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PUMPING IRONY: The Postmortem Muddle

By Craig Cox
While the Federal Trade Commission works to tighten regulations on the funeral industry, which often uses obscure pricing policies to prey on grief-stricken mourners, seniors like me need to start thinking more seriously about how we want to be laid to rest.
Renee Main

Why ARORA?

With Renée Main
Season 5, Episode 18   September 20, 2022

Becoming a grandparent, caring for aging parents, getting unfavorable health news, not moving the ways you used to — there are several points in our lives, especially when we get older, when age becomes a front-of-mind topic. To support older adults who want to be healthy and fit as they age, Life Time created the ARORA program. The co-founder, Renée Main, joins us in this mini episode to talk about its genesis and all that it offers to members.

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Coping With Ambiguous Loss

By Alexandra Smith, MA, LPCC
How do we find closure when we're not even sure the door has closed?
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PUMPING IRONY: A Formula for Frailty

By Craig Cox
An outing with an elderly friend seems to corroborate recent research weighing the impact of social isolation on the physical fitness of seniors.
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PUMPING IRONY: Home Healthcare Shakeup: Palliative or Predatory?

By Craig Cox
Health-insurance conglomerates are gobbling up home-healthcare companies, despite the industry’s inability to attract and retain workers. Early signs suggest that few of the benefits of these mergers will accrue to caregivers and their elderly clients.
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PUMPING IRONY: Surveillance State

By Craig Cox
Surveillance technologies can make it easier for the elderly to age in place, but will it mean we’ll see our kids even less often than we do now?
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PUMPING IRONY: A Man Without a Plan

By Craig Cox
I’ve been putting off drafting a healthcare directive for no better reason than my general aversion to planning. Some palliative-care experts — and plenty of horrific tales — have now delivered some excellent reasons to avoid it altogether.
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PUMPING IRONY: Headed for a Fall

By Craig Cox
Millions of elderly Americans land in the hospital each year after taking a tumble. So why are doctors continuing to prescribe drugs that increase that risk?
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PUMPING IRONY: Your Place or Mine?

By Craig Cox
Concerned that they may be called upon to provide full-time caregiving someday if a late-life romance leads to cohabitating, many older couples are choosing to follow their hearts — while maintaining separate residences.
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The Good-Death Movement

By Maggie Fazeli Fard
Death-positivity can help us reframe the end of life.
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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.
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4 Steps to Compassionate Communication

By Lindsey Dickinson
These tips will help you respond to others with more compassion — and less blame — in difficult situations.
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