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Look Who’s Taking on the Ice Bucket Challenge

Posted on 08/15/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Bulletin Today | EntertainmentIt’s been just a couple of weeks since the “Ice Bucket Challenge” took off in a big way, becoming a full-fledged Internet phenomenon in the name of ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) awareness. ALS, often known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain. The Ice Bucket Challenge aims to raise money for the ALS Association, and it’s been working like a dream. “We have never seen anything like this,” said Barbara Newhouse, …

Medicare Settlement Helps Those With Chronic Conditions

Posted on 10/25/2012 by |Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThousands of Medicare recipients with chronic conditions — such as Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis  and brain injury —  may soon have an easier time getting badly needed home-health care, nursing care and therapy. That’s because of a settlement in a nationwide class action suit that removes the requirement that patients getting these services must show “improvement” in their condition.  This guideline shift, reported yesterday,  would mean these services would be covered for Medicare recipients who need them to maintain a …

Tackling Concussions

Posted on 10/27/2011 by |Before I Forget | Comments

Personal HealthGood news for football moms…and football dads…and football grandparents…and anyone who watches football…and, well, anyone who cares about human life and scientific research. (There must be a category you fit into.) NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, at first in denial about the link between player’s repeated concussions and degenerative cognitive function or Alzheimer’s later in life, has made a laudable 180-degree turnaround. He is now a vocal champion for the safety of his players: “There is no issue of greater importance …