Latest Seniors' health News

Health officials: Mississippi teen dead from COVID-19

Jul. 28, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Another child in Mississippi has died of complications related to the coronavirus, marking the fourth pediatric death since the start of the pandemic, health officials said Wednesday. The death occurred in a teenager who had a common underlying...

AP-NORC poll: Inequity in community support for older adults

Jul. 28, 2021 09:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Many Americans believe their communities are doing a good job meeting the needs of older adults, but white people may be better equipped than people of color to age within their communities, according to a new survey from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs...

Air quality health advisory issued for northern Vermont

Jul. 26, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont Agency of Natural Resources issued an air quality health advisory for much of the state on Monday as smoke from wildfires in the west and Canada reaches the region. Air pollution concentrations were in the unhealthy range for sensitive...

Health care for older immigrants sees momentum among states

Jul. 24, 2021 14:20 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Most mornings, 62-year-old Maria Elena Estamilla wakes up with pelvic pain and dread that she faces the same fate as her mother and grandmother: fatal cervical cancer. The Chicago woman's last full medical exam was in 2015 and she sees no options for care...

Missing Pueblo man with Alzheimer's found dead near his home

Jul. 22, 2021 19:11 PM EDT

PUEBLO, Colo. (AP) — An elderly Pueblo man who was reported missing after wandering away from his independent assisted living home was found dead in a nearby ravine. The Pueblo Chieftain reports 81-year-old Daniel Otero was reported missing July 17 and was found dead...

China rebuffs WHO's terms for further COVID-19 origins study

Jul. 22, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — China cannot accept the World Health Organization's plan for the second phase of a study into the origins of COVID-19, a senior Chinese health official said Thursday. Zeng Yixin, the vice minister of the National Health Commission, said he was “rather...

Unvaccinated staff eyed in rising nursing home cases, deaths

Jul. 21, 2021 15:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lagging vaccination rates among nursing home staff are being linked to a national increase in COVID-19 infections and deaths at senior facilities, and are at the center of a federal investigation in a hard-hit Colorado location where disease detectives found many workers...

Kansas debate heats up over nursing homes' visitor rules

Jul. 20, 2021 17:19 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Families and advocates for the elderly in Kansas argue that with most nursing home residents vaccinated against COVID-19, some facilities' visiting rules need to be relaxed, though the delta variant's spread is making operators nervous. A state...

First vaccinations given in Haiti since start of pandemic

Jul. 16, 2021 19:05 PM EDT

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Health care workers and senior citizens were the first people vaccinated on Friday in Haiti as part of a test run after the country recently received 500,000 doses from the United Nations. The vaccinations were given to more than 30 people...

Medicare evaluating coverage for $56,000 Alzheimer's drug

Jul. 12, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare on Monday launched a formal process to decide whether to cover Aduhelm, the new Alzheimer's drug whose $56,000-a-year price tag and unproven benefits have prompted widespread criticism and a congressional investigation. A final decision isn't...