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Palliative Care Raises Quality of Life, But Doesn't Extend It

Palliative Care Raises Quality of Life, But Doesn't Extend It0

1 in 4 Seniors Doesn't Discuss End-of-Life Care

1 in 4 Seniors Doesn't Discuss End-of-Life Care0

Clots May Be the Cause of Fainting in Some Elderly

Clots May Be the Cause of Fainting in Some Elderly0

Better Way to Treat Seniors' Ankle Fractures?

Better Way to Treat Seniors' Ankle Fractures?0

Seniors With Hip Fractures Fare Better in Large Teaching Hospitals: Study

Seniors With Hip Fractures Fare Better in Large Teaching Hospitals: Study0

When Complications Arise, Some Hospitals Get Paid a Lot More

When Complications Arise, Some Hospitals Get Paid a Lot More0

Healthy Living May Mean More Healthy Years for Seniors

Healthy Living May Mean More Healthy Years for Seniors0

Older Surgery Patients Should Be Screened for Frailty: Study

Older Surgery Patients Should Be Screened for Frailty: Study0

U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Other Wealthy Nations

U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Other Wealthy Nations0

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Have Humans Hit Their Longevity Limit?

Have Humans Hit Their Longevity Limit?0

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 5, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hoping science might help you live to be 200? Sorry, new research suggests that might now be impossible. U.S. researchers pored over the data on human longevity and concluded that people's life spans ...

Your Biological Clock: Why Some Age Faster Than Others

Your Biological Clock: Why Some Age Faster Than Others0

WEDNESDAY, Sept. 28, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Some adults age faster biologically than others, and may die early even if they have healthy lifestyles, researchers report. The international team of scientists analyzed DNA in blood samples from ...

How Older People Can Head Off Dangerous Drug Interactions

How Older People Can Head Off Dangerous Drug Interactions0

SATURDAY, Sept. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Potentially serious drug interactions are a daily threat to older people who take multiple medications and supplements, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. One drug can affect the ...

Falls a Growing and Deadly Threat for Older Americans

Falls a Growing and Deadly Threat for Older Americans0

THURSDAY, Sept. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Falls are the leading cause of injury and death among older people in the United States, and this health threat is likely to grow since 10,000 Americans now reach age 65 every day, a new federal report ...

Hearing Loss Widespread, 'Progressive' in Older Americans

Hearing Loss Widespread, 'Progressive' in Older Americans0

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study finds widespread hearing loss among elderly Americans, with an especially high rate for those 90 and older. In the study sample of 647 people aged 80 and above, nearly all had some level ...

31 Million Older Americans Aren't Getting Enough Exercise

31 Million Older Americans Aren't Getting Enough Exercise0

THURSDAY, Sept. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- More than one-quarter of Americans over 50 don't exercise, a new federal report estimates, increasing their risk for heart disease, diabetes and cancer. "Adults benefit from any amount of physical ...

Seniors Not Scared of Social Media After All

Seniors Not Scared of Social Media After All0

MONDAY, Sept. 12, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The notion that seniors shy away from social media may be off the mark. A new study found that many older people enjoy using social technology, and it helps them combat loneliness and might even ...

Early Palliative Care Improves Patients' Quality of Life

Early Palliative Care Improves Patients' Quality of Life0

It also leads to more discussions about patients' end-of-life care preferences, the researchers added. Palliative care, also called comfort care, is given to improve the quality of life for patients who have a life-threatening disease or ...

Health Tip: Choosing a Senior Home

Health Tip: Choosing a Senior Home0

(HealthDay News) -- No one wants to end up in a senior home. But there are ways to identify when such a place is well-suited for a loved one. The appearance and attitude of the existing residents may offer great clues, according to the American ...

Fans May Not Be Cool Choice for the Elderly

Fans May Not Be Cool Choice for the Elderly0

TUESDAY, Sept. 6, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- When the temperature soars to 108 degrees Fahrenheit or higher, older adults may want to forgo an electric fan, a tiny study suggests. Research involving nine people over 60 years of age found that ...

Senior Years May Truly Be Golden for Happiness

Senior Years May Truly Be Golden for Happiness0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 24, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In a culture that values youth, aging can seem like a dismal prospect. But a new study suggests that older adults are generally less stressed and happier with their lives than younger people are. The ...

Family Trumps Friends in Extending Seniors' Lives

Family Trumps Friends in Extending Seniors' Lives0

SUNDAY, Aug. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Among older folks, close family relationships appear more important than dear friends in extending life, a new study finds. Older adults who were extremely close with family other than spouses had about ...

Too Few Female Urologists to Meet Aging Patients' Demand

Too Few Female Urologists to Meet Aging Patients' Demand0

MONDAY, Aug. 22, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Women prefer to see female urologists, but there are far too few to meet a growing demand, a new study reports. Researchers analyzed patient data from 2003 to 2012 for more than 6,000 urologists across ...

Heat Waves Hit Seniors Hardest

Heat Waves Hit Seniors Hardest0

MONDAY, Aug. 15, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- As much of the Northeast struggles with a heat wave that isn't expected to ease until the middle of this week, here are some expert tips on how to spot heat stroke. First off, older people are at added ...

Most Sick, Aging Americans Live Far From In-Home Care

Most Sick, Aging Americans Live Far From In-Home Care0

TUESDAY, Aug. 9, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Most older Americans struggling with chronic illnesses live too far from "in-home" medical care providers to get the help they need to stay in their homes, a new study finds. At least 2 million Medicare ...

For Aging Blacks, 'Golden Years' Often Marred by Disability

For Aging Blacks, 'Golden Years' Often Marred by Disability0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 10, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- While Americans are living longer than ever, a new study finds there's still an important racial gap in health: Older black people are more likely than older white people to live their final years with ...

Lack of Pharmacy Access May Send Some Seniors Back to Hospital

Lack of Pharmacy Access May Send Some Seniors Back to Hospital0

THURSDAY, Aug. 4, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Limited access to pharmacies may be one reason hospital readmission is more common among older patients in rural, remote or smaller communities, a new study suggests. Hospital readmissions in the ...

Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. Seniors Has Some Form of Disability

Nearly 1 in 4 U.S. Seniors Has Some Form of Disability0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new U.S. government report on aging finds that close to a quarter of Americans over 65 have some form of disability. "Many Americans enjoy longer lives, though with some functional limitations," ...

Few Seniors Go Online for Health-Care Needs

Few Seniors Go Online for Health-Care Needs0

TUESDAY, Aug. 2, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Hopes have been high that digital technology would improve seniors' health care, but a new study suggests that few older Americans are on board. The study, which surveyed thousands of Medicare patients, ...

Rx for Seniors' Health: Upbeat View, Less Stress

Rx for Seniors' Health: Upbeat View, Less Stress0

WEDNESDAY, Aug. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A positive attitude about aging can help seniors cope with stress, a small study suggests. "We found that people in the study who had more positive attitudes toward aging were more resilient in ...

Study: VA Hospitals Compare Favorably to Non-VA Centers

Study: VA Hospitals Compare Favorably to Non-VA Centers0

WEDNESDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The quality and safety of health care at U.S. Veterans Affairs facilities is comparable to that in non-VA centers, according to researchers. Ongoing concerns about the quality of care provided in VA ...

Health Tip: Easing Bunions

Health Tip: Easing Bunions0

(HealthDay News) -- Bunions are painful bumps that develop on the side of the big toe If you have a bunion, the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests Change to a pair of shoes that fit well and don't squeeze your toes. Use ...

Living Past 90 Doesn't Doom You to Disease, Disability

Living Past 90 Doesn't Doom You to Disease, Disability0

THURSDAY, July 20, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- What if you could live well into your 90s and still be in good health? A new study suggests that may be possible, particularly if you have good genes. "Chronic disease is not an inevitable part ...

Health Tip: Help Prevent Falls

Health Tip: Help Prevent Falls0

(HealthDay News) -- Falling and potentially hurting yourself isn't a foregone part of getting older. To help prevent falls, the American Academy of Family Physicians suggests: Keep your home well lit, and install night lights ...

Health Before a Stroke Is Big Predictor of Second Attack

Health Before a Stroke Is Big Predictor of Second Attack0

THURSDAY, July 14, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Stroke survivors who had high blood pressure or other heart risk factors before their stroke may be at greater risk for another stroke and dementia years later, a new Dutch study finds. "We already ...

More Older Americans Cared for at Home

More Older Americans Cared for at Home0

In 2012, half of seniors with a disability had some type of home health care, an increase from 42 percent in 1998, University of Michigan researchers found. "The majority of seniors would prefer to stay at home rather than go to a nursing ...

Weakened Knees a Big Cause of Falls for Older People: Study

Weakened Knees a Big Cause of Falls for Older People: Study0

THURSDAY, Feb. 11, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- A new study supports what many American seniors may already know: that knee "instability" boosts their odds for a dangerous fall. "Falls, injury from falls and poor balance confidence are extremely ...

Many in Hospice Don't Get Medical Visit in Last 2 Days of Life: Study

Many in Hospice Don't Get Medical Visit in Last 2 Days of Life: Study0

MONDAY, Feb. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- In the last two days before dying, many hospice patients cared for at home or in a nursing home were not seen by a doctor, nurse or social worker, a new study finds. The researchers found that one in ...

When Seniors Stop Driving, Poorer Health May Be a Passenger

When Seniors Stop Driving, Poorer Health May Be a Passenger0

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 3, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who give up driving may see their mental and physical well-being decline, a new research review finds. The review of 16 published studies found that seniors tended to show poorer health ...

Seniors Need to Take Extra Care in the Cold

Seniors Need to Take Extra Care in the Cold0

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 27, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors are especially vulnerable to hypothermia during cold weather because their body's response to the cold can be affected by age, medication or medical condition. Signs of hypothermia -- a core ...

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Americans 100 and Older Are Living Even Longer Now

Americans 100 and Older Are Living Even Longer Now0

THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- The more than 72,000 Americans who have celebrated 100 birthdays or more are now surviving longer, a new federal report shows. Although death rates for centenarians were on the rise between 2000 and ...

Frail Seniors Face Increased Death Risk After Surgery, Study Suggests

Frail Seniors Face Increased Death Risk After Surgery, Study Suggests0

THURSDAY, Jan. 21, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Physical frailty among older people who have elective surgery is linked to a greater risk of death one year later, a new study suggests. Canadian researchers found the one-year death rate for frail ...

Shingles Linked to Raised Heart Risks for Seniors, Study Finds

Shingles Linked to Raised Heart Risks for Seniors, Study Finds0

TUESDAY, Dec. 15, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who develop the painful rash known as shingles appear to face a short-term increase in their risk for having a stroke or heart attack, new research indicates. The finding was based on the ...

America's Rural Elderly Face Barriers to Health Care

America's Rural Elderly Face Barriers to Health Care0

MONDAY, Dec. 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly Americans who live in rural areas are at increased risk for health problems and death because of poor access to health care, a new study finds. "It's been known for some time that health care is ...

Seniors: The New Face of Addiction

Seniors: The New Face of Addiction0

By R. Scott Rappold Reviewed by Arefa Cassoobhoy, MD, MPH Dec. 2, 2015 -- Meet Jerry. He's 75. He's a happily retired grandfather. He's still married after 50 years. And he's an alcoholic. After a lifetime ...

Can Loneliness Shorten Your Life?

Can Loneliness Shorten Your Life?0

By Peter Russell Reviewed by Hansa D. Bhargava, MD Nov. 24, 2015 -- Being lonely can trigger cellular changes in your body that increase your chances of getting ill and not living as long as you could have, according to ...

Motorized Wheelchair Users at Raised Risk for Traffic Deaths: Study

Motorized Wheelchair Users at Raised Risk for Traffic Deaths: Study0

THURSDAY, Nov. 19, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- The advent of motorized wheelchairs has given thousands of disabled Americans much more independence and mobility. But along with that freedom comes an increase in traffic-related deaths, a new study ...

Infections, Not Clumsiness, Cause Many Falls

Infections, Not Clumsiness, Cause Many Falls0

FRIDAY, Oct. 9, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- People arriving at the emergency room for a fall may be there due to an underlying infection rather than clumsiness, a new study suggests. Infection-related falls usually affect older people but can ...

Older Adults' Hearing Loss May Be Tied to Earlier Death

Older Adults' Hearing Loss May Be Tied to Earlier Death0

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults with impaired hearing may have a shorter life span than their peers without hearing problems, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 1,700 U.S. adults aged 70 and up, ...

Retirement Might Not Agree With Your Health

Retirement Might Not Agree With Your Health0

THURSDAY, Sept. 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Seniors who keep working appear healthier than those who quit the workforce, new research suggests. The study of more than 83,000 Americans 65 and older found that being unemployed or retired was ...

Treating Older Patients for Pneumonia in ICU May Boost Survival, But Not Costs

Treating Older Patients for Pneumonia in ICU May Boost Survival, But Not Costs0

TUESDAY, Sept. 22, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Admitting older, low-risk patients with pneumonia to the intensive-care unit -- compared with admission to regular wards -- is linked with higher survival rates but not higher medical expenses, new research ...

Exercise May Help Keep an Aging Mind Agile

Exercise May Help Keep an Aging Mind Agile0

MONDAY, Sept. 21, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Regular exercise may help seniors' minds stay as agile as their bodies, a new study finds. The study included 100 adults, aged 60 to 80, who wore monitors to record their physical activity levels over ...

To Protect Your Aging Brain, Start With Exercise

To Protect Your Aging Brain, Start With Exercise0

TUESDAY, April 14, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- There are things people can do to preserve their brain function as they age, a report released Tuesday from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) suggests. "Changes in mental functions and capabilities are ...

Lonely Seniors Visit Doctors More Often

Lonely Seniors Visit Doctors More Often0

TUESDAY, April 7, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older adults who are chronically lonely visit the doctor more often than those who feel more socially connected, according to a new study. The findings suggest that taking steps to reduce loneliness ...

Older Execs Bring Pluses, Minuses to the Job

Older Execs Bring Pluses, Minuses to the Job0

MONDAY, April 6, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older executives have some better mental skills than their younger counterparts, but lag behind in others, according to a new study. Researchers looked at test results from thousands of people, aged 20 ...

People May Grow More Trusting With Age, Study Finds

People May Grow More Trusting With Age, Study Finds0

FRIDAY, March 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Far from the "grumpy old men" stereotype, people may actually become more trusting -- and happier -- with age, a new study suggests. "When we think of old age, we often think of decline and loss," ...

Hope to Live to 100? Check Your Genes

Hope to Live to 100? Check Your Genes0

THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Healthy eating and exercise might help most people live to a respectable old age, but making it to 95 or 100 might require help from your DNA, a new study finds. "Genetic makeup explains an ...

Kidneys From Dead Older Donors May Help Seniors, Study Finds

Kidneys From Dead Older Donors May Help Seniors, Study Finds0

THURSDAY, March 26, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Older people who need a kidney transplant are better off receiving an available organ from an older deceased donor rather than waiting for one from a younger donor, a new study shows. While kidneys ...

Health Tip: Caregiver Stress Can Harm Your Health

Health Tip: Caregiver Stress Can Harm Your Health0

The Womenshealth.gov website mentions these potential side effects of caregiver stress: Increased likelihood of anxiety and depression. Increased risk of a chronic health problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, cancer or heart disease. Greater risk ...

Exercise's Effect on Brain May Boost Mobility in Old Age

Exercise's Effect on Brain May Boost Mobility in Old Age0

WEDNESDAY, March 11, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Staying physically active as you age may ward off brain damage that can limit mobility, a small study says. Small areas of brain damage called white matter hyperintensities are seen in MRI scans of ...

Surgery Seldom Needed When Older Person Breaks Upper Arm: Study

Surgery Seldom Needed When Older Person Breaks Upper Arm: Study0

TUESDAY, March 10, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- When an older patient breaks the upper arm, surgery is often no better than simply immobilizing the limb, according to a new study. The British researchers say the findings are important, because they ...

Light Activity a Boost to Seniors' Hearts

Light Activity a Boost to Seniors' Hearts0

WEDNESDAY, Feb. 18, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Light physical activity may benefit older adults' hearts -- even if they have mobility issues, a new study suggests. It's well known that regular exercise can do a heart good, at any age. But there's ...

Health Tip: Exercising as a Senior

Health Tip: Exercising as a Senior0

(HealthDay News) -- If you're a senior who is considering starting an exercise routine, you may have a number of questions. The American Council on Exercise offers these answers to common questions: If you're wondering if it's too late for ...

'Mindfulness' May Help Ease Sleep Problems for Seniors

'Mindfulness' May Help Ease Sleep Problems for Seniors0

MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Mindfulness meditation may help older adults get a better night's sleep, a small study suggests. Researchers found that among 49 older adults with sleep problems, those who learned mindfulness practices ...

Golden Anniversaries May Bring an Added Special Glow

Golden Anniversaries May Bring an Added Special Glow0

MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- A new study seems to lend credence to the adage that there may be snow on the rooftop but there's fire in the furnace. People in the early years of marriage have sex more frequently, but then levels of ...

Chronic Illness, Loneliness May Go Hand-in-Hand for Some Elderly

Chronic Illness, Loneliness May Go Hand-in-Hand for Some Elderly0

MONDAY, Feb. 16, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For people age 70 or older who struggle with a chronic illness, loneliness is often a complicating factor, a new study finds. Canadian researchers looked at 121 older adults, mostly in their 70s. They ...

Many Americans Face Pain, Depression in Their Final Year

Many Americans Face Pain, Depression in Their Final Year0

MONDAY, Feb. 2, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- For a growing number of Americans, the final year of life is marked by pain, depression and other distressing symptoms, a new study finds. Experts said the study, published Feb. 2 in Annals of ...

Seniors Need 2 Pneumonia Vaccines, CDC Advisory Panel Says

Seniors Need 2 Pneumonia Vaccines, CDC Advisory Panel Says0

TUESDAY, Feb. 3, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Adults 65 and older need two vaccines to better protect them from bacterial infection in the blood (called sepsis), meningitis and pneumonia, according to a revised vaccination schedule from the 2015 Advisory ...

Seniors May Keep Falls a Secret

Seniors May Keep Falls a Secret0

TUESDAY, Jan. 27, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Many seniors don't tell their doctors they've had a fall because they're worried they'll be told they can't live on their own anymore, a physician says. Millions of Americans aged 65 and older fall ...

Muscle Weakness Affects 1 in 5 Americans Over 80

Muscle Weakness Affects 1 in 5 Americans Over 800

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 28, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Almost 1 in 5 Americans 80 and older has weak strength in their muscles, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That number declines in younger age ...

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