Helpful information from repuatable sources about caring for yourself or a loved one who has a debilitating condition.

If you are age 60 or older—and especially if you are an older woman living alone—you may be a special target of people who sell bogus products and services by telephone. Telemarketing scams often involve offers of free prizes, low-cost vitamins and health care products, and inexpensive vacations.

When you send money to people you do not know personally or give personal or financial information to unknown callers, you increase your chances of becoming a victim of telemarketing fraud.

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You might think you’re never going to fall, but the truth is 1 in 4 older adults fall every year in the U.S.  Every 11 seconds, an older adult is seen in an emergency department for a fall-related injury.  The good news is that most falls are preventable. Start by learning 6 easy steps:

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Fraudsters use a variety of tactics to find homeowners in distress. Some sift through public foreclosure notices in newspapers and on the internet or through public files at local government offices, and then send personalized letters to homeowners. Others take a broader approach through ads on the internet, on television or radio, or in newspapers; posters on telephone poles, median strips, and at bus stops; or flyers, business cards, or people at your front door. The scam artists use simple – but potentially deceptive – messages, like:

"Stop foreclosure now!"

"Get a loan modification!"

"Over 90% of our customers get results."

"We have special relationships with banks that can speed up the approval process."

"100% Money Back Guarantee."

"Keep Your Home. We know your home is scheduled to be sold. No Problem!"

Once they have your attention, they use a variety of tactics to get your money. By knowing how their scams work, the FTC says you'll be better able to defend against fraud.

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 A study published in BMC Public Health finds that elderly men across Europe and the US spend less time on housework than elderly women. The study also finds that, while those who do more housework feel healthier, women who do long hours of housework combined with too much or too little sleep report poorer health. We take a closer look at the research. 

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September 13, 2018
The AP (9/13, Kirka) reports “startups and companies like Microsoft and Google” are trying “to harness the power of artificial intelligence to make life easier for people with disabilities.” The article says the need for assistive products will increase “as the world’s population ages, increasing the number of people with physical, cognitive, vision and hearing problems, according to a WHO report published this year,” and companies are starting to “recognize the financial potential of the market.” The piece adds that artificial intelligence and decreasing hardware costs “are making it possible for inventors to develop new products without the need for the deep pockets of governments or corporations.”

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Reprinted with permission from The Administration for Community Living

Many people start to feel pain and stiffness in their joints as they get older, often when they’re 45 to 50. It’s called arthritis, and it’s one of the most common diseases nationwide. You may think it’s a disease of old age, but arthritis can affect young adults and even children. In recent years, scientists have made rapid progress in understanding the many causes of arthritis. They’ve also made significant strides in developing effective new treatments for many forms of the disease.

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When you lose the use of a limb, even the simplest of daily tasks can turn into a challenge. High-tech devices can help restore independence. New technologies are even making it possible to connect the mind to an artificial limb. These artificial limbs are called bionic prosthetic devices.

“To get back some of that lost function, you need some sort of assistive tool or technology to either enhance recovery or restore the capability of the anatomy that’s missing now,” says Dr. Nick Langhals, who oversees NIH-supported prosthetic engineering research.

This fast-moving research aims to improve people’s lives by restoring both movement and feeling.

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