Seniors News Today

CAN AN APP HELP FIGHT LONELINESS IN ELDERLY PEOPLE AT CHRISTMAS?

While loneliness is experienced by all ages, it is especially pronounced in older people. Might technology play a role in addressing loneliness and social isolation? – Niall Hayes

‘Trusting’ seniors are targets for scammers: How to protect them

BUTLER COUNTY — 

Senior citizens, because of their age and attitude, can be easy targets for scammers, and officials are issuing new warnings. – Rick McCrabb

Making surgery better for seniors

Specialist teams consulted to help make best choice

LAURAN NEERGAARD | Associated Press

Las Vegas fitness instructor honored for work with seniors

John Przybys Las Vegas Review-Journal – Don’t miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook. 

It looks like any other fitness class, with all the huffing, puffing, stretching, grunting and repetitive movement you’d expect.

What makes this class different is Anita Stephens, its enthusiastic leader, offering her mostly age-65-plus students a constant stream of encouragement (“Nice job!”), exhortations (“You got one more in you? Of course you do. You’re strong!”) and eagle-eyed individual attention (“Some of you are not breathing. I can see it in your faces. You’ve got to breathe in!”).

Common Meds Can Cause Cognition Problems in Seniors

July 22, 2019

By Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News

By all accounts the woman, in her late 60s, appeared to have severe dementia. She was largely incoherent. Her short-term memory was terrible. She couldn’t focus on questions that medical professionals asked her.

But Dr. Malaz Boustani, a professor of aging research at Indiana University School of Medicine, suspected something else might be going on. The patient was taking Benadryl for seasonal allergies, another antihistamine for itching, Seroquel (an antipsychotic medication) for mood fluctuations, as well as medications for urinary incontinence and gastrointestinal upset.

More seniors are dying in falls. Doctors could do more to reduce the risk.

  • By Judith Graham Kaiser Health New

Older adults worried about falling typically receive general advice: Take an exercise class. Get your vision checked. Stop taking medications for sleep. Install grab bars in the bathroom.

A new study suggests that sort of advice hasn’t proved to be very effective: Nearly three times more adults age 75 and older died from falls in 2016 than in 2000, according to a recent report in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Commentary: Seniors Get Stiffed on $5B Tax Relief

Many seniors and disabled with tax freezes simply will not see a dime of the so-called tax relief.

By Dennis Tibbs

For decades, seniors and disabled taxpayers have been allowed to have their property taxes “frozen” at the dollar amount paid as of their 65th birthday or their disability. After paying taxes for 50 years or so, many look forward to a slight tax break once their earning years are behind them.

Recently, however, we’ve begun to see a trend potentially leading to the elimination of the freeze. For instance, here in Montgomery County, our commissioners court reluctantly passed a 20 percent homestead exemption in 2016. It was hailed as “Huge!” Many, including several on the commissioners court, benefited with large tax reductions of $500 to $600. Closer inspection, though, revealed that most senior citizens received zero! This oversight happened, simply stated, because of the lack of coordination between the freeze and the homestead exemption. The blame for this loss by seniors can be shared equally between the Texas Legislature and the MoCo Commissioners Court.

Ms. Senior Oklahoma 2019 crowned

  • Submitted by Ladell Maxwell Ms. Senior Oklahoma

ADA — On June 29th, 2019, the Ms. Senior Oklahoma Pageant was held at the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center located at East Central University in Ada, where the new Ms. Senior Oklahoma, Deborah Wedel, was crowned by Ms. Senior America, Gayle Novak.

With a husband of 46 years, two children, and two grandchildren, people might think that Wedel would be enjoying a leisurely retirement, they would be wrong. The energetic woman from Tuttle continues to be active after being a teacher and counselor for 36 years. She continues to take classes to learn new skills.

Although Wedel is involved in many artistic endeavors, she chose her talent to recite “Mother and a Poet”, which was an emotional and moving poem by Elizabeth Barrett Browning about a woman poet who loses both of her sons in battles in Italy.

2 seniors arrested after woman doused with hot soup at B.C. food court

Two seniors were arrested in Burnaby on Saturday after they allegedly threw hot soup at a woman at a mall food court.

Burnaby RCMP said they responded to a call at Crystal Mall, near Metrotown, at about 12:30 p.m.

A 43-year-old woman alleged two seniors poured hot soup on her while she was in the food court.

At least 13 elderly residents of Miami-Dade senior center beaten or robbed

By Alex Finnie – Reporter

MIAMI – A group of elderly residents at a Miami senior living facilty are upset and frightened after a number of them have been beaten and robbed of their belongings.

At least 13 seniors have allegedly been robbed or assaulted at Casa Devon at 11250 S.W. 197 Street, residents tell Local 10.

Free workshop aims to help Pender County seniors avoid scams

By Jesslyn Ferentz

BURGAW, N.C. (WECT) – Renee Wikstrom, with The Better Business Bureau, offered a free workshop to seniors on how to avoid scams and scam artists.

In 2018, The BBB had over 50,000 scams reported on their website. That number doesn’t include the Federal Trade Commission reports or those made to local police departments.

“For seniors we find that scammers tend to target them little differently than they do a younger group of people,” says Wikstrom. “For seniors, especially right now, there’s a big scam with the new medicare cards.”

With this scam, a phone call is sent out saying the person needs to get a new medicare card and put a deposit down.

High drug costs lead 5 percent of seniors to skip or ration medication, study finds

by Sarah Gantz

Nearly 5 percent of adults over age 65 said they rationed medication, skipped doses or didn’t fill a prescription in an effort to control their finances.

Maybe it’s not so golden: Seniors might not want a Holiday Inn retirement life, experts say

Kristin Lam

Live your golden years at a Holiday Inn? For at least one potential retiree, that may be a great and affordable way to spend your nest egg. But not everyone agrees.

A man’s post describing a plan to spend his retirement years in Holiday Inns went viral this month, but experts say seniors can’t find solace in the satirical plan.  

The Facebook post touting the idea strikes a chord with some seniors because of its simplicity: “No nursing home for us. We’ll be checking into a Holiday Inn!” the poster, Terry Robison, writes.

“With the average cost for a nursing home care costing $188.00 per day, there is a better way when we get old and too feeble,” the 64-year-old resident of a Houston suburb wrote. “I’ve already checked on reservations at the Holiday Inn. For a combined long term stay discount and senior discount, it’s $59.23 per night. Breakfast is included, and some have happy hours in the afternoon.” 

NYC’s Seniors Get Solid Wins in City’s Budget

By Roshan Abraham

Advocates for NYC’s aging population got much of what they requested in a budget deal approved by the City Council on Wednesday. Crucial requests were answered, including additional funding for meals at senior centers, and 10 of the 12 senior clubs previously slated to close will now stay open.

Additionally, seniors who need caregiver support but don’t qualify for Medicaid will no longer be left on a waitlist, thanks to City Council discretionary funds.

Overall, the budget for the Department for The Aging will grow 13 percent in 2020 from the previous year, reaching $411 million.

51% Of Seniors That Have Tried CBD Report An Improved Quality Of Life

Emily Price

Over Christmas, while I was visiting family in North Carolina I had a surprising amount of older friends and family members approach me with questions about CBD. Now that CBD is legal across the country, more and more people are starting to consider incorporating it into their own wellness routine, and more and more of those people are seniors.

A recent study of 1,000 seniors ages 54 and up by Remedy Reviewfound that 9% of seniors have tried CBD for health-related reasons and 51% of those that have tried it reported having an improved quality of life afterward. Over 65% of the seniors surveyed that tried CBD said that their quality of life was good, while only 31.1% said the same before trying CBD.

Study: Seniors With UTIs Need Antibiotics Fast

By Robert Preidt

THURSDAY, Feb. 28, 2019 (HealthDay News) — For older adults with a urinary tract infection (UTI), antibiotic treatment should begin immediately to prevent serious complications, a new British study finds.

Delaying or withholding antibiotics in this age group can increase the risk of bloodstream infection (sepsis) and death, researchers reported Feb. 27 in the BMJ.

The findings suggest that doctors should “consider early prescription of antibiotics for this vulnerable group of older adults, in view of their increased susceptibility to sepsis following UTI and despite a growing pressure to reduce inappropriate antibiotic use,” Paul Aylin and colleagues said in a journal news release. Aylin is a professor of epidemiology and public health at Imperial College London.

Genetic testing scam hitting Santa Barbara County seniors

Medicare beneficiaries in Santa Barbara County are being warned about a genetic testing scam, as well as a cancer screening scam, by the Central Coast Commission for Senior Citizens, Area Agency on Aging.

“The genetic testing scam is offered as a ‘free’ test but isn’t free and may not be necessary,” said Barry Jay Marks, chairman of the Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council.

Three tax credits available to seniors and low-income residents

Seniors and low-income residents have options available to receive tax relief, and County Executive Jan Gardner urged residents Thursday to take advantage of them.

Gardner highlighted three programs: the Frederick County Senior Tax Credit, Homeowners’ Property Tax Credit and the Renters’ Tax Credit.

Senior Tax Credit

The Senior Tax Credit is available to homeowners 65 and older with an annual household income of $80,000 or less. Gardner said Thursday that only one homeowner needs to be 65 or older to qualify for the credit.

Applicants must also have a net worth of $200,000 or less, not counting home value and any qualified retirement savings accounts.

Anthem must refund $1.29 million to seniors who were overcharged

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National health insurance company Anthem must refund $1.29 million to Colorado seniors with disabilities after the state Division of Insurance found the company overcharged customers.

An audit by the Division of Insurance found that people who purchased a Medicare supplement plan before they turned 65 years old were still charged an inflated rate after they turned 65, when the price should have decreased.

“These policyholders were not offered the appropriate premium rate after turning 65, as the company continued to use the more expensive under-65 premiums for some disabled individuals,” the Division of Insurance said in a statement.

INDIO SENIORS SUE CITY OVER ACCESS TO SENIOR CENTER

Max Rodriguez

A group of seniors is suing the City of Indio alleging discrimination against them by staff at the city’s Senior Center after being denied full access to the facility.

There is nothing like spending time with friends for a group of senior men, they spend time together almost daily as they tease each other while playing a serious game of pool.

Their usual meet-up place has become the backyard of one of their friends but that is after many of them no longer feel welcomed at the Indio Senior Center.

Antonio Diaz is one of those friends who say the management of the center is too harsh.

Diaz said, “I do not feel welcomed because they do not respect us and they discriminate often.” He said he was yelled at by the supervisor of the center after he gave a thumbs-up and thumbs-down to one of his friends while doing activities in the game room. 

Rides for Seniors to Doctor Appointments Could End

A grant-funded program that offers affordable transportation for seniors with medical appointments on Cape Cod may end in October if an alternative funding source cannot be identified, elder advocates said.

The program is currently managed by the Vineyard Transit Authority and is funded through a one-year $50,000 federal seed grant administered by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (DOT).

The service operates on Wednesdays, picking passengers up at the terminal in Vineyard Haven and bringing them to appointments in places including Sandwich, Falmouth and Yarmouth. Routes vary depending on the need, according to VTA representative Suzanne Cioffi.

The VTA secured the one-year grant for the program last year after a similar program from the Center for Living was discontinued. The VTA manages vehicle insurance, driver dispatch and maintenance of vehicles. The vehicles have a capacity of up to 17 passengers each week, and the service is in regular demand. The rides cost $20 round trip and caregivers can also be accommodated.

“Every week except around Christmas and the beginning of the year we’ve had people,” Ms. Cioffi told the Gazette.

She said the program does not qualify for another DOT grant since the funding was aimed at new programs. An informal working group including representatives from the advocacy group Healthy Aging MV, the senior day facility the Center for Living, Elder Services, Vineyard Village at Home, the VTA and the Martha’s Vineyard Commission has convened to pursue other funding sources and options.

4 Seniors: How to choose a good home stairlift

KAYLEE DOUGLAS

OKLAHOMA CITY – One of the best tools for maintaining independence in the face of aging is a stairlift – a device that enables seniors with mobility or balance issues to ride comfortably up and down a flight of stairs in a safe seated position. A stairlift can mean the difference between staying safe and independent or giving up your home completely.

To help you choose a quality stair lift that meets your needs and budget, here are a few shopping tips, along with some top-rated companies that make them.

Types of Lifts

There are two basic types of stair lifts that are sold today: straight and curved. The type you need will depend upon the design of your staircase.

A straight stairlift is one that travels in a straight line up a flight of stairs uninterrupted by landings, bends or curves, and costs between $2,500 and $5,000 installed. Curved lifts, however, are much more elaborate and will go around corners, bends and changes in direction. Curved lifts are also much more expensive, typically running between $8,500 and $15,000 or more depending on the complexity of the installation.