Latest Seniors' health News

South African firm says it may close its COVID vaccine plant

May. 12, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The first factory to produce COVID-19 vaccines in Africa says it has not received enough orders and may stop production within weeks, in what a senior World Health Organization official described Thursday as a “failure” in efforts to achieve vaccine equity. ...

Older people fret less about aging in place: AP-NORC Poll

Apr. 27, 2022 11:48 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The older you are, the less you fret about aging in your own home or community. That's a key insight from a new Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research poll, which found that U.S. adults ages 65 or older feel much better prepared to “age in...

Shanghai hospital pays the price for China's COVID response

Apr. 09, 2022 07:57 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A series of deaths at a hospital for elderly patients in Shanghai is underscoring the dangerous consequences of China's stubborn pursuit of a zero-COVID approach amid an escalating outbreak in the city of 26 million people. Multiple patients have died at the Shanghai...

Medicare weighs premium cut after limiting Alzheimer's drug

Apr. 07, 2022 19:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare said Thursday it's considering a cut in enrollee premiums, after officials stuck with an earlier decision to sharply limit coverage for a pricey new Alzheimer's drug projected to drive up program costs. The agency “is looking at that, and is still going...

Storms batter aging power grid as climate disasters spread

Apr. 06, 2022 11:12 AM EDT

Power outages from severe weather across the U.S. have doubled over the past two decades, as a warming climate stirs more destructive storms that cripple broad segments of the nation’s aging electrical grid, according to an Associated Press analysis of government data. Forty...

Storms batter aging power grid as climate disasters spread

Apr. 05, 2022 23:29 PM EDT

Power outages from severe weather have doubled over the past two decades across the U.S., as a warming climate stirs more destructive storms that cripple broad segments of the nation’s aging electrical grid, according to an Associated Press analysis of government data. Forty...

Court: Hospitals can be responsible for abuse by employees

Apr. 05, 2022 21:08 PM EDT

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — A state appeals court said Tuesday that a Southern California hospital can be held responsible for sexual abuse by an employee, upholding a jury's damage award of $6.75 million to two elderly patients who were abused at a psychiatric hospital. The Second...

Health program for undocumented seniors leaves some behind

Mar. 26, 2022 01:05 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Editors’ note: Injustice Watch and Chicago Tribune teamed up to report on the challenges facing Illinois’ aging undocumented population. This is the second installment in a series focused on access to health care and housing. Leer en español. ___ ...

China continues 'severe and complex' fight against COVID-19

Mar. 25, 2022 06:02 AM EDT

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — China continues to battle its worst COVID-19 outbreak, driven by the omicron variant, with health officials on Friday calling the situation “severe and complex." The country has counted more than 56,000 cases since March 1, according to national health...

Tulane to study estrogen's contradictory dementia effects

Mar. 12, 2022 11:32 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A five-year study by the Tulane University Brain Institute will focus on understanding why estrogen therapy helps protect some women from age-related brain problems, while other women do not benefit from the therapy. The $14 million study will be funded by the...