Best Bikes for Baby Boomers

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Health & Wellness

The Easy Boarding bike by Biria. (Photo Courtesy of Biria)

The Easy Boarding bike by Biria. (Photo Courtesy of Biria)

By Jim Miller

If you’re interested in leisurely, recreational riding for fitness and fun, a great option is a “comfort bike,” which is very popular among baby boomers. Here’s what you should know about this option, along with some tips to help you shop and choose.

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Local Support Groups

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Health & Wellness

Below is a sampling of local support groups for caregivers and those they are taking care of. Please call the support groups for the latest times and dates, as meetings are subject to change.

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Making Connections Through Remembered Joy

July 24, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Health & Wellness

Grandmother SketchBy Trudy Lyon

I remember as a child sitting with my grandmother sorting through vegetable and flower seeds each spring. She would start looking forward to planting her gardens and what if anything she would add new to her already large garden patches. She would reminisce about how her flowers and vegetables grew the previous year and what did well and what did not.

When my grandmother developed dementia and was no longer living in her home, we would take her flowers or go for walks in the neighborhood to look at other people’s flowerbeds. She could no longer remember the names of most of the flowers she had once planted and watched grow in her backyard, but she still loved looking at them. Later, as the dementia progressed and she was not able to get out and around, my sister, who has been a caregiver for as long as I can remember, would take in books or magazines that featured beautiful gardens and numerous varieties of flowers.  Read more

Nurturing Relationships & Meaningful Conversations

July 24, 2017  
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By Stephanie Choate

When a loved one is nearing the end of their life, caregivers are faced with a barrage of responsibilities. Read more

Moving Toward a Cure for Alzheimer’s and Living Well Now

July 24, 2017  
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One of the many teams who took part in the 2016 Walk to End Alzheimer’s. (left to right) Vermont singer/songwriter Grace Potter; Promise Garden representatives Greg Lothrup, Walt Gundel, Kay Howley and LIsa Beilstein; and Emcee Eva McKend from WCAX-TV. (Courtesy Photo)

By Martha Richardson, Alzheimer’s Association, Vermont chapter

I’ll bet you’ve heard or read at least one story about Alzheimer’s or a related dementia in the last week. You may have even had a recent conversation about a family member or friend who is dealing with dementia. That didn’t happen often five or six years ago, but times are changing. And that’s making a profound difference in the world of Alzheimer’s.  Read more

Sanders Pushes for Social Security Expansion

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Health & Wellness

“Anyone who tells you Social Security is going broke is lying. We can increase Social Security benefits for millions of Americans and extend the life of Social Security if we have the political will to tell the wealthiest Americans to pay the same rate as everyone else.”
 - Bernie Sanders

“Anyone who tells you Social Security is going broke is lying. We can increase Social Security benefits for millions of Americans and extend the life of Social Security if we have the political will to tell the wealthiest Americans to pay the same rate as everyone else.”
 – Bernie Sanders

Earlier this year, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced legislation to expand Social Security benefits and strengthen the retirement program. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) introduced a companion bill in the House. Read more

Staying Young In Spirit In Retirement

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Aging Parents, Health & Wellness

flyfish2006Mohr Keet of South Africa bungee jumped when he was 96, landing himself in the Guinness Board of World Records.

Yuichiro Miura of Japan climbed Mount Everest when he was 80. Read more

Volunteering in retirement makes life ‘a joy’

May 15, 2017  
Filed under Feature Stories, Health & Wellness

The United Way’s Foster  Grandparent program places volunteers in preschool, elementary school and middle school classrooms.  (Contributed photo)

The United Way’s Foster
Grandparent program places volunteers in preschool, elementary school and middle school classrooms.
(Contributed photo)

By Stephanie Choate

Retirement provides the luxury of time to spend with family, on new interests or traveling. But sometimes, retirees can find themselves with a little too much time on their hands.

After a career with the City of Burlington, Margaret Ruttledge of Winooski wanted something to do.

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Age Well Seminar:  Eating on a Budget:  Healthy Meals that Won’t Break the Bank!

December 15, 2016  
Filed under Health & Wellness, Things to do

 

 

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Seminar time is 9:30am in the Amphitheatre.

 

Cooking on a budget? Don’t skimp on nutrition!  Join Age Well’s Nutrition Director, Chris Moldovan, a Registered Dietician with over 25 years of experience and currently the President-elect of the Vermont Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Affordable meals do not have to be boring and they don’t have to lack taste or variety.  Learn tips on how to plan your meals without sacrificing taste, while maximizing nutritional value.  In addition, find out more about Age Well’s Community Meals and Restaurant Ticket Program.

 

Age Well is a non-profit organization serving Northwestern Vermont and is the largest provider of Meals on Wheels, delivering over 250,000 meals annually.  Our mission is to provide the support and guidance that inspires our community to embrace aging with confidence.  To learn more, visit:  agewellvt.org or call our Helpline.

 

 

Brand Name Drug Prices Increase Nearly 130 Times Faster Than Inflation

December 14, 2016  
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New AARP report shows fourth straight year of double-digit price average annual increases for widely used brand name drugs

Washington, DC — Retail prices for brand name prescription drugs widely used by older Americans rose by an average of 15.5% in 2015—almost 130 times faster than the 0.1% general inflation rate—according to a new AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) report released today. AARP’s Rx Price Watch Report: Trends in Retail Prices of Brand Name Prescription Drugs Widely Used by Older Americans, 2006-2015, shows that the average annual cost for one brand name drug used on a chronic basis now exceeds $5,800.

For the average older American taking 4.5 prescription drugs per month, this translates into an average annual cost of therapy of $26,000*. This amount exceeds the median income of $24,150 for Medicare beneficiaries.

“This new report once again highlights the high and unrelenting price increases that are shockingly common in the pharmaceutical market,” said AARP Chief Public Policy Officer Debra Whitman. “What’s particularly remarkable is that these incredibly high price increases are still occurring in the face of the intense public and congressional criticism of prescription drug pricing practices.”

Highlights of the Rx Price Watch Report

  • The average annual retail price increase for widely used brand name prescription drugs was more than two and a half times higher in 2015 (15.5%) than in 2006 (5.9%).
  • Brand name drug prices increased almost 130 times faster than general inflation in 2015 (15.5% vs 0.1%).
  • In 2015, the average annual retail cost of one brand name medication used to treat a chronic health condition more than $5,800, compared with nearly $1,800 in 2006.
  • Retail prices increased for 97% of the 268 brand name prescription drugs in the study’s market basket.
  • Seven widely used brand name drugs had average annual retail price increases of over 50% in 2015.
  • Five of the six drugs with the highest cumulative price increases over the study period were marketed by Valeant Pharmaceuticals. The retail price of Valeant’s anti-anxiety drug, Ativan 1 mg tablets, increased by 2,873% between 2006 and 2015.

“Prescription drug therapy is not affordable when its cost exceeds the patient’s entire income,” said Leigh Purvis, Director of Health Services Research, AARP Public Policy Institute, and co-author of the report. “Even if patients are fortunate enough to have good health care coverage, high prescription drug costs translate into higher out-of-pocket costs—especially for those who pay a percentage of drug costs rather than a fixed copayment—as well as higher premiums, deductibles, and other forms of cost-sharing.”

vm-picRx Price Watch Report Methodology
AARP’s Public Policy Institute, in collaboration with the PRIME Institute at the University of Minnesota, developed a market basket of 268 brand name prescription drug products widely used by older Americans. Using data from the Truven Health MarketScan® Research Databases, the report analyzed retail price changes between 2006 and 2015 for the drug products in the market basket. The medications include products in 49 therapeutic categories used to treat common and often chronic health conditions, including high cholesterol, diabetes, and hypertension.

This report is the latest in the AARP Public Policy Institute’s Rx Price Watch series. Separate reports analyze price changes for widely used generic and specialty drug products. The series also analyzes the price changes for an overall market basket (i.e., brand name, generic, and specialty drug products combined) to reflect the overall market impact of drug price changes.

The full report can be found here: http://www.aarp.org/rxpricewatch

*These prices reflect the total costs for specific prescriptions and may not reflect the actual out-of-pocket costs (such as a copay) that a consumer would pay at the pharmacy.

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