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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.
Physicians too often fail to address the needs of caregivers, a clinical review finds.
Nighttime visitations from lost family members are not uncommon among caregivers.
Social Security will not pay benefits to same-sex spouses in states where their marriage is not recognized.
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.
The death of Brittany Maynard may reinvigorate discussions over aid-in-dying policies.
The number of falls is expected to rise among the elderly, The Times reports.
Improved perceptions of aging can lead to increases in physical strength, an unusual study finds.
Some older people with insomnia may be getting more sleep than they think, a new study has found.
Survivors of the Holocaust pose special challenges for caregivers at the end of life.
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.
In his new book, "Being Mortal," Dr. Atul Gawande acknowledges paying scant attention to end-of-life issues.
Older patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease may benefit from taking two drugs, not just one, a new study finds.
We're living longer than ever, but not always better.
More family members debate whether to install video cameras in the rooms of nursing home patients.
New legislation will bring greater federal oversight to hospice programs across the country.
New vaccine recommendations should bolster protection against pneumonia, which sickens three million to four million American adults a year. Hospitals also appear to be doing a better job in treating patients.
Joseph Andrey, 91, wanted to die at home. As is often the case, he died in a hospital instead.
Alzheimer's occurs more often among older people who have used benzodiazepines for long periods, researchers report.
He wanted his body given to a medical school or research organization. It wasn't that simple.