Solon: PhilHealth eyes premium hike for senior-citizen members

A PARTY-LIST lawmaker representing senior citizens has revealed that the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) is planning to increase the premium allotment for senior...

3 Zamboanga elderly receive P100,000 ‘centenarian gift’

ZAMBOANGA CITY—Three elderly residents of this city on Thursday received P100,000 as a “centenarian gift” from the national government, through the Department of Social...

DSWD launches 1st UCT payout to social-pension beneficiaries

CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on June 15 launched the first-ever unconditional-cash transfer (UCT) payout to 733...

QC approves free anti-pneumonia shots for elderly

THE Quezon City Council approved the initial allocation of P12 million to subsidize the free pneumococcal immunization of 375,000 registered senior citizens in the...

DSWD cash-for-work program assists Ilocos greening program

LAOAG CITY—Over the past three years, the cash-for-work on Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation (CFW-CCAM) has reforested and protected at least 4,500 hectares of...

Makati starts distributing midyear cash gift to older residents

MAKATI Mayor Abby Binay said the distribution of midyear cash gift for 81,298 Blu card holders has started on June 18, and would be...

400 Zambo senior citizens fail to claim Q2 social pension

ZAMBOANGA CITY—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is searching the whereabouts of 400 social pensioners in this city. Ivan Eric Salvador, DSWD...

Is there a doctor aboard? Airlines often hope not

IN May 2016 Lewis Christman was flying from Chicago to Rome when he suffered a bout of acute pancreatitis. He curled into a fetal...

Skyping the doctor? Poll shows it’s not just for the young

WASHINGTON—Every morning, 92-year-old Sidney Kramer wraps a blood- pressure cuff around his arm and steps on a scale, and readings of his heart health...

Old-fashioned concept is Japan’s secret weapon

LIKE gemutlich (a German adjective describing fireside coziness), the Japanese word omotenashi  is hard to define but easy to picture. It’s a cashier greeting...

Housing and Urban Devt plan in US would raise rents for...

CHARLESTON, South Carolina—Housing Secretary Ben Carson said his latest proposal to raise rents would mean a path toward self-sufficiency for more than 4 million...

PhilHealth mum on alleged P10.6-billion fund diversion issue

THE Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) on June 1 announced it would stop issuing any further statement to the media regarding recent issues related...

Add a zip line, and that aging cruise ship is ready...

ON a recent four-night cruise to the Bahamas on the 2,758-passenger Carnival Victory, a lively crowd was downing neon drinks at an equally fluorescent...

Concerned about elder abuse, US states loan out secret cameras

MADISON, Wisconsin—When women at a group home for cognitively disabled elderly in Green Bay heard that the home’s old proprietor was moving back in,...

Nazi death squads focus of latest war crime cases in today’s Germany

BERLIN — German prosecutors are investigating a suspected former member of Adolf Hitler’s mobile killing squads for involvement in World War II massacres carried...

Institutionalization of National Center for Geriatric Health pushed

THE head of the National Center for Geriatric Health (NCGH) is appealing to the Department of Health (DOH) to help enact a law that...

Hurricane Maria killed thousands more than Katrina, study confirms

HURRICANE Maria probably killed about 5,000 people in Puerto Rico last year, even though the official count remains at just 64, according to a...

Senior moms unlock joys of Messenger, YouTube in Smart Millenniors program

FOR Lilia Cos, a senior citizen from Manila, life has not been quite the same since she discovered how to use a smartphone and...

2 elderly women yield P6.8-million shabu in Zamboanga City

ZAMBOANGA CITY­—Anti-narcotics agents here arrested two sexagenarian women and seized an estimated P6.8 million worth of illegal drugs, the police said on Wednesday. Senior Insp....

Actually, the US can afford welfare programs for elderly, poor beneficiaries

ABOUT 42 million people received benefits in the 2017 fiscal year from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Snap)—still widely known as food stamps, although...