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- Lethal Plans: Suicides in Long Term Care Facilities October 8, 2019 - When Larry Anders moved into the Bay at Burlington nursing home in late 2017, he wasn’t supposed to be there long. At 77, the stoic Wisconsin machinist had just endured the death of his wife of 51 years and a grim new diagnosis: throat cancer, stage 4.
- Getting Older, Sleeping Less? October 8, 2019 - Until age 45, Mary Jo Anderson says, she was a “champion sleeper.” “It’s like someone flipped a light switch,” she said. “When I entered menopause, I suddenly couldn’t fall asleep.” At age 64, she had less trouble falling asleep but…
- Starving Seniors: How America Fails to Feed Its Aging September 13, 2019 - Army veteran Eugene Milligan is 75 years old and blind. He uses a wheelchair since losing half his right leg to diabetes and gets dialysis for kidney failure.
And he has struggled to get enough to eat.
- Are Pets Really Good for Older People? September 9, 2019 - An older couple put aside some of the food delivered by Meals on Wheels in order to have enough to feed their dog. A widow delays an important visit to the doctor, fearing no one will care for her cat…
- Loneliness in Older Adults: It’s Complicated July 30, 2019 - For years, Linda Fried, MD, offered older patients who complained of being lonely what seemed to be sensible guidance. “Go out and find something that matters to you,” she would say.
- What If You Don’t Want Dialysis? July 10, 2019 - Susan Wong, MD, sat down with an 84-year-old patient in the hospital, where he’d been admitted with a flare-up of a serious auto-immune condition and deteriorating kidney function.
- The New Shingles Shot: Much More Effective Than the Old One January 30, 2019 - Federal officials have recommended a new vaccine that is more effective than an earlier version at protecting older adults against the painful rash called shingles. But persuading many adults to get this and other recommended vaccines continues to be an uphill battle.
- Everything You Need to Know about the New Medicare Cards September 28, 2018 - In April, the government [started] sending out new Medicare cards, launching a massive, yearlong effort to alter how 59 million people enrolled in the federal health insurance program are identified.
- Older Artists Keep Creating and Growing September 12, 2018 - Opera star Plácido Domingo made his name as a tenor. ...But now, at age 77, Domingo is a baritone.
- Love to Travel? Don’t Let Aging or a Disability Stop You July 11, 2018 - As a cultural attaché for the US Department of State, Teresa Wilkin lived abroad and traveled the world, and she kept traveling, extensively, after retiring in 2004. But it wasn’t until last year that Wilkin, 69, had what she wryly…
- When Is It Time to Give Up the Car Keys? April 20, 2018 - Americans outlive their own ability to drive by six to 10 years on average. To many of them, that seems like a fate almost worse than death.
- How to Save Yourself and Those You Love During a Disaster April 20, 2018 - When Hurricane Harvey struck his neighborhood on August 28, 2017, the Rev. John Stephens of Chapelwood United Methodist Church in Houston helped launch a “boat ministry.” He and several men in the church navigated privately owned boats into the rising…
- Playbook for Later Life April 20, 2018 - In July, 2017, Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel rocked the sports world with a stunning announcement: he was retiring from pro football, at the top of his game, at age 26. Urschel, once dubbed “the NFL’s smartest man,” will…
- Don’t Deny Your Age—Celebrate It! March 7, 2018 - Recently someone asked me if I would participate in a talk called "Don’t Let an Old Person Move into Your Body." I thought about it for several days, and then I declined.
- Marc Agronin: There’s Power in Growing Old January 21, 2018 - Marc Agronin, MD, knows old age—as much as a 51-year-old could anyway. In particular, he knows difficult old age.
- 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.
- 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.”