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"It's easier to sort of face the hard things in your life when you're not alone," says hospice chaplain Kerry Egan. "That's a big part of what a chaplain does, is she stays with you." Ann Summa/Getty Images hide caption

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Hospice Chaplain Reflects On Life, Death And The 'Strength Of The Human Soul'

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Vivian Guzofsky, 88, holds a baby doll at Sunrise Senior Living in Beverly Hills, Calif. Guzofsky, who has Alzheimer's disease, is calm when taking care of the dolls. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Doll Therapy May Help Calm People With Dementia, But It Has Critics

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Brain Game Claims Fail A Big Scientific Test

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Tsukimi Ayano's scarecrows congregate at a bus stop in Nagoro. The village used to be home to about 300 people; now there are 30. Ina Jaffe/NPR hide caption

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A Dying Japanese Village Brought Back To Life — By Scarecrows

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Kristin Armstrong won Olympic gold in the cycling time trial the day before she turned 43. Tim de Waele/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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Olympic Athletes Prove That Older Doesn't Have To Mean Slower

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Nurse specialist Annelie Nilsson checks on patient Janet Prochazka during her stay at the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital, after Prochazka took a bad fall in March. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Hospital Units Tailored To Older Patients Can Help Prevent Decline

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An inspection found that at one Los Angeles nursing home an employee took video of a co-worker "passing gas" on the face of a resident and posted it on Instagram. Universal Images Group/Getty Images hide caption

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Josephine Rudolph, 99, says she couldn't afford to live at the Joyce Eisenberg Keefer Medical Center Skilled Nursing Facility in Reseda, Calif., without Medi-Cal assistance. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Mary Mullens, age 93, in her room at Edgewood Summit Retirement Community in Charleston, W.Va. Mullens is a patient of Dr. Todd Goldberg, one of only 36 geriatricians in the state. Kara Lofton/West Virginia Public Broadcasting hide caption

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Few Young Doctors Are Training To Care For U.S. Elderly

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An independent commission recommended changes to Medicare Part D, including reducing or waiving copayments for generic drugs for low-income enrollees. Shana Novak/Getty Images hide caption

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