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Experiment Shows Many Seniors Falling Prey to 'Impostor Scams'

Experiment Shows Many Seniors Falling Prey to `Impostor Scams`MONDAY, Sept. 25, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Many older adults are savvy about telephone scams, but a sizable minority remain vulnerable, a new study suggests.Researchers found that when they simulated a "government impersonation" scam -- contacting seniors and pretending to be federal employees -- over two-thirds knew how to handle the situation: They ignored it.The rest, however, "engaged" with the "scammer." They either called an 800 number sent to them by mail or email, or answered a call from the fictional government agency the researchers devised.In some cases, those seniors still maintained a healthy dose of skepticism and did not give away personal information.Some others, though, were not so guarded: Over 16% either did not question the legitimacy of the phony agency, confirmed...

Parkinson's Patients Often Battle a Hidden Foe: Stigma

19 September 2023
Parkinson`s Patients Often Battle a Hidden Foe: StigmaTUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Patients with Parkinson’s disease already face poorer mental and physical health, but now a new study shows they also suffer from decreased levels of hope and self-esteem due to the stigma associated with their disease. “There are patients who don't even disclose the disease to family members because they're afraid that the children may change their opinion of them or start making plans to put them in a nursing home or take over their finances or freedom to some degree,” said Dr. Alessandro Di Rocco, a professor of neurology at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell in Hempstead, N.Y.The study found that when most people think of Parkinson’s, they imagine older white men who are drooling, shaking and hunched over. This...

Using Meds to Manage Your Arthritis Pain: An Overview

19 September 2023
Using Meds to Manage Your Arthritis Pain: An OverviewTUESDAY, Sept. 19, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Millions of Americans suffer from arthritis, and many reach for medication to ease their joint pain and inflammation.The options might seem overwhelming, though. Here, the Arthritis Foundation offers some suggestions for meds that can be purchased at a local drug store or filled with a doctor’s prescription, whether your pain is caused by normal wear and tear (osteoarthritis) or inflammatory disease.Over-the-counter medsSome of the best over-the-counter (OTC) medications for controlling arthritis pain are acetaminophen, ibuprofen, naproxen and acetylsalicyclic acid (aspirin), better known by brand names like Tylenol, Advil, Motrin, Aleve or Anacin.Ibuprofen, naproxen and aspirin are nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).While those...

Older Americans' Finances Decline in Years Before...

18 September 2023
Older Americans` Finances Decline in Years Before Dementia DiagnosisMONDAY, Sept. 18, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Perhaps succumbing to fraudsters or facing mounting bills, older Americans begin losing wealth in the years preceding a definitive dementia diagnosis, new research shows.For example, the median household net worth of the seniors in the study dropped by more than half in the eight years before they were diagnosed with dementia, but dipped much less for folks who retained their mental capacity, according to a team reporting Sept. 18 in the journal JAMA Neurology."Household wealth, especially financial wealth, declined much faster among people with probable [undiagnosed] dementia than [healthy] controls during the decade before dementia onset," concluded researchers led by Jing Li. She works at the Comparative Health Outcomes, Policy, and...

Dental Issues Plague America's Nursing Home Residents

15 September 2023
Dental Issues Plague America`s Nursing Home ResidentsFRIDAY, Sept. 15, 2023 (HealthDay News) -- Good oral health is one of the keys to healthy aging, but a sobering new study shows that many U.S. nursing home residents have significant dental issues.Close to two in every 10 residents have missing teeth, about 8% have broken teeth/cavities and another 11% report pain while chewing, researchers found. “Inadequate oral health has far-reaching consequences that extend beyond the mouth, profoundly affecting one's overall well-being, nutritional intake and general health,” said study author Dr. Natalia Chalmers, chief dental officer at the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), in Baltimore. Poor oral health can hinder a person's ability to chew properly, which can eventually lead to malnutrition. In addition, bacteria from...

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