chronic diseases

New Drugs in the Pipeline for Older Americans

Posted on 06/16/2014 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthDiabetes, Alzheimer’s, arthritis and heart disease top the list for the most new drugs in development to treat the common chronic diseases of older Americans, according to a new drug- industry report. The report, by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA), an industry trade association, says 435 medicines that primarily target seniors are currently either in clinical trials or under review by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. Diabetes …

Caregivers: Program to Target At-Home Care to Cut Back on Repeat Hospitalizations

Posted on 10/31/2012 by |Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingIt’s hard to find a more stunning statistic: Nearly 45 percent of hospitalizations among nursing home residents enrolled in Medicare or Medicaid are avoidable. Because of their complex and chronic health care needs, annual spending for their care is more than $300 billion. The total 2011 costs for avoidable hospitalizations for this group are $7 billion to $8 billion. Now the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has a plan to stanch the hemorrhaging of money and unnecessary hospital …

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 …

Australian Boomers Fatter, Sicker Than Parents (Just Like American Boomers)

Posted on 09/28/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayAustralians — they’re just like us! And that’s not such a good thing … A new study from Aussie professor Graeme Hugo finds the proportion of Australian boomers with three or more chronic conditions is a whopping 700 percent greater than in the previous generation. And much like their American counterparts, Australian between ages 53 and 62 are more than twice as likely to be obese as their parents were at that age.

Why all that sanitizing is making us sicker…and chubbier, too.

Posted on 09/4/2012 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthWho would have thought some of our best friends would be the 100 Trillion bacteria living in, and on, our bodies? Results of the Human Microbiome Project have caused us to re-examine the critical balance between these good bacteria, essential for human life, and the relatively few bad guys on which we’ve waged an all-out blitz!  Modern life has been altering that delicate balance in ways that have led to an increase in obesity, inflammatory disease and other chronic illnesses. In fact, it’s made us …

Study: Real Benefit of Exercise After 50 Not Surviving But Thriving

Posted on 08/28/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthIf you exercise in the hopes of reaching your 100th birthday, I’ve got bad news for you: A large new study of older adults found being physically fit after 50 was not associated with longer overall lifespan. It was, however, linked with less chronic disease — including heart trouble, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, kidney problems, lung cancer and colon cancer — as participants aged.