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National Institute on Aging

Keeping Winter’s Chill Away

Autumn ends and winter begins on December 21st.  With frigid temperatures coming soon, the Rhode Island Department of Health calls on older Rhode Islanders to take precautions in extreme cold weather. Older adults can lose body heat quickly, faster than when they were young.  With changes taking place in your body that comes with aging…

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Senate Aging Committee Introduces Report to Improve Nation’s Guardianship System

Last month, U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, held a US Special Committee on Aging hearing, to release its 2018 annual report that details a year-long examination of guardianship arrangements including research and recommendations on ways to improve the guardianship system in the United States. At…

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White Paper Gives Road Map on Increasing Nation’s Immunization Efforts

A summit convened by Washington, D.C.-based The Gerontological Society of America’s (GSA) National Adult Vaccination Program (NAVP) gives health care providers a roadmap on advancing has resulted in a roadmap for increasing immunization efforts in the nation’s long term care facilities.  A dozen recommendations — including five priority actions — have been outlined in GSA’s…

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URI Researcher Seeks Parkinson’s Patients, Caregivers for Nutritional Study

University of Rhode Island (URI) has recently begun a study, “Tailoring Digital Health to Improve the Nutrition and Health of People with Parkinson’s Disease and Their Caregivers,” to determine how technology could assist  people with Parkinson’s disease and their caregivers by providing easily accessible, and  relevant nutrition information. The study’s research team were motivated to…

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AARP Launches New Media Campaign to Fight High Drug Costs 

Today, AARP announced the launching of a new national media campaign calling on Congressional lawmakers to block the pharmaceutical industry’s attempts to raise drug costs by reversing the Medicare Part D doughnut hole deal. As part of its lobby efforts, AARP will release two national television ads, as well as radio, digital and print ads…

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AARP’s New App Empowers Older Voters in Upcoming Midterm Elections

This month, in anticipation of the upcoming mid-term elections, the Washington, DC-based AARP launches, “Raise Your Voice,” the nation’s first comprehensive advocacy and voting app for smart speakers. The nonprofit’s specially designed app to assist persons over age 50 use their smart speakers to engage in advocacy on key aging issues including Social Security, Medicare,…

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Exploring  Influences in Claiming Social Security and Medicare Coverage Choices

  Over two weeks ago, the Washington, DC-based AARP unveiled its 23-page research study, “Social Security and Medicare Information Sources,” that sought to learn where older adults go for information about their Social Security retirement benefits and Medicare coverage and what influences their decisions related to these benefits, and what they wanted to have known when…

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Drug Enforcement Agency

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Kicks Off on October 27

In just two days, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) kicks off its 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to get unused prescription drugs out of medicine cabinets to collection sites. On Saturday, October 27 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Rhode Islanders can dispose of their expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications at over…

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