My neighbor’s long-sought surgery tempers my desire to see COVID-19 remodel the American healthcare system.
Unlike residents of government-regulated nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, seniors in public housing have had to deal with COVID-19 on their own. It’s not going well.
The recent shuttering of the clinic we’ve relied upon for years reminds me of the many ways the pandemic has hindered access to healthcare across the country.
A long-delayed visit with a septuagenarian friend reminds me how pandemic-induced isolation can threaten our well-being nearly as much as the virus itself.
Recent research suggests that guys my age and older need to ramp up our anxiety about the pandemic even though we’ve long been told that a carefree approach to life is what keeps us healthy.
You’d think geezers like me could rest a lot easier once a COVID-19 vaccine comes down the pike, but experts suggest it may not work much better than the annual flu shot.
With our grandson suddenly testing boundaries — and challenging our rusty child-rearing skills — we find ourselves hearkening back to some time-tested wisdom.
Already struggling before the pandemic struck, assisted-living facilities are hanging on for dear life — just like their residents.
The modern nuclear family liberated us from the stifling constraints of the traditional multi-generational household, but it has exacted a painful toll on the elderly and is gradually losing its luster.
A round of golf under the pandemic’s new rules offers an opportunity to glimpse a slice of post-confinement life — and appreciate the mundane as much as the miraculous.
Regular visits from our grandson have suddenly required more careful consideration even as the lessons he teaches us become increasingly more poignant.
Ritual can help ease our anxiety during uncertain times, even if it involves grinding your own beans.
Who knew that our springtime of social isolation could spark so much conviviality?
A brief outing to the grocery store demonstrates how the current pandemic can both test and heal us — if we remain open to all its lessons.
The COVID-19 pandemic is forcing millions of elderly Americans to stay at home, where they’re forced to confront another major health challenge: loneliness.
Words matter when you’re facing a serious illness, and the traditional “risk-versus-benefit” approach to treatment options doesn’t always lead to the healthiest choices.
Recent research suggesting that poor hydration may be impairing cognitive function in older women has me wondering why thirst-averse geezers like me are somehow spared.
A recent shift in Medicare reimbursement policies is roiling the home-healthcare industry. It should give pause to folks banking on a single-payer solution to our busted system.
A renowned genetics pioneer argues that medical advances will someday allow humans to live well past 100 years. I can’t help wondering what would be lost in the process.
Danish researchers suggest that my diminutive stature as a youth makes it more likely I’ll develop dementia. I think they may be short-sighted.
New Zealand researchers have found that bicycling to work may enhance your longevity. My own experience suggests they may be ignoring the possibility of fatal collisions.