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PUMPING IRONY: Crisis Competence

The pandemic persists, but evidence is accumulating that the elderly are coping with its challenges much more successfully than you…

2 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: Dying to Know

Wisdom from a palliative-care doctor helps me absorb both the enormous toll of the pandemic and the imminent demise of…

2 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: Cashing in on COVID

Driven by the demands of a broken business model, nursing homes opened their doors to coronavirus patients — with predictable…

3 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: Pilgrimage

An anxious journey to visit my dying brother offers a powerful argument against fleeing from sorrow and pain.

3 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: Keep Calm and Carry On

Recent research suggests the elderly are coping more effectively than their younger peers with the emotional challenges of the pandemic.…

3 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: A Cancer Chronicle

In the pursuit of some genuine empathy in the wake of my brother’s cancer diagnosis, I find surprising wisdom in…

4 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: A Dose of Reality

All indications suggest seniors may be wise to temper their expectations about a forthcoming COVID-19 vaccine.

4 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: Salutary Side Effects?

Non-COVID hospital admissions have dropped precipitously since the pandemic struck, leading some to suggest our precautions have somehow made us…

4 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: So Sad

As my brother tumbles into the cancer vortex, I find myself struggling to find ways to express my grief and…

4 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: Location, Location, Location

Many factors affect our access to healthcare, but new research suggests that where we choose to live may actually enhance…

5 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: Trials and Tribulations

Elderly Americans who volunteer for drug trials seldom make the cut. That makes it more difficult for researchers to know…

5 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: Statins and Suspicions

Recent research suggests cholesterol-reducing drugs may be safer than once thought and offer cancer- and COVID-fighting benefits. So, why do…

5 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: Locked Out

While COVID-19 has exacted a huge toll on those coping with a chronic disease, few have suffered more than older…

5 months ago

A Dose of Uncertainty

As we wait impatiently for a COVID-19 vaccine to free us from the current pandemic, a recent survey indicates surprising…

6 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: The Perils of Normalcy

Six months into the current pandemic, I realize I’ve begun to forget the lessons it’s been trying to teach me.

7 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: Faulty Connections

The current pandemic has sparked a boom in telemedicine, but a new study notes the many reasons why it’s not…

7 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: The Kids Are Alright?

Some evidence suggests that young people are carrying the virus into their multigenerational households, triggering the pandemic’s recent surge. Does…

7 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: Calm Amid the Storm

A pair of new studies suggests that my geezer compatriots — those of us who are still alive, anyway —…

7 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: Wedding-Bell Blues

Our daughter is planning a big wedding this fall, despite the surging pandemic. This is forcing her geezer parents to…

8 months ago

PUMPING IRONY: A Painful Transformation?

My neighbor’s long-sought surgery tempers my desire to see COVID-19 remodel the American healthcare system.

8 months ago

Haunted Housing

Unlike residents of government-regulated nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, seniors in public housing have had to deal with COVID-19 on…

8 months ago