Pacemakers Beneficial for Oldest Old
If your doctor, or a loved one’s doctor, has recommended having a pacemaker implanted for severe slowing of the heart, remember this: a recent study has shown that even very old people benefit from this treatment option.
The study looked at 1588 people age 80 and older who received pacemakers between 1971 and 2000. Results showed that people who had pacemakers in the 90s are surviving longer now than people did when they received pacemakers in the 70s and 80s.
Source: American Heart Journal, November 2003
Make Life Easier: The Telephone Doesn’t have to be Challenging
The buttons can be too small. It can be hard to hear the person on the other end of the line. And you can’t read the caller ID name in time to pick up before your answering machine kicks in.
If these problems have been driving you nuts, read on.
There’s now a cordless phone available for people who have hearing and vision difficulties. It makes a caller’s voice sound louder. And the numbers on the telephone are larger and they’re lighted. It costs $109.95, plus shipping and handling, from
. Or you can call 1-800-894-9549.
And if that caller ID display on your current phone is too hard to read, consider getting a jumbo display. It shows the caller’s name and telephone number in large type. You can find this for $89.95 at
. Or you can call 1-877-648-8400.
The New York Times, 14 December 2003. “The Growing Market for Bigger Buttons.”