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2 months 17 hours

New Dental Treatment Helps Fill Cavities and Insurance Gaps for Seniors

 

By Michelle Crouch

Silver diamine fluoride (SDF) is a topical medication that gets painted on teeth to stem decay. Originally touted as a solution for kids, SDF may become a game changer for treating cavities in older adults. (Jennifer Geiselhofer)

This story also ran on The Washington Post.

 

DENVER ― Dental hygienist Jennifer Geiselhofer often cleans the teeth of senior patients who can’t easily get to a dentist’s office. But until recently, if she found a cavity, there was little she could do.

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By Michelle Crouch

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2 months 17 hours

Apple, Bose and Others Pump Up the Volume on Hearing Aid Options, Filling Void Left by FDA

By Phil Galewitz, KHN

Although implementation of a 2017 law seeking to spur over-the-counter sales of hearing aids has been delayed, consumers still have a growing choice of products they can buy directly from major retailers and leading brands such as Bose and Apple. Walgreens sells Lexie hearing aids in their stores in Arizona, Colorado, North Carolina, Tennessee and Texas ― and offers audiology services online. (LEXIE HEARING)

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By Phil Galewitz, KHN

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2 months 17 hours

ABLE Act: What You Need to Know

• By Miranda Kennedy, Director, and Marlene Ulisky, Social Security Subject Matter Expert, ABLE National Resource Center

 

On December 19, 2020, we celebrate the sixth anniversary of the Stephen Beck, Jr. Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act, which allows eligible people with disabilities to create tax-free savings and investment accounts. On November 19, 2020, the Internal Revenue Service released final ABLE regulations.

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• By Miranda Kennedy, Director, and Marlene Ulisky, Social Security Subject Matter Expert, ABLE National Resource Center

 

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2 months 17 hours

Three Ways The National Institute On Aging Can Support You

 By Jordan Broderick, Public Affairs Specialist, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, conducts and supports scientific research to help more people live healthy, active lives as they grow older. NIA offers the following resources to support older adults, their families, and caregivers:

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 By Jordan Broderick, Public Affairs Specialist, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health The National Institute on Aging (NIA), part of the National Institutes of Health, conduct

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2 months 1 day

Why Doesn’t Medicare Cover Services So Many Seniors Need?

By Julie Rovner.  Kaiser Health News

On Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer released an outline of a coming budget bill that includes a directive to the Senate Finance Committee to expand Medicare “to include dental, vision, hearing benefits.” The catch — all the Democrats in the Senate and almost all in the House will have to agree on the entire budget bill for it to become law. (AL DRAGO / BLOOMBERG VIA GETTY IMAGES)

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By Julie Rovner.  Kaiser Health News

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2 months 1 day

For Seniors, Medicare's Obesity-Counseling Benefit Goes Largely Unused

 

Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog By Phil Galewitz and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

 

 The Obama administration offered hope to millions of overweight seniors when it announced Medicare would offer free weight-loss counseling.

Officials estimated that about 30 percent of seniors are obese and therefore eligible for counseling services, which studies have shown improve the odds of significant weight loss.

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Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog By Phil Galewitz and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org

 

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2 months 1 day

An Overlooked Epidemic: Older Americans Taking Too Many Unneeded Drugs

 

Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Sandra G. Boodman and Kaiser Health News   http://khn.org 

Consider it America’s other prescription drug epidemic.

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Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Sandra G. Boodman and Kaiser Health News   http://khn.org 

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2 months 1 day

Problems With Your Hospital Care? Don't Be Afraid To Speak Up!

 Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Emily Bazar and Kaiser Health News   http://khn.org 

 

 

My dad was in excruciating pain over Labor Day weekend, so my mom rushed him to the emergency room of a renowned university hospital.

Doctors determined that he needed surgery that night, and luckily I was able to fly in and see him before he was wheeled away. “Take care of your mom if anything happens to me,” he said as my mom and I wept.

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 Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Emily Bazar and Kaiser Health News   http://khn.org 

 

 

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2 months 1 day

Coming Full Circle, Doulas Cradle The Dying

Article by Bruce Horovitz and Kaiser Health News

 

Cover photo: Bob and Ellen Gutenstein celebrate Ellen's birthday three months before her death. (Courtesy of the Gutenstein family)

 

As Ellen Gutenstein lay in her bed at home, dying from lung cancer that had metastasized in her brain, a heart-wrenching Mother’s Day card arrived from her granddaughter. Neither Ellen’s daughter — nor her husband — felt they could read it to her without breaking down.

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Article by Bruce Horovitz and Kaiser Health News

 

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2 months 1 day

How To Find And Use New Federal Ratings For Rehab Services At Nursing Homes

 

 Blog by Judith Graham and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org 

For the first time, the federal government is shining a spotlight on the quality of rehabilitation care at nursing homes — services used by nearly 2 million older adults each year.

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 Blog by Judith Graham and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org 

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2 months 1 day

For Seniors, Teeth Need Care — But Insurance Coverage Is Rare

Article by Michelle Andrews and Kaiser Health News

Cover photo: Ada Anderson helps her mother, Violeta Anderson, brush her teeth before her dentist appointment in November 2015. (Photo by Heidi de Marco/KHN).

 

Aging can take a toll on teeth, and for many seniors paying for dental services is a serious concern because they can’t rely on their Medicare coverage.

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Article by Michelle Andrews and Kaiser Health News

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2 months 1 day

Like Hunger Or Thirst, Loneliness In Seniors Can Be Eased

 

Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Judith Graham and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org  

 

It’s widely believed that older age is darkened by persistent loneliness. But a considerable body of research confirms this isn’t the case.

In fact, loneliness is the exception rather than the rule in later life. And when it occurs, it can be alleviated: It’s a mutable psychological state.

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Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog by Judith Graham and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org  

 

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2 months 1 day

Aging And Addicted: The Opioid Epidemic Affects Older Adults, Too

Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog  by Jenny Gold, photos by Heidi de Marco  and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org 

Cover photo: John Evard, 70, at the Las Vegas Recovery Center in Las Vegas, NV, in July 2016. Evard, a retired tax attorney, checked into a rehabilitation program after becoming addicted to his pain medication. (Heidi de Marco/KHN)

 

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Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog  by Jenny Gold, photos by Heidi de Marco  and Kaiser Health News    http://khn.org 

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2 months 1 day

By Law, Hospitals Now Must Tell Medicare Patients When Care Is ‘Observation’ Only

Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog  By Susan Jaffe  and Kaiser Health News    

Under a new federal law, hospitals across the country must now alert Medicare patients when they are getting observation care and why they were not admitted — even if they stay in the hospital a few nights. For years, seniors often found out only when they got surprise bills for the services Medicare doesn’t cover for observation patients, including some drugs and expensive nursing home care.

The notice may cushion the shock but probably not settle the issue.

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Seniorhelpdesk.com Healthcare Blog  By Susan Jaffe  and Kaiser Health News    

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2 months 1 day

Best Kept Secret: VA Aid and Attendance Program

 

Blog by Jamie Cowan 

This little known benefit is a needs-based program paid to a veteran or the widow/widower of a veteran (who hasn’t remarried) whose health conditions require non-medical, or personal care. What kind of care, you ask? How does adult day care, or home care sound? Yes, Aid and Attendance can be used for that. And it can be used to pay a family member other than a spouse to care for the veteran at home.

Sounds like a wonderful program, right? It is, so why aren’t more veterans taking advantage of Aid and Attendance?

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Blog by Jamie Cowan 

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2 months 1 day

What Is Caregiver Agreement Contract?

What Is Caregiver Agreement Contract?

Blog by Jamie Cowan of of Life Planning Consultants, LLC.    http://www.jwcowan.com

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What Is Caregiver Agreement Contract?

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