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Elderly Americans

Caregiver Stress: The Other Side of the JetBlue Freak Out

Andrea Chalupa | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Andrea Chalupa

JetBlue flight attendant Steven Slater gave us a meme we couldn't get enough of. Now that the jokes have been exhausted, it's time to focus on an issu...

Older Americans Are Active As Ever, And Expecting Their Doctors To Treat Their Injuries

The Boston Globe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living


Gray Matters: A Kennedy Dream Denied

Saul Friedman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Saul Friedman

For nursing care, at home or in an institutional settling, there is no rational, national public program for the long term care of the elderly. We say we venerate the aged, but our policy doesn't reflect that.

Does Dad Need a Nursing Home?

Dr. Jon LaPook | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jon LaPook

One of the great blessings of my life is that my 91-year-old father. What if I were to think he's losing his ability to live independently but he doesn't agree with me? That's where gut-wrenching decisions often arise.

Why Healthcare Reform is Good for Older Americans

Kelly Matheson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Kelly Matheson

The Elder Justice Act in the health reform bills would finally provide the increased federal resources and leadership to prevent, detect, treat, understand, intervene in and, where appropriate, prosecute elder abuse.

The Age of Invisibility

Elissa Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Elissa Stein

People in New York are far more kind and generous than we get credit for. But not for the elderly. Not here. Not anywhere, really.

Second Wind Dreams Provides "Old-Time" Adventures

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Most people in their 90s don't get to jump out of an airplane, ride a motorcycle, or drink beer in a jazz club. But, that's exactly what Second Wind D...

Nursing-Home Rating System Gets Mixed Reviews | Elizabeth G. Olson | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

When 81-year-old Sally Darr needed nursing home care after injuring herself in a fall, her family turned to a new federal rating system for help. ...

While Lobbyists Lament Rationing, Some Patients Want It

Francine Hardaway | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Francine Hardaway

The rant about rationing is designed to make consumers feel that no one will be able to get in to see a doctor under a public plan and make efforts at real health care reform fail.

Investing Over the Life Course: A Winning Strategy

John Rowe | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
John Rowe

Many programs that target the elderly have spillover benefits for younger generations, and should properly be seen as family programs.

Online Social Networks Empower Older People | Stephanie Clifford | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living

Like many older people, Paula Rice of Island City, Ky., has grown isolated in recent years. Her four grown children live in other states, her two marr...


Stephanie Gertler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stephanie Gertler

On Monday afternoon at 4 o'clock, Bobbi and I met at neighborhood restaurant. Our meeting had a purpose: our endless discussions of pragmatic issues regarding our parents' care.

Peaceful Revolution: Investing in Our Human Infrastructure

Riane Eisler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Riane Eisler

The Real Wealth of our Nation is Its People Over half a million people lost their jobs last month. There's no question we need a job-creation plan. T...

Presidential Candidates Lack Long-Term View on Long-Term Care

Stuart Shapiro | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Stuart Shapiro

The case is clear: America is heading toward a fiscal tsunami. Surviving this wave will involve monumentally more than just shoring up the three key retirement pillars of Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid.

The Fat Cat of the Apocalypse

Nina Burleigh | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Nina Burleigh

One minute of Exxon's profits could feed and house dozens of homeless Jersey cats for several years. Do visions of their beseeching paws not torment your dreams? Can you sleep?

My Mother: A Nana for Obama

Sherman Yellen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sherman Yellen

Simply said, my mother would have voted for Obama to keep her promise to the future, "for the sake of the kids. I hope that many of those in Florida, and elsewhere, planning to vote for McCain think again.

Weak Economy Forces Elderly To Delay Retirement

Wall Street Journal | Jennifer Levitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

As the falling real-estate and stock markets erode their savings, many aging Americans are delaying retirement, electing labor over leisure in uncerta...

Older Americans Wealthier, Living Longer

Reuters | Julie Steenhuysen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

Older Americans have more money and are expected to live far longer than prior generations, U.S. government researchers said on Thursday. They said t...