Brain Research and the Search for Parkinson’s Cure

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and AARP is happy to have The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research (MJFF) as a guest blog contributor. Throughout the month of April MJFF is sharing insight into the Parkinson’s research landscape, advice on living with Parkinson’s and steps you can take to help find the cure in our lifetime.   It is an important moment in brain research. New technologies and insights from genetics are changing our ability to pursue elusive treatments …

Michael J. Fox and His Foundation Spark a Revolution in Parkinson’s Research

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month and AARP is happy to have The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research as a guest contributor. Check back throughout the month of April as the Foundation shares insight into the Parkinson’s research landscape, advice on living with Parkinson’s and shares next steps on what individuals can do to speed a cure.   Kicking off Parkinson’s Awareness Month, Michael J. Fox graces the April cover of AARP The Magazine. He shares his signature sense …

Molecular Time Machine: Turning Back Brain Age

 Warning: This article should not be read by anyone with a brain that is under the age of 50. You don’t need to be around adolescents very long before you realize that their brains work differently from those of adults, especially senior adults. What the youthful brain lacks in judgment and stability, however, is compensated for by its speed of learning and memory recall. But what if, through a simple flip of a molecular switch, we seniors could have it …

Four Steps to Take During Medicare Open Enrollment

The following is a guest post by Nicole Duritz, Vice President, Health, AARP Education and Outreach This Friday, December 7, marks the end of the 2012 Medicare open enrollment season.  Medicare open enrollment is the time of the year when you can review and make changes to your Medicare coverage.  The December 7 deadline is approaching, but there’s still time for you to review your plan and decide if you need to make changes.  Act fast!  Any changes you make will …

AARP Launches Health Record

Our health information is both extremely valuable to us, but also highly important to share with those who need it. To this end AARP is launching AARP Health Record(SM) - an easy-to-use, online tool designed to help people over 50 manage their family health care needs. AARP Health Record lets you safely store and access critical health information such as medications, allergies, blood type, immunizations and emergency and provider contact information. You can also print an easy-to-read pocket card with vital stats. This …

Three Ideas That Thwart Solutions to the Medical Care Crisis

The medical delivery system is under pressure to provide quality health care despite these dire trends: ·         Reduced access because of the closing of community hospitals and low-cost clinics, ·         Staggering increases in the cost of drugs, medical treatment and insurance, ·         An increasing reluctance of HMO’s to refer patients to specialists, and ·         A dramatic increase in the number of uninsured, now estimated at 50 million and growing. I could also mention the loss of physicians who are retiring …