Government advisory group calls on Medicare to make hearing aids more affordable

WASHINGTON — Treating hearing loss shouldn’t be such a pricey hassle. That’s the message from a prestigious government advisory group that’s calling on Medicare and other agencies to find ways to make better hearing more affordable and accessible for millions of older Americans.

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Louisiana proposal will not fix healthcare for seniors

As reported in a recent Advocate article, the Louisiana Nursing Home Association opposes House Bill 790. The Advocate depicted that this bill would provide greater access to home and community-based care services (HCBS). This is a misconception. The implementation of a managed-care program in Louisiana would have no effect on changing the utilization of long-term care services. An AARP report shows that Louisiana is an evenly-balanced state for elderly services under the Medicaid program, and DHH officials have acknowledged this on numerous occasions.

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Seniors may not receive a Social Security cost of living adjustment again next year

One little-known but extremely valuable aspect of Social Security is that the benefits that it pays out are adjusted for inflation. That means that throughout the course of your retirement years, you can anticipate that your monthly Social Security check will rise gradually in order to keep up with the rising cost of living and help you sustain the purchasing power of your benefits.

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Travel tips for booking a summer vacation on a budget

Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial start of the holiday season. But while you’re planning your next summer barbeque, you may be imagining a quick — or not so quick — trip out of town.

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Cuts to Medicare's drug program will prevent many RA patients from getting treatments they need

More than 1.5 million Americans are living with rheumatoid arthritis.

A diagnosis is life altering, as RA causes chronic swelling and pain and increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and depression. After learning they have the disease, many patients head to their local Infusion Center for treatment, as many of the best medicines for RA are delivered intravenously.

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10 Reasons Not to Retire Before 66

Many, if not most, of us dream of retiring early. It does have obvious benefits, such as gobs of leisure time to finally do all the fun things we haven't been getting around to. But there are also plenty of valid reasons to not retire too early. Here, for example, are 10 reasons not to retire before 66 -- the age at which many people are expected to retire, per the Social Security Administration (SSA).

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Some simple tips can help women lower their risk of heart disease

Women are all heart - loving, caring and giving, but who takes care of her beautiful 'heart'? In my 22 years of clinical experience, I have seen women - educated professionals and housewives - accompanying men for their checkups, but when I question them about their health status, they have no clue. Their health ranks the lowest in priority on their to-do list.

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Harvard researchers find evidence that Alzheimer's is caused by bacteria entering the brain

A team of researchers from Harvard has presented evidence that suggests a mechanism for fighting infections in the brain may be a contributing factor to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. The research, reported in Science Translational Medicine, opens up a new and surprising window into the possible causes of Alzheimer’s.

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Tips for nurses working with elderly patients

From the moment Regina Mason, MSN, RN, GNP-BC, started nursing school, she knew she wanted to work with the elderly.

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New study reveals that elderly veterans aren’t always getting the end-of-life care they deserve

A new study published Friday in the Journal of Palliative Medicine reveals that our veterans aren’t always getting the end-of-life care they deserve.

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