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- Older People’s Mental Health Undermined by the Pandemic November 2, 2022 - In early 2020, Sarah Crouch started a tally on her cell phone: a list of names of family members and friends who died since the pandemic began. As of July 2022, there were 51 names. About half died due to…
- ‘It’s Becoming Too Expensive to Be Alive’ October 19, 2022 - Economic insecurity is upending the lives of millions of older adults as soaring housing costs and inflation diminish the value of fixed incomes.
- The Struggle to Find Home Health Care October 4, 2022 - Frail older adults are finding it harder than ever to get paid help amid acute staff shortages at home health agencies.
- Colorado Passes the First Right-To-Repair Bill for Wheelchairs August 18, 2022 - Robin Bolduc isn’t the type of person who takes “no” for an answer—particularly when it comes to fixing her husband’s wheelchair.
- Your Medicare Drug Plan Can Hike Its Prices Almost Anytime August 3, 2022 - Something strange happened between the time Linda Griffith signed up for a new Medicare prescription drug plan during last fall’s enrollment period and when she tried to fill her first prescription in January.
- Villages: Boutique Options for Aging in Place July 28, 2022 -
Twenty years ago, a group of pioneering older adults in Boston created an innovative organization for people committed to aging in place
- Top Experts Question the Value of Advance Care Planning May 24, 2022 - For decades, Americans have been urged to fill out documents specifying their end-of-life wishes before becoming terminally ill—living wills, do-not-resuscitate orders and other written materials expressing treatment preferences.
- Keeping an Eye on Older Adults with a Camera or Sensors April 12, 2022 - In the middle of a rainy Michigan night, 88-year-old Dian Wurdock walked out the front door of her son’s home in Grand Rapids, MI, barefoot and coatless.
- Saying a Wrenching Goodbye to My Longtime Primary Care Doctor March 30, 2022 - I hadn’t expected the tears.
My primary care doctor and I were saying goodbye after nearly 30 years together.
- The Surprising Importance of Casual Acquaintances February 3, 2022 - In May, Vincent Keenan traveled from Chicago to Charlottesville, VA, for a wedding—his first trip out of town since the start of the pandemic.
- Intimidated by Smartphones or Tablets? Help Is Available December 8, 2021 - Six months ago, Cindy Sanders, 68, bought a computer so she could learn how to email and have Zoom chats with her great-grandchildren.
- What Happens When a Geriatrician Becomes a Caregiver? July 27, 2021 - The loss of a husband. The death of a sister. Taking in an elderly mother with dementia.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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,…
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.