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Using opioids to treat pain in seniors has been common, and that has led some to dependence disorders in later life.
Hospitals rarely help patients find the best nursing home. When they do advise, hospitals sometimes push their own facilities.
Advocates want alternatives to drugmaker’s pricey pills for those who choose to die in Colorado and elsewhere.
Durante los últimos 20 años la demencia ha estado lentamente robando la memoria y la capacidad de pensar de Ruth Pérez. Su hija, Angela Bobo, recuerda cuándo le quedó claro que su madre nunca más sería la misma. Y cómo aprendió a cuidarla y a pedir ayuda.
The program, designed to help reduce Medicare’s drug costs, led to a public backlash that included strong opposition from doctors and drug companies. Also Thursday, federal officials announced an experiment for a Medicare-Medicaid accountable care organization.
Organs from elderly deceased donors can work for years, says a new study that supports growing views among U.S. transplant experts.
New data show 4,980 inmate deaths in 2014, the most since counting began in 2001.
Each week, KHN’s Shefali Luthra finds interesting reads from around the Web.
Outlets report on health news from Washington, Minnesota, Colorado, Kansas, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, California, New York, Florida and Texas.
Thousands of people mistakenly think that if they have insurance, they can wait to sign up for Medicare Part B. Generally, insurance other than that provided by a current employer will not exempt them from Medicare’s strict enrollment requirements.
Other news stories focus on the increase of elderly isolation and the challenges unpaid family caregivers face in caring for aging loved ones.
People caring for someone at home often have zero training. Many learn on the fly, and some states are passing laws to make sure caregivers get at least basic instruction in home care.
La fatiga, la debilidad y la depresión, entre muchas otras preocupaciones comunes, no son consecuencias inevitables de volverse viejo. En cambio, son una señal de que algo está mal y de que hace falta una evaluación médica.
Some health problems that senior citizens blame on “growing old” are actually signs of a more serious issue that can be treated.
Marijuana use is increasingly popular among older Americans, a new study shows.
The vice president-elect says President-elect Donald Trump will stick to his pledge to preserve Medicare and Social Security. On Capitol Hill, Senate Republicans are also wary of a fight over Medicare this year, while Democrats say they will not accept GOP proposals to revamp the program.
A selection of opinions on health care from around the country.
Each week, KHN compiles a selection of recently released health policy studies and briefs.
Outlets report on health news from Georgia, Massachusetts, Oregon, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, California, Florida, Virginia and Missouri.
Meanwhile, McClatchy reports on how Kansas lawmakers agree that Medicare should be changed but they are hesitant about “privatization.”