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Molecular Time Machine: Turning Back Brain Age

Posted on 03/22/2013 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal Health 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

Posted on 12/3/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe 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 …

Happy Anniversary, Medicare!

Posted on 07/30/2012 by | Chief Volunteer | Comments

Personal HealthPresident Johnson didn’t hold back when he signed Medicare into law 47 years ago. He said: No longer will older Americans be denied the healing miracle of modern medicine. No longer will illness crush and destroy the savings that they have so carefully put away over a lifetime so that they might enjoy dignity in their later years. Everywhere I go as chief volunteer spokesperson for AARP, I run into people who tell me how important Medicare is in real …

AARP Launches Health Record

Posted on 06/5/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthOur 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

Posted on 05/31/2012 by | Fat to Fit | Comments

Personal HealthThe 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 …

5 Things to Talk About With Your Doctor

Posted on 04/25/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Personal HealthThe following is a guest post from William J. Hall, MD, AARP Board Member. Bill Hall is a geriatrician with a special interest in strategies for successful aging. Last time, I described some of the reasons why both patients and physicians sometimes feel that the office visit is not as satisfying as either would like. Based on many years of caring for older adults, here are a few simple strategies: Make a List. No matter what your age, the most …