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A New Direction

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 15:27
The blog is ending, but our coverage of caregiving and aging is not. The New Old Age will run as a twice-monthly column by Paula Span on nytimes.com and frequently in Science Times.

Remembering the Lost

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:21
At many nursing homes and assisted living places, a resident's passing may be hardly noted.

The Future, Revisited

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Mon, 12/29/2014 - 05:00
Circumstances had changed, and all these documents needed to change, too.

Diabetes Prevention That Works

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Fri, 12/26/2014 - 15:22
Lifestyle modification prevents Type 2 diabetes even more effectively in the elderly than in middle-aged patients.

Dementia, but Prettier

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Fri, 12/19/2014 - 12:06
Julianne Moore gives a wonderful performance in "Still Alice," but the film skirts the truth about dementia.

Questionable Remedies for Eye Disease

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Wed, 12/17/2014 - 13:35
Supplements claiming to prevent age-related macular degeneration often don't contain enough, or any, of the ingredients shown to help, a researcher warns.

U.S. Health Care Lags Worldwide for Those Over 65

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Fri, 12/12/2014 - 09:41
The United States still has mortifying lapses and problems, despite spending more on health care than any country in the world, a new Commonwealth Fund report reveals.

Unmet Needs Continue to Pile Up

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Tue, 12/09/2014 - 16:48
When someone is spending $3,500 or more a month for assisted living, are there fewer activities the resident can’t manage?

A Focus on the Heart for Older Patients

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Thu, 12/04/2014 - 13:45
The first geriatric cardiology clinic in New York opened at N.Y.U. Langone Medical Center in August. It’s different.

Part D for Drug Coverage — and Drudgery

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Mon, 12/01/2014 - 17:21
Like doing our taxes, signing up for Medicare Part D, the insurance program for drug coverage, takes days out of our lives and leaves us sitting in a heap of papers with a splitting headache.

Aggressive Neighbors in the Nursing Home

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Tue, 11/25/2014 - 12:55
One in five nursing home residents was involved in mistreatment of a neighbor in the previous month, a new study found.

An Easier Death, and Less Costly, Too

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Thu, 11/20/2014 - 15:08
Saving money isn't really the point of hospice care. Still, a new study found that cancer patients in hospice incurred lower costs in the last year of life than those not in hospice.

Seeing the ‘Invisible Patient’

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:51
Physicians too often fail to address the needs of caregivers, a clinical review finds.

Dreaming of the Departed

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:33
Nighttime visitations from lost family members are not uncommon among caregivers.

Spouses Denied Social Security Survivors’ Benefits

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:49
Social Security will not pay benefits to same-sex spouses in states where their marriage is not recognized.

Hello, Green Man

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 13:47
Some older people with impaired vision begin to see people and objects that aren't there. It's not dementia, but a condition called Charles Bonnet Syndrome.

A New Face on the End-of-Life Debate

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 13:28
The death of Brittany Maynard may reinvigorate discussions over aid-in-dying policies.

A Rise in Falls

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Sun, 11/02/2014 - 11:01
The number of falls is expected to rise among the elderly, The Times reports.

A Workout for the Mind

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Thu, 10/30/2014 - 11:25
Improved perceptions of aging can lead to increases in physical strength, an unusual study finds.

Insomniac, but Not Sleep-Deprived

MIT Age Lab Disruptive Demographics - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:55
Some older people with insomnia may be getting more sleep than they think, a new study has found.
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