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Bill to shield elder homeowners on Gov. Patrick’s desk

BOSTON (AP) _ A bill designed to boost foreclosure protections for renters and older homeowners is headed to Gov. Deval Patrick's desk. The Massachusetts Senate...

Health reform begins savings for Medicare

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.

Medicare fund will last extra 12 years – maybe

The annual report by the trustees who oversee Medicare and Social Security, led by Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, gives backers of the new health care law evidence of a positive impact on government entitlement programs, but it also undercuts the findings with a host of caveats.

Sorting when early memory loss signals big threat

Doctors can’t tell if Leif Utoft Bollesen’s mild memory loss will remain an annoyance or worsen, but experimental checks of the Minnesota man’s aging brain may offer clues.

Silver Alert response for lost elders signed into law

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.

Americans of all ages plan to rely on Social Security

AARP released a new survey report that shows that three in four (75 percent) adults age 18+ rely on or plan to rely on Social Security for their retirement income, including a large majority (62 percent) of younger adults age 18-29.

Modest premium increase for Medicare drug plans

The average monthly premium charged by Medicare drug plans for standard coverage will rise to an estimated $30 in 2011, an increase of $1 over 2010, or about 3 percent, said Medicare administrator Don Berwick.

Brand name drug retail prices skyrocketing, AARP finds

WASHINGTON— AARP’s first-ever analysis of retail price trends of prescription drugs finds prices for widely used brand name drugs skyrocketed in 2009, climbing more than...

More than 3 million seniors may have to switch drug plans

A plan by Medicare to try to make it simpler for consumers to pick drug coverage could force 3 million seniors to switch plans next year whether they like it or not, says an independent analysis.

On Guard: Fencing for the ages

“When I was a teenager, I met one guy who said, ‘Hold onto this’ and I asked, ‘What end?’ He proceeded to wrap his foil around my foil and tossed my saber across the room,” Shamir said.