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Brand-Name Medicines Dominate Medicare's $103 Billion Drug Bill

Friday, May 01, 2015

Federal officials released prescription histories of hundreds of thousands of doctors and identified the most common and costly drugs. Medicare spent the most on a purple pill for heartburn.

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Your Tough Job Might Help Keep You Sharp

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

In an eight-year study of older people, those who had held mentally demanding, stimulating jobs tended to retain their mental agility better than people whose work was less stimulating.

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Morning Edition

Maybe You Should Rethink That Daily Aspirin

Monday, April 27, 2015

A small dose of aspirin taken regularly can help prevent a second heart attack or stroke. But too many healthy people are taking the drug for prevention, and for them, the risks may outweigh benefits.

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Morning Edition

Drop-In Chefs Help Seniors Stay In Their Own Homes

Monday, April 27, 2015

As people age, cooking can become difficult or even physically impossible. It's one reason people move to assisted living. One company offers a chef to cook healthy, affordable meals at home.

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All Things Considered

Can A Person With Dementia Consent To Sex?

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A jury in Iowa acquitted a man who had been criminally charged for having sex with his wife, who had Alzheimer's. Very few care facilities have policies on dementia, sex and consent.

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I Learned The Hard Way That Concussion Isn't Just For The Young

Monday, April 13, 2015

We hear a lot about concussion and kids, but older adults are even more vulnerable to traumatic brain injury. A slip in the kitchen leads one man down the rabbit hole with no clear path out.

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From Pork To Onion Sandwiches: Secrets To Supersurvivors' Long Lives

Saturday, April 11, 2015

At 115, Jeralean Talley is the world's oldest living person. She inherited the title from a 116-year-old Arkansan who died this week. NPR's Tamara Keith reflects on the secrets of a good, long life.

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All Things Considered

A Forgotten Generation: Half Of South Korea's Elderly Live In Poverty

Friday, April 10, 2015

In a country known for its tech advances and rapid economic rise, the generation responsible for the growth isn't faring so well. Half of South Korea's seniors live below the poverty line.

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All Things Considered

California Faith Groups Divided Over Right-To-Die Bill

Friday, April 03, 2015

Many Christian denominations officially oppose legislation that would legalize medically assisted suicide. But some individual churches, pastors and congregants are lending support to the cause.

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Will Smart Clothing Amp Up Your Workout?

Friday, April 03, 2015

Startups are developing clothing with sensors that measure heart rate, breathing and muscle activity. Fitness enthusiasts are the target market. But the garments could be used for health care, too.

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All Things Considered

Hackers Teach Computers To Tell Healthy And Sick Brain Cells Apart

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Scientists are still better than computers at assessing a neuron's health by looking at its shape. But an effort that includes an international series of hackathons could help speed the process.

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Doctors With Cancer Push California To Allow Aid In Dying

Monday, March 30, 2015

Dr. Dan Swangard doesn't know if he would take lethal medications to hasten death. But as someone with metastatic cancer, he wants to have that choice. He's part of a suit to change California law.

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All Things Considered

Starting Families Later In Life Could Cause 'Grandparent Deficit'

Sunday, March 29, 2015

In a recent piece for Time magazine, Susanna Schrobsdorff presents an unexpected challenge for people starting families later in life.

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All Things Considered

Videos On End-Of-Life Choices Ease Tough Conversation

Sunday, March 29, 2015

A program in Hawaii aims to reduce the number of older people who spend their final days of life in a hospital. Hawaii has one of the highest rates of hospital deaths for those over age 65 in the U.S.

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At Aging Conference, Old Is The New Black

Saturday, March 28, 2015

For the first in a series of regular discussions about aging, NPR's Scott Simon speaks with NPR's Ina Jaffe from the Aging in America Conference in Chicago.

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Feds Claim Obamacare Launch Is Hindering Government Transparency

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has a backlog of some 3,000 FOIA requests and says it may need 10 years or more to dig out from under some large cases.

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Morning Edition

Many Doctors Who Diagnose Alzheimer's Fail To Tell The Patient

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Only about half of Medicare patients are told of the diagnosis by their doctor, a study finds. That compares to 90 percent of patients diagnosed with cancer.

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All Things Considered

States That Expand Medicaid Detect More Cases Of Diabetes

Monday, March 23, 2015

Researchers say their study suggests that more diabetes is being detected in particular states because, thanks to Medicaid, more poor people have access to screening and care.

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If You're Going To Die Soon, Do You Really Need Statins?

Monday, March 23, 2015

Many older people are taking a lot of meds, and some drugs may not be doing them much good. When terminally ill people went off statins, they said they felt better. And it didn't increase their risk.

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'Looks Like Laury' Shines The Power Of Friendship On A Failing Mind

Thursday, March 19, 2015

When actress and writer Laury Sacks started losing words fast, her best friends, who happened to be filmmakers, captured her experience. Looks Like Laury, Sounds Like Laury shows how they reached her.

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