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.
Harvesting U.S. crops has been left to an aging population of farmworkers whose health has suffered from decades of hard labor. Older workers have a greater chance of getting injured and of developing chronic illnesses.
Video advance directives enable people to speak directly to their families and physicians about their wishes for end-of-life care.
A vital tradition is gaining steam as more families use the holiday gathering to discuss and document advance-care plans.
The painful condition caused by the chickenpox virus will strike 1 in 3 Americans during their lifetimes — most between ages 60 and 70, but those in their 50s have reason to arm themselves.
What being old and sick in America can mean — and ways to navigate the often treacherous journey through the system.
Far from a commune or coop, these planned villages are no less about cooperation and community.
Fewer than half of health care workers at a nonprofit Florida hospice had completed advance directives for end-of-life care.
Patients with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias can say in advance if and when they want caregivers to stop offering food and fluids by hand.
Stereotypes often undermine older adults, eroding their confidence, elevating their stress and harming their health.
Overtreatment of breast cancer and other diseases is pervasive, burdening patients and the health care system with enormous costs and needless suffering.
Tiny Washington state hospice accepts no federal funds, relies on community volunteers and donations to serve the dying.
Most beneficiaries have from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 to decide on drug coverage and whether to switch from traditional Medicare to a Medicare Advantage plan.
The ferocious fires in Northern California underscore the vulnerability of seniors and disabled people whose mobility is limited. Experts recommend basic precautions.
Out-of-pocket health costs eat up about 18 percent of retirees’ incomes.
Nora Harris, 64, who had early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, raised questions about the power — and limits — of an advance directive to withdraw care.
A new link creates two-way access to the state registry that documents the type of medical care sick and frail patients want — or refuse.
Nearly 60 percent of the U.S. blood supply is provided by people older than 40 — and most of that is from folks in their 50s and 60s. Why is it so hard to find young donors?
Sept. 30 marks the end of Medicare’s temporary offer to waive penalties for certain late Medicare enrollees with Affordable Care Act insurance coverage.