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Bill Hogan has been covering Washington for longer than he can remember. He is the author of three books, most recently, "Are Your Prescriptions Killing You?"”How to Prevent Dangerous Interactions, Avoid Deadly Side Effects, and Be Healthier with Fewer Drugs" (with Dr. Armon B. Neel, Jr.).

Security Guard Killed 83-Year-Old Man With Tire Jack, Police Say

Authorities say an 83-year-old man has died from head injuries he sustained when an off-duty security guard went on a violent rampage at a Florida assisted living facility, savagely attacking residents with a tire jack. Joseph Giambrone had been in a coma since the March 27 attack at Atria Evergreen Woods in Spring Hill, which bills itself as a “resort-style” retirement community. Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis described the attacks on Giambrone and another resident, 88-year-old Miriam Lepp, as “beyond comprehension.” …

Boomer Alert: Nation’s 65+ Population to Double by 2050

We’re getting older – in a big way. New Census Bureau reports project that the nation’s 65-and-older population will nearly double in size – hitting a total of nearly 83.7 million – by 2050. By then, more than 1 in 5 Americans will be at least 65 years old. Boomers, who began turning 65 in 2011, are the driving force behind the project shift. The Census Bureau says that the demographic shift is already fueling growth in health-care-related industries and …

Can Keeping a Hen Help You Live Longer?

Want to stay active, feel less lonely and generally be healthier? Maybe it’s time to get yourself a hen. HenPower, an experimental project based in Gateshead, England, aims to get older residents of the community involved in hen keeping as a way to reduce their feelings of isolation and to enhance their health and well-being. The “pensioners,” as the Brits refer to retired folks, look after the hens, collecting their eggs and rearing their chicks; the handiest among them design …

Boomer Flashback: The 1964 New York World’s Fair

The 1964 New York World’s Fair, which opened on April 22, 1964, and ran for two six-month seasons, was a sprawling showcase of mid-century American culture and technology. Although nearly 52 million people attended the fair, it was a huge financial flop, returning only 19 cents on the dollar to investors.   The fair’s most popular exhibit was GM’s Futurama, which mesmerized nearly 26 million visitors with its 3-D scenes of the “World of Tomorrow.”   Martin Luther King Jr. …

Medicare Part D Generates Billions in Taxpayer Savings

Medicare‘s prescription drug benefit saves taxpayers billions of dollars by dramatically reducing hospital admissions, a new study shows. Researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and the University of Illinois at Chicago estimated the total savings at $1.5 billion a year – about 2.2 percent of the total $67.7 billion cost of Medicare Part D in 2011. “Medicare Part D requires a substantial investment from the federal government, and the million-dollar question has been, ‘Does this investment …

Mildred Loving: She Blazed a Trail for Marriage Equality

In 1964, Mildred Loving wrote a letter to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy that she couldn’t have realized at the time would launch a campaign for marriage equality that continues 50 years later. In her letter, Loving asked Kennedy if the Civil Rights Act of 1964 might be the vehicle that allow her and her husband to return to their home state of Virginia, from which they had been banished for the “crime” of being married. Slide show: 10 women …