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PUMPING IRONY: Painful Repercussions

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.
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COMING CLEAN: The Unlikely Activist

By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
Our managing editor talks about how activism has helped — and challenged — her mental health.
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PUMPING IRONY: A Long-Term Rehab Project

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.
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PUMPING IRONY: A Detour on the Road to Dementia?

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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PUMPING IRONY: Reunion

By Craig Cox
Like many empty nesters, I often wonder what role I should be playing in my adult children’s lives. An unexpected visit from our daughter after months of silence provided some clarity.
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PUMPING IRONY: Destined for Diabetes?

By Craig Cox
A prediabetes diagnosis can trigger all sorts of nightmarish scenarios, but mounting evidence suggests that seniors are a lot less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than we’ve been led to believe.
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PUMPING IRONY: An ER for the Elderly

By Craig Cox
A promising wave of geriatric emergency departments, designed to cut hospital costs and better accommodate seniors, has been slowed by a lack of support from insurers — including Medicare.
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PUMPING IRONY: O Lucky Man!

By Craig Cox
I’ve never won a contest of any sort in my life, so when I got word that I’d been chosen to receive a COVID vaccine, I figured there must be some mistake.
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