The rate of drinking among residents in assisted living facilities is high, a new study suggests.
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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced it will tell Medicare prescription drug plans to withhold payment when they detect signs of suspicious activity related to narcotics and painkillers. The move is aimed at reducing Medicare fraud, Reuters reports.
Financial stress may lead older adults to drink and smoke more, according to a study of more than 2,300 adults over the age of 65. Men and people with less education appear to be most likely to drink and smoke in response to money worries.
Medicare will now cover screening and counseling for alcohol misuse, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced.
Medicare has been slow to react to the prescription drug abuse problem sweeping the nation, according to a new report.
Smokers are twice as likely as nonsmokers to suffer a stroke, a new study finds. Smokers are also likely to have a stroke almost 10 years earlier than nonsmokers.
Elderly patients, who tend to take many medications prescribed by more than one doctor, are at risk for prescription drug abuse, the Miami Herald reports. Health experts are concerned about the increase in the number of patients over age 50 who require intervention and treatment for addiction to medication and other substances.
Smoking is an important risk factor in brain shrinkage and a decline in brain function in later years, a new study suggests.
A medical marijuana collective is operating in the middle of one of the largest U.S. retirement communities, in Southern California, reflecting a growing nationwide trend as more elderly citizens use marijuana to deal with aches and pains.
Suicide attempts, in which drugs played a role, jumped 49 percent among women ages 50 and older from 2005 to 2009, according to a new federal report. The report, prepared by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, found that 16,757 women 50 and older had a drug-related suicide attempt in 2009, compared with 11,235 in 2005.