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According to a settlement four years ago, Medicare was supposed to make clear to therapists that their services are covered even if beneficiaries are not improving. But that is not yet widely accepted.
Alzheimer’s researchers hold onto hope after another promising trial ends in disappointment.
More hospitals, including Montefiore Medical Center in New York, are setting up support centers to help stressed-out family members cope.
The FDA and other agencies are loosening restrictions on hearing aid sales and opening the door to less expensive, over-the-counter products.
By checking up on the health and safety of meal recipients, volunteers for the nonprofit network can provide valuable information to medical providers and help ensure better care.
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.
People in these facilities are now guaranteed more flexibility on food and roommate choices, as well as improved procedures for grievances and discharges.
Researchers are studying families from the U.S. and Mexico for clues to how Alzheimer’s develops in young patients, with the hope of finding treatments and even cures for the more common form of the disease.
Medicare is launching new regulations in January that will provide higher reimbursements for doctors involved in care coordination for seriously ill people.
Using opioids to treat pain in seniors has been common, and that has led some to dependence disorders in later life.
Hospitals rarely help patients find the best nursing home. When they do advise, hospitals sometimes push their own facilities.
Advocates want alternatives to drugmaker’s pricey pills for those who choose to die in Colorado and elsewhere.
Organs from elderly deceased donors can work for years, says a new study that supports growing views among U.S. transplant experts.
New data show 4,980 inmate deaths in 2014, the most since counting began in 2001.
Thousands of people mistakenly think that if they have insurance, they can wait to sign up for Medicare Part B. Generally, insurance other than that provided by a current employer will not exempt them from Medicare’s strict enrollment requirements.
People caring for someone at home often have zero training. Many learn on the fly, and some states are passing laws to make sure caregivers get at least basic instruction in home care.
Some health problems that senior citizens blame on “growing old” are actually signs of a more serious issue that can be treated.
Marijuana use is increasingly popular among older Americans, a new study shows.
Seniors who feel they’re being rushed out of the hospital can file an appeal to halt the process but they need to act fast.
As numbers of vulnerable seniors without relatives rise, groups call for new efforts to navigate declines in physical and mental health.