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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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be allowed to do the job.”

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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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Other Stories...

"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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“Ordinary folk prefer familiar tastes - 
they'd sooner eat the same things all the time -
 but a gourmet would sample a fried park bench
 just to know how it tastes.”

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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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“To invent, 
you need a good imagination 
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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In Other News....

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
there's even going to be a tomorrow,
so you might as well enjoy today.”

Iris Apfel








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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In Other News....  


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

I live in an eight-by-10-foot house at A Better Tent City Waterloo Region, a community of tiny homes in Kitchener, Ontario. I’m the site coordinator, which means I’m responsible for the well-being of the community—I work, and live, alongside the residents. My duties include daily check-ins with residents, connecting them with supports, mediating disputes, fostering partnerships and any other tasks that pop up. I’ve been living and working here since the community was founded in 2020, and I plan to live here for as long as it takes for residents to find permanent housing. 

I sleep soundly, unbothered by the speeding cars that whirl down Highway 7. The lock on my door is one of my tiny luxuries. When I wake up, the smell of coffee and freshly cooked bacon from the nearby common space waft through the air. I open my eyes to the smallest amount of light peeking through my small window, and immediate gratitude washes over me.

I moved from Jamaica to Canada nearly 40 years ago, when I was 16. My parents divorced, and I had to go with my mother and her new husband to Cambridge, Ontario, leaving my father behind. I didn’t want to leave my home, the salty air and the year-round sun,

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This Is How Much 
You Should Budget
to Live in a 55 and 
Older Community




By Geoff Williams


Many people like the idea of living in a retirement community – particularly one aimed at adults 55 and older that offers amenities such as fitness centers, swimming pools and cooking classes. These communities often resemble country clubs more than senior living. Oftentimes, however, this lifestyle comes at a steep cost.

“Most people way, way underestimate the costs of needs and long-term care during retirement,” says Thomas Mitchell, a certified financial planner and the senior vice president at OneAZ Wealth Management in Phoenix.

So how much should you budget to live in a 55-and-older retirement community? Here’s a look at what these communities include and the costs to expect.

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A boomer couple 
left Texas
for the retirement 
of their dreams:
'We were brainwashed 
that it was
the only place to be 
— it's not'




By Alcynna Lloyd

Nancy and Jim Cotton, both lifelong Texans, moved to a small town in northern Georgia in 2022.

The couple was tired of paying high property taxes and wanted a new adventure in retirement. 
In Georgia, they have a bigger property at a lower cost and save up to $3,000 monthly.


This as-told-to essay is based on a conversation with Nancy, 60, and Jim Cotton, 66, who moved to a remote town near Ellijay, Georgia, in 2022 after decades of living in Texas. The essay, which also incorporates quotes from emails between the Cottons and BI, has been edited for length and clarity.

Nancy: I lived in Texas from the age of 16 until I was about 59 — so most of my adult life.

Jim: I grew up in Texas and lived there all but three years.

Nancy: There's something very mythical about living in Texas. You just can't imagine living somewhere else. Although we liked living there very much, there wasn't anything in the state that we hadn't done four or five times. Trying something different was definitely appealing.

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Researchers find a way
to predict which of our
organs will fail first






Like any typical car or house or society, the pace at which parts of our bodies fall apart varies from part to part. A study of 5,678 people, led by Stanford Medicine investigators, has shown that our organs age at different rates—and when an organ's age is especially advanced in comparison with its counterpart in other people of the same age, the person carrying it is at heightened risk both for diseases associated with that organ and for dying.

According to the study, about one in every five reasonably healthy adults 50 or older is walking around with at least one organ aging at a strongly accelerated rate.

The silver lining: It may be possible that a simple blood test can tell which, if any, organs in a person's body are aging rapidly, guiding therapeutic interventions well before clinical symptoms manifest.

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Centenarian Facts

1.Centenarians are individuals who have reached the age of 100 years or older. 

2.It is estimated that there are currently around 450,000 centenarians worldwide, with that number expected to increase significantly in the coming decades.

3.Centenarians often lead active lifestyles, with many attributing their longevity to factors such as diet, exercise, and social interaction.

4.Studies have shown that centenarians tend to have a lower prevalence of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and dementia compared to younger age groups.

5.Genetics also play a role in determining whether someone will live to be a centenarian, with some individuals inheriting genes that predispose them to longevity.

6.Centenarians often have a positive outlook on life, with many citing a sense of purpose, resilience, and adaptability as key factors in their ability to live to such an advanced age.

7.Many centenarians enjoy strong social connections, whether with family members, friends, or members of their community.

8.Centenarians often have unique perspectives on life, having lived through significant historical events and societal changes.

9.Studies have shown that centenarians tend to have higher levels of emotional well-being and life satisfaction compared to younger age groups.

10. Centenarians are a source of inspiration for people of all ages, demonstrating that it is possible to live a long and fulfilling life well into old age.








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“I suppose I am remembering Passover 
as a way to remind myself that the struggle 
for freedom is as old as time. 
That there are always others who
 yet need to be delivered.”

― Jonathan Auxier,









Baby boomers 
are hitting "peak 65."
Two-thirds don't 
have nearly enough
saved for retirement.




By Aimee Picchi


The nation is rapidly approaching "peak 65" as younger baby boomers turn 65 this year, initiating the biggest wave of retirements in U.S. history. Yet most of those Americans are financially unprepared to stop working, and many risk living in poverty, according to a new analysis. 

The retirements of the youngest boomers — those born between 1959 and 1965 — are likely to reshape the U.S. economy, and not in entirely positive ways, according to the study from the ALI Retirement Income Institute, a non-profit focused on retirement education. 

The new research underscores the impact that income and wealth inequality has had on a generation that, at least on aggregate, is the nation's wealthiest. Boomers who are White, male or have college degrees are the most likely to be financially prepared for retirement, but many people of color, women and those with only high school educations are lagging, the study found. 

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Routine jobs
raise the risk
of cognitive decline
by 66%
and dementia by 37%




By Sandee LaMotte


Working your brain hard at your job could pay off in more ways than boosting your career — it may also protect your cognition and help prevent dementia as you age, a new study found.

Having a routine job with little mental stimulation during your 30s, 40s, 50s and 60s was linked to a 66% higher risk of mild cognitive impairment and a 37% greater risk of dementia after the age of 70, according to the study, when compared with having a job with high cognitive and interpersonal demands.

How to fight dementia, according to neurologists...

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‘Aging in Place,
or Stuck in Place?’




By Paula Span


When it came to housing, Susan Apel and Keith Irwin thought they had planned adroitly for later life. They bought a four-bedroom house on two acres in Lebanon, N.H., 24 years ago, and “we made sure to pay off the mortgage before we retired,” said Ms. Apel, 71.

That way, the home equity they had built up — they estimate their house is now worth about $700,000 — would allow them to sell and downsize into smaller, more manageable quarters when they needed them.

That time has arrived. Ms. Apel, a retired law professor, is having trouble climbing stairs. Mr. Irwin, 71, previously an account manager for a local business, is wearying of yard work and snow shoveling, and finding workers to do those chores instead has become difficult.

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Research highlights 
urgent need
to address 
cancer inequities
in older adults





A systemic review of the current body of research shows that investigators have inadequately addressed the intersection of aging, health disparities, and cancer outcomes among older adults. This is the conclusion of a new paper published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, and led by Nikesha Gilmore, PhD, a member of Wilmot Cancer Institute at the University of Rochester.

As the population of survivors of cancer 65 and older will likely double in size during the next two decades, the review reveals an urgent need for research to address biases impacting cancer outcomes in older people.

A lack of studies focused on disparities, as well as policies and targeted interventions to improve health equity, "perpetuates cancer inequities and leaves the cancer care system ill-equipped to address the unique needs of the rapidly growing and increasingly diverse older adult cancer population," the team concluded.

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Social Security Update
Expands Benefits Nationwide




By Aliss Higham

Some Social Security recipients nationwide may soon get more money in their pockets after a change to eligibility criteria, the Social Security Administration (SSA) has announced.

The government agency has announced it is expanding its rental subsidy policy for those who claim Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments. Under the new rule, published last week, rental assistance, such as renting at a discounted rate, will become less likely to affect a person's SSI eligibility or payment amount.

SSI gives monthly payments to adults and children with a disability or blindness, as well as to adults aged 65 and older who have limited income and resources. Often, these payments are intended to boost the income of those who claim Old-Age, Survivors, and Disability Insurance (OASDI) payments that may fall short of providing for basic needs. In January 2023, 7.4 million individuals received monthly SSI payments averaging $654, according to an SSA report.

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Hobby-Based Side Gigs:
How Seniors 
Can Generate
Extra Income




By Sarah Li Cain

Retirement seems like the best time to ramp up or start pursuing those hobbies you’ve always wanted to make time for. The perk is that many hobbies can also make you money — and that extra money can go towards a nice vacation or a nice little treat.

Monetizing a hobby may not be as difficult as it seems and can be another way to add more purpose to your days. Take a look at this list of hobby-based side gigs where you can earn some extra income, as inspired by Knowadays.

1. Crafts
The global arts and craft supplies market was worth over $44 billion as of 2023, per Research and Markets. While the craft supply side of this equation doesn’t mean all of those products sell, the amount of successful vendors on Etsy or similar marketplaces indicates there’s a vibrant consumer base for quality finished product. You can certainly tap into this market by selling your crafts on marketplaces like eBay or Etsy, or at your local farmers and crafts markets.

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Lively is a smartphone service designed for seniors, offering a user-friendly interface and a budget-friendly price of under $30 per month. While they do charge 10 cents per text, downloading the "Watsapp" app allows for free texting. Lively caters to those who prefer simplicity, focusing on basic phone functions and internet access. However, when they push for additional features without considering user preferences, it raises questions about their true commitment to being "senior-friendly." Here’s the offer:

Dear Bruce,

We are excited to announce upcoming changes to our data plans that we believe will better align with your needs. Based on evolving customer data usage habits, our $2.49/month data plan is being retired, and your account will move to a 1GB data plan for $5/month. This means you’ll get a lot more data for only $2.51 more per month, which you can use for video calls, shopping, gaming, or streaming. The updated plan will also help reduce your risk of data overage charges.

You will continue to pay $2.49/month for your current data plan until your billing date in June when you will move to the 1GB plan and $5/month price.

Sincerely,
Your Lively Team


This unneeded and unwanted increase prompted me to write this open letter…

Dear Lively,

I wanted to take a moment to express my thoughts and concerns regarding the recent email I received from your company. As a new customer, I was initially impressed with the services you offered, as they aligned perfectly with my needs and preferences. However, I was disappointed to learn that I am now required to purchase additional data storage for a small fee.

When I made the decision to switch my cell phone service provider, it was primarily due to the high cost and unnecessary charges I was experiencing with my previous provider. I was seeking a more affordable option that would cater to my specific requirements. Your service seemed to tick all the boxes, offering a phone within my budget and eliminating charges for services I neither used nor required.

As a senior, simplicity and choice are of utmost importance to me. I do not store photos or require excessive data space, as I have a laptop for those purposes. Furthermore, I do not download every free app available on my phone. I value the ability to choose what features I need, rather than being compelled to accept certain ones. This is why I was initially drawn to your service, as it allowed me to customize my plan to fit my needs.

Therefore, receiving an email stating that I am required to purchase additional data storage was disheartening. If I had wanted that much storage, I would not have switched services in the first place. I believe it is crucial for your company to recognize that individuals like myself, who are seniors, value simplicity and the ability to choose what we need.

In light of this, I kindly request that all future upgrades, including the one mentioned in your email, be made optional. By allowing us to decide for ourselves what features are necessary, you will not only cater to our specific needs but also ensure customer satisfaction.

Thank you for taking the time to read my concerns. I hope you will consider my request and continue to provide a service that values simplicity and choice.

Sincerely,
Bruce Cooper










Many not planning well
for life expectancy, study finds





By Rayne Morgan

A new study by Jackson Financial Inc. and Boston College suggests that most seniors are not as concerned about longevity risk – i.e., outliving retirement resources – as they should be, as most are not accurately predicting their lifespan.

Longevity risk refers to the chance that life expectancies and actual survival rates exceed expectations or pricing assumptions, resulting in greater-than-anticipated cash flow needs on the part of insurance companies or pension funds.

“People do not accurately estimate their life expectancy when comparing their expected longevity to standard mortality tables,” Glen Franklin, assistant vice president of Research and RIA & Lead Generation Strategy at Jackson, said.

“Most overestimate their life expectancy, and increase the risk of not effectively planning for late life events such as long-term care.

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Treating Geriatric Sports Injury
Among Pickleball Players:
A Narrative Review of an
Exercise Craze Among Seniors





By Joseph Pergolizzi Jr. • Jeri Matera • Jo Ann K. LeQuang


The sudden and enormous popularity of pickleball has included a surprising and large contingent of geriatric players. Similar to tennis and badminton, pickleball is a game with a short learning curve that offers low-impact cardiovascular benefits. Unlike tennis, most injuries in pickleball are sustained by older rather than younger players. In fact, pickleball-related injuries increase with increasing age. Such injuries include strains, sprains, joint pain, falls, and fractures. The most affected joints are the wrists, shoulders, knees, and ankles. Clinicians can advise their older pickleball patients on strategies and tips to minimize the risk of injury. This may be particularly important because many older individuals playing pickleball today were previously sedentary. Older people may be attracted to pickleball because it is an inclusive sport with a high socialization factor. Nevertheless, pickleball can deliver an excellent cardiovascular workout and it may be an example of a successful way to promote exercise among older people and those who resist exercise.

Introduction & Background

Pickleball is a popular American sport derived from elements of tennis and table tennis. It is played based approximately on the rules of badminton. The competitors play on a hard-surfaced court approximately 20 x 44 feet (6 x 13.4 meters), and the object is to volley a Wiffle ball back and forth over the net. With large paddles, underhand service, a non-volley zone on either side of the net, and a ball with a relatively predictable bounce, pickleball is easy for novices and older people to play, although young, fit, and very athletic players compete in fast-paced, challenging games . In fact, the game was designed to discourage high-speed play and allow for all ages and abilities to participate. The rapidly growing popularity of pickleball among seniors, even those who previously had been sedentary, has given the older population new recreational opportunities, while at the same time, presenting clinicians with geriatric sports injuries. Older players are the largest group of pickleball fans and also the most likely to be injured 


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Most Americans 
Are Quitting Smoking
—Except For Those Over 65




BY HALEY WEISS

An endless supply of trendy takes in recent years claim that among young adults, smoking is cool again. But though they may be hanging from the lips of major influencers and starlets, cigarettes have far more fans in an older demographic, according to new data on adult smoking behaviors in the United States. From 2011 to 2022, the prevalence of smoking habits decreased in every age bracket except one: the 65-and-up crowd. 

Public health campaigns and programs outlining the dangers of smoking aren’t really aimed at older adults, says Rafael Meza, an integrative oncologist at the BC Cancer Research Institute in Vancouver and the lead author of a new study on adult smoking. “In the U.S., smoking really has a generational pattern,” he says. 

Meza’s new analysis, published Dec. 1 in JAMA Health Forum, shows that while people ages 40 through 64 smoke the most, Americans 65 and above are picking up the habit in a way nobody else is. While the prevalence of regular smokers dropped to 15.2% down from 21.2% in a little over a decade for that middle-aged group, older adults saw an increase from 8.7% to 9.4% in the same time frame. 

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Best Card Games 
for Older Adults



By Gail Willowby



Maintaining healthy brain function becomes more important as we age. We want to stay in shape physically but keeping our smarts is just as important. One way to do this is by playing cards. Always popular and lots of fun, there are many card games available that older adults enjoy.

Card Games

Solitaire. Also known as Patience, playing solitaire is one of the most loved card games. Solitaire can be played with a deck of cards or online. There are a multitude of different versions of Solitaire that can be played online – with Solitaired having many of them. All require skill and concentration. Many older adults who are disabled or chronically ill find that playing Solitaire is one way to keep their minds on the present and not on their illness or pain.

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Inside America's senior care crisis:
Number of older citizens set
to balloon to 80.8 MILLION by 2040 -
yet just one in eight can afford
long-term care costing $11k a month




By HELENA KELLY


America is on the verge of a senior care crisis as nearly 70 percent of older adults will require long-term support at some point in their lives, a new report warns.

Experts say long-term medical care - which can cost up to $10,830 a month - is 'out of reach' to the majority of Americans. Only 13 percent of over 75s in major US metros able to afford assisted living without diving into their assets. 

The findings, from Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies, lay bare the scale of economic emergency facing the nation's most vulnerable. 

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PASSOVER FACTS

1. Passover is one of the oldest known Jewish holidays, dating back over 3,000 years.

2. The holiday marks the Israelites' escape from slavery in Egypt, as outlined in the biblical Book of Exodus.

3. The name "Passover" comes from the Hebrew word "Pesach," which means "to pass over" or "to spare."

4. During Passover, Jews avoid eating leavened bread, known as chametz, to commemorate the Israelites' hurried departure from Egypt, where they did not have time to let their bread rise.

5. The tradition of holding a Passover Seder – a festive meal that includes the retelling of the story of the Exodus – dates back to ancient times.

6. Passover is celebrated for seven or eight days, depending on the tradition and location of the observance.

7. The four cups of wine consumed during the Seder represent the four promises that God made to the Israelites: "I will bring you out," "I will deliver you," "I will redeem you," and "I will take you to be my people."

8. The Seder plate includes symbolic foods such as matzah, bitter herbs, and a roasted egg, each representing different elements of the Passover story.

9. The tradition of hiding and finding the afikomen – a piece of matzah broken and wrapped during the Seder – is still practiced by many families as a way to keep children engaged and excited about the holiday.

10. Passover is considered a time of renewal and rebirth, symbolizing the transition from slavery to freedom and the possibility of a brighter future.







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at the airport waiting for a train.”

Leigh Michaels









Joe Biden's Top Economic Advisor
Has a Harsh but Realistic Solution
to Social Security's 
Growing Cash Shortfall



By Sean Williams


KEY POINTS

- America's top retirement program is facing a funding-obligation shortfall of more than $22 trillion through 2097.

In an op-ed piece, former Fed Chair Janet Yellen suggested a dual approach to resolve Social Security's funding shortfall, which includes adjustments to spending.

- A bipartisan solution would greatly improve Social Security's long-term financial outlook.

Janet Yellen's approach to strengthen Social Security would directly clash with President Biden's proposal.

For most retired Americans, Social Security income is something they couldn't live without. Over two decades of annual surveys from national pollster Gallup have shown that 80% to 90% of then-current retirees rely on their monthly benefit, in some capacity, to cover their expenses. Furthermore, 76% to 88% of non-retirees expect to lean on their payout to offset at least some portion of their retirement costs.

Ensuring the health of America's top retirement program should be at or near the top of the list for lawmakers on Capitol Hill. Yet reports show that Social Security's financial health is worsening.

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Number of homeless
senior citizens on the rise
in Florida, across the country




By Nicole Griffin

As baby boomers get older and inflation continues to rise, homes are becoming less and less affordable, and experts say that combination is leading to more senior citizens becoming homeless.

What You Need To Know
Nearly one in four homeless adults are over the age of 55

Homelessness among seniors is estimated to triple by 2030

Nearly a third of senior households are considered cost burdened, spending more than 30% of their income on housing.

According to the National Alliance to End Homelessness, nearly one in four homeless adults is over the age of 55. 

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Adults are aging faster,
facing higher risk of cancer





By Dennis Thompson
   

Younger generations are aging more rapidly, and this could be leading to an increased risk of cancer, a new study says.

People born in or after 1965 are 17% more likely to be experiencing accelerated aging compared to seniors born between 1950 and 1954, researchers found.

That faster aging is associated with a higher risk of certain cancers among adults younger than 55, also known as early-onset cancers, results show.

"Multiple cancer types are becoming increasingly common among younger adults in the United States and globally," researcher Ruiyi Tian, a doctoral student at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, said in a news release. "Understanding the factors driving this increase will be key to improve the prevention or early detection of cancers in younger and future generations."

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Best internet plans for seniors:
Compare discounts and deals




By Lisa Iscrupe & Hannah Whatley


Seniors on low, fixed incomes need internet access for many things, from telehealth appointments and entertainment to keeping in touch with family and friends. In some areas of the country, internet prices are higher than average, making it difficult for seniors on a fixed income to afford home Wi-Fi. Read on to learn more in this internet discount guide for seniors and find low-cost internet for seniors here.

Internet companies with senior discounts

Several companies and government programs offer senior discount internet deals for older adults. Internet service providers (ISPs) like Spectrum, Xfinity and Verizon have plans for qualifying low-income households that can help seniors reduce their internet bills. 

Here, we’ll break down the best providers and plans that offer affordable internet for senior citizens. 

The best internet for seniors....

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Speech Problems 
in the Elderly:
Medical Reasons, 
Treatment, and More




By Ishani Dhar Chowdhury

Being old is not only about gaining wisdom. It’s about dealing with the negative effects of aging. For instance, seniors can have difficulty with their physical health and mental capabilities. 

One underrated thing caregivers can come across is speech problems associated with age. A 2023 report suggests that 18.79% of seniors had voice disorders. 

With age, people lose their ability to communicate and speak effectively. While this is a normal aging process, it can be scary for caregivers to see their loved ones slowly deteriorate. Underlying medical conditions can also lead to speech and language problems. 

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In Other News....

How Lower Interest Rates 
Could Affect Older Adults

When the Fed starts cutting interest rates, retirees could see lower yields on fixed-income assets. Social Security’s finances could be impacted, too.

BY PATRICK M. SIMASKO, J.D.

It’s been four years since COVID-19 reared its ugly head, yet we’re still dealing with the damage it left behind. Since its start in 2020, the pandemic has thrown our economy into a frenzy, forcing the federal government to try to prevent a recession while combating inflation. .......

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I have to admit, I wasn't ready for the challenges that come with old age. I anticipated certain changes, like not being able to do the activities I enjoyed in my youth, such as long walks, hiking, and sports. I also expected the occasional ache that comes with aging. However, what caught me off guard was the constant and persistent pain that I experience every single day. It's not just the typical arthritis twinges or occasional back or neck pain from a wrong move. It's not even the specific pain from injuries like broken bones, dislocated shoulders, falls, or illnesses like cancer. What many of us in our seventies and eighties deal with is an ongoing, vague, and relentless pain that never seems to go away.

This pain is not localized to one area of the body, but rather seems to permeate every joint, muscle, and bone. It's a deep ache that lingers, making even the simplest tasks feel like a monumental effort. It's a constant reminder of the toll that time has taken on my body.

I find myself longing for the days when I could move freely, without the constant reminder of my limitations. The joy of taking a leisurely stroll through the park or going on a challenging hike now feels like a distant memory. Instead, I am left with the frustration of having to rely on assistive devices just to get around.

But it's not just the physical challenges that come with old age that catch me off guard. It's the emotional toll as well. The realization that my body is no longer capable of doing the things it once could is a difficult pill to swallow. It's a reminder that I am no longer the person I once was, and that can be a hard truth to accept.

I have to constantly remind myself to be patient and kind to myself. To not get discouraged by the limitations that old age has placed upon me. It's a daily battle to find the strength to keep going, to not let the pain define me.

But amidst the challenges, there are moments of gratitude. Moments when I am able to find joy in the simple pleasures of life. Whether it's a warm cup of tea, a good book, or the company of loved ones, these moments remind me that there is still beauty to be found in this stage of life.

So, while I may not have been fully prepared for the challenges that come with old age, I am learning to adapt and find new ways to navigate this journey. I am learning to find strength in the face of pain and to appreciate the small victories along the way. And most importantly, I am learning to embrace the wisdom and resilience that comes with age. And for those youngsters reading this, I beg you. Be kind to that old man or lady in front of you at the checkout counter or the bank who may not be fast enough for you. Or those seniors that may appear grumpy or annoyed. Believe me, we don’t want to be that way. It’s just the pain taking over…..









Aging America faces 
a senior care crisis



By April Rubin and Erica Pandey



As America's population of seniors grows, affordable long-term care is increasingly hard to find.

Why it matters: Nearly 70% of older adults will need long-term care services, according to Harvard's Joint Center for Housing Studies.

Medicare doesn't cover these services, and Medicaid often has long wait lists for at-home support, said Samara Scheckler, a research associate.

"The cost of daily assistance at home is out of reach for most," Scheckler said, "and so is assisted living, which bundles housing and care together."

By the numbers: 13% of adults 75+ in U.S. metro areas living alone can afford assisted living without diving into assets, per the Center.

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Don’t Let Social Security’s
Dirty Little Secret Ruin You
And How to Survive Despite It




By Louis Navellier



I love Star Trek. It’s one of my geeky little vices.

And one of my favorite episodes of Star Trek: The Next Generation, “Half a Life,” has an interesting take on how to mitigate the effects of an aging population.

On the planet Kaelon II, when a person reaches the age of 60, they undertake “the Resolution.” In a gathering of family and closest friends, they attend their own funeral… and then commit ritual suicide so as to avoid becoming a burden to younger generations.

I got to thinking about that ST:TNG episode recently while considering the loss of some great men this week. Charlie Munger passed away at age 99 years and 332 days. Henry Kissinger died at age 100. And a week earlier, we lost a great woman: Rosalynn Carter. She was 96 years old. Her surviving husband, President Jimmy Carter, is 99.

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Personalized health 
and lifestyle changes
can delay memory loss 
in older adults






Study shows cognitive improvements when participants keep active and socially engaged, control blood pressure and diabetes.

As more medications move towards federal approval for Alzheimer's disease, a new study led by researchers at UC San Francisco and Kaiser Permanente Washington has found that personalized health and lifestyle changes can delay or even prevent memory loss for higher-risk older adults.

The two-year study compared cognitive scores, risk factors and quality of life among 172 participants, of whom half had received personalized coaching to improve their health and lifestyle in areas believed to raise the risk of Alzheimer's, such as uncontrolled diabetes and physical inactivity. These participants were found to experience a modest boost in cognitive testing, amounting to a 74% improvement over the non-intervention group.

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Check in on your 
grandparents:
Maine nursing home 
treatment
is inhumane




BY VINCENT NORMAN


Maine is the oldest state in the nation, and it’s getting older. For many adults, level IV nursing homes (long-term care facilities licensed for seven or more beds) are somewhere they believe their aging parents and relatives who have high levels of daily needs or serious health issues will receive better care. However, at nursing homes in Maine, your loved one may face physical abuse and neglect with limited to no accountability from the state.

Neglect and abuse is an issue that is sadly often gone unnoticed and unaddressed. From 2020 to 2022, there were 348 cases of abuse/neglect incidents at moderate levels of assistance nursing homes in Maine. The Department of Health and Human Services took no action in a staggering 91% of these cases. 

Where is the empathy for this group of people? Older individuals deserve the fundamental right to humane treatment. They deserve justice for experiencing substantial abuse and neglect while receiving care they are paying for. Elderly people with higher needs deserve to be safe, cared for and happy. 

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UCLA studies unravel
metabolic pathways in
prostate cancer treatment





Two new studies led by researchers from the UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center give insight into how cells use energy to influence the way prostate tumors survive and grow -; advancements that can help explain why some prostate cancers become resistant to hormone therapy, the most commonly used treatment for men with advanced stages of the disease.

Hormone therapy, also known as antiandrogen therapy, plays a crucial role in temporarily halting the growth of prostate cancer cells. Over time, however, the majority of patients eventually see their cancer return and progress, underscoring the pressing need for continued advancements to enhance clinical outcomes.

Identifying metabolic alterations and understanding patterns in cancer cells could be a critical component to developing new cancer treatments. New technological advances are giving us insight into actually how these tumors are breaking down their nutrients -; known as cancer metabolism -; to help them grow. And we might be able to harness or exploit that biology to make tumors more treatable."

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World’s top 10 busiest airports 
for passenger traffic in 2023



1.  Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta, Georgia (ATL):  104.7 million passengers; up 11.7% from 2022
2.  Dubai, United Arab Emirates (DXB):  87 million passengers; up 31.7% from 2022
3.  Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas (DFW): 81.8 million passengers; up 11.4% from 2022
4.  London Heathrow, United Kingdom (LHR): 79.2 million passengers; up 28.5% from 2022
5.  Tokyo Haneda, Japan (HND): 78.7 million passengers; up 55.1% from 2022
6.  Denver, Colorado (DEN): 77.8 million passengers; up 12.3% from 2022
7.  Istanbul, Turkey (IST): 76 million passengers; up 18.3% from 2022
8.  Los Angeles, California (LAX): 75.1 million passengers; up 13.8% from 2022
9.  Chicago O’Hare, Illinois (ORD): 73.9 million passengers; up 8.1% from 2022
10. Delhi, India (DEL): 72.2 million passengers; up 21.4% from 2022






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“Superficially, it might be said that the function of the kidneys is
to make urine; but in a more considered view one can say 
that the kidneys make the stuff of philosophy itself.”

Homer Smith








$19M in grants
available to improve
job opportunities
for older adults




By Kathleen Steele Gaivin

The Department of Labor announced last week the availability of approximately $19 million in grants for current national recipients in the Senior Community Service Employment Program to apply for additional funding in a demonstration project for sector-based training for older workers.

Clif Porter, senior vice president of government relations at the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living, told the McKnight’s Business Daily that the groups were pleased to see more funding being made available for the program.

“Every day, long-term and post-acute care providers across the country see the vitality of America’s seniors. We know, perhaps more acutely than other professions, the importance of developing a sense of community and belonging in the overall health of seniors,” he said.

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Too many older adults
are taking risky
sedative medications




BY WENDY LEVINSON, MD AND CHRISTINE SOONG, MD


A recent investigation in Quebec uncovered a concerning trend: benzodiazepines — medications commonly used for sleep or anxiety — are being overprescribed. This investigation has prompted the Quebec College of Physicians to closely examine the usage of these medications.

But this issue extends beyond Quebec’s borders; across Canada, these medications are being prescribed at alarming rates.

Benzodiazepines and other sedatives are often prescribed to older adults aged 65 and up for sleep or anxiety problems. However, long-term use poses serious risks for this age group, including memory problems, falls, and even an increased risk of death. When benzodiazepines are taken with other sedating medications, there is also an increased risk of overdose and over-sedation.

Despite these known risks, a 2022 report by the Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) and Choosing Wisely Canada found that one in 12 Canadians over 65 are using these medications regularly.

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Most baby boomers
want to stay put
in their big family homes —
exacerbating a major
US housing problem




By Vawn Himmelsbach


A recent Redfin survey of older American homeowners (aged 60 and over) found that more than three-quarters (78%) will consider staying in their current home as they age — or are already aging in place. While 16% said they’ll consider a 55+ community, 9% will consider moving to an assisted living/nursing home/elder care facility.

But, as the survey points out, this could be contributing to a larger housing problem in the U.S.

Why older Americans are ‘aging in place’

According to Redfin, more than a quarter (27%) of baby boomers who aren’t planning to sell their home anytime soon said it’s because their home is completely or almost paid off, and roughly one in five (21%) said they are staying put because home prices are now too high.

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ARE YOUR PILLS
MAKING YOU SICK?





BY JULIA HUBBEL

According to a study by the American Association of Consultant Pharmacists, the average 60+ person in the United States fills upwards of 15 prescriptions a year. That leaps to 18 or more as we age.

Those in facilities are grotesquely overmedicated, often as a way to control behavior. This has led to some $177 billion in medical costs, much of which is pharma-related accidents, overdoses and interactions.

An article published in The Wall Street Journal claims that one in four women over 40 is on anti-depressants.

We get medicated for everything that ails us, much of which could be better dealt with using traditional medicine: better food choices, more exercise, having a purpose in life and finding happiness and gratitude in our everyday surroundings.

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Why Are Syphilis Cases
Surging Among 
55+ Americans?





BY JAZZ SHAW


In an era of ongoing disasters and emergencies, this is one problem that many of us probably hoped was mostly in our rearview mirror by this point, but apparently not. It turns out that we have recently seen a serious, significant comeback in sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in the United States. But it's not uniform in the demographics where it is showing up and it doesn't apply to all STDs equally. The CDC is reporting sharp spikes in chlamydia and Hepatitis C, but the largest rise has been in syphilis. And the age group most likely to become infected is 55 years of age and older. There must be more to the explanation of this than meets the eye. (Fox News)

Sexually transmitted disease rates have risen sharply in a certain age group – and which group it is may surprise you.

The CDC's latest statistics on STDs in the U.S. show that chlamydia, Hepatitis C, and syphilis were among the diseases that have been infecting Americans aged 55 and older at an alarming rate. The statistics, which are as recent as 2022, show how STD rates have skyrocketed since 2000.

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In Other News….


Hearing Aids Can Be Frustrating, 
but Necessary, for Older Adults

By Judith Graham

It was an every-other-day routine, full of frustration.

Every time my husband called his father, who was 94 when he died in 2022, he’d wait for his dad to find his hearing aids and put them in before they started talking.
Even then, my father-in-law could barely hear what my husband was saying. “What?” he’d ask over and over.

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Measuring Your Marbles: 
The World of Powers of Attorney


Because this writer is now of “that age” and the topic of senior mental infirmity seems to be a focal point of the 2024 Presidential race, I have been watching a podcast about powers of attorney and their cousins the “springing powers.” The attorney leading the discussion seemed to be quite convinced that legal documents could be drafted that would effectively cover what should happen when (as he put it) “You lose your marbles.”

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Write down your thoughts
and shred them
to relieve anger,
researchers say


Writing negative reactions on paper 
and shredding it or scrunching and throwing 
in the bin eliminates angry feelings, study finds





By Caroline Davies


Since time immemorial humans have tried to devise anger management techniques.

In ancient Rome, the Stoic philosopher Seneca believed “my anger is likely to do me more harm than your wrong” and offered avoidance tips in his AD45 work De Ira (On Anger).

More modern methods include a workout on the gym punchbag or exercise bike. But the humble paper shredder may be a more effective – and accessible – way to decompress, according to research.

A study in Japan has found that writing down your reaction to a negative incident on a piece of paper and then shredding it, or scrunching it into a ball and throwing it in the bin, gets rid of anger.

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Unless you watch a lot of TV at 3AM, mostly all of the advertising and programming is geared towards a youth, or at least,a young market. And rightfully so. After all, it’s the youngsters that set the trends, go to the concerts, buy the clothes, eat at the trendy restaurants and, in general spend or are responsible for, how most of our discretionary income is spent. Therefore, one must ask, “If the youngsters are the focus of the media and the marketers, where does that leave us old folks?”

As the older generation, we often find ourselves overlooked in the media landscape. It seems like every commercial break is filled with ads featuring youthful faces, promoting products and experiences that are far from our interests. We're left feeling invisible, as if our needs and desires don't matter anymore.

But let's not forget, we are a significant demographic with unique preferences and purchasing power. We have a lifetime of wisdom and experience that should be acknowledged and respected. We may not be the ones attending the latest music festivals or wearing the trendiest clothes, but we still have a desire to be seen and catered to.

Fortunately, there are companies and marketers who recognize the value of the older generation. They understand that we have different priorities and interests, and they are starting to create content and products specifically tailored to us. From travel agencies offering senior-friendly vacation packages to fashion brands designing stylish yet comfortable clothing for mature bodies, there is a growing recognition that we deserve to be included in the media and marketing frenzy.

Moreover, as the population ages, the market potential for products and services targeting older individuals is expanding rapidly. The silver economy is booming, and businesses are beginning to realize the immense opportunities that lie in catering to our needs. From healthcare and financial services to leisure and entertainment, there is a vast untapped market waiting to be explored.

So, while it may sometimes feel like we're being left behind in the media and marketing world, there is hope on the horizon. We are slowly but surely gaining visibility and recognition. It's up to us, as the older generation, to demand representation and make our voices heard. By actively seeking out companies and brands that cater to our needs, we can show the industry that we are a force to be reckoned with.

Age should never be a barrier to receiving the recognition, appreciation, and sense of belonging that we all deserve. We may not be the ones setting the latest trends, but we still have a significant role to play in shaping the economy and society as a whole. ….









Old age isn’t what is used to be:
a versatile solution for a more
independent breed of seniors




By Michael Kure


An award-winning company from Down Under gives today’s seniors the power to access the services they need while keeping control of their own destinies and preserving their independence.

Writer Stephen King recently turned 76. Rock legends Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr just released the final Beatles song at the age of 81 and 83 respectively. Captain James T. Kirk himself, the venerable William Shatner, is 92. And none of them are resting on their laurels. 

Imagine, there are adults today whose grandparents raved at Woodstock! So, it’s not surprising that many people in their seventies and eighties aren’t quite ready to think of themselves as “senior citizens,” let alone “elderly.”

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6 questions to ask that
will make caring for
older relatives much easier

Your parents or other loved ones could 
need you one day. Here’s how to get ready.







By Anna North



Anna North is a senior correspondent for Vox, where she covers American family life, work, and education. Previously, she was an editor and writer at the New York Times. She is also the author of three novels, including the New York Times bestseller Outlawed.

The women in Loretta Woodward Veney’s family are known for their longevity. Her grandmother died in her late 90s; her great-grandmother lived alone until she was 101, and only agreed to move into a nursing home “when we told her there were men,” Veney jokes. So when Veney’s mother was diagnosed with dementia at age 77, Veney, then 47, was shocked — and unprepared for the financial and logistical realities of caregiving.

Many millennial and Gen Z Americans will be faced with difficult decisions about elder care in the near future, if they aren’t grappling with it already. Baby boomers are reaching the age when they’re more likely to need support with medical care and daily tasks, and the ones providing that support are typically family members, often adult children. More than 40 million Americans today are caring for an older relative or friend, according to AARP, and many caregivers and former caregivers, like Veney, describe being taken by surprise when a loved one needed help, and feeling isolated by the lack of public discussion around aging and disability.

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Wasabi effective in
improving memory 
of elderly: study

A research has found that hexaraphane — 
a component found in wasabi — 
helps improve the episodic and 
working memories of elderly people.





A recent study has found that wasabi, a traditional Japanese spice and popular sushi condiment, may be beneficial in enhancing elderly people's memory and cognitive abilities.
The research, conducted jointly by Japanese food manufacturer Kinjirushi and Tohoku University, focused on a type of mustard oil called hexaraphane found in small quantities in the plant's roots and rhizomes.

The research looked into whether the compound, already known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects on the body, has a positive impact on cognitive function for healthy adults aged 60 years and over.

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Millions more older adults
won't be able to afford housing
in the next decade, study warns




By Claire Thornton


More older adults will experience housing insecurity in the coming years unless the country dramatically increases its supply of affordable homes for people ages 65 and up, who make up roughly one-fifth of the nation.

A growing share of people with low and fixed incomes will struggle to afford appropriate housing in the coming decade, as the number of older Americans is expected to skyrocket, Harvard researchers said in a report this week. By 2040, the number of households headed by someone age 80 or older will balloon to 17 million, according to the report.

"There is a good news part of this, in that it's not a bad thing that there are a lot more older people living longer," Jennifer Molinsky, the report's lead author, told USA TODAY. "We just don't have the housing and supports that we need for this growing population."

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Enzyme Linked To
Loss Of Muscle Mass In
Older Adults, Study Finds




By William A. Haseltine

This article is part of a broad series on recent advances in the science and medicine of longevity and aging. The series covers a range of topics, including musculoskeletal health. Expect more articles on bone and muscle regeneration to follow.

Muscle is what keeps us moving. It is integral to athletic performance, yes, but also to everyday activities. This is all the more relevant as we age: past 30, we begin to lose 3% to 5% of our muscle mass per decade. Such age-related loss of muscle, called “sarcopenia”, in technical speak, can lead to frailty and immobility down the line, both of which worsen quality of life. Researchers with the Blau Lab at Stanford University are taking things into their own hands, piecing together the various causes for muscle decline with age. Their latest findings, published in Science, suggest that nerve-muscle connections may be a key part of the equation, and that reestablishing these connections helps bring back and maintain muscle and strength.

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KIDNEY FACTS


1.The kidneys are two bean-shaped organs located on either side of the spine, just below the rib cage.

2. The main function of the kidneys is to filter waste products and excess fluids from the blood to form urine.

3. Each kidney contains about one million tiny units called nephrons that filter the blood.

4. The kidneys produce hormones that help regulate blood pressure, red blood cell production, and calcium balance.

5. Kidney stones are solid deposits that form in the kidneys and can cause severe pain when they pass through the urinary tract.

6. Chronic kidney disease is a long-term condition where the kidneys gradually lose their function and can eventually lead to kidney failure.

7. Acute kidney injury is a sudden decrease in kidney function that can be caused by dehydration, infection, or medication.

8. Dialysis is a treatment for kidney failure that uses a machine to filter waste products from the blood.

9. Kidney transplant is a surgical procedure in which a healthy kidney is transferred from a donor to a recipient with kidney failure.

10. It is important to drink plenty of water, maintain a healthy diet low in salt and sugar, and avoid smoking to keep your kidneys healthy.




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“Doctors say it's okay to have 
sex after a heart attack, 
provided you close 
the ambulance door.”

Phyllis Diller







Cannabis Use
Linked to Lower
Dementia Risk




Summary: Recreational cannabis use may be associated with a significant decrease in the odds of experiencing subjective cognitive decline (SCD) in adults over 45. Analyzing data from the CDC’s 2021 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, researchers found that recreational users had 96% lower odds of reporting SCD compared to non-users.

This intriguing finding suggests potential protective effects of cannabis on cognition, although the study’s authors emphasize the need for longitudinal research to understand the long-term impacts. Despite its limitations, the study contributes to the evolving conversation around cannabis use and cognitive health, highlighting the importance of differentiating between medical and recreational use in research.

Key Facts:

- Recreational cannabis use was associated with a significantly lower risk of subjective cognitive decline in adults over 45.

- The study is unique in its examination of cannabis use’s type, frequency, and method, focusing on an older population.

- There was no significant difference in the odds of SCD related to cannabis consumption frequency and method, suggesting the potential role of THC content in protective effects against cognitive decline.

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This vitamin deficiency
can cause forgetfulness
and mimic symptoms of
dementia—but it’s reversible.
Doctors explain
the signs to look for




BY KORIN MILLER

About 5.8 million people in the U.S. have Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, giving these life-altering illnesses a wide impact across the country. But while it can be devastating when a loved one shows signs of memory loss, doctors say you shouldn’t automatically assume they have dementia. 

Several factors can cause a person to have classic signs of dementia, including a deficiency in vitamin B12. “Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause cognitive impairment, including impairments in thinking,” says Dr. Scott Kaiser, a geriatrician and director of Geriatric Cognitive Health for the Pacific Neuroscience Institute in Santa Monica, CA. “That can definitely mimic signs of dementia.”

Couple that with the fact that older adults are more likely to have trouble fully absorbing vitamin B12, putting them at risk for a deficiency, and doctors say that vitamin B12 deficiency should at least be on the radar of people with older loved ones. Unlike dementia, this is a health issue that can be reversed. 

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Millennials Are 
Exchanging Anecdotes
About How They're Noticing
That Their Parents
Are Turning Into Awful People

Maybe it isn't your folks, 
but you definitely know a 
boomer who is doing these things.





By Brian Galindo


If there is anything millennials can all agree on, it's that we're getting old! Of course, so are our parents, which means we're now dealing with them as senior citizens. And if you're a millennial with boomer parents, you've probably noticed that their idiosyncrasies have gotten worse and that they're getting more and more set in their ways.

However, with some people, as they get older, it goes beyond quirks and stubbornness and to them becoming downright bitter and meaner. Recently, I stumbled upon a thread from a couple of months ago where user StyrkeSkalVandre was interested in just that when they asked millennials: "Has anyone else noticed their parents becoming really nasty people as they age?"

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6 Supplements
You Should Never Take
If You're Over 60,
Doctors Say

SOME OF THESE VITAMINS, 
MINERALS, AND NUTRIENTS 
CAN CAUSE HEALTH ISSUES FOR SENIORS.




BY ZACHARY MACK

Establishing good health habits when you're younger that carry over into your older years can help keep you feeling your best. Your routine may include taking dietary supplements, to ensure you're getting all the vitamins and minerals everyone needs or to help address a specific deficiency. However, this health habit can become riskier when you reach a certain age.

"In some cases, supplements can cause problems in older adults because they interact with common prescription medications," says Leann Poston, MD, a licensed physician and health advisor for Invigor Medical. "Talk with your doctor before taking supplements to ensure they are safe for you."

Wondering what you should drop from your daily nutrition regimen as a senior? We've asked the experts to weigh in on the most important changes you should consider right now. Read on for the worst supplements to take if you're over 60, according to doctors.

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The world's oldest man
shares secrets 
to his longevity





LONDON — The world's oldest man says the secret to his long life is luck, moderation — and fish and chips every Friday.

Englishman John Alfred Tinniswood, 111, was confirmed as the new holder of the title by Guinness World Records.

That followed the death of the Venezuelan record-holder, Juan Vicente Pérez, this month at the age of 114. Gisaburo Sonobe from Japan, who was next longest-lived, died March 31 at 112.

Tinniswood was presented with a certificate by Guinness World Records on Thursday at the care home where he lives in Southport, northwest England.

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10 Best Exercises
for Seniors
To Lose Belly Fat




By Adam Meyer

As you age, it's totally normal to accumulate some extra padding around your midsection. But that doesn't mean carrying around extra belly flab isn't frustrating or challenging. Fortunately, we're here to help. If you're an older adult looking to shed unwanted belly fat, you're in the right place. We chatted with Rachel MacPherson, CPT, an ACE-certified personal trainer with Garage Gym Reviews, who shares the 10 best exercises for seniors to lose belly fat.

Belly fat, or visceral fat, can be particularly stubborn and harmful to your health. According to the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, excess abdominal fat has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic conditions. The risk increases with a waist circumference exceeding 35 inches for women or 40 inches for men. The good news is that by incorporating the following exercises into your workout routine, you can slim down your waistline and boost overall health and fitness.

However, MacPherson reminds us that you can't spot target fat loss from one specific area of your body. She says, "While no exercise can target belly fat specifically, there are some that will help burn calories or help strengthen and tighten the abdominal muscles for a more slim appearance."

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MORE STORIES FOR A MONDAY


How age-friendly universities 
can improve the second half of life

By 2030, more than 1.4 billion people across the globe will be at least 60 years old. This number will shoot up to 2.1 billion by 2050. At this point, there will be more people age 60 or older than people between 10 and 24.

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RV TRAVEL TIPS FOR SENIORS

Setting out on a trip in the comfort of a recreational vehicle (RV) is an exhilarating experience, and for you, as a senior, it presents a unique opportunity to explore the world at your own pace. RV travel offers a blend of adventure, flexibility, and the comfort of a home on wheels.

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TRUMP ON TRIAL

Former president Donald Trump is set to stand trial today ( Monday April 15, 2024)in New York, marking the first time a former president faces criminal charges. The jury will determine whether he is guilty of allegedly paying hush money to Stormy Daniels using company funds. Regardless of the outcome, Trump's supporters are likely to view him as victorious. Here’s why.

Scenario 1. Trump is found not guilty.

In an unexpected turn of events, Trump has been acquitted. It seems that the evidence presented by the Manhattan DA was not sufficient to sway the jury, much to the delight of Trump and his supporters. He will undoubtedly use this victory to further push his narrative of being a victim of a witch hunt and to criticize his political opponents. Get ready to hear more of the same from him.

Scenario 2. Trump is found guilty.

The DA's case proved to be too strong against him, leading to his being held over for sentencing. Despite some jurors possibly being on his side, the evidence was irrefutable. His lawyers managed to find an excuse to appeal the verdict, causing further delays in the pursuit of justice. Eventually, he will lose the appeal and face sentencing. Trump's 34 felony counts are considered "Class E felonies" in New York, with a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison for each count. The judge may decide whether to order concurrent or consecutive sentences, but the sentencing for Class E felonies is capped at 20 years in New York. His legal team will likely appeal the sentence, fueling his rhetoric and gaining more support from his followers. Regardless of guilt, he emerges victorious.*

Scenario 3. Hung jury.

Experts say there is an 80% chance there will be at least one unwavering Trump idolizer on the jury. After days of deliberation, that one juror remains sure of Trump’s innocence. Since all 12 jurors have to agree on a verdict, the trial will end in hung jury or mistrial. It will be up to the prosecutors weather to retry the case. Trump sees this as a victory as it does exactly what he wanted to do all along. Delay, delay, delay.

He will continue to use this as evidence of his innocence and claim that the justice system is biased against him. His supporters will rally behind him even more fervently, viewing the hung jury as a victory for their cause. The political divide in the country will only deepen as Trump's rhetoric becomes more emboldened and his critics become more vocal in their opposition. The future remains uncertain as the legal battle continues, but one thing is for sure - this is not the last we’ll be hearing from Trump and the MAGA’s. His influence and impact on American politics will persist for years to come. ... 

*EDITOR'S NOTE: There are four charges of fraud against Trump, each carrying a maximum penalty of 20 years. The judge is likely to have them served concurrently. Even if Trump serves only half of his sentence, he faces a significant amount of time in jail. Unfortunately, no matter how long he is incarcerated, it will not change his character. He will not gain humility or restraint. A fair sentence I would like to see is for him to complete 1 year of community service at a VA hospital, homeless shelter, or cleaning up trash on the New York State Thruway.


 





FTC Issues Report 
to Congress

How to Meet the Housing Needs
of Older Adults Aging in Place

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By Erika Zelaya

As the population of older adults continues to increase, the challenge of aging in place—or living in one’s home independently—has become more pressing. However, for aging in place to be a viable option, suitable housing is crucial. Unfortunately, many older adults face challenges in finding and affording housing that’s safe, accessible, and meets their changing needs as they age. How can policymakers meet the housing needs of older adults wishing to age in place?

The population of older adults is on the rise:

In the US, more than 1 in 6 Americans are now 65 or older, according to a report from the Administration on Aging (PDF). That represents 55.7 million people, or an increase of 38 percent since 2010. By 2040, the report estimates that there will be 80.8 million residents 65 and older. A 2021 Home and Community Preferences survey by AARP found that about 75 percent of people older than 50 want to stay in their homes or communities for as long as possible.

Yet, as older adults age in place, they may encounter a range of housing-related challenges that impede their ability to remain in their homes:

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Two-thirds of those 50+
anxious about assisted living
affordability: survey




By Lois A. Bowers


Two-thirds (66%) of Americans aged 50 or more years participating in a recent poll said they are “mostly” or “somewhat” anxious about being able to afford the cost of an assisted living community or nursing home if they need to move to one.

KFF conducted the survey in May 2022 as part of a larger project and published the results Nov. 17.

Increasing age and income tempered concern about assisted living affordability. For instance, 73% of respondents aged 50 to 64 and 57% of those aged 65 or older said they were mostly or somewhat anxious about their ability to afford assisted living, as were 77% of participants with household incomes of less than $40,000, 60% of those with household incomes of $40,000 to $89,900, and 48% of respondents with household incomes of $90,000 or more.

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Aging In Place Remodeling:
A Checklist For Senior Homes



By Nicole Gregory

Many people hope to stay in their homes as they age rather than move in with a relative or into an assisted living community. In fact, a 2021 poll conducted by AARP found 75% of people at least 50 years old want to live in their homes as long as possible[1].

“However, the needs and wants of the aging population often don’t match up with the reality of our aging homes,” says Eve Hill, a California-based certified aging in place specialist and co-founder of consulting company Customized Aging.

But a few key remodeling projects can make a home safe and liveable for the long term. “You can leverage design to prolong your independence,” says Hill. Here’s what you need to know.


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Suicides in U.S. 
hit historic high in 2022,
driven by increase 
among older adults





BY EMILY ALPERT

Rising rates of suicide among older adults drove the number of such deaths to a historic high in the United States last year, even as suicide declined among youth, according to a report released Wednesday by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

More than 49,000 people died by suicide in 2022 across the country, the highest tally recorded for the nation, according to federal figures. It’s the latest evidence of a troubling trend in the U.S., where suicide has been on the rise for much of the 21st century.

The U.S. suicide rate fell somewhat between 2018 and 2020, but then resumed its upward trend, alarming health officials. After adjusting the raw numbers to account for the age distribution of Americans, CDC researchers found that the nation’s suicide rate last year was 14.3 deaths per 100,000 residents — a level not seen since 1941.

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Building up thighs 
may prevent
knee replacement




By Dennis Thompson

Squats and lunges aren't the most fun exercises, but a new study says they'll help save your knees.

Folks with strong quads building up their thighs appear to be less likely to require a total knee replacement, according to a presentation scheduled for Monday at a meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) in Chicago.

Stronger muscles are generally associated with a lower rate of total knee replacement, researchers said in background notes.

However, it's been unclear whether people benefit more from stronger extensor muscles like the quadriceps, which extend the leg, or stronger flexor muscles like hamstrings that bend the leg.

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10 Facts About 
Your Aging Heart


1. As people age, their heart muscles may weaken or stiffen, leading to a decrease in overall heart function.

2. Aging can cause changes in the blood vessels, making them less flexible and more prone to plaque buildup, which can increase the risk of heart disease.

3. Age-related changes in the heart's electrical system can lead to a higher risk of arrhythmias, or irregular heartbeats.

4. The heart's ability to respond to stress or physical activity may decrease as people age, leading to less efficient pumping and blood flow.

5. Aging can also affect the heart's ability to regulate blood pressure, which can increase the risk of hypertension and other cardiovascular problems.

6. The risk of developing heart disease increases with age, with older adults being more likely to have conditions such as coronary artery disease or heart failure.

7. Age-related changes in the heart can also affect its ability to recover from illness or injury, making older adults more vulnerable to heart-related complications.

8. Aging hearts may be less able to adjust to changes in temperature or stress, making it important for older adults to take precautions to protect their heart health.

9. Regular exercise and a healthy diet can help slow the aging process of the heart and reduce the risk of developing cardiovascular problems.

10. It is important for older adults to have regular check-ups with their healthcare provider to monitor their heart health and address any potential issues early on.








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“Should any political party attempt 
to abolish social security, 
unemployment insurance, 
and eliminate labor laws and farm programs, 
you would not hear of that party again I
n our political history.”

Dwight D. Eisenhower









Higher Than Expected Inflation
Lifts 2025 
Social Security COLA Estimate





BY TED GODBOUT

We’re still several months away from knowing what the final Social Security cost of living adjustment (COLA) will be for 2025, but the federal government's inflation data for March has pushed the COLA estimate higher, while dampening hope for future rate cuts.

That's higher than the inflation trends indicated last month based on February’s CPI-W data. Based on this trend, The Senior Citizens League (TSCL) has adjusted its COLA forecast to 2.6% in 2025, up from 2.4% in February and 1.75% in January. Still, that’s a far cry from the 8.7% COLA increase seen in 2023.

TSCL notes that its estimates may change monthly, relying on the latest CPI data. The final COLA for 2025 may differ from these estimates because it's computed based on the average inflation rate during the third quarter (July, August, and September) determined by the percentage of change in the CPI-W and then compared to the same period a year prior. Six months' worth of data still needs to be collected, leaving plenty of room for change, the organization observes.  

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Republican Suggests
Thousands of Seniors
Shouldn't Be Voting




By Andrew Stanton

Republican Senate candidate Eric Hovde suggested most nursing home residents should not be voting because they only have "five, six months life expectancy."

Hovde is challenging Democratic Senator Tammy Baldwin in Wisconsin, a crucial swing state that could determine which party controls the Senate and whether President Joe Biden or former President Donald Trump wins the 2024 presidential race. While Baldwin has easily won reelection in the past, Republicans see the close presidential race as an opportunity to flip the Senate seat, largely rallying around Hovde ahead of the August 13 primary.

Hovde, who is endorsed by Trump, is facing criticism over recent remarks made about nursing home residents voting in the 2020 presidential election during an April 5 interview on the Guy Benson Show.

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Recent contact
with young children
linked to over 60s risk
of acquiring
pneumonia-causing bacteria




New research being presented at this year's European Congress of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases (ECCMID 2024) in Barcelona, Spain (27-30 April) finds that pneumonia-causing bacteria are common in the over 60s and that contact with pre-school and young school-aged children appears to be the most important factor in the onward transmission of Streptococcus pneumoniae (pneumococcus) to the over 60s.

Pneumococcus is the main bacterial pathogen involved in ear and sinus infection, but is also a major cause of more severe diseases such as pneumonia, sepsis, and meningitis. Pneumococcal infections mainly affect children under two and the elderly, and claim almost two million lives worldwide every year.

The US CDC estimates that pneumococci cause more than half of all cases of bacterial meningitis in the U.S. with around 2,000 cases of pneumococcal meningitis occurring each year. Over 150,000 hospitalizations from pneumococcal pneumonia occur every year in the U.S., and pneumococci is also the most common bacterial cause of childhood pneumonia, especially in children under 5 years. In adults, pneumococci account for 10% to 30% of adult community-acquired pneumonia.

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Let’s Get Ready
for Allergy Season!





By Meredith White

It’s that time of year! Spring has sprung and so have allergies for some of us. There is still time to get ready for allergy season to help reduce the symptoms. Preparation for allergy season can make a difference for yourself and loved ones.

While you can get allergies at any age, seniors are particularly apt to develop them or continue to have them if they have any chronic ailments.

Seniors with allergies tend to really feel the impact of symptoms and this can impact their quality of living.

Here are 3 ideas ...

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18 Affordable Places
to Retire Outside
the US for
$2,000 a Month




By Rabia Mazhar

This article takes a look at 18 affordable places to retire outside the US for $2,000 a month. If you wish to skip our detailed analysis on navigating the retirement period as a US citizen, you may go to 5 Affordable Places to Retire Outside the US for $2,000 a Month.

The Retirement Journey: Trends and Tribulations

According to the United States Census Bureau, more than one in five Americans will be over the age of 65 by 2030. With over 20% of a country’s population in the senior citizen category, the obvious question arises - what does retirement in America look like? For many, retirement is a time of financial difficulty. The National Council on Aging estimates that over 17 million American senior citizens are economically insecure - that’s about 1 in 3 older adults. For these 17 million older adults, incomes fall below 200% of the federal poverty level. The National Council on Aging also sheds demographic light on who comprises the 17 million. Here, it comes as no surprise that older women have a greater chance of living in poverty as they are behind on income due to wage discrimination and time spent on unpaid childcare and domestic labor. 

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7 STEPS TO HELP
YOU DEAL WITH
ANGER AFTER 60





BY SALLY FOX

Anger is natural, but when it builds up in us, it can be incapacitating, causing us to lash out at others, or lash out at ourselves and lead to depression.

When anger threatens to overwhelm your day, here’s a way you can shift your mood and carry on, without telling yourself that you, “shouldn’t feel angry.”

Growing up in the 50s, I heard the subtle – and sometimes not-so-subtle – message: “Nice girls shouldn’t be angry.” I learned to swallow my anger and allow it to rest, like bile, inside of me.

Anger and outrage aren’t bad – in fact, at times, they’re appropriate. Violence against women and girls should make us angry. But let’s use our anger to act, not stockpile it in our guts.

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If someone were to ask you, "How are you doing?" chances are you would respond with a smile and politely say, "I'm okay, how about you?" It's a common courtesy to avoid delving into the nitty-gritty details of our struggles and worries. After all, who has the time for that? So, we simply brush it off and continue on our way, trying to maintain a sense of cheerfulness. 

But what if we were to take a moment and truly assess how we're really doing? What would we discover? Every now and then, I find myself doing just that, and to my surprise, I realize that I'm actually doing okay, considering everything. 

The most important thing for me is to be at peace with myself. It hasn't always been this way though. There was a time when I didn't particularly like myself. I was filled with anger towards my body for its health issues. I was frustrated that the plans I had made for my personal time after decades of work were shattered, and it seemed like a life of declining health, doctors, and nursing homes awaited me. 

However, amidst all of that, I have managed to not only live with these challenges but also accept them. It's true that some of my fears have come true, but I've learned to make peace with them.

It's taken some time, but I've come to embrace the reality that my choices are somewhat restricted and the fantasy of a carefree life may not materialize. However, I've also come to understand that although it's enjoyable to have a beautiful home, a fancy car, stylish clothes, and wealth, I possess all the essentials I require, no matter how simple they may seem.

Living in an assisted living facility wasn't exactly what I had in mind for my retirement years, but it's actually not too shabby. I have a cozy place to call my own, with the freedom to come and go as I please. If I ever need anything, all I have to do is ask and it's taken care of. The food could use some improvement, but I'm definitely not going hungry. While transportation is a bit of a challenge, my decreased mobility means I don't rely on it as much. Plus, I still have some extra cash at the end of each month for personal expenses. I know not every senior has it as good as I do, so I consider myself fortunate. Sure, my health could be better with a few chronic conditions, but I've learned that focusing on the negatives only makes things worse. The last thing I need is to mess with my own head.

So, when someone inquires about my well-being, I can genuinely respond with "not too shabby." I hope you can do the same. Wishing everyone a delightful weekend.......










Boomers Know Best —
If You Have to Hustle,
It's Not Passive Income





BY KENNY ROSE 



Key Takeaways:

- There's a clear divide in how different generations perceive and pursue passive income.

- Many people, particularly younger generations, misunderstand the true nature of passive income.

- True passive income typically comes from investments that require minimal ongoing effort, such as dividends from stocks, interest from bonds, or earnings from real estate and other alternative business assets.

Investors have coveted passive income streams since the early days of the COVID lockdown, when we were all sitting around on our laptops, figuring we might as well make a few extra bucks. Its popularity shows no sign of waning — not with inflation surging and eggs at $5 a dozen.

The pursuit of passive income ignites young and old investors alike. In a recent survey of 1,000 US investors with at least $10K in assets, the State of Alternative Assets report, respondents across age demographics ranked it as a top 2023 priority. But while passive income is a common goal, there's an increasingly clear divide in how generations understand and earn passive income. Gen Z and Millennials see it as a dependable stream of income outside their main paycheck and seek it via crypto and side hustles. Gen X and Boomers take the set-it-and-forget-it approach, and look for passive income via capital appreciation.

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Exploring Medicaid Payments
for Assisted Living:
What You Need to Know



BY DANIEL COBB

When it’s time for you or a senior you care for to look into assisted living, the cost can quickly turn into an obstacle. According to Genworth Financial’s Cost of Care Survey, the average senior pays $4,500 a month for assisted living, with prices going much higher in many places. Paying for this can be a challenge, especially for older adults with limited incomes. 

Many seniors with limited resources receive health care coverage through their state’s Medicaid program, which may open the door to financial assistance in paying for care. Assisted living communities house seniors in a safe, caring environment where their needs can be taken care of by trained staff. These are not medical facilities like skilled nursing homes, but they do offer help with activities of daily living and chore assistance. Many communities also offer premium features such as concierge services and lifestyle classes.

Assisted living communities house seniors in a safe, caring environment where their needs can be taken care of by trained staff. These are not medical facilities like skilled nursing homes, but they do offer help with activities of daily living and chore assistance. Many communities also offer premium features such as concierge services and lifestyle classes.

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50-year-old muscles just
can’t grow big like they used to
— according to science




There is perhaps no better way to see the absolute pinnacle of human athletic abilities than by watching the Olympics. But at the Olympics – and at almost all professional sporting events – you rarely see a competitor over 40 years old and almost never see a single athlete over 50. This is because with every additional year spent on Earth, bodies age and muscles don’t respond to exercise the same as they used to.

I lead a team of scientists who study the health benefits of exercise, strength training and diet in older people. We investigate how older people respond to exercise and try to understand the underlying biological mechanisms that cause muscles to increase in size and strength after resistance or strength training.


Old and young people build muscle in the same way. But as you age, many of the biological processes that turn exercise into muscle become less effective. This makes it harder for older people to build strength but also makes it that much more important for everyone to continue exercising as they age.

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What’s the Key to
a Secure Retirement?

The answer is long-term planning, 
but if you, like so many other retirees 
and others approaching retirement, 
have planning gaps, 
here’s what you can do.



BY ANNA M. RAPPAPORT


By the time a person approaches retirement age, they have enough life experience to know that change and the unexpected are, well, expected. On the other hand, human beings also tend to focus on what’s right in front of them, and retirees and those approaching retirement are no different.

Studies have found that many people at or near retirement age have major gaps in their planning, making them vulnerable to financial problems in retirement.

Misperceptions put retirement nest eggs at risk:

A result of gaps in knowledge and failure to think about the long term is a focus on cash flows and expected bills and not on unexpected events. The SOA Research Institute has studied shocks in retirement, and it found that retirees are resilient and able to deal effectively with many of them, but not all.

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9 Simple and Effective
Online Safety Tips
for Seniors 




By Ben Pilkington

A recent Pew Research survey found that three-quarters of people aged over 65 are online every day, 61% own a smartphone, and 45% are users of at least one social media platform like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

When people from any group go online more often, they expose themselves to more online risks.

And as seniors engage more with the online world, they are more likely to become targets for cybercriminals. It has been estimated that older people in the US lose $30 billion annually due to cybercrime.

Your best defense against cybercriminals is yourself.

Arming yourself with a few simple, effective, and memorable safety tips is the best way to protect yourself from online risks like scams, fake news, and abusive trolls.

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MOST JOBS TODAY 
DID NOT EXIST IN 1940


About six out of every 10 jobs people do today didn’t exist in 1940, according to a new analysis of US census data from 1940 to 2018 led by an MIT economist. While many of those jobs were created by new technologies, some came from changing consumer needs. And while in the first 40 years of that nearly 80-year period most of the new jobs, which included many manufacturing and clerical positions, were scooped up by the middle class, the more recent jobs have tended to be either highly paid white-collar roles or lower-wage service jobs.








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“You will kill ten of us, we will kill one of you, 
but in the end, you will tire of it first.”
― Ho Chi Minh








New income limit
confirmed for
Social Security benefits
in April





Social Security announces new changes to SSI: More benefits for seniors and the disabled

New large COLA increase for 2025: How it will affect VA Benefits

New large direct payment Stimulus Check in April: $1,312 will be sent in a few days

The Social Security Administration (SSA) approved a new income restriction for receiving Social Security benefits in April. If you currently receive Social Security payments while working, then you should be informed of the new income restrictions that go into effect this month to ensure that you continue to receive your monthly benefits.  

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You can thank
the baby boomers
for the stunning strength
of the US economy




By Matthew Fox

- You can thank baby boomers for the strong US economy, according to market veteran Ed Yardeni.

- Boomers are by far the richest generation, and they're spending more money as they retire in droves.

- "Seniors are traveling more, dining out more, and visiting their health care providers more," Yardeni said.
 
The US economy has baby boomers to thank for its strength and resilience even as some worry about a potential recession.

According to market veteran Ed Yardeni, the baby boomer generation is powering spending in key areas of the economy that have seen massive job gains in recent years.

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Surveillance Colonoscopy
Rarely IDs Cancer
in Older Adults



By Lori Solomon

Colorectal cancer (CRC) is rarely detected from surveillance colonoscopy among older adults, regardless of prior adenoma findings, according to a study published online April 2 in JAMA Network Open.

Jeffrey K. Lee, M.D., M.P.H., from Kaiser Permanente Northern California in Oakland, and colleagues estimated surveillance colonoscopy yields in older adults. The analysis included 9,601 individuals 70 to 85 years who received 9,740 surveillance colonoscopies at a large, community-based U.S. health care system (2017 through 2019) and had an adenoma detected ≥12 months previously.

The researchers reported that CRC yields were found in 0.3 percent of procedures, advanced adenoma in 11.7 percent, and advanced neoplasia in 12.0 percent. There were no significant differences in yields across age groups. CRC yields were significantly higher for colonoscopies among patients with a prior advanced adenoma versus nonadvanced adenoma (0.5 versus 0.2 percent). A similar pattern was seen for advanced neoplasia (16.5 versus 10.6 percent). Detection of advanced neoplasia at surveillance was associated with prior advanced adenoma (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 1.65), body mass index ≥30 versus <25 kg/m2 (aOR, 1.21), and having ever smoked tobacco (aOR, 1.14). There was an inverse association between Asian or Pacific Islander race and advanced neoplasia.

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What seniors worry about



By Matilda Charles


According to an informal survey by writer Matilda Charles, the number one concern for seniors was about money, including paying bills. 

It's very helpful to have friends and acquaintances scattered across the country when I need to do another informal poll. This time my questions to them concerned what seniors worry about.

I got them started with a list of suggestions on a page, to be ranked in order, with a blank place under each one for comments, and space below for their own contributions.

And I wasn't surprised.

The number one concern was about money. Is there enough to last the rest of our life? Will grocery prices ever come down again? We're concerned about having to go back to work to keep from burning through our savings, running up medical bills, losing the house because of not being able to pay the mortgage and having the rent raised to an amount we can't pay.

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Older Adults
Who Never Got Married
Revealed The "Myths" 
About Being Single
Later In Life
That No One Talks About



By Liz Richardson

We recently wrote a post where older adults who never got married shared the "myths" about being single later in life that they want people to know. Over 100 of them originally submitted their stories and perspectives, so here are just 21 more of their thought-provoking responses:

1. "I never married. I had two kids, a sperm donor. I have an incredible village helping me raise my kids, and I knew that going in. I can count on the fingers of one hand the number of times I've thought, 'Hmmm, this would be easier with a partner.''

"More often than not, I see friends going through awful, painful divorces with a partner, kids caught in the middle, and I am SO glad I never got married JUST to have kids."

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HOW BEING “OLD”
MAKES ME
MORE SUCCESSFUL




BY STEPHANIE BRODT

When we were in our 20s and 30s we had many advantages in life. Do I need to list them all? I don’t think so. We are very aware of those advantages… both the real ones and the imagined.

But, as we age, we begin to realize (hopefully) that with all the disadvantages of growing older there are many, MANY advantages that come along with it as well.

When I was “let go” from my job at the age of 48, I was finding it hard to remember those supposed MANY advantages of getting older.

After all, I was a middle-aged, over-weight (not that THAT had anything to do with anything – just thought I’d add it here), unemployed secretary that had no idea of what the next step should be.

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At the ALF. 
Poor turnout for eclipse.
Why Do Old folks 
stop caring about the
World around them?


Yesterday, a significant event unfolded across a vast area of the U.S. It was a rare occurrence that many of us will only witness once in our lifetime. The next one is not expected until 2079. Consequently, a few of us, including myself and fellow residents of the Asylum, stepped out of our rooms in the afternoon to gaze at the sky. Our moon positioned itself between the sun and the earth, although we didn't witness a total eclipse, it was still a momentous occasion. Interestingly, only around 30 out of the approximately 200 residents here showed interest in observing this phenomenon, despite the extensive coverage on TV and within the A.L.F. This made me ponder: when do we reach a stage in our old age where we no longer care about the world around us?

I've always been a news “junkie. “ When I was a kid (around 10 or 11 years old), I recall watching the news with John Cameron Swayze. It was just a 15-minute broadcast during dinner time, but I was captivated by it. My curiosity about global events persisted through my teenage years. Whenever Walter Cronkite or Huntley-Brinkley appeared on TV, I would pause to watch. Even today, CNN is on in the background as I write this blog. Despite my age, I'm still very much alive and interested. However, many of my neighbors seem oblivious to current events. It's not that they are mentally impaired, they simply lack interest. This concerns me because I wonder if I too will lose interest at some point. And that frightens me.


Firstly, I believe that by not actively seeking out information about the world around them, my neighbors are missing out on valuable knowledge and insights. Staying informed about current events allows us to understand the complexities of the world, make informed decisions, and engage in meaningful conversations. It broadens our perspectives and helps us become more empathetic and aware citizens.

Secondly, I worry that this lack of interest in current events may lead to isolation. In an increasingly interconnected world, being unaware of what is happening globally can create a sense of detachment and disconnect from society. It becomes challenging to engage in conversations or contribute to discussions when one is unaware of the latest news and developments. This isolation can have far-reaching consequences, both personally and socially.

Lastly, I can't help but wonder if I too will eventually lose interest in staying informed. As I grow older, will my enthusiasm wane, and will I become indifferent to the events shaping our world? It's a thought that lingers in the back of my mind, reminding me to cherish and nurture my passion for news while I still have it. I just wish more seniors, especially now that our democracy is threatened, would care just a little more. ……………….










Is Tipping 
Getting Out of Control?
Know when, 
and when not, to tip




By Donna Fuscaldo

If you feel like requests for tips are everywhere, you’re not alone. From dry cleaners to shops, prompts to provide a gratuity are popping up in unusual places. 

Tipping has long been part of American culture, expected in restaurants, hair salons and taxis — anywhere workers rely on them for a livable wage. An explosion of digital point-of-sale terminals and contactless checkouts has resulted in even more requests for tips. 

It can be frustrating and annoying for consumers who don’t want to give 20 percent for a $5 purchase at the convenience store every morning. Nearly 2 in 3 (66 percent) of U.S. adults in a Bankrate survey said they have a negative view about tipping. 

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Should a POLST
Be Part of 
Your Care Plan?





The American Hospital Association estimates that half of Americans suffer from chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Following a diagnosis, many experience concerns about the kind of care they will receive. They may worry about how invasive it will be, and how it will affect their quality of life. Fortunately, you can proactively decide what treatments would – or would not – suit your preferences.

If you are one of the half of Americans with a condition that puts your health at risk, consider working with your health care provider to create a Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST).

By creating a POLST, those with long-lasting or terminal conditions can ensure they receive their desired treatment should their health decline. Creating a POLST could help you plan your treatment for an adverse health event or the end of your life.

What Is a POLST?

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Hearing loss 
can lead to 
deadly falls,
but hearing aids 
may cut the risk





By Allison Aubrey



If your hearing begins to decline, your risk of falling may rise.

Research shows older adults with mild hearing loss are at a greater risk — more than double — of falling. Though it's not exactly clear how hearing loss increases the risk, it's known that falls are the top cause of death from injury among people 65 and older.

Now, new evidence shows that restoring hearing through the use of hearing aids may be protective, especially when people wear them consistently. That's according to a study published this summer in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

"We found, quite significantly, that individuals that wore hearing aids compared to those that didn't, did show a significantly lower prevalence," explains Laura Campos, an audiologist and researcher at UCHealth in Colorado and the study's lead author. "They reported fewer falls," she explains, and their scores on a falls risk questionnaire showed they were at lower risk.


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Doctor’s Best Home Remedies
to Ease the Pain of a Gout Flare
— in 10 Minutes or Less




By Alyssa Sybertz and Ann Green

If you often find yourself sidelined by a sudden, throbbing pain in your joints, especially in your big toe, you may be suffering from a gout attack. Flare ups of this common type of arthritis can also cause the affected joint to feel swollen, tender and warm to the touch. Here, we break down what you need to know about gout and how to reduce your risk of developing it. Plus, we share the best 10 minute gout cure — and more easy home remedies — that alleviate pain fast.


What is gout?

Gout is the most common form of inflammatory arthritis and occurs when inflammation in a joint causes symptoms like redness, tenderness and swelling. “Gout is caused by an excess of uric acid in the body, which deposits in joints and causes intermittent episodes of inflammatory arthritis,” explains Theodore R. Fields, MD, a gout specialist and attending rheumatologist at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York, NY.



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Housing for Older Adults




By Mia Chapman



Race & Equity

By 2030, one-fifth of the American population will be aged 65 or over, which will only make worse a critical deficit in suitable housing that caters to their specific requirements. As individuals grow older, their housing needs change, including increased accommodations for those with disabilities. For many older adults, coping with a chronic illness throughout their aging journey will make it difficult to access adequate housing. Across the country, 78% of individuals aged 55 and above grapple with chronic conditions, and 85% among those aged 65 and older. As the age and health of the country shifts, there are also transformations in family systems and dynamics. Increasingly, North Americans are less likely to reside with extended family or even live within an hour of family members who offer intermittent care. While the physical closeness to adult children can serve as a vital support system for many older adults, 15.2 million older adults do not have children, and 22% of adults are currently or will eventually be alone during their elderly years. Generally, Americans are having fewer kids, have longer lifespans, and live alone.

Housing Solutions for Older Adults

As the population ages, there are a variety of cultural and programmatic solutions that address the housing needs of older adults. From cultivating a sense of community to improving physical health, different housing solutions can reap benefits for our aging population. 

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