A snippet of the data ProPublica obtained from the federal government about Medicare Part D, the prescription drug benefit for seniors. ProPublica hide caption

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Study participants were trained in practical reasoning skills like managing medications. Jorge Salcedo/iStockphoto hide caption

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Could a countdown to death help you lead a more ecstatic life? Daniel Horowitz for NPR hide caption

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What seemed like a burden can become a gift. iStockphoto hide caption

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Spiffing up the garden may also make your cardiovascular risk profile look better, too. Lauren Mitchell/Flickr hide caption

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President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio talk with reporters at the White House after a meeting about the federal budget deficit and economy in Nov. 2012. Some Republicans have proposed raising the Medicare eligibility age to 67. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Some patients at MultiCare Auburn Medical Center in Washington are given wristbands showing that they have a high risk of falling. John Ryan/KUOW hide caption

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Taking care of a family member can be a life-extending experience, a study finds. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Playing this game won't make you feel older, unless you're already getting up there in age. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Gaining a few more years of healthy life would be great for individuals, but expensive for Medicare, researchers say. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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A woman surnamed Chu (left), 77, attends the hearing of a case against her daughter and husband in Wuxi, east China's Jiangsu province, on July 1. Chu's daughter has been ordered to visit her at least once every two months, in the first case under a new law to protect the elderly. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A broken hip like the one at left is a big health worry for older women. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Oceans, and the innards of Earth itself, are the final frontiers of our planet. Expect amazing discoveries as explorers document more and more of this unseen realm. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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