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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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
(*this news item will not be available after 08/04/2015)

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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As We Age, Keys to Remembering Where the Keys Are

From The New York Times:
As We Age, Keys to Remembering Where the Keys Are

By Jane E. Brody

May 4, 2015 5:45 am

I recently told my 70s-something walking group that I wanted to write about “retrieval disorder,” our shared problem with remembering names and dates,… Continue reading »

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Signing up late for Medicare Part B can trigger a lifelong penalty

From The Los Angeles Times:
Signing up late for Medicare Part B can trigger a lifelong penalty

By Lisa Zamosky

If Robert Bowman hadn’t casually mentioned his upcoming 65th birthday to a friend, he might have missed his window to sign up for Medicare.

“He said you better… Continue reading »

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New Law to Strip Social Security Numbers From Medicare Cards

From The New York Times:
New Law to Strip Social Security Numbers From Medicare Cards
By ROBERT PEAR

APRIL 20, 2015

WASHINGTON — Concerned about the rising prevalence and sophistication of identity theft, most private health insurance companies have abandoned the use of Social Security numbers to… Continue reading »

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