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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…

200905.15
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Medicare Rights Center Secures Coverage for New York Woman’s Cancer Treatment

New York, NY – More than two years after it first filed an appeal, the Medicare Rights Center has secured coverage under the Medicare Part D prescription drug benefit for a New York woman’s ovarian cancer treatment. As a result, Judith M. Layzer will obtain coverage from her Part D plan of Cetrotide, a hormone…

200902.26
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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…