What Are The Unique Risks Senior Gamblers Face?

What Are The Unique Risks Senior Gamblers Face?

Many states have gone beyond sponsoring lotteries to opening their arms to casinos. Casinos, in their turn, offer visitors climate-controlled environments with large food spreads and an opportunity to socialize. For seniors living in a retirement facility, the shuttle to the casino can represent a chance to re-connect with the outside world and have some […]

Gambling Away The Retirement Years

Gambling Away The Retirement Years

First came state lotteries. Then Indian casinos. Now it’s Internet gaming. There are more venues than ever for gambling. For some it’s nothing more than a harmless day’s entertainment. For others it’s a high-risk situation where an entire future can be lost in a single day. This is especially true for senior citizens. Gambling – […]

When Depression Strikes In Mid-Life

When Depression Strikes In Mid-Life

Mid-life brings with it a host of changes, such as uncooperative joints, embarrassing moments of incontinence, and graying hair.  Many of these undesirable changes are the fodder for not-always-so-funny jokes about aging. Some of the changes that come with middle-age, however, are more serious, including mid-life depression. As people move through their 40s, 50s, and […]

Grannies for Grass: More Baby Boomers Smoking Marijuana

Grannies for Grass: More Baby Boomers Smoking Marijuana

When we hear the term “pot smoker,” we usually conjure up images of young kids, not someone’s 80-year-old grandmother or a retired schoolteacher. But a lot of the older generation is coming forward and admitting to smoking marijuana. According to a New York Times article, it shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that baby […]

Targeting Physicians in Intervention Results in Fewer Inappropriate Prescriptions

Targeting Physicians in Intervention Results in Fewer Inappropriate Prescriptions

A new study finds that educating doctors about potentially inappropriate medications for seniors may be more effective than targeting patients with similar information. The effort among Italian doctors resulted in a significant decline in the prescription of such drugs in a three-year period. The drop in potentially inappropriate medications for those aged 65 and older […]

Medication-Related Cognitive Impairment in the Elderly

A broad range of prescription or nonprescription medications can potentially trigger the onset of confusion, delirium, disorientation or a number of other significant problems known collectively as cognitive impairment. Compared to the rest of the population, elderly people have relatively high risks for the onset of these medication-related impairments. Unlike younger people, who commonly develop […]