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Other featured senior living news stories include "Lawmakers, Others Press for More Funding That Would Boost Research, Aid Older Adults," "PACE Innovation Act Becomes Law," and "Study: U.S. Spending on Healthcare Continues on Slow Growth Trajectory."
Other featured senior living news stories include "About 10 Percent of Older Adults Experience Elder Abuse," "CFPB Offers Social Security Retirement Planning Tool," and "CDC Offers Flu Tracking App."
Other featured senior living news stories include "November Is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month," "Medicare Open Enrollment Spurs Scammers to Target Older Adults," and "Research Brief: Social Security’s Effect on Poverty Among Older Adults."

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You may believe that the holiday season means it’s time to put your job search on hold—but that’s not true. Actually, quite a few companies hire in December, because they are spending budget money before the last quarter is over. However, even if they aren’t hiring now, you can put yourself in position to get hired in January by doing the right things now.
Argentum is seeking nominations for its 2016 awards program, including awards celebrating senior living heroes, community leaders, and innovative services and programs.
More than 100 House members sent a letter to the chamber’s Appropriations Committee to fund the National Institutes of Health at a level of at least $232 billion.
President Obama signed the PACE Innovation Act into law this month, enabling the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to develop pilot projects based on the care model Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly.
U.S. spending on healthcare continues its slow growth rate with an increase of 3.6 percent in 2013 – the lowest growth rate in 50 years, according to the California HealthCare Foundation’s 2015 edition of Health Care Costs 101.
Hispanic older adults face challenges including access to retirement planning, long-term services and supports, healthcare and medication benefits and access to information that would protect them from financial fraud and abuse.
Ageism is a fact of life today, mostly felt by older generations, but in reverse by some members of younger generations, too.
Scientists have developed an experimental medication that aids in ameliorating the effects of Alzheimer’s disease by slowing down the aging process. The scientists at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies examined the impact of the drug, J147 on mouse models and found it made the animals’ brain blood vessels healthier and boosted cognition and memory.
The Centers for Disease Control offers a free, downloadable flu app called FluView, showing flu-like illness activity levels across the United States, flu trends over several weeks and also on-demand access to state health department websites for local surveillance information.
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has unveiled an interactive, online tool designed to aid consumers in deciding when to claim Social Security retirement benefits.
Busy physicians caring for older adults are likely to encounter a victim of some type of elder abuse on a frequent basis, regardless of whether the physician recognizes the abuse, according to a new article reported in the New England Journal of Medicine.
Although there is no ideal solution, more Americans would have a greater incentive to purchase long-term care plans if those plans were changed and their costs reduced, according to a new study that offers potential consumer choices by examining three new proposed insurance options.
Have you ever noticed that when you ask someone in your company, “How are you?” they are more likely to answer “Busy!” than “Very well, thank you”? That is because the norm in most companies is that you are supposed to be very busy – or otherwise at least pretend to be – because otherwise you can’t be all that important. The answers “I am not up to much” and “I have some time on my hands, actually” are not going to do much for your internal status and career.
Social Security has been a remarkably successful program in reducing poverty for older adults, but this achievement will be challenged by its long-term financing shortfall as the Social Security Trust Fund is projected to be depleted by 2034, according to a new research brief that looks at poverty among the elderly.
Approximately two-thirds of registered nurses over age 54 are considering retirement with 62 percent planning to retire within the next three years, according to a new survey by AMN Healthcare and its Center for the Advancement of Healthcare Professionals.
President Ronald Reagan designated November as National Alzheimer’s Awareness Month in 1983 – at a time in the United States when fewer than 2 million Americans were diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Today, there are more than 5 million people with the disease.
It’s Medicare open enrollment season through December 7 allowing Medicare recipients to comparison shop and change plans, but it’s also a time when scammers take advantage of older consumers through deceptive practices.
Early treatment of people 65 and older who are hospitalized with the flu with antiviral medications cuts the duration of their hospital stay and reduces their risk of needing extended care after they are discharged, according to a recent study from the Centers for Disease Control.
Submitting online applications can feel like throwing rocks into the abyss. You don’t quite know where to aim or where they’ll land. And too often, when you click submit, all you get in return is an automated email that your materials have been received. We’ve all been there.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is asking for feedback on a proposal to revise the discharge planning requirements that hospitals, including long-term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, critical access hospitals and home health agencies, must meet to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs.


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