Aging, Alabama Seniors

Breast Cancer Higher in Women Over 70

Aging in Alabama aims to educate and bring attention to the needs of aging adults and their children. During the month of October, we would be remiss if we did not discuss breast cancer awareness. The two biggest factors for breast cancer are being older and female. The older a woman is, the more likely she is to get breast cancer. Rates are highest in women over age 70. Research suggests that women older than 70 have decreased immune defense mechanisms, making it harder for their bodies to deal with metastasized tumors. The physical and emotional support of family, friends,…

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Aging, Alabama Seniors, Care Giving

Do I Need Long-Term Care?

With the Obama administration’s recent decision to halt the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports program, the issue of long-term care is more important than ever. CLASS provided basic long-term care insurance at an affordable cost. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, about 70 percent of individuals age 65 and older will require some type of long-term care services during their lifetimes. Women are more at risk than men, with 79 percent of women turning 65 and needing some long-term care. Most people do not understand why long-term care insurance is needed and only a small percentage…

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