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…

Good News for Drug Costs: U.S. to Finally Allow Prescription Drugs from Canada, Reversing a Long-Standing Policy

At long last, U.S. consumers will soon be legally permitted to buy prescription drugs from Canadian pharmacies, if the Trump administration and a bi-partisan group of lawmakers have their way. Late last month, according to a recent Associated Press report, government officials announced that they plan to “create a way for Americans to legally and…

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…

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Medicare Advantage Changes Are Driving Increased Enrollment, Posing Challenges for Traditional Medicare

Early last year we wrote that Medicare Advantage plans were about to change, bringing policy-holders a wide range of new services and benefits. (We wrote about it on the Aging Options blog back in April 2018.)  Since then we’ve seen other articles, not to mention an endless stream of glossy marketing materials, touting these new…

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…

Counting on Medicare When Retiring Abroad? New York Times Warns Overseas Retirees That “Medicare Doesn’t Travel Well”

It’s a growing trend, statistics say: more and more Americans are finding their dream retirement by moving abroad. They are drawn by lower living costs, beautiful scenery, a more leisurely pace, and the cultural appeal of living in a foreign city or town. But if you’re about to retire and looking outside of the U.S.…

Innovative Program, Soon to Roll Out Nationally, Puts Meals on Wheels Volunteers on the Front Lines of Senior Health Care

Every day, Meals on Wheels volunteers serve more than 900,000 free meals to housebound seniors in need. Now, thanks to an innovative program that originated in San Diego, these volunteers are being equipped to serve as a kind of early warning system to alert authorities of health care concerns that might otherwise have gone unnoticed.…

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,…

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AgingOptions Follow-Up Story: Quick and Easy Neck Scan Can Predict Dementia, New Study Finds

Late last year we ran this article on the AgingOptions blog that described new research showing a strong connection between hardening of the arteries and dementia. The study showed conclusive evidence that poor arterial health can increase the risk of cognitive decline by as much as 60 percent. Then a short time later came this…