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An Easier Death, and Less Costly, Too

6 hours 4 min ago
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’

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

Dreaming of the Departed

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

Spouses Denied Social Security Survivors’ Benefits

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

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

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

A Rise in Falls

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

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

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

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

Is It Really Dementia?

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

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

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.

A Leap in Lifespans

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:19
We're living longer than ever, but not always better.

In Nursing Homes, Eyes That Never Turn Away

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 11:53
More family members debate whether to install video cameras in the rooms of nursing home patients.

Extra Scrutiny for Hospices

Mon, 10/06/2014 - 16:33
New legislation will bring greater federal oversight to hospice programs across the country.

Some Good News on Pneumonia

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 11:00
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.

An End-of-Life Nightmare

Fri, 09/26/2014 - 08:24
Joseph Andrey, 91, wanted to die at home. As is often the case, he died in a hospital instead.

Study Links Anxiety Drugs to Alzheimer’s Disease

Wed, 09/24/2014 - 04:00
Alzheimer's occurs more often among older people who have used benzodiazepines for long periods, researchers report.

Donating the Body

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 14:58
He wanted his body given to a medical school or research organization. It wasn't that simple.