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Seniors who outlive their friends — and sometimes family members — know it’s tough to make new friends. But they also know it’s essential to well-being.
With the motto “Where Heroes Meet Angels,” a small Veterans Affairs effort pairs vets in need of nursing home care with caregivers willing to share their homes. Medical foster homes save money, but it’s difficult to find enough spaces for all those who could benefit.
As the outbreak enters its second month, investigators are still scrambling to locate its origin. In other public health news: domestic violence, Alzheimer’s, anti-depression medication, eyeglasses, Lyme disease, autism, and more.
Across the country, community groups, hospitals and government agencies are stepping in to support the estimated 42 million family caregivers.
A study has found that relying on data about doctor-diagnosed arthritis alone may miss almost half of cases in a younger population who may see doctors less often or ignore occasional joint symptoms. In other news on aging: thinning bones, the benefits of volunteering and Alzheimer’s.
Scientists hope that by looking into the brains of older adults who don’t have Alzheimer’s they’ll be able to unlock the key to maximizing people’s memories.
It was announced that former first lady Barbara Bush will not seek further medical treatment beyond comfort care for her failing health. People who opt for comfort care receive treatment only for their symptoms, such as shortness of breath or pain, rather than trying to prolong life.
There’s a growing population of older adults without children having to navigate getting older and the pitfalls that come with it. But it can be done successfully, experts say. In other aging news: the financial toll of dementia, older patients who have been living with HIV, positive perceptions about aging, and more.
Our experts track the signs of normal aging from ages 50 to 100 — and there are some surprises.
Motion sensors, Alexa and other voice-assistive technologies give seniors the tools they need to live independently and safely.
Dr. Charles Emerick and his wife, Francie, died together last spring after both being diagnosed with terminal illnesses. First, they let their daughter turn on the camera.
States are supposed to keep track of cases involving the abuse, neglect, exploitation or unexplained death of Medicaid beneficiaries in assisted living facilities. But a report from the Government Accountability Office said more than half of the states were unable to provide information on the number or nature of such cases.
Two women, 80 and 91, from opposite poles, agree on the art of aging.
Opinion writers from around the country express views on a range of health issues.
Pastor Gloria White-Hammond wants to get all 600 congregants to write down their end-of-life wishes and discuss them with their families.
Researchers estimate that 25 percent of people ages 65 to 69 take at least five prescription drugs to treat chronic conditions. But some doctors are trying to teach others about “deprescribing” or systematically discontinuing medicines that are inappropriate, duplicative or unnecessary.
Baby boomers are deciding to return to the workplace because they miss the challenges, the accomplishments — and, most important, the people.
Last year, federal officials implemented the first stage of new rules to improve care that won praise from advocates for residents. But the industry has complained that the regulations go too far. Also, in Kansas, the high use of anti-psychotics among nursing home residents is raising concerns, and in one county in Maryland nursing homes are working to make Asians feel their care is culturally sensitive.
A vital tradition is gaining steam as more families use the holiday gathering to discuss and document advance-care plans.
The congressional effort is aimed at a rule recently issued by the Trump administration that reduces federal reimbursement for medicines purchased under the federal 340B Drug Discount Program. That program helps boost revenues for hospitals that primarily serve low-income patients. Also in Medicare news, federal officials seek suggestions about lowering drug prices and set some new rules on the Part D drug program. The government also reports that improper payments have fallen.