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  • Boomers are health law’s early winners

    CHICAGO – For many older Americans who lost jobs during the recession, the quest for health care has been one obstacle after another. They’re unwanted by employers, rejected by insurers, …


  • Affordable Care Act enrollees trend older so far

    WASHINGTON – It’s an older, costlier crowd that’s signing up so far for health insurance under President Barack Obama’s law, according to government figures released Monday. Enrollments are lower for …


  • A less invasive approach to hip surgery

    Marilyn Bafus had always stayed active on the wheat farm she and her husband operate near Colfax, doing “farm wife things,” maintaining a big garden and caring for the half-dozen …


  • Program offers exercise classes aimed at helping to reduce falls among seniors

    I t was 9 a.m., and change was coming, Lori McCormick warned her students as they sat on cushioned chairs arranged in an oval in a brightly lit studio. There …


  • Later retirement may help prevent dementia

    BOSTON – New research boosts the “use it or lose it” theory about brainpower and staying mentally sharp. People who delay retirement have less risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or …


  • Market vouchers available for seniors

    The Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers will be distributed starting Friday. In order to receive the vouchers, recipients must be at least 60 years old, or 55 years old if …


  • Walking device helps people get back in step

    SEATTLE – Carl Simmons regularly used to run 5K races. Now the 76-year-old stroke survivor just wants to be able to keep up with his wife on a walk. Through …


  • Study finds Alzheimer’s markers in patients’ relatives

    An amino acid commonly found in the brains of Alzheimer’s patients has been discovered in the spinal fluid of people without dementia whose close relatives were diagnosed with the disease, …


  • Value judgments

    At 26, Cara Hernandez has her untimely death about as well-planned as it can be. It’s all in her advance directive, instructions for family and doctors to follow if an …


  • Helping hand at home

    Marcella Poppe is 86, and her husband, Louis Poppe, is 88. The Spokane residents are not interested in living in an old-folks home. But they knew they needed help if …


  • Alzheimer’s high price

    Cancer and heart disease are bigger killers, but Alzheimer’s is the most expensive malady in the U.S., costing families and society $157 billion to $215 billion a year, according to …


  • Isolation weighs on elderly

    People who are socially isolated are more likely to die prematurely, regardless of underlying health problems, according to a study of the elderly British population. The findings, published online Monday …


  • Companions for life

    As a general rule, Dennis Robertson is in. Bowling? Fishing? Karoake? Yes, yes, yes. A homebound elderly resident in need of a companion, or a caregiver who needs a few …


  • Alzheimer’s death rates outpace other illnesses

    The illnesses that killed our parents and grandparents won’t kill as many of us in the future. Deaths from strokes, heart attacks and cancer declined significantly between 2000 and 2010, …


  • Ankle bracelets proposed for Alzheimer’s patients

    Utah authorities think they have a valuable new use for the ubiquitous ankle bracelet: to locate missing patients with Alzheimer’s or dementia. Officials in Davis County, about half an hour …


  • Flu shot doing poor job protecting elderly

    ATLANTA – It turns out this year’s flu shot is doing a startlingly dismal job of protecting older people, the most vulnerable age group. The vaccine is proving only 9 …


  • Study: Alzheimer’s patient tallies to soar

    As baby boomers enter their golden years, the number of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to reach 13.8 million by 2050 – millions more than previously anticipated, according …


  • Workforce boomers will show tough sides

    On occasion in this space, adapted excerpts from the EndNotes blog, www.spokesman.com/ blogs/endnotes, will substitute for the usual question-and-answer format for the column. As baby boomers glide into their 60s …


  • Don’t let glaucoma sneak up on your vision

    Glaucoma is often referred to as the “sneak thief of sight.” It has earned this nickname because in many cases, vision is damaged gradually. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month and …


  • Depressed seniors need to be convinced it’s OK to seek help

    Recognizing depression in a relative or friend is one thing. Talking with them about getting treatment is another – especially, suicide prevention advocates say, when the person with depression belongs …


  • Raising Medicare age could shift costs

    WASHINGTON – Americans are living longer, and Republicans want to raise the Medicare eligibility age as part of any deal to reduce the government’s huge deficits. But what sounds like …


  • Studies offer hope for Alzheimer’s

    TRENTON, N.J. – For Alzheimer’s patients and their families, desperate for an effective treatment for the epidemic disease, there’s hope from new studies starting up and insights from recent ones …


  • The path to better health

    Not long after surgeons removed her kidney in March 2010, Donna Withers put on her walking shoes. Her first few walks after surgery were just a mile long, but she …


  • On alert for caregiver burnout

    Being a caregiver is a wonderful, daunting and exhausting job. It can be especially overwhelming if you have many other responsibilities. When I was involved in the care of my …


  • Fairfield Care receives donation for upgrades

    Fairfield Care recently announced it has received a $100,000 donation from retired Fairfield wheat farmer Jack Felgenhauer. Fairfield Care is a nonprofit organization created to take over a senior apartment …


  • Report: Americans eat too much salt

    When it comes to mealtime, most Americans need to hold the salt. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports about 90 percent of Americans ages 2 and older eat …


  • Strategies to deal with osteoarthritis

    DEAR DOCTOR K: I was just diagnosed with osteoarthritis. What can I do at home to manage my discomfort? DEAR READER: Osteoarthritis is the most common kind of arthritis. Tens …


  • New name proposed for VA Medical Center

    Washington’s congressional delegation wants to rename Spokane’s VA Medical Center for two Inland Northwest Medal of Honor winners.


  • Consumer group sues FDA over Aricept

    TRENTON, N.J. – A consumer group pressing the Food and Drug Administration to remove the highest dose of an Alzheimer’s disease drug from the market is suing the agency for …


  • VA hospital’s ambassador honored for service to vets

    Five days a week, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ted Siekerman, 82, can be found at the Spokane Veterans Affairs Medical Center. From his post at the ambassador desk …


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