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Aging in Place – The New York Times

Throughout the country, communities are being retrofitted to accommodate the tsunami of elders expected to live there as baby boomers age. When I asked the other three members of my walking group, all of whom are in their mid to upper 70s, whether they had any concerns about future living …

On Widower Watch – The New York Times

Widowers are endangered beings, challenged by grief and its grim companions: loneliness, disorientation and a statistically high mortality rate. He crossed the marbled lobby of his building, headed for the front door, leaning into his blue walker as if he were facing a gale-force wind. A golden starburst of drying …

Pursuing the Goal of Healthy Aging – The New York Times

Researchers are seeking drugs that can slow the rate of aging and the development of the debilitating chronic ailments that typically accompany it. Given their druthers, most people would opt for a long and healthy life. Few relish the idea of spending years, even decades, incapacitated by illness, dependent on …

Ask Well: Ugly Toenails – The New York Times

Are cracked toenails an inevitable part of aging? “Why do the elderly tend to have such ugly toenails?” Ugly toenails are not the exclusive purview of the elderly, but “as you get older, you are more prone to picking up a nail fungus and to having less circulation in your …

Is It Really Dementia? – NYTimes.com

Maybe it’s something else. That’s what you tell yourself, isn’t it, when an older person begins to lose her memory, repeat herself, see things that aren’t there, lose her way on streets she’s traveled for decades? Maybe it’s not dementia. And sometimes, thankfully, it is indeed some other problem, something …

Part D Gains May Be Eroding – NYTimes.com

In 2003, when President George W. Bush signed the major Medicare expansion that would establish prescription drug coverage, he called it “a promise, a solemn promise, to America’s seniors.” Medicare Part D, which took effect in 2006, initially made plenty of people angry. Some Congressional Democrats had argued that it would “privatize …