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Dementia, but Prettier

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - 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

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - 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

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - 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

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - 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

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - 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

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - 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

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - 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

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - 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’

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 13:51
Physicians too often fail to address the needs of caregivers, a clinical review finds.

Dreaming of the Departed

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 11:33
Nighttime visitations from lost family members are not uncommon among caregivers.

Spouses Denied Social Security Survivors’ Benefits

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - 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

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - 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

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Wed, 11/05/2014 - 13:28
The death of Brittany Maynard may reinvigorate discussions over aid-in-dying policies.

A Rise in Falls

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - 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

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - 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

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Mon, 10/27/2014 - 12:55
Some older people with insomnia may be getting more sleep than they think, a new study has found.

When Death Approaches Again

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 15:27
Survivors of the Holocaust pose special challenges for caregivers at the end of life.

Is It Really Dementia?

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Tue, 10/21/2014 - 12:22
A number of conditions cause dementia-like symptoms, and doctors may have trouble diagnosing them. Still, the odds usually are low that an elderly family member can be made cognitively normal.

A Doctor Discovers Dying

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Fri, 10/17/2014 - 10:44
In his new book, "Being Mortal," Dr. Atul Gawande acknowledges paying scant attention to end-of-life issues.

Treating C.O.P.D. in the Elderly

NYTimes New Old Age Blog - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 04:00
Older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may benefit from taking two drugs, not just one, a new study finds.
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