health

Caregiving Spouses More Likely to Take on Medical Tasks

Posted on 04/14/2014 by | General News | Comments

Bulletin Today | CaregivingSpouses who are caregivers are significantly more likely than other family caregivers (adult children, for example) to perform many of the tasks that health care professionals do — including medication management, wound care, using meters and monitors, and more. Nearly two-thirds of spouses who are family caregivers (65 percent) performed such tasks, compared with 42 percent of other caregivers. Those are the findings of a new report issued today by the United Hospital Fund and the AARP Public Policy Institute. Among …

Finding My Path Through Grief to Healing

Posted on 04/11/2014 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingThe path of grief is a very individual journey — no two people grieve exactly alike. It has been six months today since my mom passed on. For me it has been a very bumpy path, complicated by continuing to care for my dad and support him in his grief as he battles Alzheimer’s disease. I tend to wear my emotions on my sleeve, so the initial phases of grief meant swollen eyes and umpteen boxes of tissues. I am …

FTC Raises Concerns About Efforts to Blunt Rx Competition

Posted on 04/10/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy InstituteBiologic drugs are often used to treat health conditions that affect older populations — diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis. Derived from living organisms, biologics have an estimated average cost of $35,000 a year, which is far more than that of traditional, chemically derived drugs. Congress recently granted the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to approve less expensive generic versions of biologic drugs, known as biosimilars or follow-on biologics. But while the FDA continues to work …

Poll: Nearly half of adults 50+ are currently trying to lose weight

Posted on 02/25/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthRecently, I wrote about New Year’s resolutions and that, among those 50 years and older with resolutions, 25% are working on health/fitness goals–the largest category by far. We’ve found this focus on health and fitness in a variety of other research too. For example, AARP research shows that when many people are turning 50, they set a goal to lose weight and get in shape before that big day. In an AARP  study of conversations online about 50th birthdays, losing …

Are You in the Hospital or Not?

Posted on 01/27/2014 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Money & Savings | Personal Health | Public Policy InstituteIf you think you are having a stroke, you’ll probably go to the nearest ER. But will the hospital admit you? After you have been checked into the ER, the doctor may instead put you under “observation,” especially if it is unclear whether you have had a stroke, a fainting spell or something else. What is observation status? It’s an outpatient designation used to monitor patients during periods of medical uncertainty. Rather than being formally admitted as inpatients, patients in …

Second-Guessing a Blogger’s Life-and- Death Battle

Posted on 01/13/2014 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal Health[View the story "Second-Guessing a Blogger's Life-and-Death Battle" on Storify] Story summary: Controversy erupted Monday when a column in the New York Times by Bill Keller repeated criticism voiced last week by his wife, writer Emma Keller, in The Guardian concerning Lisa Bonchek Adams, a New England woman who blogs and tweets about her treatment for cancer in New York City. The Kellers wrote about Adams and her social media activities, including 165,000 tweets about her treatment. Responding to the …