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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Psychiatric Drug Overuse Is Cited by Federal Study

From The New York Times:

Psychiatric Drug Overuse Is Cited by Federal Study

By ROBERT PEAR

MARCH 1, 2015

WASHINGTON — Federal investigators say they have found evidence of widespread overuse of psychiatric drugs by older Americans with Alzheimer’s disease, and are recommending that Medicare officials take… Continue reading »

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Painkiller Abuses and Ignorance

From The New York Times:
Painkiller Abuses and Ignorance
By THE EDITORIAL BOARD

MARCH 2, 2015

The epidemic of deaths and addiction attributable to opioid painkillers continues unabated even as an authoritative new review of scientific studies has found no solid evidence that opioids… Continue reading »

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Chronic Illness, Loneliness May Go Hand-in-Hand for Some Elderly

Chronic Illness, Loneliness May Go Hand-in-Hand for Some Elderly
Don’t blame yourself for illness and try to find new ways to socialize, experts suggest
URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_150985.html (*this news item will not be available after 05/17/2015)

By Robert Preidt

Monday, February 16, 2015… Continue reading »

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When Grief Won’t Relent

From The New York Times:

When Grief Won’t Relent
By Jane E. Brody

February 16, 2015 5:45 am

Bereavement — how one responds and adjusts to the death of a loved one — is a very individual matter. It is natural to experience a host of negative… Continue reading »

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Flu Sending Record Numbers of Elderly to the Hospital: CDC

Flu Sending Record Numbers of Elderly to the Hospital: CDC
But the worst seems to be over as season continues to wind down, officials say
URL of this page: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/news/fullstory_150945.html (*this news item will not be available after 05/14/2015)

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Seeking a ‘Beautiful Death’

From The New York Times:

Seeking a ‘Beautiful Death’

By Jane E. Brody

February 9, 2015 6:45 am

Virgie Divinigracia had the kind of death last month that most Americans say they want: at home, relieved of physical and mental pain, surrounded by those she loved, “a beautiful… Continue reading »

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