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At work and high risk: Area employees reflect on why they continue amid COVID-19 outbreak

No one in the high-risk category can be required to work without safe accommodations, but many are making the choice to continue work despite that – for a variety of …

Avoiding infection can lead to isolation, especially for seniors, but experts offer strategies for healthy connections

Millions of people are hunkering down in their homes to avoid getting or transmitting the novel coronavirus – including seniors who are most at risk of dying from COVID-19 and …

UPDATED: Tue., March 3, 2020

Medication fog can mimic or worsen dementia in the elderly

Claire Dinneen’s daughters thought that worsening dementia was causing her growing confusion, but her doctor suspected something else. Dr. Pei Chen asked them to round up medicines in the 89-year-old …

Feds crack Medicare gene test fraud that peddled cheek swabs

Federal agents took down an alleged Medicare scam Friday that exploited seniors’ curiosity about genetic medicine by enticing them to get their cheeks swabbed for unneeded DNA tests. Medicare was …

Pfizer reorganizes to handle aging consumers and patents

The drugmaker Pfizer, facing an aging population and shifting risks from the loss of patents, is reshaping its structure into three businesses.

Homeless, aging and ill: Respite programs can be a lifesaver, but space is extremely limited

Davis is part of a growing aging homeless population that is often in need of medical help in the Yakima Valley, where a service shortage sometimes can lead to death. …

Pipeline protester’s elderly exploitation case dismissed

Authorities have dropped a second charge against a Bismarck woman accused of abusing and exploiting her elderly mother during protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline in North Dakota.

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 17, 2017

Montana dentists fear cuts’ effect on vulnerable patients

Montana dentists say they fear state budget cuts for adult dental care will hurt people with disabilities and elderly people most.

Faye Flam: Why 50-year-olds should be eligible for Medicare

Americans are more likely to enter the 65-and-up age group with chronic diseases – heart disease, diabetes, hypertension – which aren’t curable but could have been headed off had people …

What you need to know about the new shingles vaccine

The federal panel that helps guide U.S. vaccination policy on Wednesday recommended the new shingles vaccine for use in adults 50 and older with normal immune systems.

The graying of America is stretching local tax dollars

More and more these days, when paramedics in Fairfax, Virginia, respond to emergency calls, they find an older person who has fallen, broken a bone or suffered a heart attack.

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017

Research on big ears, crocodile gambling wins Ig Nobels

Scientists who discovered that old men really do have big ears, that playing the didgeridoo helps relieve sleep apnea and that handling crocodiles can influence gambling decisions are among this …

UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017

Shoplifters kill 81-year-old Sears guard, sheriff says

Authorities say an 81-year-old Sears worker tasked with preventing shoplifting was killed by two men who shoved him down while stealing television sets.

UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 28, 2017

Abuse in nursing homes unreported despite law

More than 1 in 4 cases of possible sexual and physical abuse against nursing home patients apparently went unreported to police, according to a government audit that faults Medicare for …

Montana 4th highest in nation for older workers dying on job

Montana ranks fourth in the nation for the ratio of older workers killed on the job, according to an Associated Press analysis of federal statistics.

93-year-old woman dragged 20 feet during Florida church carjacking

A 93-year-old woman in Florida was dragged 20 feet as she tried to stop two carjackers in a church parking lot.

Speech problems may be a clue to emerging Alzheimer’s disease

Your speech may, um, help reveal if you’re uh … developing thinking problems. More pauses, filler words and other verbal changes might be an early sign of mental decline, which …

It’s mind-set: Oldest seniors refuse to accept the stereotype of growing feeble

Wilhelmina Delco learned to swim at 80. Harold Berman is in his 67th year practicing law. Mildred Walston spent 76 years on the job at a candy company. And brothers …

Medicaid mission creep threatens GOP’s ‘Obamacare’ repeal

Somewhere along the way, the Republican crusade to repeal “Obamacare” also turned into an effort to limit the future growth of Medicaid. That bit of mission creep is complicating prospects …

How the GOP would cut billions more from Medicaid with a single letter

With a small tweak to a relatively obscure part of the Republican health-care bill, GOP senators would make deep, permanent cuts to a low-income insurance program that covers tens of …

U.S. could have twice as many Alzheimer’s cases, study suggests

Alzheimer’s disease begins years before mental deterioration is detected, suggests a new study that could result in doubling the estimated number of people with the neurodegenerative disease.

Family of exploited uncle upset with niece’s sentence

A Montana woman accused of exploiting her elderly and mentally impaired uncle in North Dakota has been sentenced to probation and about $30,000 in restitution.

UPDATED: Tue., June 6, 2017

Feds to waive penalties for some who signed up late for Medicare

Each year, thousands of Americans miss their deadline to enroll in Medicare, and federal officials and consumer advocates worry that many of them mistakenly think they don’t need to sign …

UPDATED: Sun., June 4, 2017

South Sudan’s war leaves disabled, elderly at special risk

More than 1 million disabled people are vulnerable to the increasing violence of South Sudan’s brutal civil war.

UPDATED: Fri., June 2, 2017

82-year-old woman arrested after scuffle at Wichita airport

An 82-year-old Texas woman was arrested and booked into jail after scuffling with a security agent at the Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita.

UPDATED: Mon., May 15, 2017

British WWII veteran, 101, breaks skydiving record

A 101-year-old D-Day veteran has become the oldest person in the world to skydive.

UPDATED: Sun., April 30, 2017

Bill on Inslee’s desk seeks to combat exploitation of vulnerable adults

Vulnerable adults would be better protected against financial exploitation and neglect in Washington under a new law awaiting the governor’s signature.

Montana deputy found justified in Taser use on elderly man

The Montana Department of Justice has determined that a sheriff’s deputy was justified in his use of force against an 84-year-old man who was shocked several times with a stun …

$10 million Medicaid gap bill dies in Idaho Senate

The Idaho Senate has killed a $10 million plan to provide basic health services to the state’s neediest population.

Falls are taking a huge and rising toll on elderly brains

The reason for the increase isn’t clear, the report’s authors said. But one likely factor is that a growing number of elderly people are living at home and taking repeated …