Nearly 70 percent of Americans who reach age 65 will, at some point, be unable to care for themselves without assistance. Issues of long-term care also affect millions of younger people with significant cognitive or physical functional limitations. Yet long-term care gets neither the public attention nor the policy focus that it deserves. Read the full […]
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Archive for category: Longevity News 2013
Trying to hold onto a job while caring for a family member is a tough juggling act. Caregivers sometimes have to arrive late or leave early, cut back to part-time work, and decline travel or promotions. Read the full article at The New York Times.
Senescent cells are involved in many of the ravages of old age. Wrinkled skin, cataracts and arthritic joints are rife with senescent cells. When researchers rid mice of senescent cells, the animals become rejuvenated. Read the full article at The New York Times.
Dr. Michael Rothberg, vice chair for research in the Medicine Institute at the Cleveland Clinic and colleagues in Pennsylvania and Massachusetts have written a new paper on little known, poorly understood medical directives. It is a small study of 16 health care proxies for patients with advanced dementia — largely their adult children, and some […]
Tactics to keep elderly people’s assets and income within their family’s control while still qualifying them for Medicaid were common. Loopholes were exploited. But legislative changes in the late 1980s and a major overhaul in 2003 have closed some loopholes, and the eligibility requirements for Medicaid have been eased; they will relax further on Jan. […]
More older Americans than young adults so far have signed up for new insurance coverage under the state marketplaces created by President Barack Obama’s healthcare law, according to early data from four states reporting details on their enrollment. Read the full article at Reuters.
More than one out of every five nursing home residents is still being given powerful antipsychotic drugs despite a growing consensus that they are inappropriate and often dangerous. These drugs frequently are given to “calm” dementia patients even though many are approved only for the treatment of diseases such as schizophrenia. Read the full article […]
As the American population ages and insurers try to rein in costs, the share of health and medical costs that retirees can expect to shoulder is becoming more formidable. A look at estimates of retiree health costs suggests that, if long-term care costs are included, it is not difficult to come up with a situation […]
For seniors desperate to avoid nursing homes, government-funded services such as free rides to doctors’ appointments are key to independent living. But the $80 billion in deep federal budget cuts this year has trimmed many such services, putting seniors more at risk of losing their ability to live at home, according to a survey of […]
Caring for aging parents at a distance is a great challenge for grown children. Besides the physical and emotional strains, there are also financial effects beyond the extra expense. Read the full article at The New York Times.