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Big Drop in Hospitalizations, Deaths From Heart Disease

Posted on 08/19/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Personal HealthA new study of 34 million Medicare patients has found what one prominent heart researcher calls “jaw-dropping” reductions in hospitalizations and deaths from heart attacks and strokes over the past decade. According to the findings published in the American Heart Association journal Circulation, the number of patients age 65-plus who were hospitalized with heart attacks dropped nearly 40 percent from 1999 to 2011, while those hospitalized with strokes caused by blood clots  fell by 34 percent. >> Top 15 Superfoods for …

How Stroke Changed One Man’s Life

Posted on 08/19/2014 by |Best of Everything After 50 | Comments

Personal HealthAmong the top five “Stroke Myths” on the website of the National Stroke Association is “Stroke only strikes the elderly.” A man who shattered that myth and lived to recount the experience is Mark McEwen, who turns 60 in September. From 1987 to 2002, McEwen was the face of morning television on CBS, first as a weatherman, then as an entertainment reporter and finally as cohost of The Early Show. Traveling with his wife, Denise, in 2005 — he had …

Nurse Practitioners Fill the Gap

Posted on 08/19/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteThis month,  AARP The Magazine features Danielle Pendergrass, a nurse practitioner living in rural Price, Utah. Before Pendergrass opened her women’s health clinic in Price, many women in the area went years without seeing a doctor. The 60-mile trip to the nearest obstetrician-gynecologist was simply too far for many. Since her clinic opened, Pendergrass’ patient load has surged to 3,300 people. Lack of access to health care is not unique to rural Utah. Some 60 million Americans live in places …

Style Knows No Size — or Age

Posted on 08/18/2014 by |Beauty | Comments

Beauty & FashionAre boomer babes having a “Confidence Crisis”? I ask you that because it seems like we’re not so in love with our bodies these days. Even the peppiest kale-munching yoga practitioner among us can be heard whining about her saggy boobs, loose thighs and tummy bulge. And whether you’re a size 4 or 14, shopping for fall clothes only amplifies the angst. So before you take refuge in that security blanket known as “Old Sweatpants and a Big Tee,” try …

3 Things You Didn’t Know About the Beatles’ 1964 North American Tour

Posted on 08/18/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

EntertainmentThe second time the Beatles invaded the United States in 1964, a month-long expedition that began Aug. 19, Art Schreiber was one of just two American newsmen on tour. He rode with their chartered planes, stayed in their hotels and night after night witnessed concerts where music was completely beside the point. Now 86 and on a 50th anniversary tour of his own, Schreiber recalls three things you may not know: At the hotel after the concerts, Schreiber’s phone would …

A Tale of Two Americas

Posted on 08/18/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

PoliticsToday’s sobering statistic: Almost 20 percent of people ages 55 to 64 have no retirement savings. And even among those who have saved, millions are facing a retirement “deficit” — meaning they will outlive their retirement savings by $57,000 on average per household. Why does that matter to the rest of us? Because if millions of older adults haven’t saved enough to be self-sufficient in retirement, they will end up turning to government safety net services — a costly proposition …