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A few masks sit alongside a pump bottle of soap.
By Craig Cox
Recent research suggests that guys my age and older need to ramp up our anxiety about the pandemic even though we’ve long been told that a carefree approach to life is what keeps us healthy.
Many vials of medicine are pictured.
By Craig Cox
You’d think geezers like me could rest a lot easier once a COVID-19 vaccine comes down the pike, but experts suggest it may not work much better than the annual flu shot.
A messy kid's playroom with a teddy bear on the floor
By Craig Cox
With our grandson suddenly testing boundaries — and challenging our rusty child-rearing skills — we find ourselves hearkening back to some time-tested wisdom.
A piggy bank bobs in the water.
By Craig Cox
Already struggling before the pandemic struck, assisted-living facilities are hanging on for dear life — just like their residents.
A happy family enjoys lunch together outside.
By Craig Cox
The modern nuclear family liberated us from the stifling constraints of the traditional multi-generational household, but it has exacted a painful toll on the elderly and is gradually losing its luster.
A golf ball sits on the grass.
By Craig Cox
A round of golf under the pandemic’s new rules offers an opportunity to glimpse a slice of post-confinement life — and appreciate the mundane as much as the miraculous.
A person with a child hoisted on their shoulders takes a nature walk.
By Craig Cox
Regular visits from our grandson have suddenly required more careful consideration even as the lessons he teaches us become increasingly more poignant.
A cup of coffee next to a burr grinder.
By Craig Cox
Ritual can help ease our anxiety during uncertain times, even if it involves grinding your own beans.
A woman has a virtual conversation.
By Craig Cox
Who knew that our springtime of social isolation could spark so much conviviality?
An empty bench.
By Craig Cox
A brief outing to the grocery store demonstrates how the current pandemic can both test and heal us — if we remain open to all its lessons.
A man sits on a couch and stares out the window.
By Craig Cox
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing millions of elderly Americans to stay at home, where they’re forced to confront another major health challenge: loneliness.
A backlit picture of a green leaf
By Craig Cox
Words matter when you’re facing a serious illness, and the traditional “risk-versus-benefit” approach to treatment options doesn’t always lead to the healthiest choices.
An elderly person holds a glass of water.
By Craig Cox
Recent research suggesting that poor hydration may be impairing cognitive function in older women has me wondering why thirst-averse geezers like me are somehow spared.
A picture of a stethoscope and a Medicare form
By Craig Cox
A recent shift in Medicare reimbursement policies is roiling the home-healthcare industry. It should give pause to folks banking on a single-payer solution to our busted system.
A figure shaped like an "8" on its side and made of seeds
By Craig Cox
A renowned genetics pioneer argues that medical advances will someday allow humans to live well past 100 years. I can’t help wondering what would be lost in the process.
A young boy measures himself against a wall.
By Craig Cox
Danish researchers suggest that my diminutive stature as a youth makes it more likely I’ll develop dementia. I think they may be short-sighted.
A person rides their bike in the winter.
By Craig Cox
New Zealand researchers have found that bicycling to work may enhance your longevity. My own experience suggests they may be ignoring the possibility of fatal collisions.
Two hands grasp each other.
By Craig Cox
New research on muscle mass and heart disease reminds me of a harsh lesson my dad taught me long ago: Never assume anything. 
Power Aging
By Dimity McDowell
The older, the better? You bet! These age-specific strategies will help you get off on the right foot.
A person in a hospital bed calls for assistance via a remote.
By Craig Cox
The nation is facing an unprecedented nursing shortage just as new evidence suggests that a nurse-led approach may improve the care of our elders.
A person works on a car engine.
By Craig Cox
Results of a new study threaten to upend decades of longevity research and perhaps require physicians to act more like car mechanics.
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