Senior Care

Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids

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The risk of hearing loss for an older American is 10 to 20 times greater than the risk of heart disease, and 100 times higher than the risk of getting cancer. Of 30 million Americans who have hearing loss, a mere 20 percent get hearing aids. Hearing devices aren’t covered by Medicare or most insurance, […]

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Best Gadgets for Older Adults

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We found low and high technology products that users swear by, whether for convenience or because they’ve completely altered the way an older adult lives. Tech products for seniors abound, but how do you find the best for your needs? Figuring out how they work and what they really cost can be a tedious process, […]

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Will Medicaid Take Away Your Home?

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Description of Medicaid Estate Recovery Federal law allows states to recover money spent on behalf of the Medicaid beneficiary after that beneficiary’s death. Recovery concentrates on what Medicaid considers an “estate.” For most purposes, the only estate asset remaining at death is the personal residence. Each state approaches recovery differently. In some states, recovery is […]

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Fight Dementia With Your Fork

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The MIND diet can drastically lower your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, among other conditions. Here’s what the lead researcher suggests regarding MIND and foods thought to be “good for you.” A Mediterranean-inspired diet was recently proven to dramatically lower the risk of dementia in older adults. But just because it originated in Italy doesn’t mean […]

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When Does “Old Age” Start? Depends On Your Age

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A new study of more than half a million Americans shows just how skewed views of aging can be—particularly among young people—and how these views change over time. The findings come as people are living longer than ever; life expectancy in the US was about 79 years in 2015—up nearly nine years from 1965. But […]

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Recommended Reading for May 2018

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A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents–and Ourselves by Jane Gross When Jane Gross found herself suddenly thrust into a caretaker role for her eighty-five-year-old mother, she was forced to face challenges that she had never imagined. As she and her younger brother struggled to move her mother into an assisted living facility, deal […]

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Alternative Approaches to Arthritis Treatment

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Alternative Approaches to Arthritis Treatment More older adults are turning to so-called alternative therapies to treat arthritis pain. “Osteoarthritis is one of the most frustrating problems rheumatologists have to deal with,” says Nathan Wei, M.D., a board-certified rheumatologist and clinical director of the Arthritis Treatment Center in Frederick, MD. “While we have symptomatic therapies that […]

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Researchers Find That If You Think You’re Old, You’ll Age Faster

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Researchers Find That If You Think You’re Old, You’ll Age Faster Your attitude towards something can directly affect the outcome. This is known as the self-fulfilling prophecy, where you unknowingly cause an event or outcome to come true simply by expecting or believing that it will happen. If you think you are old, chances are you will […]

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How the New Tax Law Affects Older Adults

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Older adults have heard everything from how wonderful the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) is going to be for them, to headlines assuring them a trip to tax Armageddon. The answer depends on your own circumstances, but there are ramifications for older adults as a group. Several key provisions of the bill shed light on […]

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Elderly Prescription Drug Abuse

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Elderly Prescription Drug Abuse When it comes to drug abuse, elderly adults are more prone to addiction than other age groups. Seniors use prescription drugs for all sorts of ailments, from chronic pain to insomnia. According to the NCADD, those 65 years of age and older consume nearly 40 percent of all medications prescribed in the country. […]

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