Latest Seniors' health News

New clues on why women's Alzheimer's risk differs from men's

Jul. 16, 2019 11:04 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — New research gives some biological clues to why women may be more likely than men to develop Alzheimer's disease and how this most common form of dementia varies by sex. At the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Los Angeles on Tuesday, scientists offered evidence that...

Scientists close in on blood test for Alzheimer's

Jul. 15, 2019 4:02 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Scientists are closing in on a long-sought goal — a blood test to screen people for possible signs of Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia. On Monday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference, half a dozen research groups gave new results on various...

A healthy lifestyle may offset genetic risk for Alzheimer's

Jul. 14, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A healthy lifestyle can cut your risk of developing Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia even if you have genes that raise your risk for these mind-destroying diseases, a large study has found. People with high genetic risk and poor health habits were about three times more likely to...

Klobuchar's plan would help Alzheimer's patients, caregivers

Jul. 12, 2019 6:18 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Amy Klobuchar (KLOH'-buh-shar) has a new plan to help seniors that includes more support for people with Alzheimer's disease and their caregivers. It's an issue that's personal for the Minnesota senator, whose 91-year-old father is in a memory care...

Poll: 1 in 4 don't plan to retire despite realities of aging

Jul. 7, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Nearly one-quarter of Americans say they never plan to retire, according to a poll that suggests a disconnection between individuals' retirement plans and the realities of aging in the workforce. Experts say illness, injury, layoffs and caregiving responsibilities often force older workers...

Dementia tied to hormone-blocking prostate cancer treatment

Jul. 5, 2019 1:36 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Alzheimer's disease may be a risk for older prostate cancer patients given hormone-blocking treatment, a large, U.S. government-funded analysis found. Previous evidence has been mixed on whether the treatment might be linked with mental decline. But experts say the new results stand out...

US vaccine panel downgrades pneumonia shot recommendation

Jun. 26, 2019 3:42 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A scientific panel has downgraded its recommendation that all retirement-age Americans get a top-selling vaccination against bacteria that can cause pneumonia, meningitis and other illnesses. The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices said routine vaccination with Pfizer's Prevnar 13...

Liz Weston: 3 sites to help aging parents organize details

Jun. 24, 2019 7:36 AM EDT

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's family was...

Census Bureau data shows US median age has risen by a year

Jun. 20, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — America is aging. Data released by the U.S. Census Bureau on Thursday shows the median age in the U.S. increased by a year to 38.2 years from 2010 to 2018. If there's someone to blame, it's the baby boomers. Many in that group of Americans born between the end of World War Two and the...

Watchdog: Abuse and neglect in nursing facilities unreported

Jun. 12, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

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 patients....