Some hospices are keeping people longer to get payments from Medicare.
June 28, 2011 Medicare's method of paying hospices a flat fee for each day a patient is receiving care there encourages operators of the facilities to seek out patients early on — and try to keep them as long as possible.
A study found that women's bones didn't benefit from consuming more than 750 milligrams of calcium a day.
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May 25, 2011 Women who've been told that they need more calcium to reduce their risk of osteoporosis and hip fractures might not need as much as they think. And taking too much calcium could cause other health problems, such as kidney stones.
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A study at Pennsylvania State University on autopsies found treatment should have been different in about a quarter of cases.
May 17, 2011 A hospital that may charge hundreds of thousands of dollars to treat a dying patient generally won't charge the family a penny to do an autopsy to figure out what caused their patient's death.
New research suggests years of musical training might offset the effects of aging on hearing.
May 16, 2011 Middle-aged musicians scored better on hearing tests than people who didn't play instruments. How we use our senses and brains can shape the people we become, a researcher says.
Seroquel, made by AstraZeneca, was the most prescribed of the atypical antipsychotics scrutinized in a federal audit of nursing home claims.
May 11, 2011 About 14 percent of elderly nursing homes residents receive a so-called atypical antipsychotic medicine despite an increased risk of death when the medicines are used to manage dementia in older people.
Gordon and his wife from the season premiere of the A&E show Hoarders. (A&E doesn't fully identify people who get treatment through their show.)
May 2, 2011 Researchers are finding that hoarding worsens with age. They're also learning that one of the best ways to help hoarders is to slowly build trust and organizing skills, rather than doing massive clean-outs.
March 29, 2011 Postponing Medicare eligibility by a couple of years could save the federal government billions of dollars. But the savings would be overshadowed by increased costs of health care for employers, individuals and other programs.
March 29, 2011 Patients often welcome palliative care once it is explained that it can be more than hospice care. Many doctors, on the other hand, are still slow to embrace the approach.
An ad from 1898 promises a fountain of youth for your hair.
March 28, 2011 A funeral company in the UK conducted a survey, and found it seems it's true that "you're only as old as you feel," and for women, that means getting old way before their time. Men, meanwhile, don't feel over the hill till much later.
March 25, 2011 Zostavax, a vaccine against shingles, is now approved for people 50 to 59 years old. The vaccine, given in a single shot, was previously for use in people 60 years and older.
March 24, 2011 Seniors getting health care in their homes will soon have to see a doctor to certify the need for care, or Medicare will not pay for it. Some opponents of the new rule say it places an undue burden on patients and doctors.
Out for a walk? Stow the cell phone for safety.
March 16, 2011 A new study finds that older adults have trouble multitasking, while young people are pretty good at it. Older people might rethink how many things they try to do while crossing busy streets.
February 14, 2011 Today on Talk of the Nation, guest host Rebecca Roberts talks with guests about the significance of developments in Egypt, the possible demise of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, How We Age and President Obama's 2012 budget.
January 17, 2008 Having "The Talk" with your aging parents.
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