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More and More Seniors are Binge Drinking

When binge drinking is mentioned, immediately, people start chuckling and assume it’s an issue that centers around most commonly teens and young adults “getting wasted.” While it’s true that this unhealthy form of alcohol consumption mainly affects those from the age of 18 to 34 years, binge drinking is now skyrocketing among seniors. Troubling new…

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States Struggle To Plug Holes In Senior Health Care As Boomers Retire

The Retirement of the Baby Boomers There are currently 10,000 baby boomers retiring every day. By the year 2020, the costs for Medicaid and Medicare will have more than doubled. When a 65-year-old couple retires, their out-of-pocket health care costs excluding rehabilitation and long-term nursing care will be $275,000. The odds of paying for these costs…

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Senior Health Risk: Loneliness

A whopping one-third of senior adults report feeling lonely regularly, according to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP). By the year 2060, a full 23 percent of adults in the United States will be 65 years of age or older. To this point, the Population Reference Bureau (PRB) further highlights how life expectancy continues to increase.…

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A-Fib: May Raise Dementia Risk by 50%

Dementia – just the word can strike fear into the hearts of aging Americans and their loved ones. Along with an unprecedented worldwide increase in the population of elder Americans – to the point where fully 8.5 percent of the world’s adults are now 65 or older – comes an increasing push to understand what causes…

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Can You Afford Home Care? New Study Says Maybe Not

As people age and reach their senior years, their physical and mental health declines. In some cases, this is just enough of a health decline to inhibit their ability on a day to day basis. While they may not be physically strong enough to do average daily chores, or may lack the mental clarity to…

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Meals on Wheels: Looking Out for Senior Health and Safety

What is Meals on Wheels America? Meals on Wheels America is a federal program in which kitchen volunteers prepare meals that are delivered by volunteer delivery drivers to seniors and to people with disabilities. The program receives about $1,000 in donations every day, which it uses to buy the food that is delivered. Over 5,000 organizations…

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Playgrounds for Seniors? A Growing Trend

When most people think of their golden years, they don’t envision themselves going to a playground daily. They think about idly sitting on bench feeding birds and squirrels, playing bingo and chess, and silver hair blowing in the breeze from a front porch rocking chair. Well, this is the golden years 2.0, and it involves…

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Antibiotics May Help Combat Alzheimers Symptoms

Alzheimer’s is a degenerative disease that affects millions of people every year. There is no cure for the illness and the treatments are only effective to a certain degree. This is one reason research into the illness is still ongoing and researchers seek to study the disease from every angle. An unexpected discovery may have…

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Blood Test May Be Able to Predict Heart Disease

There is virtually nothing that can prepare someone for what they think is a routine trip to the doctor, only to be confronted with the news that something is seriously wrong with their health. This is especially true if the problem is associated with a person’s heart. Hearing those words might arguably be one of…

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Increased Muscle Power Related to Prolonged Life?

Ongoing research on aging revealed at a recent European Society of Cardiology event shows having increased muscle power is related to prolonging the length of people’s lives. That doesn’t mean members of the elderly population should become weightlifters if they want to live long lives. But it does show a correlation between the ability to…

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