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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Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground

From The New York Times:

Coverage for End-of-Life Talks Gaining Ground
By PAM BELLUCK

AUG. 30, 2014

DUNDEE, N.Y. — Five years after it exploded into a political conflagration over “death panels,” the issue of paying doctors to talk to patients about end-of-life care is making a… Continue reading »

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One Moment You See, Then You Don’t

From The New York Times:

One Moment You See, Then You Don’t

By ELEANOR LEW

August 21, 2014 1:19 pm, August 22, 2014 3:28 pm

I was watching Diane Sawyer on the evening news, wondering how she manages year after year to look so young, when suddenly her face… Continue reading »

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Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Marijuana: Study

Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Marijuana: Study
People with chronic pain may use pot instead of narcotics, researchers suggest
URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_148041.html (*this news item will not be available after 11/23/2014)

Monday, August 25, 2014

(HealthDay News)—States that have legalized medical… Continue reading »

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Part D Gains May Be Eroding

From The New York Times:

Part D Gains May Be Eroding

By PAULA SPAN

August 21, 2014 12:12 pm, August 21, 2014 2:24 pm

In 2003, when President George W. Bush signed the major Medicare expansion that would establish prescription drug coverage, he called it “a promise, a solemn… Continue reading »

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Certain Antipsychotic Meds Tied to Kidney Problems in Elderly

Certain Antipsychotic Meds Tied to Kidney Problems in Elderly

TUESDAY, Aug. 19, 2014 (HealthDay News)—Kidney injury can be added to the list of possible harms related to use of three antipsychotic medications often prescribed to treat behavioral symptoms of dementia in older adults, a new study finds.

Quetiapine (Seroquel),… Continue reading »

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Study: Many Seniors Get Unnecessary Cancer Tests

Study: Many Seniors Get Unnecessary Cancer Tests
Screening shouldn’t be done when patients have less than a 10-year life expectancy, researchers say
URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_147918.html (*this news item will not be available after 11/16/2014)

Monday, August 18, 2014

MONDAY, Aug. 18, 2014… Continue reading »

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