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USA Today: Pending Alzheimer's Epidemic Among Aging Boomers To Strain Medicare
"Around "14 million, or roughly 18%, of the USA's 79 million baby boomers can expect to develop Alzheimer's or some other form of dementia in their lifetime, a newly released report shows. ... The report, '2008 Alzheimer's Disease Facts and Figures,' states that one out of eight boomers will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's, the most common type of dementia, at some point." The pending "Alzheimer's epidemic will, if left unchecked, put a huge strain on the health care system, including Medicare."
USA Today: CDC Says Falls Leading Cause Of Injury Deaths Among Seniors
"Adults 65 and older are often susceptible to falls, with often grave consequences. Falls "are much more common -- and devastating -- than many people realize, a point driven home by recent news of prominent older people falling." Falls "are the leading cause of injury deaths among people 65 and older, according" to the CDC. In 2005, "15,800 people 65 and older died from injuries related to falls, and about 1.8 million were treated in emergency rooms for such injuries, the CDC says."
Associated Press: Social Security Numbers, Direct Deposit Status Affect Stimulus Mailing
"If you want to be the first on your block to get your $600 economic stimulus payment, the IRS has a tip: Sign up to get your 2007 tax refund via direct deposit." Recipients with "Social Security numbers whose last two digits are low" will get their checks first, and those who selected direct deposit "begin receiving payments by May 2, with all such deposits expected to be made within two weeks." The IRS expects the "last of the rebate checks" to "be mailed by July 11."

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