Latest Seniors News

The Latest: Activist charged in overdose appears in court

Sep. 19, 2019 8:31 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Latest on a federal charge against political activist Ed Buck in a drug death at his Los Angeles-area home (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Ed Buck appeared in federal court after being charged in connection with a deadly drug overdose at his Los Angeles area home, but the political...

Pelosi offers Medicare negotiation plan to curb drug prices

Sep. 19, 2019 6:36 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, trying to seize the agenda on a top consumer issue, announced an ambitious prescription drug plan Thursday that would allow Medicare to negotiate prices for seniors and younger people. The proposal would direct Medicare to bargain over as many as 250, but no...

Elderly often face neglect in California care homes

Sep. 19, 2019 12:54 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — In her final months, Elaine Geslicki, a bedridden dementia resident at a home for seniors in the Los Angeles area, had difficulty communicating. But by the time the owner of Court Yard Estates sent her to the hospital in an ambulance, the severe pressure sores and bite marks from rats...

Doctor focuses on serving health needs of LGBTQ community

Sep. 18, 2019 7:13 AM EDT

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Dr. Jeremy Stoepker was only in elementary school when his father, a gay rights activist, was diagnosed with AIDS. Doctors initially told Stoepker's father that he had a year to live, but he ended up surviving 19 years with the disease. "His doctors were, of course, these crazy...

Officials: 2 new cases of Legionnaires' in suburban Chicago

Sep. 15, 2019 11:02 AM EDT

BATAVIA, Ill. (AP) — Public health officials are worried an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease at a suburban Chicago retirement home appears to be spreading with two new cases in the nearby community. Legionnaire's is a flu-like illness contracted when infected water vapor is inhaled. The elderly and people...

Man gets maximum 65 years in SC restaurant shooting

Sep. 14, 2019 10:43 AM EDT

GAFFNEY, S.C. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a 61-year-old man to the maximum 65 year prison sentence for shooting two men inside a restaurant in South Carolina. Prosecutors say it is lucky no one was killed and more people weren't wounded in the March 2018 shooting at Harold's Restaurant in downtown...

California governor says 21 inmates earned shorter sentences

Sep. 14, 2019 12:24 AM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that he is commuting the sentences of 21 inmates, most serving life terms and several who otherwise had no chance of ever leaving prison. The decisions give them a chance at release if a parole board agrees. They are: — Allen...

Danish police: No crime behind death of 2 elderly Germans

Sep. 13, 2019 9:44 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Two elderly German citizens who were found dead in a holiday rental cabin in southern Denmark didn't die because of a criminal act, police said Friday. The deaths were routinely labeled as "suspicious" because preliminary investigations had not been able to establish how they had...

Doctors determine suspect in string of attacks not insane

Sep. 12, 2019 1:42 PM EDT

CLINTON, La. (AP) — Court appointed doctors have determined a Louisiana man accused in a string of attacks wasn't insane at the time of the shootings. News outlets report38-year-old Ryan Sharpe is scheduled to go to trial in East Baton Rouge Parish on March 2 in the death of 66-year-old Carroll Breeden Sr....

Draft Pelosi plan would overhaul how Medicare pays for drugs

Sep. 10, 2019 8:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A draft plan from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi leaked Tuesday would overhaul how Medicare pays for prescription drugs, by negotiating prices for costly medications, curbing annual price hikes, and limiting what seniors pay out of their own pockets. With President Donald Trump highly...