News On Aging

News On Aging

Resources on aging from around the world!



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After the age of 65, new oral challenges are introduced as the body continues to age. Common conditions that affect seniors include dry mouth, oral cancer, root decay, and gum diseases. Although, active aging alone is not a risk for the development of oral diseases. Oral health also affects digestion, speech, nutrition, self-esteem, quality of life, and social mobility. Click here to read the full Dental Care story.


The Latest Theories in Alzheimer’s Research

From bats to bacteria: what scientists think might cause and stop the disease

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Alzheimer’s disease is the most frequent form of dementia, and it is both cruel and tragically common. The world’s slowest, most painful disappearing act affects 5.7 million Americans — and with the large boomer generation reaching age 65 and beyond, that number is projected to more than double in the next 30 years. Care for those with Alzheimer’s is both labor and time intensive, and the economic burden of the disease is predicted to reach a trillion dollars by mid-century, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. Click here to read the full article.


21 Discounts Seniors Didn’t Know They Could Get

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If you’re a senior, you’ve paid your dues. You worked for years, you followed the rules, and now it’s time to collect some hard earned discounts. And trust us, there are plenty of awesome discounts out there for you. But the trick is, you have to know about them, and you have to ask for them. Here are ten industries that offer excellent senior discounts. Make sure you ask them “Do you offer a senior discount?” and save big! Click here to read the full article.


Avoid These Big Medicare Mistakes People Make

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Most Americans in, or near, retirement know too little about Medicare, causing them to pay far more out-of-pocket for retirement medical care than they should and make big Medicare mistakes.

Many people believe Medicare — the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older — covers all or most retirement medical expenses. It doesn’t. The average Medicare beneficiary pays $8,000 or more for medical expenses annually, or about half the medical costs he or she incurs. And at least 90 percent of Medicare beneficiaries pay more out-of-pocket for their medical care than necessary, according to Katy Votava of, an independent consulting firm specializing in the economics of health care.

Fortunately, you can reduce out-of-pocket payments for retirement medical care whether you enroll in traditional Medicare (also known as Medicare Part B) or in a Medicare Advantage plan (also known as Medicare Part C), offered by private companies to cover Medicare benefits. Click here to read the full article.


10 Things to Locate Before Your Parent Has a Health Crisis

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As long as aging parents are handling their own finances and managing day-to-day living at home, adult children don’t think much about needing to know the location of their parents’ important documents. However, a parent’s unexpected health event could precipitate an immediate need to get your hands on key information and secure valuables. That’s why now, before something happens, is a good time to talk to aging parents about what you may need to get someday. Click here to read the full article.


States with Fastest-Growing Senior Populations

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As the number of aging baby boomers increases drastically in the coming years, where these older adults choose to live will no doubt impact the senior living industry.

The population 65 and over increased from 36.6 million in 2005 to 47.8 million in 2015 and is projected to more than double to 98 million in 2060, according to a recent report from the Administration for Community Living.

States that saw the largest increase in adults 65 and older from 2005 to 2015 include Arizona with a 48% increase, Colorado with a 53.8% hike, Georgia with 50.2%, South Carolina with 48.9% and Nevada with 55.3%, according to the report.

The two states that had the most residents 65 and older in 2015 were California and Florida with 5,188,754 and 3,942,468 respectively. Click here to read the full article.


New Nursing Home Rules Offer Residents More Control Of Their Care

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About 1.4 million residents of nursing homes across the country now can be more involved in their care under the most wide-ranging revision of federal rules for such facilities in 25 years.

The changes reflect a shift toward more “person-centered care,” including requirements for speedy care plans, more flexibility and variety in meals and snacks, greater review of a person’s drug regimen, better security, improved grievance procedures and scrutiny of involuntary discharges. Click here to read the full article.


Taking A Nap For An Hour After Lunch May Boost Brain Power In Older Adults

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As people age, one of the most important things to do is preserve memory and the ability to think clearly. Now, scientists found a new way to boost brain power among older adults – taking an hour nap after lunch.

Though the researchers found that a longer or shorter nap did not produce the same results, the study shows that sleep plays a vital role in helping older adults maintain their healthy mental function. Click here to read the full article.


Assisted Living Tax Deductions

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Assisted living is expensive. Families that know a loved one needs assisted living care typically struggle to make the numbers work. When you’re in the position of figuring out how to pay for an assisted living facility for yourself or a loved one, every little bit counts.

And you may be able to get a little bit of a break come tax time. Click here to read the full article.


Could loneliness be a sign of Alzheimer’s?

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Previous research has suggested loneliness may be associated with Alzheimer’s disease among older adults. A new study supports this link, after identifying a marker of early Alzheimer’s in the brains of seniors with greater self-reported loneliness

Study co-author Nancy J. Donovan, of Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, and colleagues report their findings in JAMA Psychiatry.

According to a 2010 survey from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), around 32 percent of adults aged 60-69 and 25 percent of adults aged 70 and older in the United States report feeling lonely. Click here to read the full article.


Senior adults can see health benefits from dog ownership

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Rebecca Johnson and her team determined that older adults who also are pet owners benefit from the bonds they form with their canine companions. Credit: Sinclair School of Nursing.

“Our study explored the associations between dog ownership and pet bonding with walking behavior and health outcomes in older adults,” said Rebecca Johnson, a professor at the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, and the Millsap Professor of Gerontological Nursing in the Sinclair School of Nursing. “This study provides evidence for the association between dog walking and physical health using a large, nationally representative sample.” Click here to read the full article.


When Should You ‘Talk’ Differently to Someone with Dementia?

As the disease changes, so should your method of communication

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If you are caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you will notice that as the condition worsens, so does your loved one’s ability to initiate or participate in conversations; understand and process information; and communicate wishes, wants and needs.

Behavior changes, such as forgetfulness and confusion, mood swings, frustration or anger are red flags that they have reached the “moderate” stage of dementia. Click here to read the full article.


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Having friends doesn’t just help with loneliness. It may also improve your health. See how staying in touch might add years to your life.

Just like a balanced diet and exercise, an active social life is an important part of healthy living. Studies show that people who have good social networks may live longer — and better. So, how socially connected you are now may help determine how healthy and independent you will be in the future. Click here to read the full article.

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