Third Age Power is a website dedicated to issues and programs affecting seniors and people with disabilities. It is sponsored by the Oregon State Council for Retired Citizens and United Seniors of Oregon in an effort to better inform boomers and current seniors about public policy issues, advocacy efforts, and service programs that impact the older generation.

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As Baby Boomers Age, Alzheimer’s Rates Will Soar

As Baby Boomers Age, Alzheimer’s Rates Will Soar
By 2050, half of that generation’s survivors will have the mind-wasting disease, study predicts
Monday, July 20, 2015

MONDAY, July 20, 2015 (HealthDay News)—The number of people with Alzheimer’s disease is set to skyrocket in the United States due to… Continue reading »

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Medicare Proposes Paying Doctors for End-of-Life Counseling

From The New York Times:
Medicare Proposes Paying Doctors for End-of-Life Counseling
By PAM BELLUCK

JULY 8, 2015

After years of debate about whether the government should encourage end-of-life planning — an idea that Sarah Palin claimed would lead to “death panels” cutting off care to the… Continue reading »

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‘A Terrible Way To End Someone’s Life’

From Kaiser Health News:
‘A Terrible Way To End Someone’s Life’
By Stephanie O’Neill, Southern California Public Radio July 6, 2015

Dr. Kendra Fleagle Gorlitsky recalls the anguish she used to feel performing CPR on elderly, terminally ill patients.

“I felt like I was beating up people… Continue reading »

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Is It Ordinary Memory Loss, or Alzheimer’s Disease

From The New York Times:
Is It Ordinary Memory Loss, or Alzheimer’s Disease?
By Jane E. Brody

May 18, 2015 5:45 am

Soon after her 65th birthday, a close friend became increasingly worried about her memory, wondering if she could have the beginnings of dementia.

Although… Continue reading »

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Many Aging Boomers Face Chronic Illness, But Death Rate Is Falling: CDC

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Many Aging Boomers Face Chronic Illness, But Death Rate Is Falling: CDC
Report finds nearly half need a heart drug, almost a fifth are diabetic
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By Robert Preidt

Wednesday, May 6, 2015
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Fall-Related Deaths Nearly Doubled for U.S. Seniors Since 2000

Fall-Related Deaths Nearly Doubled for U.S. Seniors Since 2000
Researchers also report that car crashes cause 1 in 7 unintentional deaths in older Americans.

THURSDAY, May 7, 2015 (HealthDay News)—The number of American seniors who die from fall-related injuries has nearly doubled since 2000, a new report… Continue reading »

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