Latest Seniors' health News

Seniors can use virtual reality for travel, health issues

Oct. 12, 2019 2:52 PM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Joy Golliver recently visited the Washington state community where she and her late husband lived for more than 20 years. And her sons, who live in Seattle, texted their 84-year-old mother asking how she was able to travel from Tucson, Arizona, to Kachess Lake without them knowing....

Caregivers face increasing challenges in already tough job

Oct. 12, 2019 3:31 AM EDT

JEROME, Idaho (AP) — Terri Van Zante left a full-time job making $12 per hour so she could take care of her mom. The good news: The state pays for her work. The bad news: It ends up being about $2.58 per hour for the 24/7 job, with no vacations or holidays and lots of extra work to get the pay. Van Zante...

Michigan becomes 5th state to join age-friendly network

Oct. 7, 2019 12:10 PM EDT

DELTA TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Michigan is the fifth state to partner with the AARP and the World Health Organization to be age-friendly, so people can age in place in their homes and communities. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer helped announce Michigan's application and certification on Monday at an AARP conference...

New Mexico man contracts plague, state's 1st case since 2017

Oct. 4, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico health officials say an elderly man in Torrance County has contracted the plague. State officials said Friday the 72-year-old man is the first reported human case of the disease in New Mexico since 2017. Staff of the New Mexico Department of Health have gone door-to-door in...

Trump cites his support for Medicare, slams Medicare for All

Oct. 3, 2019 4:28 PM EDT

THE VILLAGES, Fla. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Thursday accused Democrats of an all-out attempt to “totally obliterate Medicare” and portrayed himself as the program’s defender as he signed a directive to expand the program’s private insurance options. Trump skipped past...

Japan ups sales tax to 10% amid signs economy is weakening

Oct. 1, 2019 4:15 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan raised its national sales tax to 10% from 8% on Tuesday, risking short-term pain for the sake of the country's future financial stability as it copes with a fast aging and shrinking population. Previous tax increases, a 2-point increase to 5% in 1997 and another to 8% in 2014, brought on...

Allegations of neglect, abuse at Georgia elder facilities

Sep. 29, 2019 10:10 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — An investigation into hundreds of senior assisted living and large personal care homes in Georgia turned up more than 600 allegations involving neglect and 90 of abuse by caregivers over the past four years. In that time, at least 20 residents died and more than 100 suffered injuries after...

Feds crack Medicare gene test fraud that peddled cheek swabs

Sep. 27, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal agents took down an alleged Medicare scam Friday that exploited seniors' curiosity about genetic medicine by enticing them to get their cheeks swabbed for unneeded DNA tests. Medicare was billed $2.1 billion. Dubbed "Operation Double Helix," the crackdown targeted telemedicine...

Dutch Supreme Court asked to clarify euthanasia case

Sep. 26, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Prosecutors have asked the Netherlands' Supreme Court to clarify legal matters in a landmark euthanasia case, saying Thursday they want to lay down unambiguous jurisprudence for the future. The Public Prosecution Service said by instituting "cassation in the interest of the...

Best Buy sees growth in health care technology for elderly

Sep. 25, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The nation's largest consumer electronics chain, known for selling TV sets, cellphones and laptops, is looking to health care as a big source of its future growth. Best Buy Co. said Wednesday that in five years it hopes to provide 5 million seniors with health monitoring services, which can...