Category Archives: Health

Alzheimer’s risk higher in African Americans yet many fear seeking help

If you’re African American, you stand a better chance of getting Alzheimer’s disease than your white neighbors.  In fact, you are nearly twice as likely to develop the disease even though rates of Alzheimer’s disease are lower in Africans living in Africa than they are in those living in America.  In the United States, African…

Weight-loss counseling services largely ignored

Three years ago, Medicare announced that it would offer free weight-loss counseling.  This was seen as a positive step since at least 30 percent of seniors are obese (35 pounds or more overweight or having a body mass index above 30) and studies show that counseling services improve the odds of overcoming significant weight problems. …

Prevent stroke by making simple lifestyle changes

A study in Neurology Journal followed nearly 32,000 Swedish women for over 10 years.  The authors found that women who made positive lifestyle choices greatly reduced their risk of stroke.  The choices the study looked at were following a healthy diet, drinking alcohol moderately, never smoking, staying physically fit and having a healthy body mass…

Study finds link between a sleep protein and Alzheimer’s disease

This week, scientists at Washington University in St. Louis released the results of a study that found a link between a protein that stimulates the brain to awaken from sleep and Alzheimer’s disease.  Researchers found that sleep loss contributed to the growth of brain plaques characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease.  When they eliminated the protein, the…

America falls behind in medical care for the elderly

An International Survey of older adults found that most advanced industrialized countries have shortcomings in access, coordination and patient-centered care but Americans are at the back of the pack.  The study found that out of 11 countries, Americans have the most trouble paying medical bills and that nearly 70 percent of Americans over the age…

Caring for the caregiver so you can care for your charge

Socializing is an important aspect of healthy aging.  We often focus our attention on the socialization of the individual at the end of life without paying particular attention to the person providing him or her with care.  Informal caregivers provide the majority of Long-Term Care in the United States and most report that their health…

Son liable for his mother’s nursing home bill because he signed a separate nursing home contract

A court of appeals ruled that a son who placed his mother in a nursing home was personally responsible for his mother’s expenses not because he signed an admission agreement (which he did) but because he signed a separate contract assuming financial responsibility for his mother’s bills. Richard Cole, a resident of Ohio, admitted his…

Should you buy Long-Term Care insurance?

Neither Medicare nor health insurance covers traditional “custodial care” despite many people’s beliefs to the contrary.  As our population ages, more people are living longer with chronic conditions, increasing the odds that you will be one of the people needing Long-Term Care.  Withthe cost of Long-Term care growing you would think that insurance to cover…

Should you change your Part D coverage?

Each year, Medicare beneficiaries get another chance to switch their plans. Most people will have a choice between 30 or more plans.  For a lot of people, having so many choices can be mind-boggling and so they stay with the same plan year after year despite the fact that their plans change.  Maybe it’s not…

Anxiety issues increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease

Anxiety can prove useful.  It keeps you on your toes mentally when you have a test of some sort coming up (like public speaking or a walk down a dark street in the night) and that alertness can improve your ability to respond to negative stimuli.  The problem with anxiety is that some people don’t…