Tag: Elderly

Aid in Dying Soon Will be Available to More Americans. Few Will Choose It.

ImageCreditJames Steinberg On Aug. 1, New Jersey will become the eighth state to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives. On Sept. 15, Maine will become the ninth. So by October, 22 percent of Americans will live in places where residents with six months or less […]

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The Rolling Stones, Still Filling Stadiums, Know What You Need: An Annuity

So it’s come to this: surgery, deferred annuities and rock ’n’ roll. The Rolling Stones, the bad boys of rock in the 1960s and ’70s, are showing their age. In April, the band postponed the start of its North American tour so that Mick Jagger could have surgery, reportedly to replace a damaged heart valve. […]

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At 75, Taking Care of Mom, 99: ‘We Did Not Think She Would Live This Long’

Not many years ago, Lynda Faye planned to spend her retirement gardening in Amherst, Mass., and visiting her eight grandchildren. Not on the list of golden-years pursuits: caring for a frail elderly parent. Ms. Faye is 75, and her mother, Yetta Meisel, a widow, is 99. The former art teacher fills her days helping her […]

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Risk for Dementia May Increase With Long-Term Use of Certain Medicines

Can certain medications increase your risk of dementia? A new study suggests that people who take a class of common medicines called anticholinergic drugs for several years may be more likely to develop dementia as they age. This is not a new hypothesis about these drugs, which are used to treat a wide range of […]

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Dozens of Nursing Homes With HUD-Backed Mortgages Have ‘Serious Deficiencies’

Dozens of the worst-run nursing homes in the United States have mortgages guaranteed by a federal agency that mostly stopped inspecting such homes several years ago. Seventy-four nursing homes with mortgages insured against default by the agency, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, are among 478 homes identified this month by two United States […]

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Generations of Mentorship: Conversations With L.G.B.T.Q. Elders

“It’s weird being dead,” wrote a 51-year-old man from Jackson, Miss. He had contacted me on Jack’d, a dating and social app that’s particularly popular among gay and trans men of color. He wasn’t being literal, of course, but the message was clear: “The gay community publishes your obituary at 40 if you live that […]

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The Elderly Are Getting Complex Surgeries. Often It Doesn’t End Well.

ImageCreditStuart Briers People over 65 represent roughly 16 percent of the American population, but account for 40 percent of patients undergoing surgery in hospitals — and probably more than half of all surgical procedures. Those proportions are likely to increase as the population ages and more seniors consider surgery, including procedures once deemed too dangerous […]

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Even One Extra Walk a Day May Make a Big Difference

How many steps should people take every day for good health? A new study of activity and mortality in older women finds that the total could be lower than many of us expect and that even small increases in steps can be meaningful. The study also side-eyes the validity, utility and origin of the common […]

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Deadly Falls in Older Americans Are Rising. Here’s How to Prevent Them.

As the population ages, the number of older Americans who die following a fall is rising. A study published Tuesday in the medical journal JAMA found that for people over 75, the rate of mortality from falls more than doubled from 2000 to 2016. Researchers analyzed information obtained from death certificates maintained by the federal […]

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A Nursing Home Chain’s Collapse Leaves the Government on the Hook

The cracks in the foundation of a Chicago nursing-home business began to appear almost immediately. The owners stopped making mortgage payments on their crown jewel, the Rosewood Care Centers, barely a year after buying it in 2013. Paperwork about the chain’s finances was never filed with the government. Some money meant for the 13 nursing […]

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Older People Are Contributing to Climate Change, and Suffering From It

ImageCreditJames O’Brien When it comes to discussing climate change, older people may have one advantage: They have watched it happen. In the nine Northeastern states, for instance, where average winter temperatures climbed 3.8 degrees Fahrenheit between 1970 and 2000, they have seen fewer snow-covered days, and more shrubs flowering ever earlier. And they have experienced […]

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71-Year-Old Woman Is Killed, and Her Husband Is Wounded, in Stabbing Attack

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] A routine visit by a home attendant led to a gruesome discovery over the weekend in Brooklyn, where a woman was killed and her husband was wounded in a knife attack, the police said. The woman, Maria Rodriguez, 71, […]

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How to Improve the Mental Health of Older Adults

Learn How to Cope with Anger Research from the American Psychological Association shows that anger is more harmful to the health of older adults than sadness. The effects of anger experienced daily was related to higher inflammation levels and chronic illness for study participants 80 years old and above, but not for younger seniors, while […]

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