Influenza Vaccine Less Effective in Seniors Taking Statins

Influenza Vaccine Less Effective in Seniors Taking Statins

On Oct. 29, 2015, The Journal of Infectious Diseases published the results of two studies that indicate the influenza vaccine is less effective in seniors taking statins. According to CBS News, the studies were funded by the Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company, Novartis. The first study took place during the 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 flu seasons and included nearly 7,000 adults […]

Ageism and Its End (Prejudice Against Seniors)

Ageism and Its End (Prejudice Against Seniors)

Until I turned sixty-six, retired, and officially joined the ranks of “the olds,” I lived for decades as an unreflecting and unapologetic ageist. Not as a mean-spirited person and proud of being open-minded and progressive. I have always tried to guard against bias in my thoughts and actions, and to fight bigotry wherever it cast […]