Billions in Unnecessary Medical Treatment – and We All Pay the Cost

Early last year on the AgingOptions blog we wrote about the staggering cost of wasted medical care and unnecessary tests. It’s a cost that weighs down our over-burdened health care system and drains away billions of medical dollars each year. Many experts suggest that seniors are disproportionately affected by these unnecessary and often harmful tests,…

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1 in 6 Nursing Home Residents Given Antipsychotic Drugs: CMS Report

There’s good news and bad news in a recently released report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning the use of antipsychotic drugs on long-term residents in America’s nursing homes.  The good news: since late 2011, the percentage of residents being given these powerful medications has dropped from 24 percent to about…

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Study Shows Seniors Face Health Decline When They Stop Driving

Among the “hot button” issues that create conflicts between seniors and their family members, one of the hottest can involve driving. Older adults generally want to keep on driving as long as they can, enjoying the benefits of freedom and mobility. Meanwhile their adult children worry about slower reflexes, cognitive decline or increased reaction time,…

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Want to “Spend Safely in Retirement”? Stanford Study Shows You How

Advice may be cheap – but bad advice, especially bad financial advice, can cost you plenty. So when an organization with the reputation of Stanford University claims to have the best advice for how to spend your money in retirement, it’s worth taking a look. What we found as we analyzed this advice actually sounds…

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10-Year Study Shows Linkage between High Blood Sugar, Dementia

“The higher the blood sugar, the faster the cognitive decline.” That’s the bottom-line conclusion reported in this just-published article from The Atlantic.  At a time when people are becoming increasingly aware of the problems caused by too much sugar in our Western diet, now there’s one more reason to worry – and to redouble our…

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