Stable weight but growing waist? Beware

By Carla K. Johnson
Posted on October 25, 2010

If you are feeling a bit big around the waistline, take note: Belly bulge can be deadly for older adults, even those who aren’t overweight or obese by other measures.One of the largest studies to examine the dangers of abdominal fat suggests men and women with the biggest waistlines have twice the risk of dying over a decade compared to those with the smallest tummies.Surprisingly,... READ MORE

Medicare drug plans to change, cost more

By Ricardo Alonso-Zaldivar
Posted on October 02, 2010

Big changes to many plansMarketing for next year’s drug plans started Oct. 1, and seniors will see some of the biggest changes since theMedicare prescription benefit became available in 2006. More than 17 million are enrolled in private drug plans offered throughMedicare.“People are just going to have to get on top of this and shop around,” said Dan Mendelson, president of ... READ MORE

Older adults need higher-dose flu shots

By Lauran Neergaard
Posted on October 02, 2010

It’s flu-shot season, and for the first time health authorities are urging nearly every one to get vaccinated. There is even a new high-dose version for people 65 or older.What a difference a year makes: Crowds lined up for hours for scarce shots during last fall’sswine flu pandemic, when infections peaked well before enough vaccine could be produced. This year, a... READ MORE

Baltimore City moves senior programs

By Beacon
Posted on October 01, 2010

Earlier this summer, Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake proposed moving responsibility for the city’s older adult services from a cabinet-level agency operated by the Commission on Aging & Retirement Education (CARE) to a program of the Baltimore City Health Department’s Division of School Health and Older Adult Programs. CARE, a city-chartered advocacy... READ MORE

Ten minutes’ exercise = hour-long effects

By Beacon
Posted on October 01, 2010

Ten minutes of brisk exercise triggers metabolic changes that last at least an hour. The unfair news for panting newbies: The more fit you are, the more benefits you just might be getting. We all know that exercise and a good diet are important for health, protecting against heart disease and diabetes, among other conditions. But what exactly causes the health improvement from working up... READ MORE