A diabetes prevention program being tested by the YMCA of the USA has proven successful at reducing the risk of developing the disease, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. So the Obama administration wants Medicare to pay for the services for beneficiaries at...

Mary Julia Klimenko thought she was prudent 20 years ago when she invested in a long-term care insurance policy, one she believed would help pay for the care she’d need as she aged. Now she wishes she’d banked the money instead. Her monthly premiums have nearly quadrupled...

At least 10 percent of America's elderly residents are abused in various ways each year, with elder financial abuse being the most common problem, according to a recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine. Financial abuse can take many forms, ranging from investment...

An alert AARP member recently got a call from an “IRS agent” and right away sensed something was phony. The agent left a voice mail message saying back taxes were owed and told the man to call back right away. The AARP member contacted me instead,...

As people get older, their health care goals may shift from living as long as possible to maintaining a good quality of life: quality over quantity. In many cases, the medical treatment older people receive often doesn't reflect this change in priorities. A wide-ranging report from the...

Floridians gave high marks to their hospital stays, but low marks to care in emergency rooms, according to a national poll by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. "The highest share of excellence, the top of the...

During her husband Ronald Reagan’s presidency from 1981 to 1989, former movie star Nancy Reagan was one of the most stylish and influential first ladies ever. But arguably, Mrs. Reagan, who passed away March 6 at age 94 in Los Angeles, made just as big an impact upon...

Florida is up to 50 cases of Zika virus, including six in Central Florida. That’s with two new South Florida infections added Monday to the Florida Department of Health’s list. None of the cases originated in Florida, but instead came from people who traveled outside the...

  The 2015-2016 flu season is well underway, and now is a good time to evaluate if you are protecting yourself. The Centers for Disease Control urge everyone to care for, and protect, themselves by getting the flu vaccine. New flu vaccines are released every year...

My father is approaching his 78th birthday, blessed with health good enough to still be an avid golfer and tennis player. His regular group of tennis buddies changes from time to time. The lineup depends on how they're feeling. I remember when one of the gents renowned...