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YOUR GUIDE TO MEDICARE’S PREVENTIVE SERVICES

Now's the time to get the most out of your Medicare. The best way to stay healthy is to live a healthy lifestyle. You can live a healthy lifestyle and prevent disease by exercising, eating well, keeping a healthy weight, and not smoking. Medicare can help.   https://www.medicare.gov/Pubs/pdf/10110.pdf

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Older Adults Are Still Skipping Vaccinations

It’s an ongoing and vexing public health problem: People once vigilant about vaccinating their children aren’t nearly as careful about protecting themselves as they age, even though diseases like influenza, pneumonia and shingles (a.k.a. herpes zoster) are particularly dangerous for older people.   http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/02/health/shingles-vaccine.html?mabReward=CTM&recp=4&action=click&pgtype=Homepage®ion=CColumn&module=Recommendation&src=rechp&WT.nav=RecEngine

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Medicare Proposal Takes Aim at Diabetes

The Obama administration plans  to propose expanding Medicare to cover programs to prevent diabetes among millions of people at high risk of developing the disease, marking the sixth anniversary of the Affordable Care Act with the prospect of a new benefit, federal officials said.   http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/23/us/politics/medicare-proposal-takes-aim-at-diabetes.html?action=click&contentCollection=Politics&module=RelatedCoverage®ion=Marginalia&pgtype=article

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Pushing back retirement age to 70 would be harder on low-income workers

It sounds like a simple fix to the nation's immense problem of funding Social Security and Medicare for an aging country — just get everyone to work to 70 and the math works out a lot better. But this idea, despite being embraced by a number of politicians, has a long way to go. It's being challenged in academic circles as a new form of inequality. This one has been dubbed "longevity inequality."   http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/columnists/ct-marksjarvis-column-social-security-inequality-0828-20160828-column.html

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Rediscovering the Kitchen, and Other Tips for Heart Health

First the bad news: After decades of major progress in reducing deaths from diseases of the heart and blood vessels, the decline in cardiovascular mortality has slowed significantly, according to the latest report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The researchers called their findings alarming, suggesting that cardiovascular benefits from medical interventions may have reached a saturation point and that further improvements depend

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The Older Americans Act Finally Clears Congress

Congress finally just passed bipartisan legislation renewing theOlder Americans Act for three years and President Obama has signed it. Passage comes almost 10 years since the Act was last reauthorized, a delay which has been a source of great consternation to older adults and their advocates. The Older Americans Act (OAA) funds critical services that keep older adults healthy and independent—services like meals, job training, senior centers, caregiver

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SENIORS’ ORAL HEALTH

At Washington Dental Service Foundation, the mission is to eliminate oral disease and improve overall health.  With an emphasis on prevention and access to early care, the WDS Foundation supports innovative approaches and practical solutions to improve oral - and overall - health. Healthy teeth and gums are important for good overall health at every age. http://seniorsoralhealth.org/?doing_wp_cron=1456870200.2821650505065917968750

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The Surprising Secret to Aging Well

As an occupational therapist and someone in my early 90s, here’s what I recommend to age well: good posture and a brisk 30-minute walk daily from early childhood on. This builds bone density and balance reflexes that reduce the impact of falls and injuries in later years.   http://www.nextavenue.org/the-surprising-secret-to-aging-well/?hide_newsletter=true&utm_source=Next+Avenue+Email+Newsletter&utm_campaign=7bc7aab613-01.27.2016_NextAvenue_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_056a405b5a-7bc7aab613-165432893&mc_cid=7bc7aab613&mc_eid=0b4e32ebad

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How to Live to 100: Researchers Find New Genetic Clues

In a new analysis, researchers explore whether people live longer because they avoid disease or because they possess some anti-aging secret   http://time.com/4153835/live-longer-genetic-clues/?xid=emailshare

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Age Is an Asset: Let’s Use It

Wake up and smell the demographics. Our society is aging. What an opportunity! We get to create the world we want to live in as we grow older.   To me that’s a world in which older-adult elders can contribute their talents and ideas at work, home and in society, and not be left on the sidelines. It’s vitally important. There are 72 million boomers. Together, we represent an unprecedented increase in older human capital asset. It’s an

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Cardiologist Invents Device to Help Prevent Stroke

The idea of having a stroke is terrifying. But what if your doctor had an easy and inexpensive way to screen whether you were at increased risk and needed treatment right away? This will soon be an option thanks to the palm-size device above. This cardiac rhythm monitor from Washington-based Cardiac Insight can detect atrial fibrillation—an abnormal heart rhythm that can significantly elevate stroke risk if untreated.   http://www.lsdfa.org/documents/2069864.LSDF_story_linker.pdf

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Dental group defends mercury fillings amid mounting evidence of risks

For decades, the American Dental Association has resolutely defended the safety of mercury fillings in the teeth of more than 100 million Americans, even muzzling dentists who dared to warn patients that such fillings might make them sick. The association has lobbied the Food and Drug Administration to ensure the fillings, which contain one of the world’s most menacing toxins, receive a government seal of safety and wouldn’t be tightly regulated.

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State dentists lobby is blocking low-cost care

Dental health for the poor is a big problem in Washington state. Some see dental therapists — licensed professionals who can perform simple procedures — as a route to less expensive care. But the powerful state dentists association has thwarted efforts to allow the therapists. http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/times-watchdog/washington-dentists-lobby-is-blocking-low-cost-care/

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Karma Bites Back: Hating on the elderly may put you at risk of Alzheimer’s

Next time you're stuck behind a slow-moving older person and find yourself entertaining negative stereotypes about aging, consider this: A new study finds that people who were inclined to believe that older people were slower, unhappier and less sharp than the rest of us are more likely -- when, decades later, they become older themselves -- to exhibit the brain changes seen in those with Alzheimer's disease. http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-negative-aging-alzheimers-brain-20151207-story.html

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Purposeful Aging: A Model for a New Life Course

This article is part of Next Avenue’s 2015 Influencers in Aging  project honoring 50 people changing how we age and think about aging. Paul H. Irving was a member of the 2015 Influencers In Aging Advisory Panel. “Thousands of baby boomers each day surge into their 60s and 70s,” he wrote in a recent article for The Wall Street Journal. “It’s time to focus on enriching lives, not just lengthening them; on providing purpose and productivity,

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Medical Insurance Is Good for Financial Health, Too

People who have health insurance have less health-related financial stress. That’s a not-so surprising finding from a recent survey from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/23/upshot/medical-insurance-is-good-for-financial-health-too.html?hpw&rref=upshot&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=well-region®ion=bottom-well&WT.nav=bottom-well&abt=0002&abg=1

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It’s Never Too Soon To Plan Your ‘Driving Retirement’

Harriet Kelly has one word to describe the day she stopped driving four years ago: miserable. "It's no fun when you give up driving," she says. "I just have to say that." Kelly, who lives in Denver, says she was in her 80s when she noticed her eyesight declining. She got anxious driving on the highway, so decided to stop before her kids made the move for her. "I just told them I'd stop driving on my birthday — my 90th birthday — and I did. And

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After Full Lives Together, More Older Couples Are Divorcing

Late-life divorce (also called “silver” or “gray” divorce) is becoming more common, and more acceptable. In 2014, people age 50 and above were twice as likely to go through a divorce than in 1990, according to the National Center for Family and Marriage Research at Bowling Green State University in Ohio. For those over 65, the increase was even higher. At the same time, divorce rates have plateaued or dropped among other age groups. http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/31/your-money/after-full-lives-together-more-older-couples-are-divorcing.html?_r=0

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2015 Washington State Senior Games July 23 – 26, 2015

The Washington State Senior Games, now in its 19th year of running the largest Olympic-style multi-sport event in Washington, was held in July 2015 at various sites throughout the South Sound. Almost 2,000 participants took part in the next Washington State Senior Games. The Washington State Senior Games is an OPEN state and out-of-state participants are welcome. Now is the time to get off the couch and prepare for next year, so you can participate.

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Join in effort against domestic violence By Bob Ferguson

I am the father of 6-year-old twins. My wife, Colleen, and I want to raise a son who respects women, and a daughter who lives in a world where she is respected and free from violence. In September 2014, NFL football star Ray Rice's assault on his then-fiance, captured on video, received significant media attention and brought to national awareness the unfortunate prevalence of domestic violence in our society. The statistics are sobering. An estimated

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