Category archives for: Aging and Senior Issues

Staying Socially Active May Help Maintain Mental Fitness

Washington, DC — Staying socially engaged with a wide circle of friends and family may help maintain our thinking skills and slow cognitive decline as we age, according to a report out today by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH). “It’s not uncommon for our social networks to shrink in size as we get […]

Experts Recommend 7–8 Hours of Sleep Each Day for Better Brain Health

WASHINGTON, DC — If you want to maintain your brain health as you age, then get the recommended seven to eight hours of sleep per day, according to a new consensus report issued today by the Global Council on Brain Health (GCBH). The expert recommendations include a wealth of information and practical tips for all […]

New Program Keeps Seniors Moving!

A new movement is spreading among seniors and it’s all about movement! This spring, the Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging will launch a new, evidence-based program, “Moving for Better Balance.” Senior adults can learn to stay active and independent by improving strength, increasing balance and preventing falls. Sessions will be held Wednesdays and Fridays, […]

Brand Name Drug Prices Increase Nearly 130 Times Faster Than Inflation

“Prescription drug therapy is not affordable when its cost exceeds the patient’s entire income,” said Leigh Purvis, Director of Health Services Research, AARP Public Policy Institute, and co-author of the report. “Even if patients are fortunate enough to have good health care coverage, high prescription drug costs translate into higher out-of-pocket costs—especially for those who […]

AARP Says Smartphone Ownership Up Among Adults Age 50-Plus

AARP today issued the latest results from its Attitude, Trend & Opinion (ATOM) module, which includes ongoing research on technology ownership and usage among people 50-plus. The ATOM report found that nearly nine in 10 (89%) adults over 50 own some type of mobile device, with over half of adults over age 50 – and […]

Effort Launched to End the Tech Support Scam

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With U.S. consumers falling victim to the “technical support scam” in greater numbers than ever before, the AARP Fraud Watch Network today launched an initiative to raise awareness of the scam and educate consumers about how they can protect themselves. A survey released last month by Microsoft found that over the past […]

Planning & Preparing for the Road Ahead

Hear from the experts on treatment, research, therapies, coping and more at this free workshop for families and caregivers dealing with Dementia and Alzheimer’s on Friday, November 11, 2016, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The workshop will be held in the Conference Room at INOVA Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, Leesburg. Complimentary continental breakfast […]

Loudoun’s Older Volunteers May Reap Major Health Benefits

A growing body of research shows that older volunteers may experience a reduction in depression, chronic pain and stress, while improving their mental functionality and chances of living longer. The Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging (AAA) is pleased to announce its support of a national campaign led by the National Association of Area Agencies […]

AARP Sues EEOC Over Health Information Privacy

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — AARP has sued the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) to invalidate provisions of new federal wellness rules that allow employers to penalize workers for keeping health information private.  The suit – seeking a preliminary injunction against the rules – was filed Monday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. Earlier this […]

Taks Steps to Prevent Falls in Seniors

One in three Americans 65 and older falls each year, and falls are the leading cause of injury in older Americans, according to the National Council on Aging. The good news is that falls are preventable and not an inevitable part of aging. The Loudoun County Area Agency on Aging is sponsoring free educational workshops […]

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