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A golf course in the hazy early morning
By Craig Cox
An anxious journey to visit my dying brother offers a powerful argument against fleeing from sorrow and pain.
A person holds a globe that has a mask, with a drawing of a heart, on it.
By Craig Cox
Recent research suggests the elderly are coping more effectively than their younger peers with the emotional challenges of the pandemic. In my case, at least, that may have more to do with conditions and coincidence than acquired wisdom.
A hand in silhouette holds a cancer ribbon.
By Craig Cox
In the pursuit of some genuine empathy in the wake of my brother’s cancer diagnosis, I find surprising wisdom in one young woman’s battle with the disease.
A vial of immunizations next to some blue hospital gowns
By Craig Cox
All indications suggest seniors may be wise to temper their expectations about a forthcoming COVID-19 vaccine.
An empty hospital corridor
By Craig Cox
Non-COVID hospital admissions have dropped precipitously since the pandemic struck, leading some to suggest our precautions have somehow made us healthier. I have my doubts.
A leaf floats in the water.
By Craig Cox
As my brother tumbles into the cancer vortex, I find myself struggling to find ways to express my grief and show my support.
hip joint on woman running
By Craig Cox
Apparently so — the older the better for joint replacement, according to recent research.
Map of United States
By Craig Cox
Many factors affect our access to healthcare, but new research suggests that where we choose to live may actually enhance — or limit — our lifespan.
Many paper people around a stethoscope
By Craig Cox
Elderly Americans who volunteer for drug trials seldom make the cut. That makes it more difficult for researchers to know just how their new product will work for folks who often need it the most.
A statin pill and packet
By Craig Cox
Recent research suggests cholesterol-reducing drugs may be safer than once thought and offer cancer- and COVID-fighting benefits. So, why do I remain unconvinced?
A sad woman looks out the window.
By Craig Cox
While COVID-19 has exacted a huge toll on those coping with a chronic disease, few have suffered more than older adults struggling with dementia.
A needle plunging into a vial
By Craig Cox
As we wait impatiently for a COVID-19 vaccine to free us from the current pandemic, a recent survey indicates surprising skepticism, and healthcare experts suggest we temper our expectations.
By Alyssa Ford
We’re all going to face end-of-life decisions eventually. Why not start talking about them now?
A disembodied hand shows a blue surgical mask.
By Craig Cox
While pandemic-weary Americans are stretching the boundaries that once contained their activities, I find myself wondering about my own tolerance for risk.
Two cups on an outdoor table
By Craig Cox
Six months into the current pandemic, I realize I’ve begun to forget the lessons it’s been trying to teach me.
A Black man has a telehealth appointment from his kitchen.
By Craig Cox
The current pandemic has sparked a boom in telemedicine, but a new study notes the many reasons why it’s not a viable option for many seniors.
A child takes a ride on his grandfather's back out in the country.
By Craig Cox
Some evidence suggests that young people are carrying the virus into their multigenerational households, triggering the pandemic’s recent surge. Does that mean we should cancel visits from our grandson?
plant growing in center of old tree trunk
By Craig Cox
A pair of new studies suggests that my geezer compatriots — those of us who are still alive, anyway — are actually coping with the pandemic a lot better than you might expect.
An RSVP card for a party
By Craig Cox
Our daughter is planning a big wedding this fall, despite the surging pandemic. This is forcing her geezer parents to make some heartbreaking decisions.
A person uses a walker.
By Craig Cox
My neighbor’s long-sought surgery tempers my desire to see COVID-19 remodel the American healthcare system.
Two chairs in a bleak office space
By Craig Cox
Unlike residents of government-regulated nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, seniors in public housing have had to deal with COVID-19 on their own. It’s not going well.
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