March 16, 2019 Herb

A new study, published in a Gerontological Society of America (GSA) periodical, finds that when older adults feel they have more control over their daily lives, regardless of stress or health issues, they feel younger. But, the researchers say that stress and health – not a sense of control – play a significant role in how younger adults feel. “We recently found that there are things older adults can do to improve their feelings of control in their everyday lives,” said Shevaun Neupert, Ph.D., FGSA, a professor of psychology at North Carolina State University (NCSU) and co-author of a paper…

March 14, 2019 Herb

Last Tuesday, the Chicago-based Alzheimer’s Association announced the release of its 2019 Alzheimer’s Disease 2019 Facts and Figures.  The newly released report details both state and national specific statistics, useful to state and federal officials who are hammering out aging policy. The 90-page report warns that incidents of the Alzheimer’s and other dementias are skyrocketing.  This year, an estimated 5.8 million Americans of all ages are living with Alzheimer’s and related dementia and nearly 14 million will have the disease in 2050.  By 2050, the new report projects the total cost of care reaching over $1.1 trillion. The 2019 Alzheimer’s…

March 3, 2019 Herb

UT Research Study Shows Benefits of Social Engagement Researchers at The University of Texas (UT) at Austin add to body of research literature that says the variety in your social circle may help you live a longer life. The findings found that those older adults who spend more time interacting with a wide range of people were more likely to be physically active and had greater emotional well-being. In a recently published article in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, the UT researchers reported that study participants who interacted more with family…

February 26, 2019 Herb

It’s tax season so don’t fall victim to unethical tax preparers.  Towards the end of the second full week of the 2019 tax filing season, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) warns taxpayers to avoid unethical tax return preparers, called “ghost preparers”. According to the IRS, by law, anyone who is paid to prepare or assist in preparing federal tax returns must have a valid 2019 Preparer Tax Identification Number, or PTIN. Paid preparers must sign the return and include their PTIN.  Watch out for “Ghost” Tax Preparers But ‘ghost’ preparers do not sign the return, only printing the return and…

February 19, 2019 Herb

  Primary Care Providers Photo Credit: Centers for Disease Controls Family caregivers play a vital role in the nation’s health care system in delivering patient care, say primary care providers, almost unanimously, in a newly released AARP Research survey. However, providers say that time constraints and not knowing who or if there is a family caregiver prevent them from working with family caregivers for more of their patients. “Today, forty million Americans are caring for aging parents, spouses and other loved ones, and close to half of them are responsible for medical tasks like injections and…

February 17, 2019 Herb

Photo Credit: National Institute on Aging Just days ago, the Washington, DC based AARP announced a new YouTube series to debunk the stereotypes of older people being asexual.  AARP Studios’ latest original YouTube series Date My Grandma is all showing older viewers how to make new connections, even a love connection. In each of the six episodes, viewers meet a single grandma whose grandkids help vet suitors and set up a blind date. Date My Gradma, premiering each Thursday on AARP’s YouTube Channel, celebrates love, family and companionship. Grandkids, age 10 to 25,quiz would-be suitors on everything from…

February 12, 2019 Herb

Photo Credit: FBI.Gov With Valentine Day approaching, many seniors seek their soul mate on matchmaking websites, dating apps and social media.  The Washington, DC-based AARP warns those seeking love and affection from internet romances, “be cautious.” Twenty seven percent of those polled in a new AARP survey say a family member or a friend have encountered attempted financial scams while looking for love online. The FBI’s Internet Crime Complaint Center reports there were 15,000 victims of confidence fraud/romance fraud in 2017, with more than half over age 50.  Financial losses in these scams totaled $220 million…

February 5, 2019 Herb

  Photo Credit: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention With February being recognized as the American Heart Association’s American Heart Month, the New Jersey Department of Health (NJDOH) calls on New Jerseyans to make heart health a key lifestyle goal. Some risk factors for cardiovascular diseases like age, race, gender and family history can’t be controlled, but others like high blood pressure, lack of regular physical activity and diabetes can be treated or managed. According to NJDOH, heart disease is the leading cause of death for Americans across the nation.  For the Garden State, it’s…

January 31, 2019 Herb

Cory Booker, U.S. Senator (D-NJ) Photo Credit: Wikopedia Democratic New Jersey Senator Cory Booker has joined U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Reps. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Ro Khanna (D-Calif) and more than two dozen colleagues in the House and Senate to introduce sweeping pharmaceutical reforms to reduce skyrocketing consumer drug prices for millions of New Jerseyans and Americans who struggle to afford their medicine. “There is no reason that, in a country as rich as ours, Americans should be choosing between paying for prescription drugs and paying for food and other necessities,”…

January 22, 2019 Herb

Photo Credit: City of South Amboy, New Jersey Before the first winter storm of the year last weekend, New Jersey’s top health official reminded  residents to prepare for possible power outages and hazardous conditions. “Snow, rain, sleet and ice is expected in many areas of the state, it is important that residents take steps to protect themselves and their families,’’ said Health Commissioner Shereef Elnahal. There are things you can do to avoid cold-related illness and injury, says Elnahal.  Dress in layers when going outside and in frigid  weather and wear a hat to help retain body…