WASHINGTON (AP) — The auditor of Washington, D.C, says the city needs a new jail, as conditions inside its 1976 facility that houses male inmates have become hazardous.
Researchers find clues that depression may speed brain aging
WASHINGTON (AP) — Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen that decline — and finding some worrisome clues.
Depression has long been linked to certain cognitive problems, and depression late in life even may be a risk factor for the development of Alzheimer's. Yet how depression might harm cognition isn't clear.
State care for elderly and disabled needs improvement
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Human Services still has significant work remaining on most recommendations in a state audit of the agency's program that provides in-home care to the aging and disabled people.
Japan finance minister Aso sorry for criticizing childless
TOKYO (AP) — Japan's Finance Minister Taro Aso has reluctantly apologized for saying childless people are to blame for the country's rising social security costs and its aging and declining population.
"If it made some people feel uncomfortable, I apologize," Aso said Tuesday after drawing complaints over a comment he made during the weekend at a seminar in Fukuoka, his constituency in southwestern Japan.
Polar blast envelops Midwest, strains aging infrastructure
CHICAGO (AP) — A blast of polar air enveloped much of the Midwest on Wednesday, cracking train rails, breaking water pipes and straining electrical systems with some of the lowest temperatures in a generation.
The deep freeze closed schools and businesses and canceled flights in the nation's third-largest city, which was as cold as the Arctic. Heavily dressed repair crews hustled to keep utilities from failing.
Commission eyes new model for protecting vulnerable adults
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho lawmakers have advanced legislation Gov. Brad Little's administration says will help prevent abuse or neglect of vulnerable adults.
The House Health and Welfare Committee on Tuesday unanimously approved moving forward with the legislation brought forward by the Idaho Commission on Aging.
Changes expected for aging Panthers after 7-game skid
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Now that the Panthers have lost seven straight games and have been officially eliminated from playoff contention, the biggest question remaining is who'll be around next season.
Carolina (6-9) is expected to undergo some major changes after a season in which it started 6-2 but then appeared to grow old almost overnight.
Indianapolis, Fort Wayne residents can take aging surveys
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Residents of Indianapolis and Fort Wayne ages 45 and older have until Dec. 15 to complete an online survey designed to provide information to improve the quality of life for older citizens.
Oklahoma sees aging workforce
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Cindy Loftin is 13 years into a six-month gig.
Not long after retiring from a 30-year career with AT&T, the Oakdale, Louisiana, native was looking for some way to make a positive impact.
"My bucket list was mostly checked off and I was bored," she told the Tulsa World .
Kentucky hosting event spotlighting issues for older adults
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky officials say a regional conference is planned in the state to spotlight issues that promote healthy aging.
The state Cabinet for Health and Family Services says Kentucky will host this year's annual conference from Sept. 30 through Oct. 3 in Louisville. The event is expected to feature representatives from Southern states who will meet to discuss programs geared toward older adults.
Senior citizen wave coming to Garfield County
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Rosemarie Romeo was rushed to Glenwood Medical Center in December 2015, after accidentally misusing her anxiety medication.
She says she scheduled a follow-up visit and a geriatric psychiatrist gave her a list with names for local mental-health care providers.
"Many of the counselors weren't even in practice anymore or their numbers didn't work," Romeo said.
Best Buy to buy a provider of health devices for the aging
NEW YORK (AP) — Consumer electronics retailer Best Buy is pushing more into the health field, acquiring a company that provides emergency response devices for the aging.
Best Buy said Wednesday it's paying $800 million for GreatCall. The San Diego, California-based company, which has more than 900,000 paying subscribers, offers services like an easy connection to operators who can connect users to caregivers, answer questions, and more.
MCNEIL ISLAND, Wash. (AP) — The sexually violent predators of Washington state are getting older and thus requiring more medical attention.
The News Tribune reports there were 557 planned medical trips away from the Special Commitment Center on McNeil Island last year. There have been 271 so far this year.
CHICAGO (AP) — Too few people with signs of mental decline or dementia are getting checked during routine medical visits or told when a problem is found, says a panel of Alzheimer's disease experts who offered new guidance Sunday.
The idea is to get help sooner for people whose minds are slipping — even if there's no cure.
NEW YORK (AP) — An aging steam pipe containing cancer-causing asbestos exploded beneath Fifth Avenue in Manhattan early Thursday, spewing a geyser of white vapor 10 stories high and forcing an evacuation of 49 buildings, but city officials said there was no major public health threat.
NEW YORK (AP) — The drugmaker Pfizer, facing an aging population and shifting risks from the loss of patents, is reshaping its structure into three businesses.
The divisions, announced Wednesday, include Innovative Medicines, which will focus on biological science and a new hospital medicines business. An Established Medicines business will include sales for older drugs like the cholesterol pill Lipitor that have lost patent protection.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraskans with disabilities and those who are at least 60 years old can continue to receive services through a state program made permanent by Gov. Pete Ricketts.
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Aging Alabama needs an army of millennial nurses
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — It's a rare break at the nurses' station, only a few minutes before her next call, but Brittany James' voice fills with emotion as she explains why she decided to devote her life to becoming a caregiver. She doesn't talk about salary, or hours, or opportunities. She talks about the last moments of her grandmother's life.
CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's best-known legal brothel owner Dennis Hof has announced plans to open an anti-Aging Rejuvenation Center next his brothel outside of Carson City.
Hof says his planned $6 million facility will be operated by Dr. Graham Simpson, founder of Eternity Medicine and Intelligent Health.
Hof says Eternity Health was formed to "reverse cardio-metabolic disease responsible for aging and sexual dysfunction."
RAMALLAH, West Bank (AP) — The top-tier leadership group of the PLO— average age 70 — is up for election for the first time in over two decades, when hundreds of delegates attend a West Bank convention this week.
It should be a chance to revitalize the Palestinian national movement at a historic low point and start talking about potential successors to 83-year-old President Mahmoud Abbas.
CHICAGO (AP) — Children with a rare, incurable disease that causes rapid aging and early death may live longer if treated with an experimental drug first developed for cancer patients, a study suggests.
You'll find her, any given Friday afternoon, plugging away at the piano. Over the buzz of conversation at the Kalispell Senior Center, you'll hear familiar hymnals and old sing-along songs, as Ruth Pomeroy plays her way through the lunch hour. Afterwards, she'll grab a bite to eat and hold court in the dining hall, greeting fellow volunteers, seniors and employees at the Flathead Agency on Aging, a place where she has donated so many of the hours in her twilight years.
TOKYO (AP) — When her stay at the glamorous Grancreer residence turned into a nightmare of disrupted sleep and difficulties with the staff, retired harpist Yumi Makino opted out, and after a two-year legal battle got her deposit money back in a rare victory over a big real estate company.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Vernon Madison has spent decades on Alabama's death row. Now 67, Madison has suffered from strokes and dementia and his lawyers say he no longer recalls the crime that put him there: the 1985 killing of a police officer.
GREENWICH — A new survey is asking town residents over the age of 45 about their perception of the community and use of available services.
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Cognitive decline is a condition that is often associated with aging, but even middle-aged people can experience memory loss or cognition issues.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An economic forecaster says New Hampshire should not let the age of its workforce shape its economic future.
Speaking at an economic forum Friday at the New Hampshire Statehouse, Ross Gittell, chancellor of the state's Community College System of New Hampshire, advised legislators to pay more attention to older adults in the state's labor force. The state must focus on ways to make them skilled, well-trained employees, he said.
GREENWICH — Greenwich’s Commission on Aging envisions a future where the whole town is dementia- and age-friendly.
STAMFORD — A portable radio is perhaps the most used — and abused — piece of equipment in a first responder’s arsenal.
The devices get run over by cars, dropped into the Long Island Sound, toted into burning buildings and dosed by fire hoses.
BARBOURSVILLE — In December, Marshall Family Medicine established a Center for Healthy Aging to provide comprehensive primary care for adults 55 and older.
Demise of Boise nonprofit makes aging in place harder
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Boise at Home was designed to help the Treasure Valley's older residents stay in their homes and be independent for as long as possible. But when the organization folded last fall, its members were left to fend for themselves.
Its demise is a sign of trouble ahead for the region's growing senior population.
GREENWICH — To prepare for a world where the older population outnumbers those in their younger years, Greenwich has created its own chapter of Aging 2.0.
GREENWICH — The town’s Commission on Aging is continuing its efforts to have Greenwich become the first municipality in Connecticut to become an AARP-designated dementia- and age-friendly community.
BULLHEAD CITY — The Western Association of Governments is hosting workshops for Bullhead City-area residents ages 60 and older, focusing on helping them make good life and health choices.
Villager Q & A: Ken Dorland, co-founder of Aging in Place-The Woodlands
In 2015, Ken Dorland helped co-found Aging in Place - The Woodlands, a nonprofit organization that assists the elderly by providing free transportation, minor home maintenance/repairs, tech support and other services.
BARBOURSVILLE - Marshall Health has launched the new Center for Healthy Aging at its Marshall Family Medicine facility in downtown Barboursville, located at 659 Central Ave.
The community is invited to an open house at the facility from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 8.
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas agency says it inadvertently sent health-related personal information of about 11,000 people to its business partners.
The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services announced Thursday that it became aware on Feb. 23 that an employee sent an unauthorized e-mail with the information.
The department says it has no evidence the information was misused or disclosed publicly. It says agreements prevent the partners from disseminating the information.
New services, technologies can help with aging in place
There is nothing quite as devastating for many older people as having to leave the comfort of home because of poor health or limited mobility.
But a new generation of services and technology is making it possible to stay at home longer, safely and happily, experts say.
Researchers Try to Unlock Clues to ‘Super-Aging’
Amy Osmond Cook
Heath and WellnessDepression can affect anybody, at any time in their life. Senior citizens who have not dealt with depression in their life are still at risk of developing depression, especially with the onset of serious medical concerns.
A workshop Thursday will feature Debra Tyler-Horton, the state director of the Georgia AARP, as the keynote speaker, aiming to remove "destructive falsehoods about aging" cemented into stereotypes.
Nearly 13,000 people called for help on the Northwest Georgia Area Agency on Aging hotline in the past 12 months, the director testified in Atlanta Thursday.
DENHAM SPRINGS – Homeowners should look beyond aesthetic improvements when they update their home, according to two professional rebuilders.
Aging is inevitable; however, how well you age is up to you.
Some would argue that it’s ridiculous to fight the aging process and that, instead, we should age gracefully. Others may completely disagree or may agree, but with a slight caveat: it’s OK to age as long as you don’t look like you’re aging.
When was the last time that you called your mother? Does your significant other resent it when you spend time on the phone with your mom? Those who do not have close family relationships may find that to be excessive but my philosophy is, you only have one mom, one dad and unless they have not treated you well, you should cherish them while they are still here. They bring a lot to the table in experience and support.
Leaders on aging prepare for funding cuts to senior services
NAPLES, Fla. (AP) — A top advocacy organization on aging is rallying supporters to lobby the state Legislature for $12.4 million more in funding to organizations around the state that provide community care services for elders.
Officials with the Florida Council on Aging and the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida hosted a summit Tuesday in Naples with local social service agencies to establish a unified voice on the needs of seniors in the coming year.
Most seniors know and accept the changes associated with aging — be it the increased loss of hearing, eye doctors talking about cataracts or even muscle strength and endurance. What we seem to not want to grasp is the change in cognitive thinking: intellectual activity, reasoning and remembering.