Category results for "Elderly"

Cities’ Dual Rise of Old and Young Populations Influences Anti-Smoking Campaigns

Public health officials are trying to figure out how to target their anti-smoking ads to young and old people alike, as some cities experience a rise in the number of children and senior citizens, The Atlantic reports.

Bill Aims to Tackle Prescription Drug Abuse in Medicare Participants

A New Jersey congressman announced this week he will introduce legislation aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse among Medicare participants. Frank Pallone, Jr., is proposing to increase the requirements for verifying the validity of prescriptions before Medicare pays for the drugs.

Older Smokers Who Quit See Health Benefits Within Five Years

Older smokers who quit can see health benefits within five years, according to a new study. The study of 8,807 people ages 50 to 74 found a person can reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke by more than 40 percent within the first five years after they stop smoking.

Medicare Regularly Refills Pain Pills Without New Prescriptions: Government Report

A new government report finds that Medicare routinely refills pain medications without new prescriptions that are required by federal law.

Healthcare Reform Won’t Cut Medicare, Medicaid Benefits For Those With Mental Illness

The Affordable Care Act will not reduce Medicaid or Medicare benefits for people with mental illness, according to The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

Medicare Covers Alcohol Misuse Screening and Counseling Under Affordable Care Act

Medicare recipients can receive free alcohol misuse screening and counseling, as well as certain programs to help people quit smoking, under the Affordable Care Act. These are some of the ways in which the new healthcare law affects people with substance use disorders who are covered by public insurance programs, according to The Health Foundation of Greater Cincinnati.

Seniors Who Binge Drink More Likely to Suffer Cognitive Decline

Adults 65 and older who binge drink at least twice a month are two-and-a-half times more likely to suffer cognitive and memory declines, compared with seniors who don’t binge drink, according to research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference.

Adults Over 50 Often Ignore Prescription Drug Warning Labels

Adults over age 50 often ignore prescription drug labels that highlight key safety information, a new study suggests. The researchers say the labels should be redesigned and placed in a more prominent place to prevent dangerous medication errors.

Report Calls Substance Abuse a Growing Problem Among Older Americans

Substance abuse is a growing problem among older Americans, and the nation’s health care system is not prepared to adequately address the need, according to a report by the Institute of Medicine.

Quitting Smoking Beneficial Even Later in Life

Quitting smoking is beneficial, even for smokers ages 60 and older, a new study suggests.

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