A recent article in the New York Times (“Alcohol Abuse is Rising Among Older Adults”), pointed out a disturbing trend: problem drinking is rising fast among older adults. Although those over 65 remained far less likely to drink than younger people — about 55 percent of older participants told interviewers they had imbibed in the past year. Still, that was a 22 percent increase over the two periods which were studied: 2001-2002 and 2012-2013; the greatest rise in any age group. More troubling, the proportion of older adults engaged in “high-risk drinking” jumped 65 percent, to 3.8 percent. The researchers’ definition of high risk drinking: for a man, downing five or more standard drinks in a day (each containing 14 grams of alcohol) at least weekly during the past year; for a woman, four such drinks in a day. More
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On August 16, 2017, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unveiled the new Hospice Compare website. The website is searchable by either the name of the hospice agency or by zip code. More
Many studies have found a connection between quality of sleep and memory. Good deep sleep helps the brain convert short term memories into long term ones, so you can better remember something the next day. Unfortunately, as discussed in a Wall Street Journal article quality sleep can be difficult as we age.
One new experimental technology may offer a solution: pink noise. In research conducted at Northwestern University, administering pink noise, a composite of sounds with frequencies more balanced than white noise, in short bursts while seniors slept resulted in better sleep and cognitive function than a night without. Earlier research at the University of Lubeck in Germany found a similar link between pink noise and sleep quality in young adults. More
Typically, hospitals hope to keep seniors from falling by encouraging those deemed a fall risk to stay in bed. This has been encouraged by the Affordable Care Act and the Centers For Medicare and Medicaid Services which no longer reimburses hospitals for fall related injuries (the agency decided that falls should “never” happen in a hospital. However, as reported in the Wall Street Journal, this policy may be detrimental to overall health.
“The policies had an unintended consequence: They created tension between promoting mobility and preventing falls within the hospital,” Sharon K. Inouye, a professor at Harvard Medical School told the Wall Street Journal. More
Frank Abagnale Jr., a scammer from 1965 to 1970 spent five years in prison for forging checks. His story is portrayed in the biographical movie “Catch Me If You Can”. Now, he helps train the FBI to identify crime and theft. As reported in the Wall Street Journal, Abagnale has a new warning for consumers – fraud is even easier to commit today.
The so-called “grandparents scam” – calling grandparents and demanding money be wired to help grandchildren in trouble – is one of the most common scams today, says Abagnale. Further, there are no protections for consumers paying by check. When you pay with check, you give away your routing number, account number, address, bank information, signature and possibly even your phone number. Additionally, the store clerk may write down your license number and date of birth. Then you leave the check at the store – anyone who sees the check can could draft from your account tomorrow or go online and order identical checks. More