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 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…

January 21, 2019 Herb

Nearly 1 in 3 people near age (28%) think they’re more likely to learn Bigfoot is real than to save enough to retire comfortably, according to recent survey findings detailed in an AARP and the Ad Council statement released last week.  The statement announced the release of new public service advertisements (PSAs) and resources on AceYourRetirement.org, to assist older American’s to save for their retirement years. Seven in 10 Americans (68%) approaching retirement have less than a year’s income saved for retirement, says the Washington, D.C.-based National Institute on Retirement Security, revealing that person’s age 60 and over are not saving…

October 15, 2018 Herb

Photo Caption: AARP States It’s that time again. Medicare Fall Open Enrollment occurs annually from October 15 to December 7.   During this time period, Medicare recipients can make unrestricted changes to their Medicare Advantage (Part C) and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans (Part D) plans during this Open Enrollment Period. Medicare beneficiaries can begin shopping for the best Medicare coverage during Medicare Fall Open Enrollment by evaluating whether this year’s Medicare plan coverage is still appropriate for their health care needs.  They can begin by gathering their Annual Notice of Change (ANOC)/Evidence of Coverage (EOC) letter; a list of…

October 7, 2018 Herb

Photo Caption: National Institute on Aging This year’s influenza (flu) season has begun (the viruses are most common in the fall and winter) and state health departments are gearing up their efforts to mobilize to combat this contagious respiratory illness. Just over a week ago, at the Washington, DC-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) along with other public health departments, and health care professionals kicked off the 2018-2019 flu vaccine campaign. At the September 27th press conference, the CDC early estimates indicate that “more than 900,000…

September 11, 2018 Herb

Photo Credit: nesdis.noaa.gov Today, New Jersey Governor Murphy and Colonel Callahan today advised New Jersey residents to plan for the potential impact of Hurricane Florence on the state. The Office of Emergency Management will continue to monitor the conditions of the hurricane and are working with counties to address any storm related needs, he says. Colonel Patrick Callahan, State Police Superintendent and the state’s Director of Emergency Management, ice, announced the deployment of 80 members of New Jersey Task Force 1 to assist with the search and rescue operations, including swift-water rescure, as Hurricane Florence moves…

August 22, 2018 Herb

New Jersey Assemblyman Roy Freiman (D-Dist. 16) According to David John and Gary Keonig, authors of the 2015 AARP Public Policy Institute Study, “Workplace Retirement Plans Will Help Workers Build Economic Security,” over half of New Jersey workers – 1. 7 million people – do not have access to a retirement savings plan through their employer.  The study’s authors warn that Social Security is critical to retirement security of Older Americans but does not provide enough for an individual to depend on during their retirement.  They note that the average Social Security benefit for age 65…

August 12, 2018 Herb

On July 18, the, D.C.-based AARP announced the awardees for its 2018 AARP Community Challenge program. A total of $1.3 million will be distributed to fund 129 “quick action” projects across the nation (two in New Jersey), helping communities make immediate improvements and jumpstart long-term progress to support residents of all ages. “AARP has teams on the ground in communities across the country who hear from mayors, community leaders and local residents about the value of getting quick wins to create long-term change. We developed the Community Challenge Grant Program to answer that call and help build momentum for more…