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5 Die in New Orleans' Senior Apartments

City forms teams to search hot buildings after some residents were trapped

(Newser) - Officials in New Orleans are thoroughly inspecting senior living apartments in the city in the aftermath of Hurricane Ida after finding people living in buildings without working generators, trapping residents in wheelchairs in dark, sweltering upper floors. Five people died in the private buildings Sunday, and hundreds have already been...

'Little Bit of a Strange Situation' With Universal Vaccine Rollout

About 20% of those 65 and older still haven't received a shot, and challenges remain

(Newser) - Monday was the day that every American 16 and over became eligible to receive the COVID vaccine, adding to the promising news that more than half of the adult US population has received at least one dose. But even though older adults in particular are now the most vaccinated demographic...

'I Don't Know It': Mom With Dementia Plays Beethoven

For Elaine Lebar, 92, 'life makes sense' at the piano

(Newser) - Elaine Lebar may have dementia, but she still knows her way around a keyboard—and hasn't forgotten the third movement of Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata," TMZ reports. A video of the 92-year-old playing the piece recently became a hit on TikTok. "I don't know it,...

Senior Accused of Killing Longtime Pal With Brick

Maryland's Chun Yong Oh charged in Hwa Cha Pak's murder

(Newser) - A 73-year-old Maryland woman is accused of using a brick to kill her longtime friend and neighbor at what NBC News describes as a senior living facility in Bladensburg. Chun Yong Oh took multiple swipes at 82-year-old Hwa Cha Pak with a brick, according to the Prince George's County...

Cops Got Calls of Lewd Conduct in a Park. They Busted 6 Seniors

Senior citizens, not high school seniors

(Newser) - The Grace Richardson Conservation Area in Fairfield, Conn., is where locals go to commune with nature and enjoy the wildlife, though "wild life" may have double meaning for some. Per the Connecticut Post , reports of "lewd and sexual activity" started making their way to police earlier this month....

America's Oldest Man Robbed of His Savings

Thieves stole Richard Overton's identity and broke into his bank account

(Newser) - Richard Overton is something of a celebrity in Austin, Texas, because the 112-year-old WWII veteran is the oldest living man in America. He now has a new distinction: the oldest American to be robbed of his savings, reports Newsweek . Family members recently learned that an unidentified thief used Overton's...

Seniors Learn Painful Truth About Bullying

It's not usually physical, but it's nasty

(Newser) - Bullying doesn't end as we enter our golden years, apparently. The AP has uncovered incidents of cruelty at senior centers and housing complexes that highlight the surprising ways elderly people bully one another. "There's the clique system just like everywhere else," says Betsy Gran, who once...

Sex After 65? Many Seniors Say Absolutely

40% report sexual activity and more than half say that intimacy adds to quality of life

(Newser) - Are seniors having sex? The survey says … yes. A new national study of 1,002 adults ages 65 to 80 has found that although frequency of sex declines with age and illness, many are still having sex and most older adults are happy with their sex lives. Investigators at...

App to Improve Attention May Help People With Depression

Novel approach targets related issues instead of the symptoms of depression

(Newser) - Video games have become so pervasive that clinicians have moved from simply studying how they affect our bodies and brains to designing them with specific outcomes in mind. Such is the case with an app called Project: Evo, an app-based game that was designed ostensibly to improve attention. Science Daily...

$250K Awarded to Family of Senior Mired in Ear Maggots

Doctors discovered 57 of them in Alzheimer patient's ear; she died 4 months later

(Newser) - When Catherine McCann started pulling on her ear at the Lutheran Home in September 2012, it seemed apparent something was wrong with the elderly Alzheimer's patient, who was unable to speak or care for herself. What was ailing the nonagenarian turned out to be more horrifying than her family...

The Elderly Are Falling More Often

 The Elderly 
 Are Falling 
 More Often 
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The Elderly Are Falling More Often

Study sees 8% increase, but reasons remain murky

(Newser) - Elderly Americans are apparently falling more often, but researchers don't know why. A new study says adults aged 65 and up self-reported a noticeable increase in falls between 1998 and 2010, reports Eureka Alert . Queried every two years, the percentage of seniors who said they'd fallen at least...

Man Fined for Crossing Street Too Slowly

Elderly Italian didn't make it to the other side before light changed

(Newser) - Why did the chicken cross the road? To get away from Pinerolo, perhaps. The Italian town is getting some odd press after news emerged that an 85-year-old man who failed to cross one of its streets quickly enough was handed a fine of about $50. Italy's La Repubblica newspaper...

To Help Seniors Stop Falling, Scientists Trip Them

Researchers say people can learn how to react better

(Newser) - When 81-year-old Mary Kaye trips and falls—usually on Chicago's sidewalks—she lands on her face. "It's usually quite disastrous—for my face," she tells the AP . Falls are dangerous for seniors, so physical therapist Clive Pai is testing what sounds like a cruel way to...

Over 65? Your Incontinence Is ... Normal

Report: 51% of US seniors who live at home suffer bladder or bowel incontinence

(Newser) - If you're over the age of 65 and grappling with incontinence, the government has some potentially reassuring news for you: You're basically normal. A report released yesterday by the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics tracks "the prevalence and the magnitude" of bladder and bowel incontinence...

Number of Seniors on Pain Pills Surges, Alarmingly

'USA Today' analysis reveals jump over 5 years

(Newser) - More seniors are getting powerful pain meds for longer periods through Medicare, USA Today reports—and the increases are drastic. One in five seniors now gets prescribed pain drugs like Vicodin and Percocet. The number getting opioid pain medication prescriptions jumped 30% between 2007 and 2012, passing 8.5 million...

Germans Save Money by Exporting Old People
Germans Save Money
by Exporting Old People
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Germans Save Money by Exporting Old People

Opponents call practice 'inhumane'

(Newser) - With long-term care costs rising—and actual care standards falling—a growing number of Germans are saving money by shipping their elderly relatives to foreign homes, the Guardian reports. Most are headed to Eastern Europe; an estimated 7,146 were in Hungary last year, along with more 3,000 in...

The Best Cities for Seniors
 The Best Cities for Seniors 
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The Best Cities for Seniors

Topping the list: Provo, Utah

(Newser) - A new study ranks the best cities for seniors—and, when it comes to big cities, none in Florida crack the top 10. And just one Florida city makes it into the top 10 smaller cities for aging. "The traditional notions about retirement, about pulling up stakes and moving...

Pill Could Offer Seniors Years More to Live

But some experts call for more testing

(Newser) - A new one-a-day pill could offer 11 more years of life to 28% of people over 50, researchers say. The "polypill"—a combination of blood pressure-lowering and cholesterol-fighting drugs—could lower heart attack risk by 72% and stroke risk by 64%. On top of all that, it could...

Seniors Still Owe $36B in Student Loans

For some, delinquent debt problems continue even into 80s

(Newser) - America's student debt woes are battering a surprising demographic: seniors. In fact, Americans 60 years of age and older still owe $36 billion in student loans—and more than 10% of those loans are delinquent, reports the Washington Post . All told, seniors account for 4.8% of $85 billion...

Nursing Homes Overmedicating Seniors With Dementia: Health Department Report
Nursing Homes, Big Pharma Overmedicating Seniors
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Nursing Homes, Big Pharma Overmedicating Seniors

Residents with dementia get antipsychotics, boosting death risk: US report

(Newser) - Nursing homes are treating dementia sufferers with powerful antipsychotics despite FDA advice to the contrary, according to a Health and Human Services report spotted by Pro Publica . The FDA began requiring antipsychotics to carry warning labels in 2005 stating the increased death risk they pose for dementia patients. But 88%...

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