Medicare ambulance rides may no longer end up at ER
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare wants to change how it pays for emergency ambulance services to give seniors more options besides going to a hospital emergency department, officials said Thursday.
Other options could include going to an urgent care center, a doctor’s office, or even treatment ...
Report: Human activity likely cause of public housing fire
WASHINGTON (AP) — A report by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives says a fire that gutted a public housing complex for seniors in Washington, D.C., was likely caused by human activity.
News outlets report investigators say the September fire at the Arthur Capper ...
DALLAS (AP) — Most seniors have more free time for leisure activities including travel, but money is tighter when the paychecks stop at retirement.
Retirees who want to travel can make those trips more affordable by taking advantage of senior discounts and through less obvious ...
Flooding forces evacuation of NJ assisted living center
TOMS RIVER, N.J. (AP) — Officials say scores of elderly residents have been evacuated from an assisted living center in New Jersey due to flooding.
The Asbury Park Press
Possible tornado hits small Alabama city’s downtown
WETUMPKA, Ala. (AP) — A possible tornado caused significant damage Saturday to a small Alabama city’s downtown, leveling several buildings after an intense storm passed through the area.
Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis told the
Gov. Baker proposes expanding Medicare savings program
BOSTON (AP) — Low-income seniors would see a break on how much they pay for health care under a plan Republican Gov. Charlie Baker is including in his state budget proposal.
Under the plan, seniors who earn 130 to 165 percent of the federal poverty level — from just under $16,000 to about ...
DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan on Tuesday announced the final round of “mobility” grants it gives out to encourage pilot projects to help transport seniors, the disabled and veterans with autonomous vehicles and other technology.
The nearly $4.8 million will provide short-term ...
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has expanded nationwide a program that provides small pensions to Mexicans over age 68, an extension of an effort that he began in Mexico City while mayor of the capital in 2000.
Lopez Obrador said Sunday that the elderly ...
NASHUA, N.H. (AP) — Those at least 55 years of age can learn more about iPads, dive in to some creative writing classes, talk about history, music, science and a wide variety of other topics via the Rivier Institute for Senior Education program.
This year, nearly 60 classes will be offered ...
ST. PETER, Minn. (AP) — For Gale Kreykes, volunteering has always been a way of life. At 99, the St. Peter woman continues to volunteer every weekday serving and packing meals at Parkview Manor in St. Peter and for the Meals on Wheels program.
“I don’t like sitting around,” she told
TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — It doesn’t take long to see that 95-year-old Leda King is a beloved guest and volunteer at the Traverse City Senior Center.
You might spot her seated and sipping a cup of coffee another volunteer or staff member brought her — she’s there every weekday to help or ...
TAYLORSVILLE, Utah (AP) — Approximately 100 residents of a senior living center in a Salt Lake City suburb were displaced by flooding caused by a broken pipe early Thursday morning.
Evacuated residents initially stayed in a lobby in another building at the facility in Taylorsville and most ...
Virginia senior complex sued after fire that killed 3
CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — An apartment complex for seniors has been named in a wrongful death lawsuit following the deaths of three people in a fire last year.
The Virginian-Pilot reports ...
Nursing home employee arrested on abuse, neglect charges
WELCH, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia nursing home employee has been arrested on abuse and neglect charges.
West Virginia State Police Senior Trooper Jarod Tupper told the
Group backing private Medicare is funded by insurance giants
WASHINGTON (AP) — A group gaining influence in Washington as a champion for Medicare beneficiaries is bankrolled by major health insurance companies that are trying to cash in on private coverage offered through the federal health insurance program.
The Better Medicare Alliance claims a ...
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Fire displaces dozens of people at senior apartment building
LAWRENCE, Ind. (AP) — Dozens of people have been displaced after a major fire at an apartment building for senior citizens, northeast of Indianapolis.
Authorities reported no injuries in the fire Monday at Benjamin Court Senior Living in Lawrence.
Fire burns at Indiana senior complex
Sanders’ office holds free holiday meal for seniors in Barre
BARRE, Vt. (AP) — The office of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is holding a free holiday meal for seniors in Barre.
The event is happening at noon Monday at the Canadian Club.
The independent senator says the meal is a chance for seniors in central Vermont to come together, enjoy some food ...
Maine nursing home closures displace seniors, strain system
BANGOR, Maine (AP) — Nursing home operators across Maine are struggling to remain open and support the state’s aging population.
The Bangor Daily News
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Sheila Hillhouse’s basement felt more chaotic than usual last week with boxes, furniture and suitcases strewn around the bedrooms and kitchen.
Renter Sahar Radwan was moving out, and a new renter was moving in.
With one adventure coming to an end, and other ...
WAYZATA, Minn. (AP) — Betty Allen, 91, has vivid memories of what it took to put food on the table during the Great Depression.
She grew up in a farming family with eight brothers and one sister in central Mississippi. When the cotton fields were too wet to work, her dad would shoot ...
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A report released Wednesday by Missouri Auditor Nicole Galloway found that cuts to in-home care for seniors and people with disabilities didn’t end up saving as much money as expected.
Seniors try their hand at speed dating at UW-La Crosse
LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Elvis and Sinatra sang songs about love.
Couples played with their coffee cups, exchanging shy smiles.
And for a moment, the third floor of UW-La Crosse’s Student Union resembled some forgotten cafe, a picture cut out of the past, hung up in the ...
BAGHDAD (AP) — The official website of Iraq’s most senior Shiite cleric has published a rare photo of the aging leader, the first in several years.
The photo shows Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani meeting with the special representative of the U.N. Secretary General for Iraq Jan Kubis, who ...
Proposed changes on Medicare drugs create winners and losers
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday proposed changes to Medicare’s prescription drug benefit that would affect patients’ costs over the next few years, creatiing winners and losers.
Medicare’s administrator, Seema Verma, said the goal is to lower costs for beneficiaries ...
Philadelphia police buy and deliver 450 Thanksgiving dinners
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia police officers often come across families or people on their beats who they wish they could do more to help in a city where one in four people lives below the national poverty line.
Officers around the city got the chance Tuesday to do a little more as ...
Cuomo, other state officials give out holiday turkeys
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and members of his administration have given out Thanksgiving turkeys at several locations across the state.
The Democrat’s first stop Tuesday morning was the Bay Eden Senior Center in the Bronx. Next he headed to the Long Island Cares food ...
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh public safety officials are touting a sprinkler system with helping contain a fire at a senior living high rise and saving lives.
Officials said the two-alarm fire that broke out Saturday evening was contained to two apartments. Smoke and water damage displaced ...
Fire at apartments for seniors traps some people; 13 hurt
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — A fire in a suburban Denver apartment complex for seniors created smoke so thick it trapped some people in their homes early Saturday, injuring more than a dozen people, including three seriously, authorities said.
Police officers and firefighters guided residents ...
The Latest: Last Khmer Rouge leaders get 2nd life sentence
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (AP) — The Latest on the tribunal judging Khmer Rouge responsibility (all times local):
The tribunal that found two former Khmer Rouge leaders guilty of genocide has sentenced them to life in prison.
The elderly Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan are ...
Senior center in Virginia holds ‘Silent dance party’
NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — It may have been a “silent dance party,” but the room was far from quiet at Commonwealth Senior Living’s Leigh Hall on a Tuesday as the residents clapped and sang along to “My Girl” by The Temptations.
“I guess you’d say / What can make me feel this way?”
Temporary receiver to oversee 3 Vermont senior care homes
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A court appointed a temporary receiver to oversee three senior care homes in Vermont following complaints about their business practices.
The homes — Allenwood at Pillsbury Manor in South Burlington, Homestead at Pillsbury in St. Albans and Pillsbury Manor South in ...
Medicare expands access to in-home support for seniors
WASHINGTON (AP) — Medicare is experimenting with a new direction in health care. Starting next year, seniors in many states will be able to get additional services such as help with chores and respite for caregivers through private Medicare Advantage insurance plans.
There’s a growing ...
Building to provide affordable housing for seniors
LACONIA, N.H. (AP) — Construction has started on a 16-unit apartment building in New Hampshire that will provide affordable housing for people with disabilities age 62 and older.
The apartments will transform a vacant office building in Laconia. They’re scheduled to be ready by August ...
California rejects measure to expand property tax break
SAN DIEGO (AP) — California voters have rejected a ballot measure to expand a property tax break for older homeowners who move, sparing schools and local governments a major revenue loss.
With 5 million ballots counted early Wednesday, Proposition 5 was behind 57 percent to 43 ...
PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The Latest on Maine’s elections (all times local):
Maine voters have rejected a first-of-its-kind referendum to provide universal home care to all seniors and individuals with disabilities despite income.
The referendum drew strong criticism ...
Winter shelter at capacity, seeing increase in seniors
PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. (AP) — Officials at a Washington winter shelter say the shelter is already at capacity, and the number of seniors needing housing has increased.
The Peninsula Daily News
WASHINGTON (AP) — Cynthia Brown-Thomas’s job requires her to rise before the sun. It pays a meager stipend of $2.65 an hour. An exhausting display of patience is a must.
She credits the job with saving her life.
The 64-year-old retiree, who has survived two heart surgeries, is one of ...
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jack Reed says more than $23 million in federal funding is available to help Rhode Island families and seniors keep warm this winter.
The Rhode Island Democrat says the Trump Administration proposed eliminating the Low Income Home Energy Assistance ...
Smoke inhalation injuries reported after high-rise fire
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Authorities say at least two people were taken to a hospital for treatment of smoke inhalation from a fire that broke out in a North Carolina high-rise apartment building for seniors.
Wake County EMS Assistant Chief Jeff Hammerstein told news outlets that several ...
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — More older Pennsylvanians will qualify for prescription drug assistance under newly enacted eligibility standards.
Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf inked into
Gillette store offers cellphone classes for ‘old timers’
GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — Fifteen senior women and men shuffled into the phone store in Gillette, snagged a cookie or two and sat down.
It was time for their free cellphone class.
Immediately, they whipped out their smartphones of all makes, models and sizes and prepared to learn just ...
Lamont eyes sports betting revenues to help seniors
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Ned Lamont has proposed spending proceeds from legalized sports betting to restore a local property credit program for elderly homeowners.
While Connecticut has not yet passed legislation allowing sports betting, Lamont ...
LOUISVILLE, Ga. (AP) — A group that encourages African-Americans to vote says about 40 black residents of a senior living center in Georgia were told to get off a bus taking them to vote.
Jefferson County, which operates the senior center, considered Monday’s event “political activity” ...
MIAMI (AP) — The enrollment period for buying Medicare starts Monday for qualifying seniors. And in about two weeks, non-Medicare Florida residents can also buy health insurance through the federal government.
Medicare enrollment runs through Dec. 7. More than 40 percent of Florida’s ...
AP-NORC Poll: Many caregivers neglecting their own health
WASHINGTON (AP) — Skipping your checkup but not grandma’s? Caring for an older loved one is a balancing act, and a new poll shows that too often it’s the caregivers’ health that’s neglected.
The survey, by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, found about a third of ...
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump took a big step into the debate over the future of America’s health care system with an op-ed column in USA Today that presented a bleak vision of what would happen under plans backed by many Democrats to institute government insurance for ...
AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s dark portrait of Dem health plans
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump took a big step into the debate over the future of America’s health care system with an op-ed column in USA Today on Wednesday that presented a bleak vision of what would happen under plans backed by many Democrats to institute government insurance for ...