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Medicare Turns 50 But Big Challenges Await

August 27, 2015 — Kaiser Health News takes a look at this important program at the half-century mark. Medicare, the federal health insurance program for the elderly and disabled, has come a long way since its creation in 1965 when nearly half of all seniors were uninsured. Now the program covers 55 million people, providing insurance to one in six... Read More

Study Finds EMTs Are on the Forefront of End-of-Life Care

August 22, 2015 — Paramedics and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) are trained to save lives. But they sometimes enter situations where a dying patient’s end-of-life wishes contradict their professional code. What do they do when faced with someone who is imminently dying and whose pre-hospital order is “do not resuscitate”? Until recently, the dynamics of that environment were a... Read More

Take the Plunge! Water Exercise Is a Great Choice for Seniors

August 20, 2015 — We all know that exercise is necessary to keep the body and mind in peak working condition. According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), staying physically active can help prevent or delay many diseases and disabilities. But as we grow older, exercise can become more challenging due to physical limitations such as joint pain,... Read More

Why Don’t Seniors Get Their Shots?

August 16, 2015 — August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the week of August 16–22 focuses on adult vaccinations. The National Public Health Information Coalition sponsors this event to call attention to the importance of immunizations for adults. Their “Vaccines are not just for kids” campaign reminds us that seniors in particular are at higher risk of serious... Read More

New Insights into the Health Damage of Loneliness

August 13, 2015 — For years, researchers have confirmed the negative health effects of loneliness. Social isolation raises the risk of depression, heart disease, high blood pressure and a host of other health conditions that decrease both the length and the quality of our lives. University of Chicago’s Dr. John Cacioppo even says, “Chronic loneliness belongs among other health... Read More

“If I Live to Be 100” Wordfind

August 10, 2015 — “If I Live to Be 100” Wordfind Will you live to be 100? Would you want to? More and more of us will reach that milestone, say experts. According to the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College, there are more than 67,000 American centenarians, and that number is expected to double by 2030. The... Read More

Nurturing Your Spirit in the Later Years

August 6, 2015 — Nurturing Your Spirit in the Later Years Several studies over the past few years have shown that as we grow older, we benefit from thinking about higher things such as beauty, the meaning of life, the things that connect us, our place in the world—in short, the quality that is often referred to as “spirituality.”... Read More

Should You Weigh Yourself Every Day?

August 2, 2015 — For those wishing to lose weight and keep it off, here’s a simple strategy that works: step on a scale each day and track the results. A two-year study from Cornell University, recently published in the Journal of Obesity, found that frequent self-weighing and tracking results on a chart were effective for both losing weight... Read More