Health reform begins savings for Medicare

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Medicare will save about $8 billion by the end of next year, and as much as $575 billion over the rest of the decade, the report said.

Mantalk at the Worcester JCC needs a few good men

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Worcester - Every Tuesday morning from 7:30-9 a.m. at the Worcester Jewish Community Center (JCC), a group of senior men meet for breakfast, to catch up on the current events, and maybe solve a trivia puzzle. Then at 9 a.m. sharp, it’s time for Mantalk, facilitated by Nancy Greenberg, the JCC’s senior adult/cultural arts director.

Third man arrested in scam of Massachusetts elderly man

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HAVERHILL, Mass. — A third Maine man accused of scamming a 92-year-old Massachusetts man out of $90,000 for odd jobs around his home has been...
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Honoring U.S. presidents from Massachusetts

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REGION - Today, Presidents’ Day, also known as Washington’s Birthday, is the holiday when the entire country celebrates all of the (so far) men...

Most in Mass. insured: Access to care tight

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The report found that while 97 percent of the state's residents were insured, in part due to the state's 2006 health care law, finding a doctor wasn't always easy. Only 44 percent of primary care doctors are accepting new patients, and hospital emergency departments, where care is typically more expensive than in a doctor’s office, are increasingly providing primary health services.

Obama administration proposes raise for Alzheimer’s research

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WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is increasing spending on Alzheimer’s research — planning to surpass half a billion dollars next year — as part of a...

Organization says ‘Retirement age’ may become a thing of the past

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Region - The labor participation rate of older Americans is increasing for a variety of reasons. The National Council on Aging  reports that one in five...

Silver Alert response for lost elders signed into law

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Modeled after the highly successful AMBER Alert program run by the Massachusetts State Police, Silver Alert will ensure that the critical communications infrastructure is utilized to coordinate and focus search efforts of numerous state and local agencies, as well as civilian organizations, when responding to an incident involving an adult with serious memory impairment.

Senators: Widen Medicaid program for frail seniors

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By Hope Yen
 WASHINGTON — More than a dozen U.S. senators from both parties are calling on the Obama administration to broaden a Medicaid program for...

Massachusetts Medicare subscribers save $36.9 million

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BOSTON  — A total of nearly 63,000 Massachusetts residents enrolled in the Medicare Part D drug program saved $36.9 million in 2011 in lowered drug...