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Senate Passes Veterans and Caregiver Support Bill

Last night (Nov 19th) the Senate passed the Veterans and Caregiver Support Bill. The House of Representatives will vote on the bill next year, after the holiday break.  The bill passed the Senate with a voice vote of 98-0, so

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What Are The Options For Senior Care – Do Seniors Know?

According to a new study of seniors and their adult children, nearly three-fourths of 35- to 64-year-olds could name no more than two of eight senior care options available, making awareness a problem for an industry poised for major growth.

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Scientists Find Trigger That Helps Prevent Aging And Disease

Researchers at Mount Sinai School of Medicine set out to address a question that has been challenging scientists for years: How do dietary restriction-and the reverse, overconsumption-produce protective effects against aging and disease? An answer lies in a two-part study

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Oldest American ‘Pat’ Thomas dead at 114

WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y., Nov. 18 (UPI) — Olivia Thomas, the oldest person in the United States, died this week at the age of 114, the nursing home near Buffalo, N.Y., where she lived said. Thomas, who was known to her friends

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Treadmills For the Elderly

Treadmills can be an excellent source of exercise and sanity, especially in bad weather. And, fortunately for seniors, they come with a number of amenities that can enhance one’s running experience. Most machines have small handles installed on or in

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AARP Support For House Health Reform Bill

House Republicans want the AARP to rescind its endorsement of comprehensive health reform legislation after a government report showed it could cause some providers to stop accepting Medicare patients,” CongressDaily reports. The report, issued by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid

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Seniors Struggle With Drug Costs While Congress Debates Medicare

Minnesota Public Radio reports: “Since 2006, senior citizens have been able to choose plans for Medicare prescription drug coverage, but that coverage contains a gap known as the ‘doughnut hole,’ a gap that health care reform plans being debated in

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Harvard Dean of Medical School Gives Health Reform A Failing Grade

Dr. Jeffrey S. Flier is dean of the Harvard Medical School. He has an article in the WSJ today in which he gives health reform a failing grade. As the dean of Harvard Medical School I am frequently asked to

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iPods and Music Allows Alzheimer’s Patients To Better Interact With Others

Music Therapy Opens a Path to the Past for Alzheimer’s Patients; Creating a Personal Playlist The Wall Street Journal reports that using music therapy with MP3 players such as iPods allows stroke victims or patients with Alzheimer’s to better interact

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The Virtual Doctor Visit

In The Washington Post, Elizabeth Olson writes about how emerging technology is helping older people stay in their homes and can, in some instances, offer mechanisms to improve patient outcomes and reduce health care costs. Every morning at 10 a.m. sharp,

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