt." Yet, unlike the witch trials in 17th century Salem, this witch hunt is not based on baseless accusations or fear-mongering, but on concrete evidence of dark magic being used to manipulate and sway others to do evil. It is a necessary and justified pursuit to protect the innocent and uphold justice in our society.

While some may scoff at the idea of witches and magic in the modern world, the evidence of their existence is undeniable. The ex-president's statement may have been met with skepticism and ridicule, but those who have witnessed the effects of this witch's spells and curses know the truth of the matter.

In a world where the line between reality and fantasy is often blurred, it is important to recognize and confront the presence of evil in whatever form it may take. This witch hunt may be unconventional, but it is a crucial step in ensuring the safety and well-being of our nation.

So, while the comparison to the Salem witch trials may seem far-fetched, the reality of this modern-day hunt for a witch is all too real. It is a reminder that evil exists in many forms, and it is up to us to stand up against it, no matter how unconventional the means may be…….









What to know about
home care services
for older people




By Reed Abelson


Most older Americans want to live at home as long as they can, but finding and affording the help they need often isn’t easy. There are severe shortages of home health aides in many parts of the country. Hiring them is costly. And most middle-class people will have to pay for home care themselves if it’s needed for the long haul. Here’s a guide to locating home care for an older person.

What kind of home care do you need?

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My life in a
 tiny-home 
community




By Nadine Green

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