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Elderly Invisible to Justice System?

An elderly woman spent several days in jail for a suspended license (which wasn’t correct it had been reinstated) and even though she could have been released without bail. The justice system simply didn’t see her. This is an example of the disdain with which the elderly are often treated in our society. We should…

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Knee Surgery OK for Octogenarians

Knee replacement surgery can improve the quality of life even for very elderly patients, according to a study presented at the 2009 Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS). The study found that patients in their 80s can benefit both physically and socially from knee replacement surgery, also called total knee arthroplasty (TKA), once…

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Anti-Psychotic drugs still being given to elders despite warnings

There are several drugs, that are too commonly prescribed, that pose a risk of deadly side effects for older people. Zyprexa, Resperidol and Seroquel, among others, were developed to treat severe psychotic disorders, such as schizophrenia. These drugs all bear the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s “black box” warning label. This warning label says that…

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NAELA moving to Washington, DC

The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys has announced to its members that the Board has decided to move its headquarters to Washington, DC from its current location in Arizona. NAELA has over 5000 attorney members from all over the country who are the leaders in Elder Law and Special Needs representation. The Academy was…

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Statin Drugs

New research says that taking cholesterol-lowering (statin) drugs, offers no protection against Alzheimer’s disease as opposed to earlier reports which indicated otherwise. The January 16, 2008, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology reports on a study that found no relationship between statin use and Alzheimer’s disease. 929 people…