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  • Time-Lapse Shows Hillary Clinton Aging

    03/20/2015 3:05:36 AM PDT · by Arthur McGowan · 29 replies
    YouTube ^ | 150310 | DeNationalTV
    Mesmerizing time lapse shows Hillary Clinton aging from teenager to 67.
  • Diet Soda Linked to Increased Belly Fat in Older Adults

    03/17/2015 4:10:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 71 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 3/17/15 | Agata Blaszczak Boxe -
    Older adults who drink diet soda may experience greater increases in their waist size over a decade than those who do not drink diet soda, according to a new study. Researchers found that the average increase in waist circumference among the people in the study who drank diet soda daily was more than triple that of the people who did not drink diet soda. Among the people who drank diet soda only occasionally, the increase was more than double that of those who did not drink diet soda. "The more people drank diet sodas, the more their waistlines expanded," said...
  • Intruder breaks into a 71-year-old manís homeÖBIG MISTAKE

    03/01/2015 9:59:30 AM PST · by E. Pluribus Unum · 31 replies ^ | 03/01/2015 | Michael Cantrell
    When our founders drafted the Bill of Rights and made sure to include the Second AmendmentĖyou know, that little bit that talks about how Americans have the right to bear armsĖthey had scenarios like the one that unfolded in Columbus, Ohio in mind. A 71-year-old man had an unwelcome visitor bust down his door, but what the intruder caught a glimpse of on the other side was the last thing he ever saw.You can guess what happened.From 10 TV:The shooting happened just after noon Friday on Faymeadow Avenue in North Columbus.† The homeowner says a stranger kicked in his door,...
  • Only one-quarter of Americans plan to retire

    02/27/2015 1:43:11 PM PST · by Lorianne · 33 replies
    Market Watch ^ | 26 February 2015 | Quentin Fottrell
    Many Americans appear to be giving up on retirement. Just over one-quarter (26%) of Americans have a traditional notion of retirement in which they plan to stop working altogether when they reach retirement age, according to a new survey of 7,000 households ó ďAmericansí Financial Security: Perception and RealityĒ ó released Thursday by The Pew Charitable Trusts. Asked about their retirement plans, 21% said they are never planning to retire, while 53% anticipate doing something else, including working at a different job. Roughly 10,000 baby boomers reach retirement every day, so itís not unexpected that so many of them are...
  • Obamaís Corporate Tax Raid Would Sack the Elderly

    02/02/2015 9:20:35 AM PST · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 02/02/2015 | Peter Morici
    Posturing as champion of needed public investments and fairness, President Obama wants new taxes on the overseas earnings of American businesses. ... The United States is virtually alone by taxing the overseas profits of its multinationals when those are repatriated. ... Now the president wants an immediate 14 percent tax levy on those assets to raise about $500 billion and to impose a 19 percent tax on future earnings to finance infrastructure investments. Much of the $2.1 trillion in non-repatriated corporate overseas profits is not parked in foreign bank accounts. Rather, it is already invested by firms like GE and...
  • The Democrats: A Party of Very Old Men and Women?

    11/28/2014 6:14:29 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/28/2014 | By Barry Casselman
    As a person now of many accumulated years, I am not one to denigrate anyone being fully active in the senior stage of his career, but I cannot help but observe that one of the nationís two major political parties is now being run, and offering to be run in the future, by almost exclusively some very old men and women. The exception in the Democratic Party is the current President, Barack Obama, 53, and most of those on his White House staff. They unfortunately have recently been massively rejected by the American voters. Just re-elected to their leadership posts...
  • Gruber: Seniors Should Be Limited to Three Lowest Cost Medicare Part D Plans

    11/18/2014 7:02:46 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 34 replies
    PJ Tatler ^ | November 18, 2014 | Paula Bolyard
    They'd be better off with "less scope for choosing the wrong plan."In a 2009 paper, ďChoice Inconsistencies Among the Elderly: Evidence from Plan Choice in the Medicare Part D Program,Ē Obamacare advisor Jonathan Gruber argued that there were too many Medicare Part D plans for seniors to choose from, which led them to make bad decisions when enrolling in a plan. In the paper, written for the National Bureau of Economic Research, Gruber wrote with Jason T. Abaluck that the privatization of the public Medicare program had resulted in dozens of private insurers offering a wide variety of insurance products...
  • Gruber: 'Seniors do a terrible job choosing' health care plans

    11/17/2014 9:44:27 AM PST · by servo1969 · 35 replies
    FoxNews,com ^ | 11-17-2014 | Patrick Howley
    ďSeniors do a terrible job choosing,Ē Gruber said. Gruberís slide then claimed that 12 percent of seniors allegedly picked the lowest-cost Medicare Part D plan and could on average save up to 30 percent more, without noting that some seniors pick prescription drug plans that work for them that are not necessarily the cheapest possible plan.
  • Just taking breaks from being sedentary may benefit older adults

    11/07/2014 8:58:36 AM PST · by shove_it · 23 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 6 Nov 2014 | Roxanne Nelson
    (Reuters Health) - Older adults could greatly benefit from breaking up their sedentary time throughout the day, even if it's just shifting from sitting to a standing position, according to a new study. "As a general finding, older adults should make nine interruptions for every hour spent in sedentary behavior," said LuŪs B. Sardinha of the Exercise and Health Laboratory at the University of Lisbon in Portugal. "In fact, just the act of standing-up can be a path to achieve an improved physical function in older ages," said Sardinha, who led the study. Past studies have also suggested that being...
  • Startling Change in North Carolina Early Voting Pattern: 52.2% of early voters were age 60 or over.

    11/04/2014 7:52:03 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 11/4/2014 | Rosslyn Smith
    There is one set of numbers in this breakdown of North Carolina early voting that really jumps out.† This year 52.2% of early voters in North Carolina were age 60 or over.† In 2012, that percentage was†35.5%.† Young voters were scarce among early voters this election.† In 2012, 13.2 percent of the early voters were ages 18-29.† This year the percentage fell to 5.1%, while there was a drop from 21.8 to 13.7% in the age 30-44 age bracket. We won't know what this all means until tonight, but I suspect that these numbers may be more significant than...
  • Obama ďClean PowerĒ plan seen to hit seniors, minorities hardest

    10/09/2014 9:39:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 5 replies
    Hotair ^ | 10/09/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    In June, as you may recall, the EPA announced their new ‚ÄúClean Power Plan‚ÄĚ which was, for all intents and purposes, another shot across the bow in the war on coal. In their mission statement, while paying lip service to the fact that the needs and resources of each of the states are different, they also cite ‚Äúthe important role of states as full partners with the federal government in cutting pollution.‚ÄĚ This is matched with the built in assumption of the need to ‚Äúaddress the risks of climate change.‚ÄĚ (Apparently nobody bothered to ask the states exactly how...
  • Health plans out of step with Obamacare are getting the boot

    10/03/2014 5:37:37 AM PDT · by markomalley · 15 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | 10/3/2014 | Tucker Echols
    Grandfather is fast losing his protective power. Many health plans that did not meet the requirements of the Affordable Care Act, but were spared last year by a plea from the Obama Administration to let consumers keep existing coverage, are now heading for the scrap heap, Kaiser Health News reports. The policy cancellations will affect thousands of customers who get insurance coverage from CareFirst, Kaiser Permanente, Humana and Anthem among others.A primary reason for doing away with the plans is the bottom line. The insurance industry has figured out that it can get higher premiums and make more money selling...
  • Letís Privatize Medicare

    08/23/2014 5:39:04 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | August 23, 2014 | John C. Goodman
    Paul Ryan proposed a private health insurance alternative to Medicare for future retirees, liberal critics pounced. It¬ís another scheme to undermine health care for the elderly by ¬ďprivatizing¬Ē and ¬ďvoucher-izing¬Ē the program, they said.Yet, almost one third of seniors are already in private health insurance plans. They are called Medicare Part C, or Medicare Advantage, plans. And you would be hard pressed to find any Democratic office holder who wants to abolish them. The reason? Seniors choose to be in these plans because they like them better than traditional Medicare.Not only do seniors like them, but they appear to provide...
  • Cancer Screening in Seniors Yields Few Benefits

    08/18/2014 6:42:51 PM PDT · by Innovative · 63 replies
    Medpage Today ^ | Aug 18, 2014 | Charles Bankhead
    Screening older patients for cancer provided minimal benefit at considerable cost and increased use of invasive procedures, reported investigators in two separate studies. "It is particularly important to question screening strategies for older persons," Gross continued. "Patients with a shorter life expectancy have less time to develop clinically significant cancers after a screening test and are more likely to die from noncancer health problems after a cancer diagnosis."
  • Professor: Robots Are the Future of Elder Care

    07/20/2014 7:34:41 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 20 July 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald
    Newsmax Professor: Robots Are the Future of Elder Care Sunday, July 20, 2014 10:01 AM By: Sandy Fitzgerald Many older people need someone who is always there to help them with their everyday tasks, to listen to their stories, and to help them live independently ó in other words, a robot caregiver, writes an associate professor of geriatrics in Sunday's New York Times. "That may sound like an oxymoron," writes the University of California's Louise Aronson in her opinion piece. "In an ideal world, it would be: Each of us would have at least one kind and fully capable human...
  • Social Security closes offices as baby boomers age

    06/18/2014 10:10:18 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 18, 2014 10:53 AM EDT | Stephen Ohlemacher
    Even as millions of baby boomers approach retirement, the Social Security Administration has been closing dozens of field offices, forcing more and more seniors to seek help online instead of in person, according to a congressional report being released Wednesday. The agency blames budget constraints. As a result, seniors seeking information and help from the agency are facing increasingly long waits, in person and on the phone, the report said. Social Security has closed 64 field offices since 2010, the largest number of closures in a five-year period in the agencyís history, according to a report by the bipartisan staff...
  • MAPS: The Percentage Of The Population That's Over 65 Is Going To Explode Everywhere (Charts)

    06/12/2014 8:40:43 AM PDT · by PoloSec · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | June 12 2014 | Mamta Badkar
    Retirement systems around the world are expected to face a significant burden in the next 50 years. The number of people over the age of 60 is expected to double from 841 million in 2013, to over 2 billion by 2050, according to the UN. What's more this has been accompanied by falling global birth rates. In fact, the global share of people over the age of 60 has gone from 9.2% in 1990, to 11.7% in 2013 and is expected to hit 21.1% in 2050, according to Bank of America's Sarbjit Nahal and Beijia Ma. The number of people...
  • Cynicism linked to dementia in new study

    05/30/2014 11:22:51 AM PDT · by KeyLargo · 21 replies
    Medical News Today ^ | May 29, 2014
    Cynicism linked to dementia in new study Thursday 29 May 2014 - 12am PST Alzheimer's / Dementia Psychology / Psychiatry Seniors / Aging Featured ArticleAcademic Journal Cynical distrust is characterized by the belief that others are motivated by selfish interests. Though it may appear to be merely a "glass is half empty" point of view, researchers say having this viewpoint increases chances of developing dementia. The researchers, led by Anna-Malia Tolppanen, PhD, of the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio, publish their findings in the journal Neurology. They say that cynicism has been previously linked with other health problems, including...
  • Watch Out, Grandma: ObamaCare risks for the elderly

    05/19/2014 2:10:42 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | 05/18/2014 | Betsy McCaughey
    On May 7, the Obama administration boasted that ObamaCare was improving health-care quality for seniors, and it pulled out a bag of statistical tricks to prove it. But a closer look shows that itís not improving care. Itís skimping on it, socking seniors with unexpected bills for ďobservation careĒ and likely shortening their lives. President Obamaís Department of Health and Human Services announced that fewer seniors discharged from the hospital are returning for additional care within a monthís time. HHS claims that this drop in ďreadmissions,Ē from 18.5 percent in 2012 to 17.5 percent in 2013, signals quality improvement. Nationwide,...
  • Watch Out, Grandma: ObamaCare risks for the elderly

    05/20/2014 5:30:58 AM PDT · by SJackson · 20 replies
    NY Post ^ | 5-19-14 | Betsy McCaughey
    On May 7, the Obama administration boasted that ObamaCare was improving health-care quality for seniors, and it pulled out a bag of statistical tricks to prove it. But a closer look shows that itís not improving care. Itís skimping on it, socking seniors with unexpected bills for ďobservation careĒ and likely shortening their lives. President Obamaís Department of Health and Human Services announced that fewer seniors discharged from the hospital are returning for additional care within a monthís time. HHS claims that this drop in ďreadmissions,Ē from 18.5 percent in 2012 to 17.5 percent in 2013, signals quality improvement. Nonsense....
  • A Generation Of Old People Is About To Change The Global Economy

    04/27/2014 7:52:15 AM PDT · by blam · 21 replies
    BI ^ | 4-27-2014 | The Economist
    A Generation Of Old People Is About To Change The Global Economy The Economist Apr. 27, 2014, 9:22 AM ÔÉĀ Ôāě Ôāô In the 20th century the planet¬ís population doubled twice. It will not double even once in the current century, because birth rates in much of the world have declined steeply. But the number of people over 65 is set to double within just 25 years. This shift in the structure of the population is not as momentous as the expansion that came before. But it is more than enough to reshape the world economy. According to the UN¬ís...
  • Women begin feeling invisible to men Ďwhen they turn 51′

    04/06/2014 7:30:19 PM PDT · by Jack Hydrazine · 273 replies ^ | 25MAR2014 | SWNS Reporter
    Women feel invisible to the opposite sex at the age of 51, it emerged yesterday. A detailed study of 2,000 women revealed a large percentage felt they no longer received the level of attention they once did after hitting 51. Many even went as far as to admit they felt Ďignoredí. The women claimed their confidence plummeted after hitting 50 and blamed greying hair, having to to wear glasses or even struggling to find fashionable clothes. The lifestyle study, commissioned by herbal remedies company, A.Vogel, also found more than two thirds of women over 45 had walked into a room...
  • For Dems, a problem with seniors

    04/06/2014 3:44:29 PM PDT · by Libloather · 41 replies
    The Hill ^ | 4/06/14 | Alexandra Jaffe
    Democrats are facing a senior problem that could get even worse this year. The party has traditionally had trouble with older voters, losing the group aged 65 and over by 21 points in 2010 ó when Republicans picked up 63 seats ó and by 12 points in the 2012 presidential race. Seniors are the GOPís most reliable voting bloc in midterm years, turning out in higher numbers than Democratic base voters. A recent Gallup poll showed seniors have become even more Republican over the last two decades; in 2013, 48 percent considered themselves Republican. That spells trouble for Democrats, who...
  • Obamaís new healthcare dilemma

    04/06/2014 3:36:03 AM PDT · by SkyPilot · 33 replies
    the hill ^ | 6 Apr 14 | Jonathan Easley
    Democrats are battling the White House over proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage, creating a new divide on healthcare just as the party had begun to rally around ObamaCareís 7.1 million enrollees. The issue threatens the newfound momentum Democrats have on healthcare after a late surge of ObamaCare enrollees surprised and electrified a party that had been beaten down after months of bad news associated with the healthcare lawís rollout. Itís particularly sensitive during an election year, as both parties court senior voters, who make up a disproportionate percentage of the voting population in midterm elections. The issue creates another...
  • Obamacare blocks patients paying for treatment (with own money)

    03/09/2014 1:39:00 PM PDT · by aMorePerfectUnion · 27 replies
    WND ^ | March 6, 2014 | Bob Unruh
    A new report by the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics at National Right to Life warns that one of the Obamacare provisions that ex-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Americans would discover if Congress passed the bill is that some seniors will not be allowed to spend as much as they wish on their health care. The extreme position was revealed in a special report by the NRLC titled ďThe Affordable Care Act and Health Care Access in the United States,Ē which analyzes four fundamental policy areas of Obamacare. It finds several ways that the federal health care law ďwill...
  • Try Not To Punch Your Screen As These Seniors Explain What Obamacare Has Done To Them

    03/12/2014 3:04:17 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 6 replies ^ | march 12, 2014 | daniel noe
    The possibility of being called a liar by Harry Reid isn't stopping this group of senior citizens from speaking out.
  • Seniors Prevented From Getting HealthCare Under ObamaCare: The Details

    03/09/2014 4:10:13 PM PDT · by lbryce · 40 replies
    Joe For america ^ | Mrch 7, 2014 | Rodney Lee Conover
    Nancy Pelosi said Americans would find out all about ObamaCare if Congress would only pass the bill. Now weíre finding that some seniors will not be allowed to spend as much as they choose to on their health care Ė even if theyíre willing to pony up for it. ! Turns out that with ObamaCare, even if you qualify for health care you just might not get any.. A new report by the Robert Powell Center for Medical Ethics at National Right to Life titled ďThe Affordable Care Act and Health Care Access in the United States,Ē analyzes four fundamental...
  • Obama's Not-So-Secret War On Private Medicare Plans

    03/04/2014 5:44:54 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 8 replies
    Investors' Business Daily ^ | 3-3-14 | John Merline
    To say that President Obama is not an enthusiastic backer of the two Medicare programs that offer seniors private insurance options would be something of an understatement. Over the years, Obama has repeatedly derided Medicare Advantage ó the program that lets seniors enroll in subsidized, private insurance. He once called it "wasteful," and said it amounted to "giveaways that boost insurance company profits but don't make (seniors) any healthier." Obama has been equally harsh when it comes to Medicare Part D ó the drug benefit President Bush signed into law that relies on privately run plans. In his 2006 book,...
  • Insurers: Medicare Advantage cuts cost seniors $900 per year

    03/02/2014 8:51:20 AM PST · by Libloather · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 2/27/14 | Elise Viebeck
    The health insurance industry fighting proposed cuts to Medicare Advantage payments argued they will raise seniors' out-of-pocket costs next year. America's Health Insurance Plans (AHIP), a trade group, blasted the reductions with a report Thursday finding that beneficiaries could pay as much as $900 more in 2015 if the cuts take effect. The report by consulting firm Oliver Wyman concluded that Medicare Advantage (MA) plans could see a 5.9 percent total cut to their payments next year as a result of changes proposed by federal health officials. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) floated a 2015 cut of...
  • 'I have so little time left!' Jane Fonda, 76, she comes to terms with her own mortality

    02/24/2014 7:55:51 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 125 replies
    The London Daily Mail ^ | February 24, 2014 | Colette Fahy
    She may not look anywhere near her 76 years but Jane Fonda says she is well aware of her age. The Hollywood legend Ė who has made her career in an industry which isn't exactly kind to aging actresses - admits she has been brought to tears on more than one occasion recently as she comes to terms with her own mortality. In a thoughtful blog post entitled 'Crying', which has since been removed, Jane wrote: '[I've been thinking], how come my tears are so close to the surface? And Iíve come to feel it has to do with age....
  • Brains of elderly slow because they know so much

    01/20/2014 2:51:32 PM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 122 replies
    Telegragh (UK) ^ | 1-20-2014 | Sarah Knapton
    The brains of older people only appear to slow down because they have so much information to compute, much like a full-up hard drive, scientists believe. Older people do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information in their brains, scientists believe. Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive gets full up, so to (sic) do humans take longer to access information, it has been suggested. Researchers say this slowing down it is not the same as cognitive decline. ďThe human brain works slower in old age,Ē said...
  • Affordable housing targets gay seniors

    01/20/2014 6:14:20 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 36 replies
    Monterey Herald ^ | 01/20/2014 | KATHY MATHESON
    PHILADELPHIA ó Jerry Zeft was so excited to move into his new apartment that he slept on an air mattress for nearly a week while he waited for his bed and other belongings to catch up with him. No matter that he's 70 years old. Zeft had landed a coveted spot in a new affordable housing complex for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors in the heart of downtown Philadelphia. Only two other U.S. cities have similar developments. "I wanted to get into a community that I'm more comfortable in," Zeft said shortly after picking up the keys to his...
  • Happy Birthday MO! There's NO way to thank you for all youíve done!

    01/19/2014 8:32:45 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 9 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 1-19-2014 | MOTUS
    Happy Birthday card from AARP: Best wishes and sincere thanks for all youíve done for us! Youíve probably noticed: the photo embargo, backed by the full faith, credit and retaliatory power of the U.S. government, was in full force for Lady Mís big, historic, Fab Fifty bash last night. So itís unlikely that you will see much of the actual party that you paid for. The photo-Gestapo gendarmes were out in full force. As of this morning they had confiscated ďdetainedĒ over 350 cameras and smartphones that will be scanned for data by the NSA before and if they are...
  • The 5 Best Dogs for Your Golden Years

    01/16/2014 9:00:37 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 143 replies
    Vet Street ^ | March 5, 2013 | Gina Spadafori
    Like many people in late middle age, I find myself wondering if my next dog will be different. I have long shared my life with retrievers ó active, field-bred dogs who throw themselves with joy into every situation (and every puddle of water bigger than a dinner plate). Their boisterousness is infectious: My dogs make me happy. But in 10 years, or 15, or 20, will I be up to the demands of dogs like these? Or will a nice, quiet little spaniel be the dog I need? My answer may be different than others, even among people of similar...

    01/14/2014 10:35:55 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 118 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 1/14/14 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    The year endís most popular ďFlorida ManĒ tweets feature the very strange story of a 76 year-old South Florida resident who was arrested at the hospital bedside of his elderly wife who was being treated for a broken right hip which he had caused. (1) A nurse called police after she overheard the couple talking about the fight they had when the wife walked in on her husband surfing dating sites on the Web. The wife apparently struck the first blow by slapping him, but police arrested the husband for shoving her to the floor, thereby causing the woman serious...
  • ACA: Wrong Direction for America's Seniors

    01/09/2014 12:48:35 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | January 9, 2014 | Hector Barreto
    Words matter. ďIf you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor, period. If you like your healthcare plan, you'll be able to keep your healthcare plan, period,Ē President Obama said during a speech to the American Medical Association in June 2009. Honoring your commitments is the cornerstone of trust in our leaders. The American people wonít accept illusions or misdirectionís. Thatís why its troubling that because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) or Obamacare, Medicare will be cut by $1.05 trillion, 6.3 million Americans have lost their healthcare coverage since its implementation and millions more stand...
  • Will surge of older workers take jobs from young?

    01/05/2014 4:41:51 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 70 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | 4 January 2014 | MATT SEDENSKY, Associated Press
    <p>CHICAGO (AP) -- It's an assertion that has been accepted as fact by droves of the unemployed: Older people remaining on the job later in life are stealing jobs from young people.</p> <p>One problem, many economists say: It isn't supported by a wisp of fact.</p>
  • Working-age Military Retirees might be charge a monthly fee for Tricare in future Budget Options

    01/01/2014 6:45:38 AM PST · by DEPcom · 20 replies
    The second alternative would make working-age military retirees and their families ineligible for TRICARE Prime, which is the most costly of the three programs for DoD. Those people could instead enroll in TRICARE Standard or Extra during the annual open-enrollment period or when a life event occurred (for example, a change in marital status). Enrollees in Standard or Extra would pay a monthly premium that would be set at 28 percent of the average cost of providing benefits for that group.
  • Retirement unlikely for some blue-collar Americans

    01/01/2014 5:21:20 AM PST · by gooblah · 47 replies
    Breitbart ^ | january 1 2014
    (AP) Retirement unlikely for some blue-collar Americans By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS Associated Press Tom Edwards grew up in a family that's been cutting trees and hauling timber in the Pacific Northwest for more than a century. The Spanaway, Wash., resident says he has worked as a logger since he was a kid _ it's just what an able-bodied youngster was expected to do.
  • Long-stalled S.F. housing project for LGBT seniors on track

    12/31/2013 7:22:00 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 52 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | December 30, 2013 | John Wildermuth
    The deep rumble of bulldozers and other construction equipment at the former UC Extension campus at Laguna and Haight streets in San Francisco is a welcome sound not only to the folks who will be building about 440 housing units on the site but also to the city officials who helped jump-start the long-stalled development. The help - and money - provided by city housing officials "is really what's made this project move forward," said Seth Kilbourn of Openhouse, one of the site's developers and a group that provides services to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors.
  • Obamacare Shock: Strip Assets From Dead Seniors (Medicaid)

    12/24/2013 4:27:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 86 replies
    Western Journalism ^ | 12/23/13 | Doug Book
    The Affordable Care Act was designed to dramatically increase the number of Americans who qualify for Medicaid. In fact, the ACA will literally FORCE many low income seniors onto Medicaid rolls as subsidies for regular ObamaCare plans are NOT available to those over 55 years of age who earn less than 138% of the federal poverty level ($15,856 for individuals; $21,403 for married couples). And without such subsidies, ObamaCare plans are generally far too expensive for older, low-income individuals or couples. Why should any of this matter to those getting ďfreeĒ healthcare via Medicaid? Because: ďIf youíre 55 or over,...
  • ObamaCareís New Yearís Day Surprise: Deep Cuts to Medicare

    12/22/2013 5:53:22 AM PST · by IbJensen · 63 replies
    AMAC ^ | 12/18/2013 | Andrew Mangione
    As if ObamaCareís botched website, coverage cancellations, and higher costs were not bad enough, the Obama Administration has quietly dealt yet another blow Ė this time striking millions of the nationís most vulnerable seniors. Specifically, the Obama Administration has decided to deeply cut funding for the Medicare programís home health benefit as a way to help pay for ObamaCare. The Administration made this announcement very quietly, waiting to do so until the very end of the last Friday before Thanksgiving, perhaps thinking that most people would not be looking. To be sure, the timing of the Administrationís quiet announcement did...
  • Will Americans ever rise up against the ďhustlersĒ destroying our culture?

    12/20/2013 12:56:01 PM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 13 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 12/20/13 | Suzanne Eovaldi
    This Golden Globes fave has a famous theme built around the 1970s Abscam Hustle, and its trio of stars provide a trilogy of how rotten American financial brainiacs hurt us every day. I guess. But what about all of the American Hustles happening every day in every home and extended family? One of the biggest hustles of which I am acutely aware is the way in which adult children hustle their sick, old parents. The PALM BEACH POST is carrying pitiful stories each week in the run up to our Christmas Celebration of the birth of our Christ Child. One...
  • Military retirees 'screwed' in budget deal

    12/18/2013 6:13:57 AM PST · by BlatherNaut · 12 replies
    CNNMoney ^ | 12/18/13 | Jenifer Liberto
    Military retirees are getting "screwed" by a budget deal expected to pass the Senate on Wednesday, said Sen. Lindsey Graham. "Is the choice between keeping the government open and screwing all the military retirees? Is that that right choice?" said Graham, Republican from South Carolina.
  • Obamacareís homecare cuts to hit sick and old New Years Day

    12/12/2013 10:37:30 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 27 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | December 12, 2013 | Christopher Bedford
    Starting Jan. 1, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin slashing 14 percent of their Home Health Care Prospective Payment Program budget, driving small home health-care providers out of business and potentially affecting millions of poor, elderly citizens in need of physical rehabilitation. The cuts ó which are being made to fund Obamacare ó will slash the homecare budget 3.5 percent every year for the next four. ďBy CMSís own calculation, 40 percent or nearly 5,000 home health companies ó mainly small businesses ó will experience a ďnet lossĒ in revenue due to the cuts and go...
  • Why US baby boomers are retiring in Latin America

    12/02/2013 7:35:24 AM PST · by posterchild · 61 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | Dec 1, 2013 | Daniel B. Wood
    LOS ANGELES ó After 20 years in the US military, James Cummiskey was divorced and looking for a change. Relenting to his buddy's request, he flew to MedellŪn, Colombia, for a visit. He looked, he saw, and, by dinner time, he decided to stay. Permanently. "After four to five hours, I was immediately captured by everything I saw," says the ex-marine, who has lived in 35 countries. He spent the next four months selling two homes, three vehicles, two motorcycles, and one airplane. He put the money aside and decided to retire early. Now he lives in a posh section...
  • Frontline/ProPublicaís Misguided Attack on The Assisted Living Industry Part 1

    12/01/2013 1:54:02 PM PST · by Kaslin · 12 replies ^ | December 1, 2013 | Bruce Bialosky
    Rarely does an investigative report manage to unite industry executives, academics, and regulators in such a way as the recent Frontline/ProPublica Life and Death in Assisted Living. Unfortunately for the producers and writers, they have united all three elements in expressing how their report misrepresented the industry. The Frontline show originally aired on July 30, 2013, on PBS for one hour, and the accompanying four-part series written by A.C. Thompson (who hosted and co-produced the Frontline show) appeared concurrently in ProPublica. They claim to have spent over a year on the project. It is unclear when they developed their...
  • Thomas Sowell: Iím glad Iím getting old

    11/17/2013 1:28:22 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 89 replies
    The High Point Enterprise ^ | November 12, 2013 | Thomas Sowell
    One of the reasons for being glad to be as old as I am is that I may be spared living to see a race war in America. Race wars are often wars in which nobody wins and everybody ends up much worse off than they were before. Initial skirmishes in that race war have already begun, and have in fact been going on for some years. But public officials pretend that it is not happening, and the mainstream media seldom publish it at all, except in ways that conceal what is really taking place. For American society, a dangerous...
  • Medicare is Seizing Estates of anyone over 55.

    11/13/2013 3:31:42 PM PST · by Vince Ferrer · 136 replies
    Michael Armstrong's blog ^ | November 13, 2013 | Glen Downs
    ďSo hereís the deal: since 1993 there has been a federal law requiring states to recover at least some of the costs of Medicaid-covered medical care for anyone 55 years old and up, from the estates of those covered. States enforce this law, with their own laws and policies added in, differently in every state. But the general principle is there. Up until now the usual consequence has been things like this: Medicaid puts a lien on the house of someone in a nursing facility who has run out of money, and after they die, the heirs find they have...
  • Blame game as insurers dump doctors (Another Obama lie. No you can't keep your doctor.)

    11/10/2013 5:30:35 PM PST · by tobyhill · 39 replies
    NY Post ^ | 11/9/2013 | By Carl Campanile
    Let the blame game begin over ObamaCareís oversights. The nationís largest health insurer, UnitedHealthcare, claims the Affordable Care Act is responsible for forcing it to boot doctors from its Medicare Advantage program that serves thousands of elderly patients in the New York metro region. CEO Jack Larsen, under fire for separating seniors from their MDs, took out full-page ads to explain that cuts in Medicare spending forced the ≠insurerís hand. ďWe are working to collaborate with a more focused network of physicians to help us provide higher quality and more affordable health care coverage to meet the needs of our...