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Tools for planning end of life care are varied, untested: study

Many tools exist to helpintroduce people to the subject of advanced care planning, butthey vary widely in what they offer...

U.S. lawyer groups launch effort to prevent elder financial fraud

Lawyers will have access to training onidentifying elderly clients who have fallen prey to financialscams under a continuing...

COLUMN-The truth about Social Security and Medicare, straight from the trustees

If you worry about the future of SocialSecurity and Medicare, this is the week to get answers to yourquestions. The most...

Dementia patients more likely to get pacemakers: study

People with dementia are morelikely to get pacemakers than people without any cognitiveimpairment, according to a new study....

Behavior therapy may help prevent depression over vision loss

Combining occupational therapyto help older people adapt to central vision loss with behaviortherapy to keep them from becoming...

Massachusetts monks tap brewing tradition to support aging members

Tucked off a two-lane highway ina hilly, wooded section of central Massachusetts, a group ofRoman Catholic monks has embraced...

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen, battling Alzheimer's, steps down

Denver Broncos owner Pat Bowlen isstepping down as he battles Alzheimer's disease, the NationalFootball League team said...

Cartoonist Roz Chast takes on eldercare

Cartoonist Roz Chast, famous forher deceptively simple drawings in The New Yorker magazine, isnow touching a chord with the...

Exercise may slow physical and mental decline after menopause

Women who exercise regularlyafter menopause tend to maintain their physical strength andmental acuity longer than those who...

U.S. Medicare program scales back hospice drugs restrictions

The Obama administration on Fridaybacked down on restrictions of private insurance coverage forhospice drugs under Medicare,...

Musicians On Call' bring music for the soul to patients' beds

Musicians On Call, a nonprofitproviding live music to the seriously ill, hopes to aggressivelyexpand to other major cities...

Medication errors may be common after hospital discharge

More than half of heart patientsin a new U.S. study made mistakes taking their medications ormisunderstood instructions given...

Young adults drive record U.S. trend of multi-generational homes

A record 57 million Americans, or18.1 percent of the U.S. population, lived in households withtwo or more generations in...

U.S. strokes, stroke deaths decreased over past decades

The number of Americans havingstrokes and the number dying following strokes decreased overthe past 20 years, according to...

Brazilian son of ex-slave may be world's oldest person -rest home

A Brazilian rest home for theelderly believes it may be home to the world's oldest man, aformer agricultural laborer born...

Novartis to test Alzheimer's drugs in patients without symptoms

Novartis said it would test twoexperimental Alzheimer's drugs on people with a genetic risk ofdeveloping dementia, aiming...

Singing familiar songs may help prompt Alzheimer's patients to speak

With advanced Alzheimer'sdisease, language deteriorates and patients spontaneously speakless and less. In a small study from...

Shorter sleep may speed brain aging

With less sleep, normalaging-related structural changes in the brain progress slightlyfaster in middle-aged and older people,...

Older adults and their children move closer together after health issues

Seniors who have a stroke orheart attack are more likely to end up living closer to theiradult children afterward, according...

Upgraded mammograms raised Medicare spending: study

Between 2001 and 2009, Medicarespending on breast cancer screening rose markedly but did notlead to earlier detection of...

Why most seniors can't afford to pay more for Medicare

Should seniors pay more for Medicare?Republicans think so; they have repeatedly called for replacingthe current program with...

Study paves way for simple blood test to predict Alzheimer's

British scientists have identified a setof 10 proteins in the blood that can predict the onset ofAlzheimer's and call this...

Maturity, patience pay off for the long-distance swimmer

Marathon swimmer Doug McConnellcircumnavigated the island of Manhattan to clinch the TripleCrown of open water swimming and...

Study finds little benefit, some harm from steroid shots for back pain

Steroid injections widely usedto treat back pain offer little or no real benefit, according toa new study of 400 patients....

UPDATE 1-Illinois high court rules constitution protects health benefits

Illinois' unfunded pension liability is$100 billion, while its unfunded liability for retireehealthcare stood at nearly $34.5...

Illinois high court to rule on reach of pension protections

A ruling expected Thursday from theIllinois Supreme Court involving a change to public workerbenefits could provide insight...

Pot shops buzz, crime eases as Colorado law marks 6 months

At the Native Roots Apothecary, adiscreet marijuana shop in a grand old building in Denver's busy16th street shopping mall,...

Dark chocolate tied to better walking with artery disease

Older people who have troublegetting around because of poor blood flow to their legs may beable to walk a little longer and...

Donald Sterling's mental fitness won't feature at Clippers trial

The mental capacity of Los AngelesClippers co-owner Donald Sterling will not be part of anupcoming probate trial over whether...

One-third of knee replacements in the U.S. may be inappropriate

Judging by the symptoms ofpeople with knee arthritis, one-third of knee replacementsurgeries may be inappropriate, according...

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