As life expectancy falls across US, Mass. bucks trend

Massachusetts is bucking the national trend toward shorter life spans; a baby born in Massachusetts in 2016 can expect to live 80 years and 8 months according to a new report. The increase in average life expectancy is attributed to health promotion efforts (antismoking campaign, protection from gun violence, access to healthy food and places to exercise); but for deaths from opiod overdoses, Massachusetts’ life expectancy would be even higher. For the complete article, follow our link to the Boston Globe. Read More. As life expectancy falls across US, Mass. bucks trend By Felice J. Freyer | Boston Globe A baby Continue Reading

Of a Certain Age? You May Need to Withdraw Money From a Retirement Account

After saving for retirement for years, when you turn 70 ½ years old, the Internal Revenue Service requires that people start taking their RMD (required minimum distribution) out of their retirement accounts which could be an IRA or 401(k). If you fail to take an RMD you may face a steep penalty. For the complete NYT article, follow our link. Read More. Of a Certain Age? You May Need to Withdraw Money From a Retirement Account By Ann Carrns | The New York Times You may be thinking about holiday gifts and New Year’s resolutions. But if you’re old enough Continue Reading

Massachusetts will ask Medicaid patients about quality of care

In 2018, MassHealth care providers were organized into 17 accountable care organizations (networks of doctors and hospitals). Beginning this month, 250,000 Medicaid recipients will be asked questions about the quality of their care by their Medicaid providers. Massachusetts plans to release the survey results in 2020. Follow our link to the Boston Globe article which explains the process in more detail: Read More. Massachusetts will ask Medicaid patients about quality of care By Liz Kowalczyk | Boston Globe Privately insured patients have been asked to rate their medical providers for years. Now, for the first time, Massachusetts is seeking the Continue Reading

The Junk Removers Manhandle My Heart

Grief and catharsis can take surprising forms. I hadn’t expected a sofa to play such a starring role in mine but the murder of Miss Bee [nickname giving to sofa] had provided a powerful – and beneficial – release.” Follow our link to the NYT Modern Love column by Mike Rucker to read how he was affected by giving away the sofa bought with his deceased partner. Read More. Meandering through grief, a man tries to replace his sofa. It doesn’t go well. By Mike Rucker | The New York Times John and I bought the sofa together when he moved into Continue Reading

Enrolling in Medicare can be confusing. Here’s how to do it.

If you are turning 65 soon, you are eligible to enroll for Medicare, the federal health insurance program. Medicare has four parts – A pays for in-patient hospital care, skilled nursing an home health care; B covers outpatient medical services, C offers a range of Medicare Advantage plans which gives hospital and medical insurance and other benefits like medicines, eyeglasses and dental.; D is for prescription medicines. Enrolling can be confusing with all the different deadlines and options. Follow our link to the Boston Globe article which explains the process in more detail: Read More. Enrolling in Medicare can be Continue Reading

Alzheimer’s added to Minnesota’s medical marijuana list

Minnesota has added Alzheimer’s disease to its state list of conditions that can be treated with medical marijuana along with 12 other states that permit medical marijuana for Alzheimer’s disease or related conditions. Some studies have found that marijuana inhibits the formation or tau proteins that accelerate dementia and memory loss related to the disease. It can also help families living with elderly parents or other loved ones with Alzheimer’s as it helps with anxiety and aggression. For the complete article follow our link to the Star Tribune. Alzheimer’s added to Minnesota’s medical marijuana list By Jeremy Olson | Star Continue Reading

How Do You Convince A Loved With Dementia One To Give Up Their Guns?

In addition asking a person to give up driving, families are also faced with how to handle gun ownership when a relative develops dementia. Health Care professionals are urging families to discuss gun ownership and draw up firearms agreements which would act like an advance directive for what to do with the guns as a person’s disease progresses. Also suggested is appropriate language to use – instead of we are taking away your guns use the word “retire” as in you’re going to retire from the use of your guns.” For the complete story, follow our link to NPR.org. to Continue Reading

Meet Zora, the Robot Caregiver

Zora Bots, a Belgium based provider of caregiver robots, has sold over 1,000 robots to health care facilities around the world including the United States. Robots are seen as part of the solution to the growing gap in the number of caregivers relative to the number of people needing help. In one French nursing home, Zora is used as companionship to residents, lead exercises and play games. Zora is also seen as a way to address lonelieness. For the complete article, follow our link to the New York Times. Meet Zora, the Robot Caregiver By ADAM SATARIANO, ELIAN PELTIER and Continue Reading

Mourners consider new ways to scatter a loved one’s remains

More people are opting for cremation over the traditional burial which leads families to having to decide what to do with a loved ones cremains. If families opt to scatter remains, permission should be obtained. For distributing ashes in the ocean, it must be done at least three miles offshore; most New England state prohibit ash scattering in fresh water. For other options and the complete article, follow our link to the Boston Globe. Mourners consider new ways to scatter a loved one’s remains By Beth Teitell | Boston Globe Fenway Park gets so many requests to sprinkle cremated remains Continue Reading

The Future of Aging Just Might Be in Margaritaville

Is Latitude Margaritaville, a “55 and better” community in Florida developed by Jimmy Buffet and his vision of retirement based on his “drunken Caribbean rock’n’roll the future of 55- plus communities? Al Murdock, a resident of Latitudes Magaritaville, reports experiencing “a feeling of neighborhood [he hasn’t] experienced since [he] was a kid.” Bill and Kelley Sarantis, when asked what did they hope for? responded not to be bored and not to be alone which so far has come true for them as residents at Latitudes Margaritaville. For the complete article follow our link to the New York Times. For the Continue Reading