Seeking the Best Medical Care Prices

The New York Times, November 27th, 2009 CAN you really shop for doctors and hospitals the way you would for airfares and flat-screen TVs? Health care consumers are encouraged to comparison-shop on things like doctor’s fees and heart surgery rates. But unfortunately, most of us have little clear or useful information to go shopping with….

Study Unable to Gauge Effect of Pilot Retirement-Age Rise

The New York Times, November 1st, 2009 A federal study of the increase in the mandatory retirement age for commercial pilots to 65 has concluded there is too little information to determine the safety impact of that decision. Few issues were as controversial among professional airline pilots as the mandatory retirement age, which was raised…

Scientists Find Molecular Trigger That Helps Prevent Aging and Disease

Science Daily, November 23rd, 2009 Who would have thought it? The quest for eternal life, or at least prolonged youthfulness, has now migrated from the outer fringes of alternative medicine to the halls of Harvard Medical School. At a conference on aging held here last week, the medical school’s dean, Jeffrey Flier, was to be…

Taking Care of Parents Also Means Taking Care of Finances

The New York Times, November 19th, 2009 Denise Egebrecht needed a break. It had been three years since her 86-year-old mother, Eleanor Schwartz, moved in with her and her husband in their home in Johnsburg, Ill. Mrs. Schwartz has Alzheimer’s disease and has trouble moving around, so Mrs. Egebrecht helps her mother with her shower…

The Continuing Car Key Debate

The New York Times, November 20th, 2009 We will probably have debates about older drivers for as long as we use cars. We know, from reams of research findings but also from our own conversations, how important a driver’s license is to older adults. It represents dignity and independence; it encourages social connections. Relinquishing it…

2010 Long Term Care Insurance Tax Deductibility

The American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance has just released a new guide that addresses the new 2010 tax deductible items and limits for individuals and business owners purchasing long-term care insurance.   The “Guide To Tax Deductible Long-Term Care Insurance can be found at their website:  http://www.aaltci.org/tax. This guide provides comprehensive information including state…

For Older Walkers, Faster Is Better

Healthday News, November 18th, 2009 Highlighting the importance of staying fit in old age, a French study has found that seniors who walk slowly are three times more likely to die from cardiovascular disease than are fast walkers. The researchers measured the walking speed of the participants — 3,208 men and women, ages 65 to…

Vaccines on horizon for AIDS, Alzheimer’s, herpes

Associated Press, November 18th, 2009 Malaria. Tuberculosis. Alzheimer’s disease. AIDS. Pandemic flu. Genital herpes. Urinary tract infections. Grass allergies. Traveler’s diarrhea. You name it, the pharmaceutical industry is working on a vaccine to prevent it. Many could be on the market in five years or less. Contrast that with five years ago, when so many…

Diet, Cognitive Ability May Play Role in Heart Disease

Healthday, November 19th, 2009 Seniors who eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and who have good cognitive function are much less likely to die from heart disease than those who have poorer cognitive function and eat fewer fruits and vegetables, a new study has found. Cognitive function refers to the ability to think, remember, plan…

Choosing a Medigap Policy: A Guide to Health Insurance for People With Medicare

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Studies, November 23rd, 2009 Th is guide was written to help people with Medicare understand Medigap (also called “Medicare Supplement Insurance”) policies. A Medigap policy is health insurance sold by private insurance companies to fill gaps in Original Medicare coverage. Medigap policies don’t work with any other type of health…