November 13

Health Care News and Older Adults: Seven Items of Interest

By Rick Banas of Gardant Management Solutions

Older adults and their families may find the following recently posted health news stories to be of interest:

Activity and Health

A study by the American Cancer Society indicates that older adults who are active enjoy better physical and mental health.

Social Engagement and Brain Health

A story posted on the UPI website shows that being socially active bolstered the areas of the brain in older adults that govern language, attention, concentration, decision-making and information processing.

Medicare Continues Eating Away at Social Security Benefits

Increases in the premium and deductible amounts for Medicare are continuing to rise at a faster pace than the increases in Social Security benefits, which is especially troublesome for older adults on a fixed income. Click here to read more. 

Loneliness among Older Adults

A recent study found that nearly one in five cases of depression in older adults could be prevented if loneliness were eliminated.

Impact of Negative Thoughts about Aging

Research indicates that negative beliefs about aging can be a self-fulfilling prophecy and also can have a negative impact on a spouse.

U.S. Cities Ill-Prepared for Explosion in Number of Older Adults

With the Silver Tsunami that already has started to hit the United States, most U.S. cities are ill-equipped to meet the needs of those growing old, a study by the Harvard Joint Center for Housing and AARP indicates.

Alzheimer’s Fundraising Stamp

The U.S. Postal Services has resumed selling the Alzheimer’s semi-postal fundraising stamp. The price of the stamp covers the cost of mailing a single piece of first-class mail plus an amount to help fund the fight against Alzheimer’s. The fundraising stamp is available for purchases at most post offices, on-line or by calling 1-800-STAMP-24. Click here to read more. 

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