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Justice Department Funding Elder Abuse Prevention Research

The National Institute of Justice (NIJ), a research and development agency of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), has awarded $800,000 to the Urban Institute and the University of Southern California (USC) to develop and test programs that could help combat elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation. The Justice Department said the awards, which are also supported by its Elder Justice Initiative, will further the NIJ’s understanding of elder abuse and its ability to address it more effectively. The funds will help researchers identify solutions to the mistreatment of the elderly and evaluate their effectiveness in prevention, detection, and intervention. ... Read More

Commercial Driver Shortage Means More Seniors Behind The Wheel

Faced with a severe shortage of commercial drivers, many U.S. companies and commercial driving schools are actively recruiting seniors in their 70s, 80s, and even 90s. But along with the increasing number of senior commercial drivers comes an uptick in the number of crashes involving commercial tractor trailers. A CBS News analysis of crash data found that there has been a 19 percent increase in the number of commercial truck crashes involving seniors in the last three years. According to CBS, there were nearly 7,000 commercial truck crashes between 2013 and 2015 in 12 states alone. The issue of seniors ... Read More

Federal, state officials shut down company that scammed millions from senior citizens

A multimillion-dollar scam preying on senior citizens has been shut down by federal and state authorities. The business’s assets have been turned over for receivership under a restraining order with the goal of returning as much of the $13 million the company collected on commissions from customers conned by the group. The company, which used more than a dozen different names including Worldwide Info Services and the Credit Voice Inc., called elderly residents in the United States and Canada promising them “free” medical-alert devices purchased by a friend or relative in exchange for their credit card information. However, the company ... Read More

Statins may reduce risk of heart attack, stroke but do not prevent death

People older than age 65 who are at risk for heart disease but have no known heart problems may reduce their risk of heart attack and stroke by taking cholesterol-lowering statins. However, the medication may not prevent them from dying from cardiovascular disease or other causes in the short term, a new study suggests. The new study, conducted by researchers at Federico II University in Naples, Italy, involved data from eight previously published trials involving a total of almost 25,000 patients. All were at risk for heart disease but had not had a previous heart attack or stroke. The meta-analysis ... Read More

Many varieties of flu vaccinations available to consumers

There are more varieties of flu vaccinations this year than ever before, offering consumers a more tailored approach to staying healthy this flu season. Previously, people had a choice between getting a flu shot or an inhaled version of the drug, which protected them against three strains of the flu virus. This year, drug makers also offer other options. For example, for the first time ever, a quadrivlavent vaccine is available, which protects against four strains of flu virus. This four-in-one type of shot may be more desirable for children as they are more apt to catch the newly added ... Read More

CDC: Flu shot less effective in older adults

This season’s flu shot is doing a poor job of protecting older people from getting the virus, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports. The vaccine is only 9 percent effective in preventing people 65 and older from getting the most predominant flu strain circulating this season. The findings help explain why so many older people have been hospitalized this year with the flu, but it doesn’t explain why the flu vaccine has failed to work in so many older adults. The research also shows the vaccine isn’t working as well across all age groups studied. Among all ... Read More

Consumers Union fights for more oversight of medical devices

The Consumers Union (CU) is hoping to close a loophole in the approvals of medical devices that allows them to be cleared for marketing in the United States with almost no government regulation, testing or monitoring. According to its mission statement, CU is an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers and to empower consumers to protect themselves. CU also publishes the magazine Consumer Reports and the website ConsumerReports.org. Currently, medical devices considered moderate-risk, such as transvaginal mesh and artificial hips, are approved through an accelerated process that ... Read More

Seniors at greater risk of complications from hip implant defect

Seniors are at greater risk of suffering from complications from faulty medical devices that were approved before they were thoroughly tested, says the Consumers Union (CU), a nonprofit organization that works for a safe marketplace. The group also publishes Consumer Reports magazine and ConsumerReports.org. At issue is the current practice of medical device approvals by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Medical devices deemed “moderate-risk” can soar through the agency’s accelerated approval process without clinical testing to determine safety and efficacy if they are similar to ones already on the market. About 90 percent of all medical devices are approved ... Read More

Darvon, Darvocet can be even more dangerous to elderly

Darvon, Darvocet and their generic equivalent, propoxyphene, are among the most popular painkillers prescribed to the elderly, yet they pose significant risks to older adults, which begs the question, why did it take so long for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban them from the market? Propoxyphene is a central nervous system depressant that was approved by the FDA more than 50 years ago for the treatment of mild to moderate pain. It has become so popular that it is the 12th most prescribed generic drug in the country, with a whopping 23 million prescriptions written each year. ... Read More