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    Posted 03.10.2017
    By Scott M. Lynch A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows the change in “preventable” deaths between 2010 and 2014. The report’s main take­aways were that, overall, the preventable death rate has fallen substantially since 2010; and there is substantial…
    Posted 03.10.2017
    By John Cutler When there is a new Administration in office it is always a good time to address pressing issues. And this occasion also coincides with a new Congress intent on making good on their promises. For the aging services sector, this Administration’s focus on the private sector may prove…
    Posted 03.09.2017
    By Jerry Avorn These are times of great ferment in relation to prescription drugs, especially as they relate to older patients. Controversy and change are brewing in the areas of medication research, approval, promotion, pricing and reimbursement. From the perspective of care for elders, many…
    Posted 03.09.2017
    By Nancy J. Altman During the campaign, Donald Trump promised repeatedly that he would not touch Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid. Nevertheless, two days after the election, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) announced that he planned to push legislation that replaced Medicare’s health…
    Posted 03.09.2017
    By Ed O’Neil and Lori Peterson Editor’s note: The SCAN Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the Administration for Community Living, the Gary and Mary West Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, and the Marin Community Foundation, have united to fund a three-year grant to develop…
    Posted 03.06.2017
    By Farhiya M. Farah The translation of this Somali phrase is “A Million Dollars is not a Blessing”. In the Somali culture, highly prioritizing a loved one places you advantageously in all your affairs. Theoretically you can make a million dollars but it is not a blessing if you have not helped…
    Posted 03.03.2017
    By Jeff Todd “Your eyesight is the first to go.” “It’s just part of getting older.” Such phrases of acceptance are often heard as we enter our 40s and 50s. Yes, our eyes—our vision—will invariably change as we age; however, through early detection of eye disease and other problems and access to…
    Posted 03.02.2017
    By Douglas Winslow Cooper Within the past year and a half, I have lost my mother, my sister, and a favorite nurse. This lovely book, Reflections from the Soul, by Dr. Eboni Ivory Green (what a pretty name!) will help me, even now. With my beloved wife, Tina Su Cooper, receiving around-the-clock…
    Posted 02.28.2017
    By Jim Emerman and Anne Colby One 74 year old man, who is chronically disabled, is running two large organizations, both of which he founded. One provides international relief to disaster areas throughout the world; the other provides health care assessment and support to American Indian…
    Posted 02.24.2017
    Each year we invite contributions to AgeBlog from members of the Aging in America Conference community who will be making a presentation at the conference. For 2017, we received a rich series of contributions covering issues ranging from use of acupuncture for pain remediation to the impact of…