Risk Of Falling Linked To Blood Pressure Medications

Recently released data suggests that seniors who take blood pressure medicine may be at a higher risk of serious injury from falling. While blood pressure problems can make many feel dizzy and light-headed, the study uncovered that seniors taking multiple medications, or high-intensity blood pressure medication, may be at a higher risk of falling. Experts advise talking with your doctor to see which medicine would be best for you when choosing blood pressure medication. More here

Health Risk Linked With Loss Of Partner

A new study suggests that seniors who lose a partner may have a higher risk of stroke and heart attack 30 days after their loss. The study states that seniors who lose a partner are about 50% more likely to suffer from a heart attack or stroke 30 days after the loss of their loved one. The study also states that only a small number of survivors actually experience a stroke or heart attack. The authors of the study said, “we have described a marked increase in cardiovascular risk in the month after spousal bereavement, which seems likely to be the result of adverse physiological responses associated with acute grief.” Experts suggest that good long-term cardiovascular care before and after such an event could help decrease risk. More here

Many Veterans To Receive Expedited Disability Claims

Social Security announced positive news for veterans this week stating that a new initiative will be put in place to expedite veterans’ disability claims. The initiative will work toward processing claims at a speedy rate and treating them as high priority. Carolyn W. Colvin, Acting Commissioner of Social Security said, “Social Security worked with Veterans Affairs to identify those veterans with disabilities who have a high probability of also meeting our definition of disability.  I am proud of our collaboration and happy to announce this new service for America’s vets.” The program is set to begin on March 17th of this year. More here

Receiving Painkillers From Multiple Doctors May Raise Health Risks

According to a recent report, one in three Medicare patients receive narcotic prescriptions from multiple doctors, and experts suggest this could lead to a higher risk of hospitalization. According to a study published by the British Medical Journal, approximately 35% of seniors are prescribed painkillers by more than one doctor at one time. Assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, and co-author of the study, Pinar Karaca-Mandic said, “patients with four or more prescribers were twice as likely to be hospitalized for narcotics-related complications than patients receiving the same number of prescriptions from a single caregiver.” More here

Professor Drawn To Reverse Mortgage Business After Rule Changes

Reverse mortgages have become increasingly popular over the years helping many adults, age 62 and older, keep their homes. Columbia Business School professor and reverse mortgage expert, Christopher Mayer, explains why reverse mortgages can help many seniors through retirement debt-free. “You have $3 trillion in housing wealth among older Americans. You have large institutions exiting the market, and more and more elderly with housing debt coming out of the crisis as well as other kinds of debt,” Mayer said. The Federal Housing Administration instated new rules that limit equity borrowers from lump-sum withdrawal, allowing borrowers access to only 60 percent of their equity at closing or during the first year of the loan, protecting seniors from future debt problems. The new rules will also require reverse mortgage borrowers to provide information showing that they can afford to pay insurance and property taxes. Mayer was drawn to the reverse mortgage businesses after the rule changes saying, “those changes all make this a much more attractive business, and the product is a better product.” More here

Prolonged Sitting May Increase Physical Disability Risk

A new study released from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine found that people who spend hours sitting during the day have a higher risk of developing a physical disability. Dorothy Dunlop, the author of the study said, “if you take two 65-year-old women, with the same health profiles, and…one is sitting or doing very little about 12 hours a day, her chance of being in the disabled pool is about 6 percent. If you take another person, also 65 years old, same health profile, but she sits for 13 hours a day, her chance of being disabled is 9 percent; it’s an increase of 50 percent for each hour.” Experts suggest staying moderately active to help decrease physical disability risk. More here

Revoking Seniors Driver’s Licenses May Affect Independence

A new study suggests that revoking the driver’s licenses of seniors at a certain age may not be in the best interest of the individual. Allowing and encouraging older drivers to continue to drive may help seniors maintain a sense of independence, and possibly increase their safety. The Centre for Accident Research & Road Safety’s Dr. Ides Wong said, “we know that as people age their physical, cognitive and sensory abilities decline. However, aged-based testing for older drivers, although popular within legislative and public domains, is problematic because we lack consensus as to which age-based tests can accurately predict a driver’s performance.” More here

Certain Infections May Be Linked To Cognitive Decline

New research released from the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference states that certain infections such as pneumonia, cytomegalovirus, and helicobacter pylori may cause cognitive memory and performance problems. The scientific director of the Evelyn F. McKnight Brain Institute at the University of Miami, Dr. Clinton Wright said, “at the time, we selected these infections because of a combination of evidence that some of these infections had been involved in vascular disease and found in atherosclerotic plaque as well as the fact that they are common infections associated with inflammation.” More here

Low Intensity Exercise May Decrease Stroke Risk

Research suggests that moderate exercise may be better for people who want to lower stroke risk as opposed to strenuous, heavy exercise. According to the American Stroke Association’s International Stroke Conference, low-intensity exercise like walking, playing volleyball, or golfing may lower the risk of stroke by 20% when compared to high intensity exercising such as swimming, aerobics and running. More here

Baby Boomers Aid Home Sales

According to new housing market research, baby boomer homeowners may be pushing young homebuyers out of the market. As home values and prices continue to increase, many younger Americans are unable to afford down payments due to low income jobs and school debt. Home builders are now targeting an older generation, age 55 and up, who are more likely to have equity. Older homeowners are expected to help home sales this year as it is a prime time for the age group to buy, according to experts. More here