Senior Alerts

The Problem with Medicare Advantage

Medicare’s Private Option Is Gaining Popularity, and Critics. As more Americans sign up for Medicare Advantage, detractors worry that it’s helping private insurers more than patients. By Mark Miller, The New York Times, Feb. 21,… Read More

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Drugs Causing Hearing Loss and Tinnitus

What Is an Ototoxic Drug? According to Neil Bauman, Ph.D., “Ototoxic drugs are those medications that can cause ototoxic (ear damaging) side effects to your ears. Such drugs can cause hearing loss, hyperacusis, tinnitus, and other...

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A Fall Can Be Deadly – Medications Can Affect Your Balance

Medications can be lifesaving by performing critical tasks such as keeping blood sugar at safe levels, hearts thumping rhythmically, and moods afloat. Yet side effects and interactions between drugs (both prescription and nonprescription drugs) may...

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The Danger of Postoperative Delirium in Older Adults

From the American Geriatrics Society. Delirium is an acute decline in cognitive function and attention and represents acute brain failure. Postoperative delirium is recognized as the most common surgical complication in older adults, occurring in… Read More