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The 2024 Republican Platform’s Empty Promises To Older Adults

The Republican party platform, orchestrated by former President Trump, is filled with promises for those it calls “our Great Seniors.”  But there is little or no real policy behind most of those campaign pledges. And the document is filled with many irreconcilable contradictions. The platform will be the GOP’s election-year policy framework coming out of its upcoming July 15-18 nominating [...]

By |2024-07-11T15:53:14-04:00July 11th, 2024|campaign 2024|0 Comments

“Free” For-Profit Senior Services Referrals: Buyer Beware

Those online senior living referral services are getting a lot of attention these days. And not in a good way. The chairman of the US Senate Aging Committee has begun an investigation into assisted living referrals by A Place for Mom, one of the biggest commercial advice outfits. At the same time, more states are requiring firms to publicly disclose [...]

By |2024-07-03T10:15:53-04:00July 3rd, 2024|elder care|0 Comments

Pre-Diabetes Is A Thing. But Does It Matter To Seniors?

Between half and three-quarters of older adults are diagnosed with pre-diabetes. But what does it mean? And what should you do if you get such a diagnosis? Increasingly, many experts say older patients should not overreact. A diagnosis of pre-Type 2 diabetes often produces anxiety and confusion in seniors. It can lead to unnecessary tests and medications. And, if poorly [...]

By |2024-06-20T16:08:06-04:00June 20th, 2024|Health Care|0 Comments

Yes, Americans Are Aging But Their Experiences Are Very Different

We all know the population of older adults is growing rapidly. But we are aging in very different ways. And if we are going to reimagine medicine, caregiving, and government policy, it is important to better understand who older adults are and how they live. In its newest Profile of Older Americans, the federal Administration for Community Living paints a [...]

By |2024-06-05T11:02:05-04:00June 5th, 2024|Aging|0 Comments

Treating The Epidemic Of Loneliness And Social Isolation Among Seniors

One of the many lessons we should have learned from the Covid-19 pandemic is the cost to older adults of loneliness and social isolation. While nearly 900,000 older adults died from the virus, tens of thousands were sickened and may have died from the isolation the pandemic caused. But what have we learned from that tragic experience? Whether older adults [...]

By |2024-05-21T11:31:43-04:00May 21st, 2024|elder care, Health reform, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Don’t Expect A Boost In Nursing Home Staff Any Time Soon

With great fanfare, the Biden Administration recently announced new regulations aimed at increasing staffing at nursing homes and boosting pay for some home care workers. The laudable intention: To improve care for frail older adults and younger people with disabilities. But don’t expect changes anytime soon. It will be years before either of these rules are fully implemented. The new [...]

By |2024-05-02T15:41:56-04:00May 2nd, 2024|long-term care workers|0 Comments

Biden Sets New Nursing Home Staffing Rules

The Biden Administration has announced it will impose new minimum staffing rules for nursing homes. But the regulations appear to give facilities time to meet the requirements. Separately, the Administration also is requiring that home care agencies allocate at least 80 percent of their Medicaid payments to staff compensation. States would have flexibility to adjust the rules for small and [...]

By |2024-04-22T14:44:30-04:00April 22nd, 2024|nursing homes|0 Comments

How A Handful of Drugs is Squeezing Medicare

Medicare expects it will spend more $550 million this year for the controversial anti-Alzheimer’s drug Leqembi and predicts the cost will skyrocket to $3.5 billion in 2025, according to Stat News. The program spent $5.7 billion on drugs such as Ozempic and Mounjaro in 2022, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation.  These GLP-1 medications were designed to treat type 2 [...]

By |2024-04-18T11:17:15-04:00April 18th, 2024|Medicare|0 Comments

Blackrock’s Larry Fink Has It Almost Right About Aging

In a letter to investors, Larry Fink, who is CEO of the massive investment firm Blackrock, warned that retirement “is a much harder proposition than it was 30 years ago. And it’ll be a much harder proposition 30 years from now.” One reason, he says: “As a society, we focus a tremendous amount of energy on helping people live longer lives. [...]

By |2024-04-03T13:23:57-04:00April 3rd, 2024|Aging|0 Comments

Do Nursing Homes Low-Ball Profit Reports To Get Higher Government Payments?

Do nursing home owners understate the profits they report to federal regulators by shifting income to related businesses? Two academic experts in nursing home finance found that in one state 63 percent of margins are hidden this way. To put it another way, only 37 percent of true nursing home profits are reported to federal regulators. A new paper by [...]

By |2024-03-18T11:12:09-04:00March 18th, 2024|nursing homes|0 Comments