Monthly Archives: February 2014

VA Says It Did Not Deliberately Destroy Medical Records

Here is a somewhat less-than-convincing statement from the Department of Veterans Affairs regarding recent news stories about the VA deliberately destroying medical records: You may have seen recent news coverage alleging the mishandling of patient records by a VA medical … Continue reading

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Car Crash and Fatality Rates Falling for Age 70+ Drivers

Here’s some unexpected good news for older drivers — you’re getting more safe, not less safe, as you age. At least that’s the conclusion of a study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. There are a number of contributing factors, including … Continue reading

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Four Ways Swimming Can Keep Seniors Healthy

This guest post is from Laura Campbell,  a fitness instructor and personal trainer with a self-professed weakness for chocolate. Exercise is just as important to seniors as it is to younger generations. In fact, it is possibly even more important to seniors … Continue reading

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Medical Provider Consolidation Raises Antitrust Concerns

On the front page of its Business Day section, the New York Times reports on the accelerating trend in health provider consolidation since the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Many believe that consolidation can improve patient care and has been increasing: … Continue reading

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Recognize the Warning Signs of Nursing Home Abuse

This is a guest post from Lederer and Nojima LLP, a California-based Personal Injury Law Firm. There are hundreds of studies that show that nursing home abuse is something we all need to be concerned about. As our parents and grandparents age, … Continue reading

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Seniors — No One is Going to Mail You a New Social Security Card

There’s a new scam going around regarding Social Security cards. You get an e-mail saying the government is going to send you a new card, but first they need to verify your Social Security number and some other facts. This … Continue reading

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How Consumers Can Prepare for Future Cyberattacks

I’ve written many times about identity theft and credit card fraud, and specifically about how the elderly are more susceptible than the general population. A recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, highlighted this problem. You all remember the recent massive security … Continue reading

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Study: Memory May Fail Earlier in Mexican-Americans

Goodness, here’s something I would have never guessed — Hispanics may be more prone to memory failure than non-Hispanics. At least according to a recent study, which used the term Mexican-Americans, rather than the more generic Hispanic. The study was … Continue reading

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Six Things You Need to Know About the Social Security Act

This guest post is from Emma Sturgis, a freelance writer living in Boston. She writes on a variety of topics, including politics and law. When not at her computer, she enjoys film noir and rock climbing. If you, or one of … Continue reading

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Doctors Abusing Medicare Face Fines and Expulsion

I’ve written before about the growing problem of healthcare providers who are committing Medicare fraud. The New York Times has a good article on this subject. Here are the opening paragraphs: The Obama administration is cracking down on doctors who … Continue reading

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