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Senior Eye Health: The Facts and the Myths

Good vision is precious throughout life, but it’s especially important as we grow older. Having vision problems can make a difference in our ability to perform everyday tasks, and even to live independently. With so much information (both good and bad) available about health issues, it’s crucial to distinguish truth from myth. Here, the experts from the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) tell you what you should and shouldn’t believe:

A Learned Response to Loss: Changing the Script

I’ve found that very few people look at the emotion of grief. Typically “grief” is associated with the emotional process following a death when women wore black and were said to “be in mourning”. But it is so much more.

Asking About an Older Person’s Appetite Can Be a Lifesaver

A simple question about appetite can provide insights into older people's general health that may help reduce their risk of dying, according to a study published in September 2014 in the journal Appetite. Emeritus Professor Mark Wahlqvist from Monash University's Department of Epidemiology and Preventive Medicine and the Monash Asia Institute led a team investigating the connection between appetite and mortality.

Congress and A Failure to Address Health-Care Costs

Although the U.S. Senate has killed a bill that would have changed the way Medicare pays doctors, that issue remains just as crucial, according to a commentary in the journal JAMA Surgery.

The bill, the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act, was supported by physicians’ organizations as well as both Democrats and Republicans in the House of Representatives.

6 Ways to Steer Clear of Identity Theft

Editor's note: These days, people are more vulnerable than ever to identity theft, and many seniors find themselves faced with it at the most vulnerable time in their lives. A lifetime's savings can suddenly disappear, leaving you without the money to provide the best possible health care for yourself and your family. Here, experts from the credit agency Experian's ProtectMyID program offer some smart tips to prevent the nightmare of identity theft.

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