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coffee to go cup
By Craig Cox
With my hearing aids on the blink, I’ve been forced to navigate by guile and guesswork — with predictable results.
Requieum
By Craig Cox
Age and (relative) affluence have cut into my DIY opportunities, a development that has bruised my ego but may keep me out of the hospital.
A piece of paper with the words "Alzheimer's Disease" and a brain scan are shown.
By Craig Cox
Amid news of a potential breakthrough in Alzheimer’s research, experts bemoan the daunting task of finding enough qualified patients to continue the search for a cure.
coffee-sugar
By Craig Cox
Memory issues are common here in Geezerville, but I’m not sure loading up on sugar is the answer.
summer-backpack-beach
By Craig Cox
Feeling younger than your years? It could be a sign of a youthful brain.
key
By Craig Cox
Recent research suggesting that humans may live much longer than previously thought raises a fundamental question: How long do you really want to live?
baby birds in nest
By Craig Cox
A new study suggests that life in an empty nest may be bad for the brain.
wheelchair
By Craig Cox
An alarming percentage of seniors are shuttled between hospitals and nursing homes and back again, complicating their recovery. And government policies may be making the situation worse.
Studies
By Craig Cox
Why we should greet every medical breakthrough with skepticism.
crawling baby
By Craig Cox
Visits from our grandson force us to get down on the floor — and up again — more spontaneously than we’d prefer, but research tells us that he’s actually doing us a favor.
insomnia-sleep
By Craig Cox
An alarming percentage of seniors rely on sedatives to make it through the night, risking serious side effects. Public-health efforts to wean them from the drugs have yielded mixed results.
medical-stethoscope-questions
By Craig Cox
When critical illness strikes, elderly patients often have less control over their treatment options than they would prefer. Recent research — and my own experience — suggests that better communication could create better outcomes.
dirt-flower-daisy
By Craig Cox
Barbara Ehrenreich’s new book has me marveling at the capricious nature of the dystopian body.
rocks
By Craig Cox
At a certain age, ambition can be counterproductive. But how do you stop striving without losing a sense of purpose? An ancient Chinese sage offers a practical path.
science-sculpture-dna
By Craig Cox
Will simple absent-mindedness soon be classified as pre-Alzheimer’s?
credit-cards-money-financial-lock
By Craig Cox
Recent research suggests that a personal financial disaster in middle age or later greases the skids to an early grave, but my own experience argues for a more nuanced view.
clothes-laundry
By Craig Cox
The labor-saving revolution I recall from my post-WWII childhood has morphed into an identity-sapping movement that threatens to strip meaning from our lives. The elderly, however, may be immune to its allure.
grape-fork
By Craig Cox
The latest in a series of studies suggesting that cutting calories will extend your lifespan has this geezer heading back to the kitchen for seconds.
aging-hands-digital-device
By Craig Cox
There are plenty of reasons why geezers like me have not embraced the online life, but none of them should encourage tech firms to ignore us.
knees-xray
By Craig Cox
As geezers continue flocking to providers of knee-replacement surgery, recent research suggests those covered by Medicare may be taking more risks than their privately insured peers.
hospital
By Craig Cox
Outpatient services are pushing the modern hospital to the margins of the healthcare industry, a trend that offers both benefits and challenges to the Medicare set.
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