Growing Opioid Crisis is Snaring an Alarming – and Increasing – Number of Seniors, Research Shows

Last year, we discovered a highly disturbing article on the website HealthDay that put an ominous spin on the recent chorus of headlines about the nation’s opioid crisis. According to two government reports released in 2018, a growing number of seniors are falling prey to this insidious category of highly addictive painkillers. Because this problem…

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Opponents of Medicare “Observation Care” Loophole Will Finally Get Their Day in Federal Court

We’ve written about the problem of what hospitals and doctors call “observation care” multiple times before here on the AgingOptions blog. When most people hear about this Medicare rule, they respond with angry disbelief – but in spite of new regs designed to curb the practice, the problems associated with what amounts to a giant…

A Brain Disorder Called NPH Mimics Alzheimer’s Disease, Affects 700,000 Americans – and May Often Be Reversible

Alzheimer’s disease is the thing most aging men and women fear most. As the disease progresses and mental impairment grows worse, sufferers often retreat into resigned depression. So, imagine how you would feel if, after enduring eight years of worsening symptoms you feared were due to Alzheimer’s disease, you discovered that the condition actually causing…

Is Senior Delirium Just a “Normal Part of Aging”? Experts Say No – and Give Advice How to Treat and Even Reverse It

It may have happened to a senior loved one, or even to you. In a fairly short period of time, a person changes from being lucid and aware to being confused and agitated. They can’t think clearly or remember where they are or what they’re doing, and they have difficulty recalling even recent events. The…

Drug Crisis Among Seniors: Experts are Sounding the Alarm About an Epidemic of Medication Overload

With all the attention given in the press in recent years to the devastation caused by the opioid epidemic, one might think that these pain-killers are the only drug crisis in America. But there’s another one, even more deadly and more costly to U.S. seniors: older patients are taking far too many prescription medications. One…

New Geriatric Surgery Standards Designed to Help Surgeons Communicate More Effectively with Senior Patients

When any patient undergoes surgery, everyone involved hopes for a successful outcome. But senior patients face special risks if things go wrong on the operating table – risks that all too often are never thoroughly discussed with the patient and family ahead of time. In the event of complications, patients and loved ones are caught…

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 discovered earlier this year from CNBC asks a nagging question: with all the billions being spent on…

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Be Careful What You’re Taking: These Widely-Used Medications can Mimic – and Even Trigger – Dementia

A class of drugs that is taken by as many as one in four older adults has recently been shown to cause symptoms that mimic dementia. Now doctors are wondering whether long-term exposure to these medications can trigger symptoms of cognitive impairment that may prove irreversible. Medications that Mimic Dementia are Widely Prescribed We read…

Risk of Falling is Increasing Among Seniors – but Health Care Providers Aren’t Doing Enough to Keep Vulnerable Seniors Safe

If you have a loved one in your family who is at risk of falling, you’ve probably given them all the usual advice concerning fall prevention. Unfortunately, a recent medical report reveals that the message isn’t getting through: a growing number of seniors are dying as a result of falling, and it seems that doctors,…

Ageism in Medicine is Narrow-Minded and Discriminatory, says Geriatrician-Turned-Author – and it’s Time for a Change

Here at AgingOptions, we run across articles from time to time that make us want to shout “Amen!” in heartfelt agreement. That was our reaction when we read this Judith Graham article on the Kaiser Health News website. Her premise: the American medical system, Graham asserts, provides poor service to seniors, because it is rife…