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A picture of a surgical mask, thermometer, and pills
By Craig Cox
The alarming rise of drug-resistant superbugs in nursing homes is just another reason to do everything I can to maintain my good health and live out my days in my own home.
A scientist holds a petrie dish.
By Craig Cox
Recent research suggests that all frail seniors need to do to boost their strength — and maybe even reduce their waistlines — is to have the right combination of bacteria in their guts. I’d rather lift weights.
A person testing their blood sugar
By Craig Cox
New guidelines seeking to address the healthcare industry’s overtreatment of elderly diabetics may encounter a skeptical audience: elderly diabetics.
An overweight person measures their waistline.
By Craig Cox
A new study explains why we tend to gain weight as we age, even if our caloric intake and exercise regimens remain unchanged.
An elderly woman sits alone at a table, before an empty plate.
By Craig Cox
A quiet epidemic of malnutrition has spread among the nation’s elderly, and Congress has only a few weeks to figure out how to respond.
Two glasses half-filled with water. One says
By Craig Cox
Do optimists live longer than pessimists? Maybe, but I’m not the only one arguing that a middle way may yield healthier benefits.
Two people holds hands.
By Craig Cox
An old friend faces a future with Parkinson’s and an eventual move to an assisted-living facility that, barring an industry shift, will probably offer no medical care.
pills
By Craig Cox
For this drug-averse geezer, recent research suggesting that long-term use of certain pharmaceuticals may contribute to dementia makes me even less likely to follow my doctor’s advice.
hospital surgery room stretcher
By Craig Cox
The elderly often climb on the operating table unprepared for the risks of surgery. New guidelines aim to help them — and their doctors — make more informed decisions.
A pencil lies atop a crossword puzzle.
By Craig Cox
At my age, I’m often at a loss when trying to retrieve some bit of information from my memory banks. A new study suggests brain games and other mentally stimulating activities may help — sort of.
A close-up picture of a tree trunk
By Craig Cox
A new government report paints a dismal portrait of hospice care in the United States. And regulatory agencies are powerless to respond.
close up of grass being mowed
By Craig Cox
Age and affluence have limited my opportunities to embark on home-improvement projects, but a neighbor’s request for help resurrects my sense of usefulness.
Two people sit across from each other, one with hands clasped and one holding a clipboard.
By Craig Cox
Only about a third of Americans say they have faith in doctors, a fact that may say more about the system than about the physicians.
A picture of a barbell and several pills
By Craig Cox
Exercise offers antiaging benefits as does a popular drug. So combining them should boost longevity, right? Not so much.
A sunlight room with a couch, table, and lamp
By Craig Cox
Elderly Americans are dying from falls at an alarming rate. I’m counting on some lessons learned through painful experience to help me avoid that fate.
A picture of a landscape with blue sky and green trees
By Craig Cox
You don’t need to check off items on a bucket list to convince yourself that you’ve lived a full life. Some of the most memorable experiences occur with no planning whatsoever.
An illustration of a man walking with his head in a dark cloud
By Craig Cox
Precision medicine hopes to revolutionize healthcare by revealing everything that’s going on in your body. It seems I’m not the only one who would prefer to be left in the dark.
Disembodied hands installing a hidden camera in the ceiling
By Craig Cox
24/7 surveillance may deter abuse in long-term care facilities, but even its advocates admit it’s no panacea.
Soapy hands in a bath make a heart shape.
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
We all need a break to recalibrate. How I’m using my timeouts for self-care.
A white cat
By Craig Cox
A new poll suggests domesticated animals are a great source of stress relief for geezers. My relationship with our elderly neurotic cat tells me it’s not nearly that simple.
A dog sleeps on a couch.
By Craig Cox
With a new study suggesting that restorative sleep depends on the same cellular dysfunction that accelerates aging, I’m left to choose between the lesser of two evils — while trying to keep my spouse happy.
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