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Hearing Helps Give Older Americans Act an Upgrade Last Thursday, the United States Senate Special Committee on Aging held a specific hearing in order to entertain suggestions for the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act (OAA). Among the people who attended the hearing were researchers, members of senior-focused non-profit organizations, government…

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For Cardiac Patients, Working Harder Is Smarter For seniors recovering from a heart attack, a surprising new finding: Quick bursts of activity actually may be better than slow and steady exercise. Normally, doctors frown on cardiac patients doing any sort of activity that spikes their heart rates. But researchers at…

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Boomers Upbeat about Aging What worries people of caregiving age most about growing old? According to a new online survey by the Associated Press and LifeGoesStrong.com of more than 1,000 boomers, it’s changes to physical abilities (28%) and health issues (26%). Yet even though they are concerned about their fitness and health,…

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Does an Apple a Day Keep Muscle Loss at Bay? As people age, they lose muscle mass, which can cause them to trip, slip and fall—even if they exercise. So far, no medication can stop it. But now a new study funded by the University of Iowa Research Foundation and…

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Seniors’ Home Equity Falls Sharply Even though home prices remain depressed, Americans over the age of 62 still had an estimated $3.21 trillion in home equity at the end of the first quarter of 2011, according to the latest NRMLA/RiskSpan Reverse Mortgage Market Index. But that number is down $87.3 billion from…

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The Financial Costs of Caregiving The financial and social costs of caring for aging parents don’t just slam caregivers—they impact society as a whole, according to a MetLife study of more than 1,100 adults with at least one living parent. Because caregivers often cut their hours or quit their jobs to take…

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Premiums are Reduced for Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Many people who have been unable to get health insurance can now get coverage through the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan (PCIP), created under the Affordable Care Act, and as of this month, the premiums for those insurance plans is lower in some states….

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Older Americans Hard-Hit in Foreclosure Rescue Scams A new report by the non-profit Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law shows that the middle-aged and elderly have been severely hit by foreclosure rescue scams—and their numbers are growing. The “rescuers” target victims who are having trouble paying their mortgages by…

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Medicare Part D: Studies Show Benefits In the midst of the national debt crisis and proposals to cut Medicare spending, two new studies have surfaced focusing on Medicare’s Part D program, which covers prescription drug costs. In one study, Harvard University researchers analyzed data from 6,000 seniors on Part D. They…

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Gout Growing in U.S., Mostly in Men and Seniors A new study shows that the incidence of gout, a type of arthritis, rose 44% over the past two decades, mostly in men and seniors. Gout now afflicts 8.3 million Americans, or 3.9% of the population, compared to 6.1 million, or 2.7%,…