Latest Seniors' health News

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

Jul. 16, 2019 3:11 PM 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...

New Hampshire to create commission on aging population

Jul. 9, 2019 9:26 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire is increasing its efforts to serve its aging population. Republican Gov. Chris Sununu last week signed a bill to create a commission to advocate for elderly residents. The commission will replace a small committee within the Department of Health and Human Services that...

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...

Montana to audit end-of-life care at state mental hospital

Jul. 5, 2019 3:54 PM EDT

BUTTE, Mont. (AP) — Montana plans an audit of operations in a wing of the state psychiatric hospital after The Montana Standard reported concerns the hospital is not equipped to care for patients with dementia and some are not receiving adequate end-of-life care. Gov. Steve Bullock called for the...

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...

USC to pay UC San Diego $50M over Alzheimer's research

Jul. 3, 2019 9:39 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — USC will pay $50 million to the University of California, San Diego and has publicly apologized for gutting a prestigious Alzheimer's disease research program. The San Diego Union-Tribune says the University of Southern California agreed to settle a lawsuit over the way it wrested control...

Kansas doctor agrees to surrender his medical license

Jul. 3, 2019 7:38 AM EDT

LEAWOOD, Kan. (AP) — A doctor who ran three Kansas anti-aging clinics has surrendered his medical license. The Kansas City Star reports that the Kansas Board of Healing Arts issued an emergency suspension of Michael Simmons' license in March after evaluators said it wasn't safe for him to practice...