Latest Seniors' health News

Technology, temporary help keeps farmers on job longer

Jul. 20, 2019 9:32 AM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Ind. (AP) — At 79 years old, Art McManus says he's still able to hop on the tractor and maintain the 160 acres of cherry trees at his orchard in Traverse City, Michigan. His children have gone on to start lives of their own, though he gets some help running his farmers market from his...

New standards aim to improve surgery for the oldest patients

Jul. 19, 2019 8:14 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The 92-year-old had a painful tumor on his tongue, and major surgery was his best chance. Doctors called a timeout when he said he lived alone, in a rural farmhouse, and wanted to keep doing so. "It was ultimately not clear we could get him back there" after such a big operation, said Dr....

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...

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...