Martin Rice has posted frequently on fifty2ninety.com about the evils of ageism and ways to fight it. Last week, however, he realized that he himself has been guilty of practicing ageism without even realizing it. You can read his confession in his post, I’m an Ageist!
Lifestyle choices can help prevent or postpone chronic diseases. To support better eating, NIH has prepared a series of pages that ask, “What’s On Your Plate?” Karen from The Generation Above Me previews these pages and shares statistics from the CDC about the powerful effects that healthy choices can have on lowering risk of heart disease, stroke and diabetes.
Tom Sightings read a book last week called Looking for Me by Beth Hoffman, a meandering novel about a woman who opens an antique shop while agonizing over her younger brother who ran away from home and was never seen again. It made Sightings wonder Is Someone Missing in Your Life? and then go on to consider the death of our parents and ask Are You an Orphan?
Amy, on Modern Senior, has done some digging and gotten to the bottom of reverse mortgages. If you are worried about being able to afford retirement and thinking about taking out a reverse mortgage, you need to read her article The Good and the Bad of Reverse Mortgages first. Chances are, you have already seen the commercials starring famous senior celebrities touting the advantages of these loans, and wondered to yourself whether they are too good to be true. Read on to find out.
On The Survive and Thrive Boomer Guide, Rita R. Robison, consumer journalist, writes about new warnings from the Food and Drug Administration about the dangers of high-dose acetaminophen. The FDA is recommending health care providers stop prescribing and dispensing combination prescription drugs that contain more than 325 milligrams of acetaminophen. The FDA said the benefit that don’t outweigh the added risks of liver damage. In January 2011, the FDA asked makers of combination prescription drugs with acetaminophen to limit the amount of acetaminophen to no more than 325 mg in a dose by Jan. 14, 2014. About half complied. The agency said that severe liver damage has occurred in consumers who took more than the prescribed dose of an acetaminophen-containing product in a 24-hour period; took more than one acetaminophen-containing product at the same time; or drank alcohol while taking acetaminophen products. The FDA said it will address over-the-counter acetaminophen products in a separate regulation.