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- Save on Health Care at the Playground January 20, 2018 - When Ronni Bennett discovered elder playgrounds online a few years ago, she immediately fell in love with the concept.
- Aging and Addicted January 20, 2018 - It took a lot of convincing for John Evard to go to rehab. Seven days into his stay at the Las Vegas Recovery Center, the nausea and aching muscles of opioid withdrawal were finally beginning to fade.
- Chinese American Families: Stressed Out over Caregiving January 20, 2018 - Almost three in four Chinese American family caregivers say they feel the stress and burden of caring for their elderly parents, according to a recent study from Rush University Medical Center and Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago.
- The Opioid Balancing Act January 18, 2018 - The national conversation about the opioid epidemic has mostly focused on young people who buy drugs illegally on the street. But the scrutiny of opioids has also changed the way doctors are prescribing medications to [older people] to ease their pain from arthritis, cancer, neurological diseases and other illnesses that become more common in later life.
- Medical Tourism: Are Local Doctors Always the Best Choice? January 18, 2018 - Patients travel from around the United States and the world to see Richard Guyer, MD, an orthopedic spine surgeon at the Texas Back Institute in Plano, TX, because he is a recognized, widely published expert in disc-replacement surgery. But when…
- Faster Aging through Space Travel January 11, 2018 - When Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield returned to Earth after nearly five months in space in 2013, he described his physical state as “tottering around like an old man.”
- What’s a New Word for ‘Old’? January 10, 2018 - Warren Wood is old. He’s proud he’s old. He advertises the fact that he is old by wearing a cap that says UFO in red letters. “What’s UFO?” people ask. “United Flying Octogenarians,” Wood, 86, of Carmel, CA, happily responds.…
- They’re Falling Through the Cracks: Grandmothers Raising Grandchildren January 10, 2018 - Increasing numbers of grandmothers across the United States are raising their grandchildren, many of them in poverty and grappling with a public assistance system not designed to meet their needs.
- How to Deal with Your Digital Afterlife January 10, 2018 - Sara Ivey, 63, calls it one of the few gifts of cancer: time to plan. When her husband, Jerald Sluder, was diagnosed with advanced melanoma, the Dallas couple had time to organize his affairs before his death in December 2016…
- How to Challenge Ageist Language January 10, 2018 - For people sensitive to words and the connection of words, beliefs and behaviors, the last linguistic battle was probably against sexism in language—the so-called “generic he,” the misuse of “girl,” the exclusionary words like “chairman” and “statesman,” the rise of “Ms.” as a title.
- Henry Cisneros: Homes—and Neighborhoods—Should Work for All Ages June 29, 2017 - For years, Henry Cisneros watched his father, George, live an active life with limited mobility. A stroke at the age of 59 had left the elder Cisneros without the use of his left arm and left leg. But parts of his house were modified to accommodate his limited mobility. He was able to live there, with his wife, Elvira, in the home and close-knit neighborhood where they’d raised their children, until two years before he died in 2006 at age 89.
- Grieving Has Changed: Today People Do It Publicly—Online April 4, 2017 - These days when a loved one dies, we don’t stop clocks and don black for months. There is no sackcloth.
- If Assisted Suicide Is Legalized, Is That Really Good for the Dying? April 4, 2017 - Last spring, everything changed for Matt Larson. “One day I was fine. The next I was being rushed by ambulance to Denver Health following two very massive and violent seizures,” said Larson.
- They Aren’t Really ‘Just Fine’: Your Aging Parents Who Don’t Live Nearby April 4, 2017 - "I'm doing fine." It's reassuring to hear when you call a parent who lives far away. But the fact is, seniors living alone in their 70s and beyond may keep serious problems to themselves because they don't want to worry you or feel like a burden.
- Holding Stories in Their Hands April 4, 2017 - Thelma is 97. “Did you know I used to be a bartender?” she asks photographer Elaine Zelker.
- Emi Kiyota: Out to Transform the Rigid Nursing-Home Culture April 4, 2017 - The first time Emi Kiyota visited her grandmother in a Japanese nursing home, she was profoundly affected. “I was so uncomfortable,” Kiyota says.
- The Home Care Revolution: Is Family Care on the Way Out? April 4, 2017 - He rinses her feeding tube and hands it to her; she shakes it dry and attaches it to a port on her abdomen as he dissolves three pills in water. Chuck fetches her liquid lunch as Rosalie places a plastic receptacle in an ingenious homemade stand that Chuck fashioned from PVC pipe and an old battery charger, weighted “with imported stones from the front yard.”
- The Home Care Revolution: Strangers in the Home April 4, 2017 - Many families plunge into the mysterious universe of elder home care after a hospital stay—often an unexpected one.
Shortly before it's time to go home, the patient or a relative typically receives a brochure for the hospital's recommended home health agency, with a brief discussion of the limited rehabilitation services Medicare will cover.
- The Home Care Revolution: Are Robots the Answer? April 4, 2017 - If you are 55 years old, you could wake up 30 years from now to the warm, affectionate voice of your personal care robot, asking what you would like for breakfast and why you slept for only 5.8 hours last night instead of your usual 7.3.
- Grandpa Gets Around…Using Uber April 4, 2017 - When Kerri Couillard founded Babierge, she expected the business would mostly attract young families who were traveling. The Albuquerque-based fledgling company connects people who need baby gear for a few days with those who have equipment to rent. Couillard was…