Nancy Reagan: She Helped Lead Fight Against Alzheimer’s

During her husband Ronald Reagan’s presidency from 1981 to 1989, former movie star Nancy Reagan was one of the most stylish and influential first ladies ever. But arguably, Mrs. Reagan, who passed away March 6 at age 94 in Los Angeles, made just as big an impact upon America after she and her husband left the White House. Famous People We Lost in 2015 » When the former president was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 1994, Mrs. Reagan helped her husband write a poignant …

Coupon Scams: Don’t Get Clipped

Maybe you saw that recent Facebook post promising a free $200 Nordstrom gift card. Or perhaps it was that $100 coupon for Lowe’s, which just resurfaced after a similar “campaign” last spring, or the latest coupon on social media, touting a free Disneyland vacation for four. Like umpteen others that come and go, each of these recent frauds was part of at least 300 billion fake coupon offers annually that aim to pinch those who are trying to pinch pennies. (Just …

Fixing Vertigo With a Turn of the Head

One minute you’re fine, the next minute everything is spinning. It happened recently to a coworker who woke up one morning and found that any little movement sent the room spinning and her stomach lurching. She couldn’t even get out of bed. Her doctor told her she had benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV) — a type of dizziness common among older adults, and for which there is an amazingly easy fix. BPPV was also the subject of a recent New …

On Super Tuesday, Older Voters Continue to Support Clinton

Older voters continued to roll up huge majorities for Hillary Clinton in Super Tuesday voting, as she built a clear lead in the Democratic presidential campaign. In six southern states where Clinton won on March 1, she received between 72 and 87 percent of the vote from voters 45 to 64 and 65 and older, with a slightly stronger showing among the oldest voters, according to exit polls from the National Election Pool. She received between 64 and 78 percent …

Older Voters Back Trump in Most Super Tuesday States

Older voters continued to play a decisive role in the 2016 GOP presidential campaign on Super Tuesday, bolstering Donald Trump in states where he had his best showings and siding with Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas to help him win his home state as well as Oklahoma. Winning seven of the 11 states that cast votes in Republican contests on March 1, Trump got his biggest boost from voters 65 and older and ran well among those 45 to 64, …

Prescription Drug Costs Soar, Doubling in 7 Years

Thanks to drug manufacturer price hikes, the average cost for a year’s supply of a prescription drug has jumped to more than $11,000, or about 75 percent of the average annual Social Security retirement benefit and half the median income of someone on Medicare. This latest bad news for older patients’ pocketbooks come from a new AARP Public Policy Institute report, which shows retail prices for widely used medications increased at six times the rate of general inflation in 2013. …