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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.
A photo of empty railroad tracks on a sunny day with mountains in the distance
By Courtney Lewis Opdahl
Our managing editor copes with the loss of a loved one and wrestles with the intricacies of grief.
Black and white shot of a dying flower
By Craig Cox
A casual conversation takes a fatalistic turn, challenging my belief in the infinite moment.
An elderly person looks at a digital tablet.
By Craig Cox
Are my boomer compatriots so easily influenced by fake news on social-media sites that they’re presenting a serious threat to civic life? I’m not so sure.
An adults traces a young child's hand.
By Craig Cox
With my grandson moving away, I’m struggling to balance expectations against the inevitability of change.
bathroom-sink-toilet
By Craig Cox
Medical technology can sometimes creep me out, but news of a “smart” toilet seat simply makes me laugh.
A person works out
By Craig Cox
Weakness overtakes us all at some point in our aging journey, but new research suggests an antidote.
An elderly woman holds several pills in the palm of her hand.
By Craig Cox
As the opioid epidemic overtakes the senior set, I’m reminded of how serious pain can overrule any internal debate over the pros and cons of painkillers.
A bulletin board with various paper faces pinned to it
By Craig Cox
A new study may explain why geezers tend to be happier than their youthful peers, but it seems that joy can come with a cost.
hands-hold-a-purple-ribbon
By Craig Cox
While in no way diminishing the devastation dementia exacts on its victims and those who care for them, visionary experts are forging a new treatment path — one that may yield surprising benefits.
Picture of a doctor's office
By Craig Cox
A dwindling supply of geriatricians offers few options for elderly patients who are often ill served by physicians who are not trained to treat them.
man holding out barbell
By Craig Cox
Bummed out by my painful recovery from an overambitious workout, I find myself slightly perplexed by a new study suggesting that exercise eases depression.
snow-winter
By Craig Cox
With winter delivering a series of knockout blows, my interest in hibernation gets a boost from an unexpected source.
people chopping peppers
By Craig Cox
I haven’t yet reached the point where my eroding capabilities are threatening independent living, but it’s good to know there may be help on the way — eventually.
person driving car
By Craig Cox
A royal collision sparked renewed debate over elderly drivers and public safety, but I understand completely why geezers refuse to give up their keys.
kitten
By Craig Cox
With the aging population far outpacing the resources of caregivers, robotics seems to be a plausible solution — until you consider the consequences.
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