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Tougher Than They Look

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 16:34
Researchers have written for years about resilience in the elderly. Now they're trying to measure it.

In the Emergency Room, a Hidden Ailment

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 14:31
A small study found that many elderly patients turning up in one emergency room were malnourished.

Near Death, and Overmedicated

Tue, 09/09/2014 - 05:00
Why are patients with advanced dementia so often receiving "medications of questionable benefit"?

A Picture of Dementia

Fri, 09/05/2014 - 15:48
A documentary airing on PBS provides a cleareyed account of one family's struggle with Alzheimer's disease.

A Better Flu Shot

Wed, 09/03/2014 - 15:41
A high-dose vaccine prevents older adults from catching the flu more effectively than the standard vaccine, researchers say.

Dizzying Times

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:33
I was unsympathetic when my mother complained of strange dizzy spells. Who’s sorry now?

How to Complain to Medicare

Thu, 08/28/2014 - 12:28
Revealed: the semi-secret phone numbers that beneficiaries are supposed to use to complain to Medicare.

Her Own Kind of Absence

Tue, 08/26/2014 - 12:36
What I'd thought was depression was really was something else.

Four-Star Disappointments

Mon, 08/25/2014 - 12:59
Medicare's rating system for nursing homes is seriously flawed, The Times reports.

Part D Gains May Be Eroding

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 12:12
More Medicare beneficiaries are not taking prescribed medications or forgoing basic needs to pay for them, a new study finds.

California Court Limits Caregiver Suits

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 05:00
A home health aide cannot sue a couple with dementia for an injury sustained while caring for them, the California Supreme Court has ruled.

The Addict Down the Hall

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 12:40
Substance abuse is not uncommon among seniors in nursing homes. A novel rehab program aims to address that.

Where Are the Nurses?

Wed, 08/13/2014 - 11:20
A federal law intended to reform nursing homes requires that a registered nurse be on-site only eight hours a day — whatever the size of the facility.

Clearing the Path Home

Mon, 08/11/2014 - 13:47
Transition “coaches” help ease the transfer from hospital to home.

Who’s Moving In Now?

Mon, 08/04/2014 - 14:41
The luggage in the living room? Odds are, it's not Grandma's as multigenerational households trend younger.

Many Problems Lead to Thoughts of Suicide, Study Finds

Fri, 08/01/2014 - 13:25
Treatment of depression alone may not prevent many suicides among the elderly, a new study suggests.

More on Sleeping Pills and Older Adults

Wed, 07/30/2014 - 05:00
New research adds to evidence that long-term use of some sedatives may be hazardous for older adults

A New Resource About Parkinson’s

Mon, 07/28/2014 - 11:27
A new website hosts a directory of movement disorder specialists.

Addressing Caregivers’ Loss of Retirement Income

Fri, 07/25/2014 - 11:49
A congresswomen has proposed Social Security credits for family caregivers who must cut back on work.

Stealing a Page From the Boomers’ Playbook

Wed, 07/23/2014 - 15:43
A member of the “aging industrial complex” starts a campaign against ageism.