If you need a reminder that Medicare covers only a portion of retiree medical expenses, check out this report. Released Wednesday by HealthView Services, a Danvers, Mass., company that provides retirement health-care cost data and tools to financial advisers, it finds that a 66-year-old couple retiring this year with average Social Security benefits can expect […]
B. Smith, restaurateur and author, testified before the Senate Special Committee on Aging on the importance of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by 2025. See video at ABC News.
Stanford psychologist and Center on Longevity faculty affiliate Jeanne Tsai found that Americans tend to focus on the positive in expressions of sympathy while Germans focus on the negative. The research showed that how much people wanted to avoid negative emotion influenced their expressions of sympathy more than how negative they actually felt. Read the […]
In a new study involving mice, aerobic exercise slowed the growth of breast cancer tumors and made the cancer more sensitive to chemotherapy. The results raise the possibility that exercise may change the biology of some malignant tumors, potentially making them easier to treat. Read the full article at The New York Times.
Medicaid is thought of as free health insurance for the poor, but federal law requires that recipients pay for the costs of long-term care. And when patients die, Medicaid charges the expenses to the leftover assets in their estates, sometimes passing the burden on to heirs. Special correspondent Sally Schilling reports on how California is […]
Doctors are much more likely to level with patients who have cancer than patients who have Alzheimer’s, according to a report released this week by the Alzheimer’s Association. Read the full article National Public Radio (NPR).
Contrary to some stereotypes, getting older doesn’t necessarily make people cynical and suspicious. Instead, trust tends to increase as people age, a development that can be good for well-being. Read the full article at Futurity.
An international team led by Stanford researchers has discovered a gene associated with insulin resistance, a condition in which the body doesn’t use insulin properly. Read the full article at Stanford Medicine.
Financial abuse of senior citizens has been estimated to cost its victims $2.9 billion a year. It is hard to estimate the scope of the problem, as financial fraud is underreported due to embarrassment, hopelessness, or the victims’ lac of awareness. With new, detailed financial data collected from family caregivers of older Americans, however, a […]