Heartbreaking letter lonely 90-year-old woman sent to her neighbor

News 04/26/21, 06:01

One afternoon, Marleen Brooks returned home and found a message in her mailbox. Wanda, a 90-year-old woman neighbor sent her the note. “Would you consider to become my friend? I’m 90 years old—live alone. All my friends have passed away. I’m so lonesome and scared. Please I pray for someone ” ...

Playground for older people to increase activity, reduce loneliness

U.S. 11/11/19, 17:30

Older people need more care and attention, which is why someone came up with the idea to build playgrounds for the elderly. Aging and loneliness are inevitable in life as we age. This can rapidly cause a serious decline in physical health and wellbeing. That’s why seniors have to be more ...

Seniors rally to support Hong Kong youth

Asia & Pacific 07/17/19, 15:26

As tensions are simmering, thousands of Hong Kong’s greying population on Wednesday, July 17, took to the streets to rally against the extradition bill, in solidarity with young protesters. Organizers said some 8,000 silver-haired senior citizens, including a well-known actress, and others in wheelchairs, participated in the march that finished outside ...

Los Angeles County uses technology to locate missing seniors

Tech 04/25/19, 18:49

A new Los Angeles County program that uses electronic bracelets to find missing people with dementia or autism was launched partly in response to the death of Nancy Paulikas, a 55-year-old woman with Alzheimer's disease who wandered away from her husband during a visit to a museum.During the desperate search ...

Senior’s weakness for scams may be warning sign of dementia

Health 04/15/19, 16:05

Researchers say seniors who aren't on guard against scams also might be at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease.Elder fraud is a problem, and Monday's study doesn't mean that everyone who falls prey has some sort of dementia brewing. But scientists know that subtle changes in thinking and judgment appear long ...

Feds break up $1.2B Medicare orthopedic brace scam, charge 24 people

Politics 04/09/19, 11:32

Federal authorities said Tuesday they've broken up a $1.2 billion Medicare scam that peddled unneeded orthopedic braces to hundreds of thousands of seniors via foreign call centers. The Justice Department announced charges against 24 people across the U.S., including doctors accused of writing bogus prescriptions for unneeded back, shoulder, wrist and ...

Wisconsin officials warn of predatory contractors

Business 03/29/19, 12:50

Wisconsin consumer protection officials are warning victims of recent flooding to be wary of predatory contractors who use low-quality material or fail to finish repair work.Transient contractors look to take advantage of homeowners affected by flooding or other natural disasters, Lara Sutherlin, a division administrator for the state Department of ...

Eau Claire County agency prepares meals at ex-nursing home

Nutrition 03/23/19, 00:06

Kitchen staff arrive at the former Fall Creek Valley Care Center at 4:30 to 5 a.m. Monday through Friday to make nutritious meals for close to 400 seniors in Eau Claire and Chippewa counties.Meals might include potatoes peeled by hand, homemade bread and desserts made from scratch."The comments on our ...

Special evaluations can help seniors cope with cancer care

Health 03/22/19, 10:20

Before she could start breast cancer treatment, Nancy Simpson had to walk in a straight line, count backward from 20 and repeat a silly phrase.It was all part of a special kind of medical fitness test for older patients that's starting to catch on among cancer doctors. Instead of assuming ...

Report finds few seniors are getting routine memory checkups

U.S. 03/05/19, 00:13

Few seniors get their thinking and memory abilities regularly tested during check-ups, according to a new report from the Alzheimer's Association that raises questions about how best to find out if a problem is brewing.Medicare pays for an annual "wellness visit" that is supposed to include what's called a cognitive ...

Medicare ambulance rides may no longer end up at ER

U.S. 02/14/19, 16:46

Medicare officials say they want to change how the program pays for emergency ambulance services to give seniors more options besides going to a hospital emergency department.Other options could include going to an urgent care center, a doctor's office, or even treatment at home under supervision of a doctor via ...

Discounts to insurance: Many ways seniors can save on travel

Business 02/06/19, 15:24

Most seniors have more free time for leisure activities including travel, but money is tighter when the paychecks stop at retirement.Retirees who want to travel can make those trips more affordable by taking advantage of senior discounts and through less obvious strategies.Many of the tips offered by travel experts work ...

Alabama mayor: Possible tornado hits downtown Wetumpka

U.S. 01/19/19, 19:28

The mayor of Wetumpka in central Alabama says a possible tornado has caused significant damage to the city's downtown, with several buildings on the ground after an intense storm passed through the area.The Montgomery Advertiser reports Mayor Jerry Willis says one injury was reported, but it wasn't serious.He says a ...

Michigan awards $4.8M in ‘mobility’ grants to help disabled

Tech 01/15/19, 17:27

The state of Michigan on Tuesday announced the final round of "mobility" grants it gives out to encourage pilot projects to help transport seniors, the disabled and veterans with autonomous vehicles and other technology.The nearly $4.8 million will provide short-term funding for an autonomous electric shuttle at the Battle Creek ...

Proposed changes on Medicare drugs, but would costs go down?

Health 11/26/18, 17:06

The Trump administration is proposing changes to Medicare's prescription drug benefit that would affect people's costs over the next few years. Officials say their goal is to lower costs and modernize Medicare, the government health insurance program that covers about 60 million seniors and disabled people. Some proposals could create winners ...

Fire at apartments for seniors traps some people; 13 hurt

U.S. 11/17/18, 18:39

A fire in a suburban Denver apartment complex for seniors created smoke so thick it trapped some people in their homes early Saturday, injuring more than a dozen people, including three seriously, authorities said.Police officers and firefighters guided residents out through smoky hallways at the Littleton community for people age ...

Pleas flood social media with loved ones missing after fire

U.S. 11/09/18, 18:37

A day after a Northern California wildfire forced tens of thousands to evacuate, dozens of people are unaccounted for and relatives are flooding social media with desperate pleas for help finding them. In this undated family photo shows Jean Forsman. A New Hampshire woman says she and her brother are frantically ...

Californians weigh property tax break for older homeowners

U.S. 11/06/18, 10:28

Ending a low-key campaign with high stakes, California voters were set to decide Tuesday whether to expand a property tax break to older homeowners who move.Other ballot measures commanded more time on the airwaves but Proposition 5 would deliver significant benefits to people over 55 when they sell a house ...

Trump trashes Democrats’ Medicare for All plan in op-ed

Health 10/10/18, 06:15

President Donald Trump is stepping up his attack on Democrats over a health care proposal called Medicare for All, claiming it "would end Medicare as we know it."Trump omits any mention of improved benefits for seniors that Democrats promise while he claims in a Wednesday op-ed published in USA Today ...

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