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- 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.
- ‘Elder Orphans’ Need Fallback Plans May 15, 2019 - It was a memorable place to have an “aha” moment about aging.
Peter Sperry had taken his 82-year-old father, who’d had a stroke and used a wheelchair, to Disney World.
- Breaking the Age Barrier May 3, 2019 - Art Russell, 60, counts at least a dozen 20-somethings as friends: the guys he fences with; a 26-year-old colleague at work; and several people who attend his church. Although he also has many friends his own age, Russell values those…
- New Challenges for Grandparents March 5, 2019 - As a divorced, single mom, Karen Spencer thought she was done raising children when her son and two daughters grew up and left home. It didn’t work out that way.
- The Doctor Will See You Now—Online November 28, 2018 - Tucked into the federal budget law Congress passed in February  was a provision that significantly expands the use of telemedicine—long a hyped, health care reform, and now poised to go mainstream within five to 10 years.
- 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.
- 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…
- 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…
- Aging Boomers May Need a Little Help from Their Friends March 11, 2018 - Family members already form an invisible work force that cares for America's frail elders. But changes in policy and family structure—from later-life divorce to smaller families—suggest that friends and extended family will play even more important roles as caregivers in coming years.
- They’re Not Well and They’re All Alone March 11, 2018 - Phyllis Krantzman knows what she should do, but like many of her peers, the 71-year-old doesn’t know how to approach a casual acquaintance to ask who will take care of her when she needs it most.
- Boomerang Seniors—They’re Moving to Be Near Mom or Dad March 7, 2018 - Like many peers in their 70s, Lois and Richard Jones of Media, PA, sold their home and downsized, opting for an apartment in a nearby senior living community they had come to know well. For 13 years, they have visited Lois’ mother, Madge Wertzberger, there.
- 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…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.