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.
September 4, 2013 When is an inpatient in the hospital not an inpatient in the hospital? When that patient is on observation status. Patients who are termed on observation can have trouble getting Medicare to pay if they need to go to a nursing home. The practice has sparked lawsuits and legislation.
July 31, 2013 The National Senior Games taking place in Cleveland have some sports in common with the Summer Olympics, like track and field, basketball and swimming. There's also shuffleboard and horseshoes. And this year, there's a new sport, pickleball — a tennis/pingpong/whiffle ball hybrid — that's growing fast.
July 26, 2013 Swimmer Graham Johnston, who's in his 80s now, is competing in the Senior Olympics in Cleveland. He's been swimming all his life, including competing at the 1952 Olympics for his home country of South Africa. Even at his age, he still trains five to six times a week.
July 24, 2013 One thing most people dread as they age is ending up in a nursing home, where they imagine they'll have to deal with sharing a room, rigid schedules and bad smells. But the Green House Project, an alternative to traditional nursing homes, is trying to change that. Its founder says he wants to "abolish" the old, often lonely model.
July 5, 2013 Some famous writers, painters and musicians have done some of their best work in their later years. But at a pair of retirement communities in California, older people are proving that you don't have to be famous — or even a professional artist — to live a creatively fulfilling life in old age.
May 1, 2013 Studies show that when participation in a retirement plan is automatic, more people save. President Obama has proposed automatic IRAs for some employees, a version of which was adopted in California. But business groups argue that requiring employers to implement them is not the right way to go.
April 10, 2013 Shane Reams owes his freedom from prison in no small part to his mother's 17-year campaign to change California's tough three strikes sentencing law. Sue Reams' work is not done, she says, not when people are still in prison "for stupid things" like stealing baby food.
April 1, 2013 The fashion industry is sometimes criticized for unrealistic portrayals of young women. But if you're a woman older than 60, there are almost no portrayals, realistic or otherwise. Now a fashion blog called Advanced Style has made stars of some of these older fashionistas, including a 93-year-old who says the spotlight makes her feel like she's "part of the world."
March 14, 2013 After nearly 30 years on the Chicago police force, Richard Piña, 69, now owns Rich's Den in Calumet City, Ill. He had other businesses during his police career — hair salons, a taco stand, a rooming house. "I don't want to say I was an entrepreneur, but I was a hustler," he says.
March 6, 2013 Sometimes you can't retire even if you want to. For Dian Sparling, a nurse midwife, there's no one to take over her practice. But at 71, delivering babies on call is harder than it used to be. "It would be horrible if I had to do this and stay up all night and I didn't love what I do," she says.