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For Stone Phillips, a Focus on the Home Front

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Fri, 04/18/2014 - 14:58
A broadcaster turns the camera on his parents.

Are Blood Pressure Drugs Worth the Falls?

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Wed, 04/16/2014 - 13:06
A study finds that older people on hypertensives have a higher risk of serious falls, and that patients are divided on whether their priority is reducing cardiovascular risk or fewer tumbles.

Wounded by the Language of War

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Fri, 04/11/2014 - 14:06
Rattling sabers and manning the battle stations at the end of life. Why do we say that?

When the Criticisms Never End

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 13:56
Tyrannosaurus parents once ruled the household, and still want to.

What Did Medicare Pay Your Doctor?

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Wed, 04/09/2014 - 09:04
Medicare officials release data on doctor payments, and an analysis by The Times uncovers a number of surprises.

Answers to Tough Questions About Dying

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Mon, 04/07/2014 - 16:04
A new online tool from the National Institute of Nursing Research explains end-of-life care.

What, Me Old?

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Fri, 04/04/2014 - 18:13
Suddenly strangers seem to think I'm frail.

Walking the Talk

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Wed, 04/02/2014 - 12:37
Caregiver support groups: Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest.

Sharp Truths Only Fiction Can Tell

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Mon, 03/31/2014 - 16:26
In a new anthology, renowned authors of recent decades explore chronic and terminal illness, and the toll that takes on families.

An Aid Program Too Often Neglected

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Fri, 03/28/2014 - 16:34
Why don't more seniors take advantage of food stamps?

A Quiet ‘Sea Change’ in Medicare

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Tue, 03/25/2014 - 05:00
Although patients often hear otherwise, Medicare does not require that they improve to keep receiving certain kinds of therapy.

Guidelines May Double Statin Use

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Mon, 03/24/2014 - 15:23
New treatment guidelines for lowering cholesterol could double the use of drugs by older people, researchers have reported.

In Many States, Few Legal Rights for C.C.R.C. Residents

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Fri, 03/21/2014 - 17:24
Continuing care retirement communities are regulated by a loose patchwork of state laws.

C.C.R.C. Residents Ask, ‘Where’s the Money?’

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Thu, 03/20/2014 - 05:00
Residents sue a California retirement community after learning that refunds on entrance fees have not been set aside. Similar suits have cropped up elsewhere.

Mammography’s Limits, Seldom Understood

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Fri, 03/14/2014 - 15:01
It was tough to persuade women to begin getting regular mammograms. Decades later, it's tough getting older women to stop.

Questions About a Popular Heart Procedure

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Wed, 03/12/2014 - 05:00
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement has gained popularity as a less invasive way to mend heart valves in elderly patients, but some experts are not convinced it is better than the traditional surgery.

Geriatricians Question Five Common Treatments

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Fri, 03/07/2014 - 16:49
The American Geriatrics Society says medical evidence is scant for five common treatments in the elderly.

Music Born of Magical Thinking

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Wed, 03/05/2014 - 16:01
Jonatha Brooke talks about her mother's descent into Alzheimer's disease, the basis of her one-woman show, "My Mother Has 4 Noses."

Differences in Care at For-Profit Hospices

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Mon, 03/03/2014 - 17:07
For-profit hospices are more likely than nonprofits to serve patients in institutions and to exceed Medicare cost limits, a new study found.

‘Somebody That Nobody Thought I Could Be’

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Fri, 02/28/2014 - 06:00
An Oscar-nominated short film examines a prison hospice staffed by inmates.
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