Was that a “Senior Moment” or a sign of Dementia?

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As we age, it is not uncommon for memories to dull but it is not a guarantee that this will happen to everyone. In fact, there are numerous measures we can take today to keep our minds as sharp as possible throughout our lives. Remaining active, socially engaged, a good diet and exercise, proper sleep, and challenging your mind through a variety of “brain exercises” will all play important roles in how strong your mind is over the years. This is important because dementia and conditions such as Alzheimer’s has emerged as one of the leading factors contributing to people…

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Early Signs and Symptoms of Alzheimer’s

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Memory loss that disrupts daily life may be a symptom of Alzheimer’s or other dementia. Alzheimer’s is a brain disease that causes a slow decline in memory, thinking and reasoning skills. There are 10 warning signs and symptoms. If you notice any of them, don’t ignore them. Schedule an appointment with your doctor. Memory loss that disrupts daily life One of the most common signs of Alzheimer’s disease, especially in the early stage, is forgetting recently learned information. Others include forgetting important dates or events, asking for the same information over and over, and increasingly needing to rely on memory…

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Wandering

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Six in 10 people with dementia will wander. A person with Alzheimer’s may not remember his or her name or address, and can become disoriented, even in familiar places. Wandering among people with dementia is dangerous, but there are strategies and services to help prevent it. Who is at risk of wandering? Anyone who has memory problems and is able to walk is at risk for wandering. Even in the early stages of dementia, a person can become disoriented or confused for a period of time. It’s important to plan ahead for this type of situation. Be on the lookout…

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For Older Voters, Getting The Right ID Can Be Especially Tough

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Nearly three dozen states require voters to show identification at the polls. And almost half of those states want photo IDs. But there are millions of eligible voters who don’t have them. A 2012 survey estimated that 7 percent of American adults lack a government-issued photo ID. While some organizations have sued to overturn these laws, a nonprofit organization called Spread The Vote has taken a different tack: It helps people without IDs get them. And people over 50 years of age have presented some of their biggest challenges. On a recent Tuesday morning in Austell, Ga., 53-year-old Pamela Moon…

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An Ancient Art May Work Best to Prevent Falls in Old Age

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The ancient practice of tai chi may beat strength training and aerobics for preventing falls among seniors, a new trial shows. A modified senior-centered tai chi program reduced falls nearly a third better in a head-to-head comparison with an exercise regimen that combined aerobics, strength training and balance drills, the researchers reported. “This tai chi program better addressed the deficits that were contributing to fall risk,” said senior researcher Kerri Winters-Stone, a professor with the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing. Tai chi is a centuries-old Chinese tradition that involves a graceful series of movements. People performing tai…

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Change to VA Benefits

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Today’s older veterans deserve recognition for their commitment, service and sacrifice. Undoubtedly, our country is what it is today because of what they gave.  We owe them so much. Every day we talk to veterans and their families about benefits that they are entitled to. Oftentimes, these veterans are completely unaware that their service from decades ago matters today. Most notably, our elder law attorneys help families secure VA Pension with Aid and Attendance benefits. This cash benefit is tax-free and helps cover an eligible veteran’s (or surviving spouse’s) costs for caregivers, nursing homes or assisted living. The benefit is…

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Groups say Medicare discounts threatened in opioids bill

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Consumer and health care groups are scrambling to block what they say is a move by the pharmaceutical industry to commandeer must-pass opioids epidemic legislation as a vehicle for rolling back drugmaker discounts to Medicare beneficiaries with high prescription costs. Republicans said Friday nothing has been decided in behind-the-scenes discussions. But Henry Connelly, a spokesman for House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, called the effort a “Republican attempt to hijack a bipartisan effort on opioids funding to ram through a multibillion-dollar handout to Big Pharma.” The House and Senate are working on major legislation to combat the opioids epidemic by focusing…

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Feds Settle Huge Whistleblower Suit Over Medicare Advantage Fraud

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One of the nation’s largest dialysis providers will pay $270 million to settle a whistleblower’s allegation that it helped Medicare Advantage insurance plans cheat the government for several years. The settlement by HealthCare Partners Holdings LLC, part of giant dialysis company DaVita Inc., is believed to be the largest to date involving allegations that some Medicare Advantage plans exaggerate how sick their patients are to inflate government payments. DaVita, which is headquartered in El Segundo, Calif., did not admit fault. “This settlement demonstrates our tireless commitment to rooting out fraud that drains too many taxpayer dollars from public health programs…

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What’s the Dollar Cost of Caring for a Loved One With Alzheimer’s?

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Almost $200,000 over the course of two years. That is the cost of the care that a family member typically gives a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease. That’s according to a new study that attempted to put a price tag on the burden of the day-to-day help that millions of folks with the memory-robbing disease need for shopping, cooking, cleaning, eating, taking medicine and looking after their well-being. “The costs of caregiving depend on the needs of the [patient], and median costs range between $144,000 to over $200,000 over the course of two years,” said study author Norma Coe. She’s…

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Buyer Beware: New Cheaper Insurance Policies May Have Big Coverage Gaps

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If you’re looking for cheaper health insurance, a whole host of new options will hit the market starting Tuesday. But buyer beware! If you get sick, the new plans – known as short-term, limited duration insurance — may not pay for the medical care you need. “These are a niche product, always have been,” says Doug Badger, a visiting fellow at the conservative Heritage Foundation in Washington, and a senior fellow with the Galen Institute. “It’s simply another choice for consumers that for many is more affordable than the other products available,” he says. Short-term health insurance isn’t entirely new….

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