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Home-Based Primary Care: Making Health Systems More Age-Friendly

Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN | Posted 01.10.2017 | Fifty
Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN

Home-Based Primary Care: Making Health Systems More Age-Friendly By Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN, President, The John A. Hartford Foundation For mos...

The true measure of our nation's heart -- how it treats its kids

Christopher Phillips | Posted 10.14.2016 | Impact
Christopher Phillips

In a speech in which she leveled Donald Trump for boasting of a history of encounters that arguably amount to an admission serial sexual assault, it ...

Debunked! 7 Common Senior Nutrition Myths

Laura Dixon | Posted 10.14.2016 | Fifty
Laura Dixon

Eat your vegetables. Drink plenty of water. Grains are great. An apple a day keeps the doctor away. And whatever you do, eat a balanced diet that takes a little from each of the five food groups.

Start Getting Your September Shots! Raising Awareness About Adult Vaccinations

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 08.30.2016 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

Because October officially marks the beginning of flu season, the month of September is a critical time for all to get immunized against pneumonia and flu. This is an opportunity to bring attention to the need for persons of all ages, but especially older adults, to get these necessary vaccines.

Value-Based Purchasing Is On Target, But Is It A Value To Older Adults And Their Families?

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 08.04.2016 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

As we accelerate the shift to value-based care, one important question we must pause to ask is how older adults, families, caregivers and care providers are keeping pace? Do consumers know how to engage and navigate in this new quality and value landscape?

The Senate Must Act Now to Put Families First

Donna M. Butts | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Donna M. Butts

All children deserve what she now has--a safe and stable family where they can grow roots and thrive. As a country, where would we be without grandparents and other relatives who are sacrificing to raise the children in their care? The Senate needs to do the right thing and put families first.

HIV Testing Is Essential, But Not Enough

Brandon Brown | Posted 06.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Brandon Brown

Despite CDC recommendations, significant barriers to HIV testing remain. We need new and better ways to reach older adults with HIV testing, and to integrate the continuum of care into HIV testing. National HIV Testing Day is the ideal time to get started on this.

Best Simple Smartphones for Seniors

Jim T. Miller | Posted 06.06.2016 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Dear Savvy Senior, Can you recommend some smartphones that are specifically designed for seniors? My 75-year-old mother is interested in upgrading fro...

7 Misconceptions About People With Hearing Loss

Janice S. Lintz | Posted 03.23.2017 | Healthy Living
Janice S. Lintz

There are many more misconceptions. These are just a starting point for a conversation.

Single Women in Solitude: A Slippery Slope

Bobbie Brinegar | Posted 02.19.2017 | Fifty
Bobbie Brinegar

As we age, social contacts tend to decrease due to changes like retirement or the death of friends and family. Declining heath, limited mobility, fixed incomes and the challenge of making new friends can deter us from staying active in the game of life.

The Big Campaign Issue That Has Yet to Pick Up Steam

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 01.06.2017 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

We as a society need to go long on one especially critical issue that we seem to be in political and policy denial about -- the need for long-term services and federal policies which promote them.

What Your Aging Parents Aren't Telling You - Depression

Patrick O'Brien | Posted 12.15.2016 | Fifty
Patrick O'Brien

In an ideal world, our retirement years would be filled with good health, happiness and the time to do all the things we added to our so-called bucket...

Too Many Grandfamilies Live In Poverty

Donna M. Butts | Posted 11.26.2016 | Fifty
Donna M. Butts

About 21 percent of the 2.7 million grandparents raising grandchildren are living below the poverty line. While 58 percent of them are still in the workforce in full or part time jobs, 39 percent are over 60, and 25 percent have a disability elevating the challenge of providing for the growing needs of the grandchildren in their care.

Looking For Love Again: A Widow's Guide

Sienna Jae Fein | Posted 09.29.2016 | Women
Sienna Jae Fein

Finding a man with whom to continue life's journey depends on your ability -- and his -- to compromise. But as burdened with baggage as both of you are, it's hard to leap blithely onto the train. How to find contentment together when you're schlepping all that cargo?

2015 Could be the Year for Mental Health Reform

Bobbie Brinegar | Posted 08.20.2016 | Politics
Bobbie Brinegar

In 1963, Congress passed President Kennedy's Community Mental Health Act, and a few years later, Medicare and Medicaid designated funding for the community services mentioned in the bill. Now, nearly 50 years later, lawmakers in both houses are considering bipartisan bills that would reform mental health care in America.

The White House Conference on Aging and Keeping Older Adults STEADI and Free from Falls

Debra Houry, MD, MPH | Posted 04.29.2016 | Impact
Debra Houry, MD, MPH

When they wheeled the elderly man into the emergency room, I did a double take. It wasn't so much his injured hip -- as an ER doctor I've seen many ...

6 Things To Look For In Your Next Home

Robyn Stone | Posted 06.17.2016 | Fifty
Robyn Stone

In recent years, I've watched many friends abandon the homes they thought would serve them until the end of their days. These friends had many -- and sometimes quite unexpected -- reasons for moving.

Study Finds A Really Good Reason To Start Every Day With OJ

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.20.2015 | Fifty

For better brain function, consider starting your day with a nice big glass of orange juice, a new study says. Researchers from the University of Read...

Why Elder Abuse Is Everyone's Problem

Richard W. Besdine, M.D. | Posted 05.16.2015 | Fifty
Richard W. Besdine, M.D.

Clearly, this is an effort that cannot be left to health care professionals alone, but there is more that doctors, nurses and others can do. We can start by including elder abuse in conversations with patients and educating ourselves on the resources available.

Senior Malnutrition: A National Nutrition Crisis

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 05.10.2015 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

A lot of appropriate attention is focused on hunger and food insecurity as well as obesity. However, malnutrition, also known as undernutrition, is a bigger threat because of the deeper health consequences it creates.

It's Time to Invest in Nutrition

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 04.07.2015 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

As Congress prepares to move its own budget process, it should embrace those proposals that constitute sound investments as compared to just expenditures. Older adults are an important resource to their families, their communities and their nation.

How to Appeal When Medicare Won't Pay

Jim T. Miller | Posted 02.22.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Some denials are caused by simple billing code errors by the doctor's office or hospital. If, however, that doesn't fix the problem, here's how you appeal.

Why Seniors Need the Internet More Than Anyone

Ben Kassoy | Posted 01.24.2015 | Fifty
Ben Kassoy

Yep, young people, who tweet and Instagram, like, 27 hours a day are technology whizzes from birth who adore their grandparents. This holiday season, for the third consecutive year, DoSomething.org's Grandparents Gone Wired campaign will activate thousands of 13- to 25-year-olds to plug their grandparents or other local seniors into social media, smartphone apps, and email.

Move Strong: 10 Tips to Reduce Your Risk of Falls

Celeste Carlucci | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Celeste Carlucci

It's Fall Prevention Awareness Week, a good time to reflect on how serious a problem falls are. As an older adult, you must be mindful in ways you've never been before, as folks in my NYC community-based fall prevention classes have illustrated over the years. I've developed some tips that you can share with your friends and family. I hope they prevent you or a loved one from experiencing a fall.

What Computer Geeks Taught Me About the Future of Aging

Robyn Stone | Posted 10.08.2014 | Technology
Robyn Stone

Sometime in the near future, our nation may not have enough qualified workers to serve every older American who needs services and supports. That's more than a little scary, especially for baby boomers who are turning 65 at the rate of about 10,000 a day. I am one of those baby boomers. But I'm not scared anymore.