November 28, 2013 Most people know about advance directives for end-of-life care. But many don't know about a one-page form designed to let people who are very old or sick specify just how much medical care they want. It's signed by a physician, so it's got teeth. But some disability advocates say it may go too far for some people.
November 11, 2013 Physical exercise can ease depression, slow age-related memory loss and prevent Parkinson-like symptoms, researchers reported at a meeting in San Diego. The findings suggest that people may be making a mistake if they're relying on crossword puzzles and brain-training games for mental wellness.
October 29, 2013 Older people who are active every day appear to lower their risk of heart disease and death by almost a third, even if they're not doing the kind of exercise that breaks a sweat. Gardening and puttering around the house qualify. And don't overlook berry-picking, a popular pastime in Sweden, where the study was done.
October 25, 2013 The annual Medicare bill is expected to hit $1.1 trillion in 2023. As Medicare spending grows, contributing to the federal deficit, some policymakers have suggested that raising the age of eligibility to 67 could help the budget should be an option.
October 16, 2013 Taking care of an aging relative is often portrayed as a angst-laden misery. But the evidence on that is all over the map. A new study says that family caregivers actually live longer than their noncaregiving counterparts. Looking after someone with dementia can be stressful, but that's not always the case.
October 16, 2013 KUOWPatients fall in just a small fraction of hospital visits. But safety experts say bad falls should be called "never events" and shouldn't ever happen inside hospitals. There's a difference of opinion over the best way to reduce hazardous falls.
October 10, 2013 How old you feel can affect your physical and mental health. Older people who took a memory test said they felt older after they took the test than they did before. But researchers say this age shift effect can be positive when older people are tested on something they're great at, like word puzzles.
October 8, 2013 There's the war on cancer and the war on heart disease. But investing in delaying the aging process may have a better payoff, economists say. Adding two years of healthy living to lifespans would result in $7 trillion in benefits over 50 years, an analysis says. But Medicare and Social Security would cost more, too.
October 1, 2013 As people around the world live longer, many nations are having to find new ways to care for their aging populations. In China, a new law requires adult offspring to visit and look after their elderly parents. China's one-child policy complicates the issue further, and some dismiss the law as another attempt to legislate morality by a government that is riddled with corruption.
September 25, 2013 Many older women get bone scans every two years to look for signs of osteoporosis. But for the vast majority of people, the repeat scans don't detect significant changes. New research suggests it may make sense to stop or slow down on the scans after people have had an initial test.
September 18, 2013 Science may seem advanced, may even be advanced, but that doesn't mean there aren't still plenty of questions left to ask and answer. A new book catalogs 20 of the biggest questions outstanding. Physicist Marcelo Gleiser looks the list over and ponders some of the subjects keeping scientists awake at night.
September 4, 2013 The aging brain may be more flexible than we thought, a study of older adults now suggests. After playing a racing car video game an hour a day, thrice weekly for a month, adults age 60 and over were better at multitasking than untrained 20-year-olds.
August 30, 2013 About 9 million American adults have taken sleeping pills in the past month. Their popularity generally increases with age and is highest among people 80 and older.
August 27, 2013 Many stroke patients are getting treatment with a drug that dissolves blood clots. The approach was once controversial. But giving the drug to eligible patients within a few hours of a stroke's first symptoms can prevent disability.