Extra weight is no defense against aging, says a demographer who argues that the apparent benefits from being overweight are a mirage. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Joe Takach comforts his friend Lillian Landry, as she spends her last days in the hospice wing of a hospital in Oakland Park, Fla., in 2009. J. Pat Carter/AP hide caption

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The health services offered in 30 years may not be explicitly covered by the long-term care insurance you buy today. Pamela Moore/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Health researchers say the proportion of people in their late 40s to 60s with diabetes, hypertension or obesity has increased over the past two decades. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Aging Poorly: Another Act Of Baby Boomer Rebellion

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Some hospices require patients to have a caregiver at home. But for many families, that's just not an option. Guven Demir/iStockphoto hide caption

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Scientists have found that bilingual seniors are better at skills that can fade with age than their monolingual peers. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Average life expectancy around the world has ticked up over the past twenty years. Here it's shown for men in 2009. The extremes are in dark green and dark red, which represent 78 to 82 years old and less than 66 years old, respectively. Courtesy of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation hide caption

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Fraud victims are more likely to have opened official-looking sweepstakes notices and other mailings. A new study says the elderly are more susceptible than the young to being swindled. Allen Breed/AP hide caption

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Why It's Easier To Scam The Elderly

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Keith Gresham, 65, lines up four medications he takes at his home in Detroit in 2011. The self-employed painter was without health insurance for about a decade and was happy to finally turn 65 last year so he could qualify for Medicare. Patricia Beck/MCT/Landov hide caption

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The Hidden Costs Of Raising The Medicare Age

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This gentleman may want to have a chat with his cardiologist. Bill Losh/Getty Creative Images hide caption

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Not many elderly people get long-term care insurance. It's expensive and many hope their kids will look after them instead. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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States Iron Out The Kinks In Long-Term Care Insurance

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HHS found that 19 percent of nurse aides who'd been disciplined had a prior conviction that would have shown up on a background check. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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More elderly drivers will hit the road in the next decade, but family members wonder: When is it time for elderly loved ones to move to the passenger seat? Martin Novak/iStockphoto.com hide caption

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When Should Seniors Hang Up The Car Keys?

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