Greetings! Are you enjoying the last days of summer? We hope you are, and we can’t wait for you to see what we’ve prepared for you in this midweek MedAlertHelp roundup, the final one of the summer. If you’ve missed our previous roundup, you can check it out here. More to come next week.
This Wednesday, we recommend you read about the surprising results of a study that evaluated the effects of daily Aspirin on prolonging lives; how medicinal marijuana can help with various health issues in older adults; the impact of the financial crisis on seniors and the aftermath ten years later; what reverse mortgages are and what their pros and cons are for seniors; how to protect yourselves and your loved ones against fraud; the best treatment options for elderly women with breast cancer; and why smart homes are great for seniors. Let’s jump right in!
Does Taking Daily Doses of Aspirin Really Prolong Life?
Taking low daily doses of aspirin have long been thought to be beneficial for preventing heart attacks and strokes in older adults. However, results of a major new clinical trial conducted on over 19,000 people in the United States and Australia between 2010 and 2014 did not confirm this. As Dennis Thompson reported for WebMD, taking the recommended 100 milligrams of aspirin per day does not help extend life. But that’s not all; continue reading the article for a full overview of these potentially game-changing findings.
Seniors Are Getting on the “Canna-Bus”
More and more seniors are starting to use medicinal marijuana since it’s been legalized. Apart from its well-known uses in oncology for treating pain and nausea brought on by cancer or chemotherapy, cannabis products can also be used to treat a variety of other conditions affecting seniors. It can be used to relieve anxiety, insomnia, and chronic pain due, for instance, to arthritis. Read more about this in Stephanie O’Neill’s report for NPR.
Revisiting the Impact of the Financial Crisis on Seniors
Over a decade after the global financial crisis took the United States and the world by storm, experts from AARP are revisiting how it affected seniors. In Jim Probasco’s piece for Investopedia, you’ll discover how people over the age of 65 fared compared to other demographics in terms of the crisis’s impact on wealth, home value, spending, employment and retirement, health, and more.
Explaining Reverse Mortgages and Their Pros and Cons for Seniors
Not many people are aware of what reverse mortgages are. This includes us as well. But Miron Lulic did a really good job explaining them in an article for CNBC. Reverse mortgages, more accurately called Home Equity Conversion Mortgages, are a unique but complicated type of loan. First of all, you don’t have to make payments on these loans until you die or move; second, they are restricted to homeowners who are 62 or older; finally, reverse mortgages use two interest rates for every transaction. Continue reading to find out a lot more of their pros and cons.
How to Protect the Elderly Against Fraud
Next, we suggest you listen to this conversation on NHPR featuring James Boffetti, associate attorney general with the NH Department of Justice; Todd Fahey, state director of AARP, New Hampshire; and Rachelle Megowen, officer with the Hudson Police Department. They offer valuable advice on how to spot, report, and avoid scams. Seeing as American seniors lose billions of dollars a year to fraud, they detailed what types of scams are popular now, why their prosecution can be difficult, and what the best ways to prevent them are.
The Best Treatment Options for Elderly Women with Breast Cancer
When it comes to breast cancer treatment, surgery is usually the best course of action whenever possible. However, advanced age can have a strong impact on choosing the preferred treatment option. What’s more, very old women who in addition to cancer have a number of comorbidities and still elected to have the surgery did not fare well. So what are the alternatives? Find out in Paula Span’s illuminating article for the New York Times.
How Smart Homes Can Make Lives Easier for Seniors
We at MedAlertHelp love devices designed to help seniors. So it’s only natural we also love devices that make our lives easier, like those used in smart homes. In fact, most of them can be very useful for seniors. If you take a look at this article we found on EconoTimes, you’ll see for yourselves how the use of smart home assistants, bedroom sensors, door sensors, communication services, and smart doorbells makes perfect sense for seniors!
That’s it for this edition of the midweek MedAlertHelp roundup! We hope you liked our selection of interesting senior-related articles.
Take care and join us next Wednesday!