The are plenty of famous senior citizens still going strong — take Betty White, for example. But who are the coolest of the cool? Montevideo American News, weary of those 30-under-30 lists, decided to assemble a list of their own: the coolest senior citizens. Of course, Betty White is on the list, but so are 11 others — some of whom you may not know, some of whom you may know have known were still alive, but all of whom are unquestionably cool class acts.
Not that there’s anything wrong with statins; in fact, a July journal article that statins are unquestionably of use in lowering cholesterol. However, amongst the very elderly (those 79 and above), prescription of statins increased from 8.8% in 1999-2000, to 34.1% in 2011-12. The increase itself would be fine if there were clear benefits, but it seems to be widely used as primary prevention — amongst those with no history of coronary heart disease, stroke, or peripheral vascular disease. And for that use in this population, it’s almost completely untested. So, if you’re taking statins purely for preventative purposes, you may want to ask your doctor again.
“Medical tourism” has been a big deal for quite a while. With seemingly never-ending price increases, worse health insurance, and cheaper travel, people have been combining world vacations with optional surgeries for years. But Mexico has never been at the top of the list of destinations. That’s changing now, particularly for senior citizens. With nearly 70% of seniors lacking dental insurance, there’s a growing trend amongst the demographic to head south of the border. Now, what’s Spanish for hygienist?