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- Losing Sight July 7, 2021 - In 2014, Sharon Kassakian, 75, was diagnosed with macular degeneration in one eye. But the condition was manageable, and she felt confident enough to move to Portland in late 2016 to be closer to family. Then, in 2018, her vision…
- Telemedicine Is a Useful New Tool—with Limitations July 3, 2021 - Earlier in the pandemic, it was vital to see doctors over platforms like Zoom or FaceTime when in-person appointments posed risks of coronavirus exposure.
- Crafting: A Way to Cope during the Pandemic June 9, 2021 - When KathLynne Lauterback, 64, retired in January 2020, she and her husband planned to move to a new place and to travel. But just a few months later, the COVID-19 pandemic struck. A health crisis sent her husband to the…
- Why Technology Matters So Much for Older People during a Pandemic May 19, 2021 - Family gatherings on Zoom and FaceTime. Online orders from grocery stores and pharmacies. Telehealth appointments with physicians.
- Row, Row, Row Your Boat May 5, 2021 - Hanne Caraher loves rowing. She’s very good at it. So good, she’s won a national gold medal and has competed in championships in Canada, Poland, Germany and Hungary (she won there too). After years of early morning practices—which meant arising…
- His Medical Crisis Took Us by Surprise April 21, 2021 - Earlier this month, my husband picked up the phone and learned his 92-year-old father had been taken to the hospital that morning, feeling sick and short of breath.
- 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