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A 100-dollar bill covered in pills
By Craig Cox
With the White House pushing Congress to allow the government to negotiate drug pricing, Big Pharma wonders, Where’s the love?
A person works at an office.
By Craig Cox
Recent research suggests that postponing my retirement might be good for my aging brain.
A kid holds an iPad.
By Craig Cox
A fraught battle with our 4-year-old grandson over screen time has forced Grandma and Grandpa to admit that his customary weekly visits may now hold less allure for him — and us — than they once did.
A Medicare enrollment form with a stethoscope on it
By Craig Cox
For reasons both political and pecuniary, attempts to expand Medicare benefits have always been a tough sell, despite the rising demands of an aging population. As Congress prepares to give it another shot, I’m hedging my bets.
A pair of black glasses with a vision chart in the background
By Craig Cox
At a time when impaired vision among the senior set is beginning to alarm some public-health experts, a surprising change in my own eyesight has me scrambling to get a better view of things.
two bikes sit alongside a biking trail with smoke and haze in the distance
By Craig Cox
Raging wildfires and other sources of airborne pollution are threatening more than our respiratory and circulatory systems. New research is strengthening the link between air quality and dementia.
Two wooden houses
By Craig Cox
Concerned that they may be called upon to provide full-time caregiving someday if a late-life romance leads to cohabitating, many older couples are choosing to follow their hearts — while maintaining separate residences.
A person shows his ears.
By Craig Cox
With my hearing aids on the fritz, I suddenly find myself rooting for scientists seeking a way to genetically manipulate the malfunctioning human ear.
Prescriptions around some drugs
By Craig Cox
The “deprescribing” movement faces various obstacles as advocates seek to gain some influence amid our drug-happy healthcare system, not the least of which is simply getting your doctor’s attention.
A person on a boat looks at the water.
By Craig Cox
If stress can lead to graying hair, can periods of calm reverse the process? Recent research suggests it may have that effect, though my graying locks are probably beyond help.
A person ties their shoes.
By Craig Cox
Late-blooming runners are routinely beating veteran racers at the national level, raising questions about the toll decades of training exact on the body — and why we choose to run (or not) in the first place.
A doctor looks at a brain scan.
By Craig Cox
The controversy surrounding the FDA’s approval of the first new Alzheimer’s drug in nearly two decades will do little to temper demand by desperate patients and their caregivers. It may also exacerbate racial disparities among those vying for the treatment.
A welcome sign on a store window
By Craig Cox
Emerging from social isolation, I’m discovering the importance of patience and empathy while gradually reconnecting to friends, family, and an eerily familiar postpandemic world.
A hospital building is pictured.
By Craig Cox
The pandemic has persuaded the U.S. healthcare industry to reimagine some aspects of its operations in ways that may yield significant benefits for the elderly. Will those revelations survive a return to normalcy?
A ripped piece of paper that spells out Parkinson's disease
By Craig Cox
Cases of the debilitating neurological disease have been surging in recent years and some researchers suggest COVID-19 may accelerate the trend.
A smiling woman sits on a rock by a waterfall.
By Craig Cox
Memories of a former colleague — and recent research — remind me that an upbeat view of aging may pay healthy dividends well into our later years.
A pamphlet for Medicare
By Craig Cox
Navigating the Medicare enrollment process should be easy. It is not.
A puzzle based on the $100 bill
By Craig Cox
Financial stress during middle age can create physical pain in your later years, according to a new study. My own family’s experience suggests healing is possible.
Several women are peacefully protesting with signs.
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
Our managing editor talks about how activism has helped — and challenged — her mental health.
A stethoscope on a check from the United States Treasury
By Craig Cox
COVID has drawn fresh attention to our broken long-term-care system, sparking some ambitious government initiatives. But recent research suggests there’s much more work to be done.
Someone left the keys in the refrigerator.
By Craig Cox
The latest thinking on Alzheimer’s disease suggests we may slow its development with diet and lifestyle shifts, but a recent harrowing experience has me wondering whether my brain is already too far gone — or if I just need to pay better attention to what I’m doing.
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