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Baby boomers are deciding to return to the workplace because they miss the challenges, the accomplishments — and, most important, the people.
Stereotypes often undermine older adults, eroding their confidence, elevating their stress and harming their health.
Hoping to head off mental health crises, university officials say they will provide free online treatment to those who need it. The officials believe theirs is the largest effort of its kind in the country.
Happy doesn’t always mean healthy. These older adults are still finding joy in spite of their physical challenges.
One in 5 heart attack patients suffers from severe depression, yet many get little or no treatment that could ease their suffering or save their lives.
Living a vital, active life well into your 90s requires positive thinking and activity.
The ranks of 100-year-olds doubles every eight years, but researchers still puzzle over the ingredients of longevity.
Republicans seek lower cost and more choice for health insurance sold to individuals, but cutting coverage standards could leave fewer comprehensive plans, analysts say.
Many people age 75 or older can take steps to avoid a crisis in the remaining years of their lives.
Once an elite swimmer and a Yale grad, Siphiwe Baleka now coaches 3,000 fellow truckers on the best ways to work out, eat right and stay connected on the road. Drivers say his wellness plan works.
AARP had sought a preliminary injunction because it argued the new regulations – which allow employers to tie participation to 30 percent of the cost of individual health coverage – could be coercive.
Little Brothers, which operates in San Francisco and several other cities, sends volunteers to brighten the lives of isolated elderly people, helping to reduce the risk of serious illness.
Some health problems that senior citizens blame on “growing old” are actually signs of a more serious issue that can be treated.
New research shows that senior citizens who walk or exercise regularly see tremendous benefits in their health and well-being.
Researchers say their study suggests solitary households may be markers for older adults in better health and with more functional independence.
The federal agency says the wellness programs can get health details about workers and their spouses as long as the financial rewards or penalties do not exceed 30 percent of the cost for an individual in the company’s group health plan.
Falls are the leading cause of injuries for adults older than 65, but they don’t have to happen. A number of new initiatives are designed to make seniors stronger and less likely to take a tumble.
Obese employees at the University of Pennsylvania were promised an insurance premium discount valued at $550 if they lost 5 percent of their weight, but the incentive failed.
This proposal allows these workplace wellness programs to set financial incentives for participation as high as 30 percent of the cost of family coverage. A separate draft rule pegs this amount to the cost of employee-only coverage.
Some experts worry that these programs encourage health screening that doesn’t necessarily comply with medical guidelines and is helping to drive up health care costs.