Kathy VanSchaick

HOST

As a 60-something, I enjoy researching the topics and have found many of the topics particularly relevant in my life and the lives of my friends and family.  I’m pleased to be able to share them with you.

The May issue of AARP magazine offer a view of what expect in your eighth decade in Your Body at 70+. Tips and tactics on your brain, skin, bones, muscles, sense, looks and sex life.

This week’s program exposes the illegal eviction of elder residents from nursing homes.  Also known as dumping, it involves moving a resident without proper warning or refusing to readmit when the removal was unwarranted.

Beyond being addicted themselves, elders can be drawn into the struggles of addicted children, grandchildren and other family members with serious consequences.

AARP’s May Bulletin offers Health Fads, Fails and Fixes on topics ranging from heart health to diet, skin care, brain health and a happy stomach.  Based on input from dozens of doctors and 150 studies.

A recent New York Times article offers a comprehensive look at what you need to know about diet, weight, movement, exercise, art, yoga, meditation, social connection and work in order to age well.

Articles from the New York Times, Washington Post and Baltimore Sun explore the issue of underrepresentation of elders  in medical clinical trials and how to remedy the situation.

As the general population of seniors grows, so does the population of incarcerated elders. Articles focus on issues of frailty, illness, dementia, terminal inmates and how they are being addressed, including compassionate release.

AARP Bulletin offers a special report on Medicare Fraud, focusing on different scams, how they affects seniors, how to fight fraud, the Medicare Strike force and the new Medicare beneficiary identifier cards.

Information on dementia and Alzheimer’s from Verywell continues with articles on ethical dilemmas, stress and dementia risk and learning from those with dementia.

Articles from website Verywell  offer information on dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease including myths, personality changes and recognizing apathy.

Since 1975 our country has been on notice about the inappropriate and dangerous use of antipsychotic drugs in nursing homes.  Yet a recent Human Watch Report estimates at least 179,000 cases of abuse occur today and the group urges federal and state agencies to take tougher measures against it.

Articles from AARP, 55+ and Sid Effects Public Media offer four different approaches to aging in place including simply renting a room , house sharing, joining a cohousing community or choosing a tiny house.

A reboot of the Woody Allen film Annie Hall created at a senior center and other acting venues for seniors provide evidence of the health benefits for senior thespians.

Wikipedia, AARP and the National Women’s History Project  provide history, profiles, and quotes from some familiar and some not so familiar women.

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The Funeral Consumers Alliance, dedicated to protecting vulnerable grieving families, offers information on your rights as a funeral consumer.  AARP provides information on current funeral trends.

Next Avenue articles compare Medicare to health care abroad and offers what Trump’s Medicare proposals many mean. The  National Council on Aging offers negative and positive impact to Medicare from the budget just passed.

:  Articles from Next Avenue offer insights into why seniors are often happier than younger counterparts and ways in which we can continue to grow in personal strength and creativity.

Articles from AARP, Next Avenue and others offer information on digital assistants, apps for smartphones and assistive devices to make life easier for seniors.

Lori Bitter, founder of the Business of Aging, shares her ideas about how marketing to seniors needs to change to an intergenerational model in her New consumer Manifesto – Why Old is New and Young is Old New.s

:  Medicare Open Enrollment period from October 15 to December 7 allows Medicare users to review and change contracts for all parts of Medicare, A, B, C and D with the help of Medicare’s plan finder on its website and customer service representatives..

AARP published a retrospective of the Summer of Love, 1967, and the Hippie movement.  Additional sources offer articles on what became of them and their legacy.

AARP magazine profiles Jessica Lange, her tenacity, spirit of adventure and joy of family. Sheila Nevins, award winning documentary producer, share a defining moment in her life.

Articles from About.com’s Very Well and the CDC offer evidence of the benefits of walking, tips for walking indoors and outdoors and a study linking gait speed to longevity.

This week’s program offers the conclusion to Ezekiel Emanuel’s article “ Why I Want to Die at 75” and a rebuttal by LA Times reporter Michael Hiltzik, “Why Ezekiel Emanuel is wrong to 'hope' for death at 75”

In this program you will hear two very different views on how many years make up a reasonable lifespan. Of particular interest is Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel’s position that he wishes to live only to the age of seventy five. Bruce Frassnelli from 55+ will offer his thoughts as well.

Part II of Consumer Report’s Too Many Meds? Offers information on doing a drug checkup with your pharmacist, helpful lifestyle changes to reduce the need for certain meds, potentially dangerous drug combinations and some sobering statistics.

Consumer Reports examines the over-prescribing of medications and subsequent consequences, especially for seniors.

August 55+ magazine offers articles on remodeling for the future, moving on, the veterans of Honor Flight and advantages of long term care planning.

In honor of Grandparents Day, articles offer thoughts on what grandparents and  grandchildren can learn from each other, as well as the role of great grandparents today.

AARP’s Innovation @50+ Health Technology ten Winners include: a new pill delivery system, improved personal emergency response system and temperature monitoring sock for diabetics.

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