Pro Bowl stars respect early retirees but don't plan to join them
ORLANDO, Fla. — On Dec. 17, Carolina Panthers linebacker Luke Kuechly was selected to his seventh consecutive Pro Bowl.Twenty-eight days later, he retired.“There is only one way to play this game since I was a little kid, (and it) is to play fast and play physical and play strong,” an emotional Kuechly said at the time in a 3-minute, 35-second video statement released by the Panthers. “At this point, I don’t know if I’m able to do that anymore, and that’s the part that is the most difficult.“I still want to play, but I don’t think it is the right decision.”Kuechly came to that difficult realiz...
Only the lonely: UC San Diego researchers look at risks, therapies for seniors
They are surrounded by hundreds of other people. They have a large menu of group activities: cards, tennis, art classes, and theater outings. How could anyone living in a vibrant senior community be lonely?But they are, according to a new study by researchers at UC San Diego’s medical school.The scholars assessed residents of an independent living facility in San Diego County and found 85% have moderate to severe levels of loneliness, a complex condition that mounting evidence links to higher risks for heart disease, dementia, elevated blood pressure, depression and premature death.“Loneliness...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
She stole checks from her elderly mother. Now the ex-Mrs. Florida will head to prison.
MIAMI — The former Mrs. Florida 2016, a conservative media pundit, has been sentenced to a month in jail for stealing her late mother’s Social Security checks instead of spending the money on nursing home care.A federal judge handed down the ruling on Thursday, saying that he wanted to send a message to Karyn Turk, 47, and anyone else contemplating Social Security fraud.“You can’t steal from the government and not go to jail,” U.S. Magistrate Bruce Reinhart said, according to the Palm Beach Post.Following her one-month stint behind bars, the Palm Beach County resident will also have to spend f...
Kansas farmers die by suicide at an 'alarming' rate. The state steps in to help them cope
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — He fought it as long as he could. Mick Rausch didn’t know what was wrong until he finally hit a wall he could no longer climb on his own.It was 10 years ago. His brother — younger by just a year and three days — had recently died. A late-spring frost damaged his wheat.He was depressed. His wife knew it. He didn’t. He thought surely there was something wrong with her.“And finally it escalated,” said the 65-year-old retired dairyman who lives in Sedgwick County west of Wichita.One day he was out in the shed checking the drills used to sow the wheat when he lay down and fell as...
The Kansas City Star
Medicare doesn't cover dental care. For many Florida seniors, that's a problem
MIAMI — Sonia Domínguez, 74, and her husband, Miguel Morejón, 81, can’t recall the last time they’ve seen a dentist in Miami, the city they’ve called home for more than two decades.“It may have been around three, four years ago,” said Domínguez. “Probably more.”At issue isn’t a lack of dental problems, but a lack of coverage.After working their entire lives — mostly at a laundromat — Domínguez and Morejón, from the Dominican Republic and Cuba, respectively, are now retired and rely on Medicare to access health services. But as the pair was surprised to find out, their Medicare coverage does no...
Florida nursing home worker stole rings off elderly patient's fingers and pawned them that day, cops say
ORLANDO, Fla. — Dressed in nursing scrubs, 30-year-old Jakovee Ladrel Gray walked into a Haines City pawn shop in mid-November and sold a pair of gold rings, explaining that she had inherited them from her grandmother, according to court records.In reality, police say, Gray had that morning removed the rings from the fingers of an 88-year-old patient at the Winter Garden nursing home where she worked. Hours after the theft — which drew police to the facility — she was at the pawn shop swapping them for cash.Gray, 30, was booked into the Orange County Jail on Wednesday. She faces felony charges...
Componentes de las zanahorias y el té verde podrían revertir síntomas del Alzheimer
Si bien los científicos no han encontrado una cura para el Alzheimer, pueden revertir los síntomas con algunos compuestos clave, según un nuevo informe.Investigadores de la Universidad del Sur de California recientemente realizaron un estudio, publicado en el Journal of Biological Chemistry, para determinar cómo la dieta puede afectar el trastorno cerebral. Examinaron específicamente dos compuestos: epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), un ingrediente clave en el té verde, y ácido ferúlico (FA), que se encuentra en zanahorias, tomates, arroz, trigo y avena.Para su evaluación, observaron ratones c...
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