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- Left Behind in the ‘Cruel’ Race for Vaccines March 24, 2021 - With millions of older Americans eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and limited supplies, many continue to describe a frantic and frustrating search to secure a shot, beset by uncertainty and difficulty.
- In the Red March 4, 2021 - At age 50, Sarah Smith found herself divorced, bankrupt and saddled with debts inherited from her ex-husband. When her two children chose to attend private colleges, she took out student loans. Now, at 66, Smith (not her real name) still…
- Older COVID Patients Battle ‘Brain Fog’ February 26, 2021 - “Lord, give me back my memory.”
For months, as Marilyn Walters has struggled to recover from COVID-19, she has repeated this prayer day and night.
- Climate Change Endangers Many Older Adults February 3, 2021 - In 2007, Larry Howe watched a documentary called The Great Global Warming Swindle, which denied the threat of climate change. Convinced, he put the issue out of his mind. But that changed a few years later when Howe’s first grandchild…
- What Will Later Life Be Like Beyond COVID-19? January 28, 2021 - Months into the coronavirus pandemic, older adults are having a hard time envisioning their “new normal.”
- The Doctor Is In (Virtually) December 9, 2020 - As a retired registered nurse, Donna Bening, 81, has known for decades that telemedicine was coming. Her expectations have been realized this year. Bening had two virtual visits via videoconference: first with her primary care physician for a routine checkup,…
- Older People Are Having Second Thoughts about Where to Live November 25, 2020 - Where do we want to live in the years ahead? Older adults are asking this question anew in light of the ongoing toll of the coronavirus pandemic—disrupted lives, social isolation, mounting deaths.
- Bob Blancato: Fighting Elder Abuse through Politics November 11, 2020 - In 1981, a US Senate committee released the first congressional report on a problem that was gradually coming to light—one that was “shameful” and “alien to the American spirit.” It was being called elder abuse.
- COVID-19 Is Damaging Bereaved Families October 22, 2020 - Every day, the nation is reminded of COVID-19’s ongoing impact as new death counts are published. What is not well documented is the toll on family members.
- Will Lifelong Learning Change the Way We Age? October 7, 2020 - Six years ago, Laura Rich signed up for a continuing education class in Chinese art history and archaeology at Stanford University. Her children were grown and she was wrapping up a full-time stint on the local school board. “Most of…
- Should You Change Your Living Will Because of the Pandemic? September 30, 2020 - Last month, Minna Buck revised a document specifying her wishes should she become critically ill.
“No intubation,” she wrote in large letters on the form, making sure to include the date and her initials.
- Why Black Aging Matters Too September 9, 2020 - Old. Chronically ill. Black. People who fit this description are more likely to die from COVID-19 than any other group in the country.
- COVID-19 Sets Off a Pandemic of Despair for Older People August 6, 2020 - As states relax coronavirus restrictions, older adults are advised, in most cases, to keep sheltering in place. But for some, the burden of isolation and uncertainty is becoming hard to bear.
- Why the New Public Charge Rule Could Hit Older Immigrants Hard July 29, 2020 - Devyani Dave immigrated from India to California in 1995 in her early 60s to live near her son and his family. Her green card was sponsored by her son
- Older and Wiser—but Dizzier July 8, 2020 - Carol Kuhlman vividly remembers a weekend trip with friends about two years ago—because that’s when she started feeling dizzy. The lightheaded, unsteady sensation came on gradually and quickly got worse. “It was very uncomfortable,” said Kuhlman, 66. “I had to…
- Is Aging a Disease? June 24, 2020 - The first depiction of humanity’s obsession with curing death is The Epic of Gilgamesh—which, dating back to at least 1800 BC, is also one of the first recorded works of literature, period.
- Patient Advocates: Pathfinders in the Complex World of Medicine June 11, 2020 - When a life-threatening staph infection sent Dominick Buttiglieri, 64, to the hospital, his situation quickly worsened—and his wife, Deborah, soon felt overwhelmed. “His organs were shutting down, and the doctors weren’t giving us much hope,” she said. Dominick was in…
- Parenting Your Aging Parents May 27, 2020 - David Solie’s 89-year-old mother, Carol, was unyielding. “No, I will not move,” she told her son every time he suggested that she leave her home and relocate to a senior-living residence.
- Write Your Own Obituary May 6, 2020 - When Susan deLarios’s mother passed away, she had to scramble to finish the obituary before the funeral. By contrast, when her father died a few years earlier, his obituary was already done—he had written it himself. Given how much easier…
- Where Should You Go to Recover after a Hospitalization? April 7, 2020 - Every year, nearly two million people on Medicare—most of them older adults—go to a skilled nursing facility to recover after a hospitalization. But choosing the facility can be daunting, according to an emerging body of research.