Seniors' health

FILE - This April 2017, file photo provided by NerdWallet shows Liz Weston, a columnist for personal finance website NerdWallet.com. (NerdWallet via AP, File)
June 24, 2019 - 7:35 am
Certified financial planner Sean Fletcher of San Francisco knew his dad had an estate plan, complete with a health care directive detailing what medical treatment should be given in an emergency. When the father had a massive heart attack, though, no one knew where he kept those documents. Fletcher...
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Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General Deputy Inspector General for Audit Services Gloria Jarmon poses for a photograph in her office in Washington, Monday, June 10, 2019. Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of Medicare beneficiaries even though the federal government requires it, says a watchdog report due out Wednesday, June 12, that calls for a new focus on protecting frail patients. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
June 12, 2019 - 1:09 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Nursing facilities have failed to report thousands of serious cases of potential neglect and abuse of seniors on Medicare even though it's a federal requirement for them to do so, according to a watchdog report released Wednesday that calls for a new focus on protecting frail...
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Graphic shows results of AP-NORC poll on attitudes of U.S. workers toward working past age 65;
June 06, 2019 - 11:57 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Some younger workers aren't particularly thrilled to see a rising share of older Americans forgo retirement and continue working, according to a recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll found that workers under the age of 50 were...
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May 17, 2019 - 5:52 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Retired NFL players seeking testing as part of a $1 billion concussion settlement must see a doctor close to home to prevent fraud and "doctor shopping," the federal judge overseeing the case ruled. Lawyers for thousands of ex-players complain their clients agreed to the 2013...
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FILE - In this Tuesday, April 4, 2017 file photo, an elderly couple walks across a street near the Royal Palace in Madrid. If you want to save your brain, focus on keeping the rest of your body well with exercise and healthy habits rather than popping vitamin pills, say new World Health Organization guidelines for preventing dementia, released on Tuesday, May 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
May 14, 2019 - 9:05 am
New guidelines for preventing dementia focus on keeping the whole body healthy as a way to prevent mental decline. Fifty million people worldwide have dementia, and Alzheimer's disease is the most common type. Dementia is currently incurable, but studies show a variety of things can affect the odds...
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Attorney Gene Locks, who represents many former NFL players, walks from the federal courthouse in Philadelphia after a hearing, Tuesday, May 7, 2019. The NFL concussion fund has paid out $485 million since 2017, but some players lawyers, including Locks, told a federal judge in Philadelphia on Tuesday that there aren't enough doctors in the fund's network to diagnose dementia cases. They oppose a rule to require that players be evaluated by doctors within 150 miles of home to prevent "doctor shopping." (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
May 07, 2019 - 2:57 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The NFL concussion fund has paid out nearly $500 million in its first two years, but some players' lawyers say there aren't enough doctors in the approved network to evaluate dementia claims. They went to court Tuesday to oppose a rule to require retired players to be tested by...
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FILE - This April 24, 2015 file photo shows Terry Jones at a special Tribeca Film Festival screening of "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" in New York. Celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Monty Python comedy classic "Life of Brian" are being somewhat overshadowed by the health news of Jones. Jones is "very robust" although "on the downhill slope" due to dementia, according to his friend and colleague Michael Palin. Jones was diagnosed in 2015 with a form of dementia that impairs the ability to speak.(Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP, File)
April 17, 2019 - 5:45 pm
LONDON (AP) — Celebrations for the 40th anniversary of the Monty Python comedy classic "Life of Brian" are being somewhat overshadowed by the health news of member Terry Jones. Jones is "very robust" although "on the downhill slope" due to dementia, according to his friend and colleague Michael...
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In this Feb. 19, 2019 photo, a group of seniors from Laguna Woods Village check in at Bud and Bloom cannabis dispensary in Santa Ana, Calif. More Americans in their 70s and 80s are adding marijuana use to their roster of senior activities. Recent studies show that people 65 and over are the fastest-growing segment of cannabis users. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
March 25, 2019 - 4:48 pm
LAGUNA WOODS, Calif. (AP) — The group of white-haired folks — some pushing walkers, others using canes — arrive right on time at the gates of Laguna Woods Village, an upscale retirement community in the picturesque hills that frame this Southern California suburb a few miles from Disneyland. There...
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FILE - In this July 9, 1969, file photo, New York Mets right-handed pitcher Tom Seaver makes a second-inning delivery against the Chicago Cubs at New York's Shea Stadium where he hurled a one-hitter in a 4-0 victory. Seaver has been diagnosed with dementia and has retired from public life. The family of the 74-year-old made the announcement Thursday, March 7, 2019, through the Hall and said Seaver will continue to work in the vineyard at his home in California. (AP Photo/File)
March 07, 2019 - 8:26 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Hall of Fame pitcher Tom Seaver, the star of the Miracle Mets 1969 World Series championship team, has been diagnosed with dementia at age 74. His family made the announcement Thursday through the Hall and said Seaver has retired from public life. He will continue to work at Seaver...
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FILE - In a May 19, 2015 file photo, R. Scott Turner, Professor of Neurology and Director of the Memory Disorder Center at Georgetown University Hospital, points to PET scan results that are part of a study on Allheimer's disease at Georgetown University Hospital, in Washington. An Alzheimer’s Association survey being released Tuesday, March 5, 2019 found about half of seniors say they’ve ever discussed thinking or memory with a health provider, and less than a third report ever getting formally assessed for cognitive problems. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
March 05, 2019 - 12:05 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Few seniors get their thinking and memory abilities regularly tested during check-ups, according to a new report from the Alzheimer's Association that raises questions about how best to find out if a problem is brewing. Medicare pays for an annual "wellness visit" that is supposed...
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