There’s Still Time to Get Your Flu Shot – and This Year’s Vaccine Appears to be Right On Target

Flu season is reaching its peak, and if you’re among the many (at least 60 percent of Americans, says the CDC) who put off getting vaccinated, you might think it’s too late. But you’d be wrong – and what’s more, unlike last year, this year’s flu vaccine appears to be right on the money. In…

Four Words That Can Lead to Better Brain Health: “Get Up and Move!”

It may not be a fountain of youth, but it’s a simple prescription from which practically anybody can benefit. New research has shown that physical activity helps keep your thinking sharper, even for those with limited mobility and for those already experiencing some cognitive decline. Activity Keeps Your Brain Sharper We read about this reassuring…

We’re Spending Billions on Digital Health Technology – so Why Aren’t We Getting Any Healthier?

With all the startling advances in digital technology, many experts seem to believe that the tech industry is on the verge of solving all our problems – especially in the realm of health care. But this article we just read from CNBC asks a nagging question: with all the billions being spent on digital health…

One-Third of Knee Replacement Surgeries Leave Patients in Chronic Pain, Says Kaiser Health News Report

Knee-replacement surgery is becoming more and more commonplace. A decade ago, surgeons operated on more than 600,000 people in the U.S. alone, a number that is projected to increase six-fold by 2030. But does the procedure result in the pain-free, active life that marketers suggest? For many the answer appears to be no. Knee Replacement…

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Anticipating Surgery in the New Year? Innovative Hospitals Are Helping Seniors Get in Shape for Better Outcome, Speedier Recovery

It’s a problem that the medical community has known about for years – and it seems they’re finally doing something about it. Next year the American College of Surgeons (ACS) is planning to launch a new, nationwide program designed to help senior patients be better prepared for surgery. The goal is a faster recovery and…

Shocking CDC Report: for the First Time in a Century, U.S. Life Expectancy Declines Three Years in a Row

The last time it happened, the world was at war, and one of history’s worst influenza pandemics was ravaging the country. That’s why health scientists were shocked at the recently released report of U.S. life expectancy from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: the CDC survey showed a noticeable drop for the third year…

Not Just “One and Done”: Getting Your Flu Vaccine Over Multiple Years Brings Unexpected Benefits for Seniors

Back in January we first brought you the important news that getting a flu shot every year is extremely helpful in keeping vulnerable seniors from being hospitalized with dangerous influenza. Now with the flu season ramping up, as a service to our AgingOptions blog readers, we felt it was time to revisit the story. Flu…

Everyone Dies Someday – but Where? New Study Shows Increasing Rate of Seniors Dying at Home, Not in Hospital

If you’ve heard our AgingOptions radio program, read our blog or attended a LifePlanning Seminar, this statement should sound familiar: one of the things seniors fear most is being forced late in life into institutional care against their wishes. We would add a corollary to that statement to say that, given a choice, older people…

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Are Breathing Tubes Being Used Too Frequently on Older Patients? New Study Causes Doctors to Wonder

Your ailing parent is rushed to the hospital. Among other critical symptoms, he or she is having trouble breathing, so the emergency room physicians sedate your loved one and insert a breathing tube. Mechanical breathing keeps respiration going while doctors deal with the other medical challenges. All appears to be well. Last Opportunity to Speak?…