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How To Enroll In Medicare And Avoid Costly Mistakes

Your 65th birthday is coming up. Soon, you think, the government will send you a packet explaining how to enroll in Medicare — its vast health program for 46 million seniors. 1,431 more words


Terminally Ill Patients Don’t Use Aid-In-Dying Laws To Relieve Pain

Supporters of “death with dignity” have succeeded in legalizing medical aid-in-dying in five states by convincing voters, lawmakers and courts that terminally ill patients have the right to die without suffering intractable pain in their final days or weeks. 1,580 more words

Capitol Desk

Staying Out Of The Closet In Old Age

Patrick Mizelle and Edwin Fisher, who have been together for 37 years, were planning to grow old in their home state of Georgia.

But visits to senior living communities left them worried that after decades of living openly, marching in pride parades and raising money for gay causes, they wouldn’t feel as free in their later years. 1,809 more words


Exercise, Even In Small Doses, Offers Tremendous Benefits For Senior Citizens

Retaining the ability to get up and about easily — to walk across a parking lot, climb a set of stairs, rise from a chair and maintain balance — is an under-appreciated component of good health in later life. 1,107 more words

Public Health

When Pretend Play Is Real For Alzheimer’s Patients

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BEVERLY HILLS — Sitting beside a neatly made crib, 88-year-old Vivian Guzofsky held up a baby doll dressed in puppy dog pajamas. 1,362 more words


When The Blues Won’t Let You Be

LOS ANGELES — Rini Kramer-Carter has tried everything to pull herself out of her dark emotional hole: individual therapy, support groups, tai chi and numerous antidepressants. 1,410 more words

Mental Health

Saying Goodbye, The Right Way

Ediccia wanted to be remembered as someone who didn’t give up. Chuck said some of his favorite times were playing baseball with his brothers. Joe said he was the luckiest man in the world. 822 more words

Public Health