Lottery billboards along some highways in this country keep tickertape track of potential winnings. The numbers are printed in bold colors for all travelers to see. The lure of gigantic jackpots, for some, is like a siren call. Multistate mega-jackpots only turn up the volume. And since most state lotto tickets cost no more than […]
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 […]
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 – […]
According to the Pew Research Center, approximately 10,000 baby boomers will turn 65 every day until 2030. As this group nears retirement they will experience increased health problems, meaning an even larger segment of the population will soon be taking more prescription drugs. And even though we tend to envision alcohol abuse as a youthful […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Slurred speech. Impaired coordination. Fumbling. Are these symptoms a sign of aging? Or are they red flags for the presence of a more serious problem: alcohol addiction?
According to SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration), the number of senior citizens who have used illegal drugs doubled between 2002 and 2007.