Category Archives: Health

Obesity in the elderly is a major predictor of loss of independence and shorter life

Prior to 1980, fewer than one in ten people were obese in Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries.  The U.S. is one of 34 advanced or emerging countries that make up the OECD.  While weight gain provided a largely beneficial health consequence for several centuries, a significant percent of the world population no longer experiences…

Choosing to avoid institutional care: If you want to age in place, make housing choices while you’re still healthy

How and where older adults choose to retire will have long-term ramifications for communities and families as the Boomers age.  A study from AgeWave, a research think tank focused on aging issues, found that stereotypes society has about older Americans fall short of the truth.  For instance, most older adults don’t move to sunnier climates,…

Protecting your children’s inheritance might start with a Long-Term Care policy

For years now, I’ve read with some disbelief articles about how the Boomers could expect a giant $27 trillion windfall from their parents.  Sure enough, it’s not likely to happen.  Part of that is that the postwar generation is pulling an Energizer Bunny and keeps going and going and going.  The other part of that…

Predicting health care costs in retirement

Health care expenses are a key component to retirement expenses, representing the second highest share of household expenses (behind housing costs).  When you are looking at expenses to determine whether you can afford to retire, a new report suggests that health care expenses break down into two categories.  The report, put out by the Employee…

Will government benefits follow you to Rome?

According to the Social Security Administration, nearly 400,000 retired Americans lived abroad in 2013.  While that’s not a significant portion of the population, it is a growing trend.  As Americans move outside the United States to parts of Asia, Europe, Africa, Central America or elsewhere in order to stretch their retirement benefits, they need to…

Lifestyle and ICU outcomes linked

If you are elderly and disabled, stay out of the hospital’s intensive care unit (ICU).  It’s expensive for one thing and your health is likely to decline sharply after an ICU stay.  That’s not to say don’t go in at all but be aware, the less disabled you are, the better you’ll survive the stay,…

The no-cost prescription to a healthy life can save you money

A 2009 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that the Medical cost of obesity might be as high as $147 billion annually in the United States.  Why does this matter?  People who are obese spent 42 percent more for medical care in 2006 compared to people at normal weight.  They are…

Washington state tackles observation status with new bill

Have you noticed that those of us not in the know can use words that look, taste and sound like something a professional says and discover we’re all talking about two different things.  Take the term admit.  You go to the theater and they give you a ticket which ironically enough says “admit one” and…

Anti-aging miracle is just a step away

Want more energy?  Spend money.  Get a pill which might or might not work.  An easier and less costly remedy?  Go for a walk.  A new study found that even gentle lunchtime strolls can improve people’s moods and improve their ability to handle stress at work.  I’m going to admit to a bias here because…

Preventative health: should you get a vaccine against measles?

Disney has spent a lot of time in the news in the past couple weeks and not in a good way.  The California amusement park is linked to over a hundred cases of measles, a disease the US reported eliminated in 2000.  While the disease may have started its outbreak in a theme park, its…