For this drug-averse geezer, recent research suggesting that long-term use of certain pharmaceuticals may contribute to dementia makes me even less likely to follow my doctor’s advice.
The elderly often climb on the operating table unprepared for the risks of surgery. New guidelines aim to help them — and their doctors — make more informed decisions.
At my age, I’m often at a loss when trying to retrieve some bit of information from my memory banks. A new study suggests brain games and other mentally stimulating activities may help — sort of.
A new government report paints a dismal portrait of hospice care in the United States. And regulatory agencies are powerless to respond.
Age and affluence have limited my opportunities to embark on home-improvement projects, but a neighbor’s request for help resurrects my sense of usefulness.
Only about a third of Americans say they have faith in doctors, a fact that may say more about the system than about the physicians.
Exercise offers antiaging benefits as does a popular drug. So combining them should boost longevity, right? Not so much.
Elderly Americans are dying from falls at an alarming rate. I’m counting on some lessons learned through painful experience to help me avoid that fate.
You don’t need to check off items on a bucket list to convince yourself that you’ve lived a full life. Some of the most memorable experiences occur with no planning whatsoever.
Precision medicine hopes to revolutionize healthcare by revealing everything that’s going on in your body. It seems I’m not the only one who would prefer to be left in the dark.
24/7 surveillance may deter abuse in long-term care facilities, but even its advocates admit it’s no panacea.
A new poll suggests domesticated animals are a great source of stress relief for geezers. My relationship with our elderly neurotic cat tells me it’s not nearly that simple.
With a new study suggesting that restorative sleep depends on the same cellular dysfunction that accelerates aging, I’m left to choose between the lesser of two evils — while trying to keep my spouse happy.
A casual conversation takes a fatalistic turn, challenging my belief in the infinite moment.
Are my boomer compatriots so easily influenced by fake news on social-media sites that they’re presenting a serious threat to civic life? I’m not so sure.
With my grandson moving away, I’m struggling to balance expectations against the inevitability of change.
Medical technology can sometimes creep me out, but news of a “smart” toilet seat simply makes me laugh.
Weakness overtakes us all at some point in our aging journey, but new research suggests an antidote.
As the opioid epidemic overtakes the senior set, I’m reminded of how serious pain can overrule any internal debate over the pros and cons of painkillers.
A new study may explain why geezers tend to be happier than their youthful peers, but it seems that joy can come with a cost.
While in no way diminishing the devastation dementia exacts on its victims and those who care for them, visionary experts are forging a new treatment path — one that may yield surprising benefits.