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Friday, December 13, 2019

PRIDE comes in all ages: LGBT community needs support

By Michael E. Festa The early days of June are always a wonderfully vibrant time in Boston. It’s when we celebrate PRIDE week. AARP staff...

More news you need to know about cataracts

In last month’s article, I discussed what a cataract is. For those of you who may have missed the article, I will summarize. The lens in the eye acts much like a lens in a camera. It focuses images we see onto the retina that is analogous to film in a camera. When we are born, a healthy lens is clear.

Home care workers: poor caring for the poor

By Al Norman The home care program in Massachusetts has been described as a service in which low-income older women are taken care of by...

How to get rid of those droopy eyelids

When we are in our twenties, our upper and lower eyelids look perfect. No one ever noticed droopy upper lids or puffy bags under our lids in our youth.

Ringing in the ears: Facts about tinnitus

By Dr. Robert Mario Do you hear a ringing, whooshing, roaring, clicking or hissing sound in one or both of your ears? Do you hear this sound often...

New AARP Study: Caregivers of people with dementia at greater risk for social isolation,...

By Mike Festa, State Director, AARP Massachusetts Results of a recent AARP survey found that caregivers of loved ones with dementia put in longer hours...

The health care penalties of growing old

In late September, the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation released two reports regarding health care for seniors in Massachusetts. The first report found that while a large majority of seniors are satisfied with the healthcare, over 25 percent of older adults were dissatisfied with healthcare costs, and more than 20 percent said it has become harder to pay for healthcare services or prescription drugs over the past five years. Both concerns are higher among seniors who report poor health or a disability.

New settlement improves Medicare at home

By Al Norman Two years ago, a U.S. District Court Judge in Burlington, Vermont ruled in the case of Anderson vs. Sebelius that Medicare should...

Boomers will be spending billions to counter aging

Anti-aging enthusiasts contend that life spans can be prolonged through interventions such as hormone replacement therapy and dietary supplements. Critics, including much of the medical establishment, say many anti-aging interventions are ineffective or harmful.

Laser cataract & refractive lens exchange surgery

By Dr. Jean Keamy The FDA recently approved the use of the femtosecond laser for performing some steps in cataract surgery and refractive lens exchange...