Survey Shows Seniors are Happier, Less Anxious than Younger Peers

In the face of a culture that seems increasingly to value youth and devalue old age, here’s some great counter-cultural news: a just-released survey shows that older adults are actually happier and less anxious than their younger peers. You can read this encouraging article here on the website called HealthDay. It’ll make your day, as […]

Washington Post: Seniors are Victims of “America’s Other Drug Problem”

Unnecessary, unsuitable, even deadly – just some of the terms used to describe prescription drugs being given to elderly patients in the nation’s hospitals. Yet the practice of over-prescribing drugs to seniors continues, sometimes with deadly results. This is the conclusion in a recent article we discovered on the website of the authoritative Washington Post. […]

Estimated Lifetime Healthcare Costs for Today’s Retirees now $260,000

There’s a brand new report just released that contains sobering news for anyone about to retire, and we’ve run across several articles in major news outlets about it. Here’s the bottom line: new estimates state that a 65-year-old couple retiring this year will need a whopping $260,000 to cover their health care costs in retirement. […]

Advances in Auto Technology Can Help Seniors Keep Driving Longer

If you’ve shopped for a new car recently, or read any of the automotive journals, you know that technological advances in vehicle design are exploding. In the past the focus of new automotive technology seemed to be purely on higher gas mileage and lower emissions, but today’s new cars have become rolling showcases of digital […]

Elder-Specific Hospital Wards Can Prevent Decline and Save Money

Nearly 13 million seniors are hospitalized each year. That’s a big number – but what’s worse is that many of these patients will suffer lasting damage from their hospital stay. That’s because most hospitals are not designed with the needs of seniors in mind. But a relatively small number of pioneering hospitals is changing that, […]

New Medicare Law to Help Close Loophole in Nursing Home Coverage

You have an urgent medical problem, so you go to the hospital, where you’re kept under observation for several days. Your doctor then recommends a short stay in a nursing home for rehabilitation. Because you’re covered by Medicare, you assume those nursing home costs will be paid for, since Medicare typically covers up to 100 […]

New York Times Article Slams the Popularity of “Useless Surgery”

If you were sitting in your doctor’s office, suffering from back or knee pain, and your doctor recommended surgery, would you agree? What if you knew that clinical trials had labelled the recommended surgery as basically useless? That’s the question posed in a fascinating article we read this week on the website of the New […]