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PUMPING IRONY: The COVID Effect

By Craig Cox
The pandemic has persuaded the U.S. healthcare industry to reimagine some aspects of its operations in ways that may yield significant benefits for the elderly. Will those revelations survive a return to normalcy?
A ripped piece of paper that spells out Parkinson's disease

PUMPING IRONY: Parkinson’s: The Next Pandemic?

By Craig Cox
Cases of the debilitating neurological disease have been surging in recent years and some researchers suggest COVID-19 may accelerate the trend.
A smiling woman sits on a rock by a waterfall.

PUMPING IRONY: A “Perfect” Prescription for Growing Old

By Craig Cox
Memories of a former colleague — and recent research — remind me that an upbeat view of aging may pay healthy dividends well into our later years.
A pamphlet for Medicare

PUMPING IRONY: The Medicare Muddle

By Craig Cox
Navigating the Medicare enrollment process should be easy. It is not.
A puzzle based on the $100 bill

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.
A stethoscope on a check from the United States Treasury

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.
Someone left the keys in the refrigerator.

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.
Two birds over a couple of orange halves.

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.
A variety of medical tools

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.
A hospital bed with blue-and-white bedding

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.
A person with a COVID vaccine card gives the thumbs-up.

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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