Death rates for older adults with asthma run five times higher than younger people, and serious complications are far more common.
The majority of older adults receive long-term care at home and need help covering these services with affordable insurance policies. The long-term insurance industry needs to focus on home care.
Recent research shows that controlling blood pressure, exercising and cognitive training around middle age could help prevent cognitive decline or Alzheimer’s disease.
Among hurdles: Older adults may have multiple illnesses that could complicate research or they might be unable to manage the commute.
Almost 30 percent of patients leaving the hospital don’t want home health care services, which often leads to readmissions and other health issues.
Older adults who face an uncertain future reach out to trusted friends to guide them.
About a third of older adults feel lonely, but learning better ways to engage with others and improve relationships can help them avoid such feelings.
Senior citizens have to be patient and keep close records to appeal when Medicare plans refuse to cover their medicines.
Research shows that people with dementia can benefit significantly from efforts to ease communication, improve overall health and other key measures.
Good nutrition has been linked to a boost in senior citizens’ cognitive skills.
Medical experts around the country are rolling out instructional videos for family caregivers who need help with challenging medical tasks.
Many people age 75 or older can take steps to avoid a crisis in the remaining years of their lives.
Aging adults with complex needs can get special assistance from doctors trained as geriatricians.
The first overhaul of federal regulations in almost 30 years for home health care agencies will require them to be much more responsive to what aging patients and their caregivers need or want.
Experts say key steps can make a home much more accessible to seniors who can have trouble getting around in wheelchairs or walkers.
The FDA and other agencies are loosening restrictions on hearing aid sales and opening the door to less expensive, over-the-counter products.
Medicare is launching new regulations in January that will provide higher reimbursements for doctors involved in care coordination for seriously ill people.
Some health problems that senior citizens blame on “growing old” are actually signs of a more serious issue that can be treated.
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.
Older adults who hope to spend the end of their lives at home need to take key steps to make that possible.