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PUMPING IRONY: A Detour on the Road to Dementia?

The latest thinking on Alzheimer’s disease suggests we may slow its development with diet and lifestyle shifts, but a recent…

5 days ago
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PUMPING IRONY: Reunion

Like many empty nesters, I often wonder what role I should be playing in my adult children’s lives. An unexpected…

2 weeks ago
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PUMPING IRONY: Destined for Diabetes?

A prediabetes diagnosis can trigger all sorts of nightmarish scenarios, but mounting evidence suggests that seniors are a lot less…

2 weeks ago
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PUMPING IRONY: An ER for the Elderly

A promising wave of geriatric emergency departments, designed to cut hospital costs and better accommodate seniors, has been slowed by…

4 weeks ago
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PUMPING IRONY: O Lucky Man!

I’ve never won a contest of any sort in my life, so when I got word that I’d been chosen…

1 month ago
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PUMPING IRONY: A Deafening Silence

Four years have passed since Congress ordered the FDA to draft guidelines allowing the sale of affordable over-the-counter hearing aids.…

1 month ago
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PUMPING IRONY: Pedaling Through the Next Pandemic

I’m not the only geezer trying to get back in shape after COVID-19 derailed my preferred fitness routine. A renowned…

2 months ago
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A Perilous Prescription?

Cannabis-based medicine is gaining popularity among seniors coping with chronic pain, anxiety, and other conditions. But the research is sparse…

2 months ago
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PUMPING IRONY: A Discriminating Virus?

Why has COVID-19 claimed such a disproportionate share of lives in nursing homes with predominantly minority populations? New research suggests…

2 months ago
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PUMPING IRONY: Digital Detours on the Road to Vaccination

With computer access and capabilities often standing in the way of elderly Americans trying to sign up for the COVID-19…

2 months ago
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PUMPING IRONY: Defying Directives

Advanced directives can help ensure that doctors clearly understand your end-of-life treatment preferences. That doesn’t mean they’ll honor them.

3 months ago
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PUMPING IRONY: Fending Off Frailty

Recent research suggests we take a more holistic approach to treating frailty among the elderly, focusing more on exercise than…

3 months ago
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PUMPING IRONY: Not the Retiring Type

Like most of my boomer compatriots, I’m never going to save enough money to fund a work-free retirement. A recent…

3 months ago
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PUMPING IRONY: A Real Pain

Eight out of 10 American seniors take at least two prescription drugs daily, a fate I’ve been determined to avoid.…

3 months ago
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PUMPING IRONY: Crisis Competence

The pandemic persists, but evidence is accumulating that the elderly are coping with its challenges much more successfully than you…

3 months ago
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PUMPING IRONY: A Real No-Brainer

Recent research suggests that geezers like me need to get out and socialize more in order to prevent dementia, but…

4 months ago
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PUMPING IRONY: Dying to Know

Wisdom from a palliative-care doctor helps me absorb both the enormous toll of the pandemic and the imminent demise of…

4 months ago
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PUMPING IRONY: Cashing in on COVID

Driven by the demands of a broken business model, nursing homes opened their doors to coronavirus patients — with predictable…

4 months ago
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PUMPING IRONY: Pilgrimage

An anxious journey to visit my dying brother offers a powerful argument against fleeing from sorrow and pain.

4 months ago
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PUMPING IRONY: Keep Calm and Carry On

Recent research suggests the elderly are coping more effectively than their younger peers with the emotional challenges of the pandemic.…

5 months ago
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PUMPING IRONY: A Cancer Chronicle

In the pursuit of some genuine empathy in the wake of my brother’s cancer diagnosis, I find surprising wisdom in…

5 months ago