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A man holds an aspirin to his mouth.
By Craig Cox
Eight out of 10 American seniors take at least two prescription drugs daily, a fate I’ve been determined to avoid. But a stubborn illness helps me understand why it’s so tempting to reach for pharmaceutical solutions.
An illustration of a ladder in a box.
By Craig Cox
The pandemic persists, but evidence is accumulating that the elderly are coping with its challenges much more successfully than you might imagine.
headshot of Dan Buetter of the Blue Zones
By Dara Moskowitz Grumdahl
Looking for the secrets to a longer and happier life? Read this.
A woman sitting on a couch holds a dog and a phone.
By Craig Cox
Recent research suggests that geezers like me need to get out and socialize more in order to prevent dementia, but common sense — and a surging pandemic — tells me an addled brain is the least of my worries.
One snuffed-out candles in a group of candles.
By Craig Cox
Wisdom from a palliative-care doctor helps me absorb both the enormous toll of the pandemic and the imminent demise of my brother.
COVID-19 in text on top of a pile of money
By Craig Cox
Driven by the demands of a broken business model, nursing homes opened their doors to coronavirus patients — with predictable results.
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.
By Catherine Guthrie
This superhero antioxidant battles toxicity, chronic disease, and premature aging. Find out what makes it so powerful — and how you can boost your levels.
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 person using a tape measurer to measure their waist.
By Samantha McKinney, RD, CPT
Consider these measurements as part of your toolkit for continually optimizing your health.
Couple Working Out
By Catherine Guthrie
Regular exercise also gives you a healthy, glowing look and an unmistakable va-va-voom that you just can’t get any other way.
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.
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