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Older Americans

1 In 5 Premature Deaths Directly Linked To Obesity, Experts Warn

Michael Lazar | Posted 07.17.2016 | Fifty
Michael Lazar

The most recent worldwide statistics have found that over 600 million people are obese. Experts say that obesity has now been linked as the primary ca...

5 Summer Safety Tips For Older Americans

Michael Lazar | Posted 07.05.2016 | Fifty
Michael Lazar

The summer has arrived and is in full force. It's a beautiful time of the year but also is not without any safety concerns. Be prepared with these fiv...

A Few Servings Of Walnuts Weekly Benefits Older Americans, Says New Study

Michael Lazar | Posted 06.27.2016 | Fifty
Michael Lazar

Eat more walnuts and age better, says a new study that was published in the Journal of Nutrition. The study advises that by consuming between one and ...

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...

An Encore of Service

John Bridgeland | Posted 04.08.2016 | Impact
John Bridgeland

Surveys show that at least 45 million of the more than 100 million Americans over 50 are eager to serve their communities and country in their later years. Most worry they are leaving the world in worse condition than they inherited and want to make it right.

Preparing for the Age Wave

Bobbie Brinegar | Posted 01.19.2016 | Healthy Living
Bobbie Brinegar

We are in the midst of an age wave, brought on by baby boomers who are changing the nation's demographics and redefining the meaning of old age.

The Big Campaign Issue That Has Yet to Pick Up Steam

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 01.07.2016 | 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.

Reverse Mortgage Payout - How Much Can You Get?

Michael Lazar | Posted 10.19.2015 | Fifty
Michael Lazar

With all of this talk about a reverse mortgage payout for qualifying older Americans, how much can you really get? We'll provide some simple examples so you can get a better idea.

7 Ways Businesses Can Surf the Silver Tsunami and Survive

Janice Celeste | Posted 09.10.2015 | Business
Janice Celeste

The Silver Tsunami refers to the takeover of an aging workforce. By 2020, 25 percent of the United States workforce will be comprised of workers age 55 and older. For the first time in history, there will be four generations of employees in the workforce.

The Very Best -- And Worst -- U.S. States For Older People

Buck Wargo | Posted 08.17.2016 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

It looks like our longing for restorative tropical vacations has a point -- if you're 55 or older, for the highest level of well-being in the United States you should head straight to the Hawaiian Islands. And stay there.

Why Medicare Needs To Grow Up

Michael Hodin | Posted 08.15.2016 | Fifty
Michael Hodin

Happy 50th birthday, Medicare! In just 15 years, you'll qualify for federally funded health insurance. Well, maybe.

Why Aging Issues Should Matter to Gen X and Millennials

Carol Marak | Posted 07.13.2016 | Fifty
Carol Marak

One topic brief at the conference is retirement security. Heads-up Gen Xers. Since you're turning 50 this year, you'll want to pay close attention. AARP polled voters (aged 35 to 69) in New York state to understand how prepared you are financially for the future. The results reveal that this generation is more anxious about retirement than the pre-retiree Boomers.

Elder Abuse Growing into a National Crisis

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 06.11.2016 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

Do you know what America's "dirty little secret" is? The hidden problem of elder abuse, according to the National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life (NCALL). Here's what you should know about this serious social problem.

6 Undeniable Benefits Of A Reverse Mortgage

Michael Lazar | Posted 06.10.2016 | Fifty
Michael Lazar

A reverse mortgage is a feasible financial vehicle that is used by plenty of older Americans to access cash from their home's equity. We'll outline six undeniable benefits these home loans offer.

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.

The Boomer Trend That May Take You By Surprise

Buck Wargo | Posted 10.06.2014 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

Cohabitation, once thought to be the lifestyle of younger people aged 20-40ish, has now grown into a very real option for those 50 years and older after they divorce. Cohabitating is now viewed by many as the best long-term alternative to marriage for older Americans.

Health: How The Inevitable Telemedicine Trend Will Change Healthcare Forever

Buck Wargo | Posted 09.29.2014 | Fifty
Buck Wargo

Under telemedicine, people can access doctors on a Web cam or through a video conference on their phones. The private insurance industry is moving to provide patients access to medical care 24/7 without an appointment with Skype-like technology that lets patients visit virtually with medical staff.

What You Need To Know Before Ever Taking Another Sleeping Pill

Society for Women's Health Research | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Society for Women's Health Research

In an effort to get a good night's sleep, Americans in vast numbers are taking OTC sleep aids frequently and sometimes in addition to prescription sleep aids. The frequency and the additive effects are a potent combination, especially for older Americans.

Why Not the Older Americans Act?

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 09.22.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

The American public's cynicism about Washington can diminish when bipartisanship prevails and bills become law. The most recent example of this was the signing into law of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act by President Obama yesterday, July 22.

What You Need To Know Before Ever Taking Another Sleeping Pill

The Society for Women’s Health Research | Posted 09.08.2014 | Healthy Living
The Society for Women’s Health Research

In an effort to get a good night's sleep, Americans in vast numbers are taking OTC sleep aids frequently and sometimes in addition to prescription sleep aids. The frequency and the additive effects are a potent combination, especially for older Americans.

New Study Finds High Demand for Naturopathic Physicians Among Older Americans

Amy Rothenberg, ND | Posted 06.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Amy Rothenberg, ND

Because naturopathic physicians are not currently eligible to participate in Medicare, most seniors are unable to obtain care from a naturopathic physician despite the interest and desire.

When Love Hurts: The Heartbreak of Elder Abuse

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 04.13.2014 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

Valentine's Day is a time to acknowledge the loved ones in our lives. These relationships include not only a partner or spouse, but also the love between a parent and child. This relationship can be a wonderful experience.

The Graying of Homelessness

Jean-Michel Giraud | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Jean-Michel Giraud

"I always had a job, since I was 13," says DC resident John Hines. But decades of hard work didn't immunize John against homelessness. Plagued with he...