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By Brandy Bauer | 7.14.2020 Nearly four months into the COVID-19 pandemic, many older adults are struggling to adjust to a new normal and wondering what it means for their future. Regardless of where your community is in terms of opening, closing, or infection rates, here are some tips for keeping yourself safe and healthy—physically, mentally,
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By Ocean Le | 6.23.2020 As with so much else, this year’s celebration of Pride Month has been changed by both COVID-19 and protests across the country. Staying physically and socially distant has many people studying the history of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) rights movements. We’re grateful to the Diverse Elders Coalition
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By Maureen Patterson | 6.22.2020 The Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP) has been receiving complaints of unsolicited callers using the fear and uncertainty from the COVID-19 pandemic to prey on Medicare beneficiaries. SMPs, who operate in every state, help beneficiaries prevent, detect, and report Medicare fraud, errors, and abuse. How to spot a scam or fraud
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By Susan Stiles, PhD | 6.12.2020 “I look forward to the calls each week.” This comment was typical of the feedback that Peggy Schmidt received when she offered a virtual Aging Mastery “book club” to her rural constituents in Wisconsin. As the Caregiver/Health Promotion Specialist for the Aging & Disability Resource Center there, she transformed
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By Brandy Bauer | 6.3.2020 In the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people used NCOA’s BenefitsCheckUp® to get help to afford food and prescription medications during this troubling economic time. While the economy is slowly recovering, it’s important to know that BenefitsCheckUp® can connect older adults, caregivers, and the professionals who serve them
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By Terri Maxwell, Ph.D., APRN | 5.29.2020 The role of community-based palliative care (CBPC) for supporting seriously ill people at home has never been more critical, with the COVID-19 pandemic disproportionately affecting the chronically ill and those age 60+. This vulnerable population faces a double risk, first from the virus and second from the effects
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By Howard Bedlin and Marci Phillips | 5.20.2020 On May 15, the U.S. House of Representatives passed “The Heroes Act,” (H.R. 6800) the latest COVID-19 relief proposal, largely along party lines. Intended as an ambitious opening bid from House Democrats for continuing negotiations and, despite the urgency of the COVID-19 crisis, the bill was criticized
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By Dan Reiner | 5.8.2020 Every year, Older Americans Month provides an opportunity to show gratitude toward older adults for the important roles they play in our communities and reflect on the experience of aging in America. Despite the long shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic has cast over our lives, there are many ways older
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By Howard Bedlin | 5.6.2020 Last month, Congress passed a bill with additional funding for small businesses and hospitals, but Democratic requests for new resources for state and local governments and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits were not included. With Congress discussing a new round of relief legislation, people concerned about the wellbeing of older
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By Howard Bedlin | 5.6.2020 Last month, Congress passed a bill with additional funding for small businesses and hospitals, but Democratic requests for new resources for state and local governments and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) food benefits were not included. With Congress discussing a new round of relief legislation, people concerned about the wellbeing of older
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By Marci Phillips | 4.28.2020 The COVID-19 pandemic has caused a staggering loss of jobs. At the end of March, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that 7.1 million Americans were unemployed, with numbers projected to rise further throughout April. In 2019, roughly 1 in 5 older adults aged 65+ was still in the workforce.
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By Michelle Fritsch, PharmD, BCGP, BCACP | Kathleen Cameron, BS Pharm, MPH | 4.24.2020 As we’re all navigating a lot of uncertainty, upsetting news, isolation, and grief, all of the self-care activities that were important for staying healthy before the pandemic may be even more critical now. Even though there is a lot of emphasis
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By Vivian Nava-Schellinger, Kathleen Cameron, and Stevan W. Gibson | 4.22.2020 Older adults are at higher risk of serious illness from COVID-19. Hydroxychloroquine, an antimalarial treatment approved for use to treat lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, has been the focus of widespread questions regarding its potential use as a treatment for COVID-19. Several clinical trials have
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By Anna Maria Chávez, Esq. | 4.16.2020 As America and the world continue to confront COVID-19, every day brings new data—sometimes alarming and sometimes hopeful—about the coronavirus. Falling squarely into the alarming category is the first federal report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that breaks down hospitalization data by gender, race,
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