How to fight four primary causes of aging

By: Deborah Kotz

Benjamin Franklin once declared that “we get old too soon and wise too late.” Applying a little wisdom, though, may keep you from aging before your time.“Only about 5 to 20 percent of the aging process has to do with our genes,” said Jonny Bowden, a nutritionist and best-selling author of numerous books, including his recently released The Most Effective Ways to Live ... READ MORE

Older adults need higher-dose flu shots

By: Lauran Neergaard

It’s flu-shot season, and for the first time health authorities are urging nearly everyone 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’s swine flu pandemic, when infections peaked well before enough vaccine could be produced. This year, a record vaccine ... READ MORE

Stable weight but growing waist? Beware

By: Carla K. Johnson

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

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

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

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