On Aging

Two Sisters Share One's Road To Recovery

Saturday, July 05, 2014

When Shirlene English was immobilized by a stroke in 2000, her sister Loretta stepped up as chief caregiver. Then Loretta's father developed dementia, and she stepped up again.


Costlier Digital Mammograms May Not Be Better For Older Women

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Digital mammograms are sharper and aid diagnosis, radiologists say. But these scans aren't significantly better than film scans in finding tumors in older women, a study finds. And they cost more.


Older Adults Are Fatter Than Ever, Increasing Their Risk Of Illness

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

There's good news and bad news about aging boomers, a Census Bureau report finds. They're drinking less and voting more, but they're also heavier, which could mean less independence later.


Older Moms Take Heart: You May Be More Likely To Live Longer

Saturday, June 28, 2014

There's mounting evidence that women who have children later in life are also more likely to make it to 95 or 100. But delaying childbearing just to live longer is not a good idea.


Morning Edition

How A Woman's Plan To Kill Herself Helped Her Family Grieve

Monday, June 23, 2014

After a suicide, family members are often devastated. Depression rates are much higher than when a loved one dies naturally. But Sandy Bem's family says her approach to suicide helped them mourn.


Man's Best Friend To The End: Resting In Peace Beside Your Pet

Saturday, June 21, 2014

There are cemeteries for humans, there are cemeteries for pets. And increasingly, there are cemeteries where humans can rest for eternity beside Fluffy and Fido.


Morning Edition

How Your State Rates In Terms Of Long-Term Care

Thursday, June 19, 2014

AARP ranked each state and Washington, D.C., according to the cost and quality of long-term care and support services. An online scorecard helps consumers compare services in each region.


All Things Considered

Your Brain's Got Rhythm, And Syncs When You Think

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Scientists have evidence that beats in the brain — in the form of rhythmic electrical pulses — are involved in everything from memory to motion. And music can help when those rhythms go wrong.


Microwave Helmet Could Diagnose Strokes As Patients Ride To Hospital

Monday, June 16, 2014

Strokes come in two varieties, and drugs that treat one type can be deadly for the other. An experimental device could help get the right treatment to patients while they're still in ambulances.


Forget 10,000 Steps. For Happy Knees, 6,000 Will Do It

Thursday, June 12, 2014

People are often told to walk 10,000 steps a day to be healthy. But if your goal is to avoid being crippled by knee arthritis, just 6,000 a day will to it, a study finds. And 3,000 is a good start.


New Jersey Ambulance Companies Take Medicare For A Ride

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Garden State costs Medicare more than any other state for ambulance rides per kidney dialysis patient. A crackdown is set to start, but at one big dialysis center, ambulances remain everywhere.


In Oregon, End Of Life Orders Help People Avoid The ICU

Monday, June 09, 2014

Most people don't want to die in the hospital hooked up to machines, but it can be hard to make those wishes known. A doctor's order with more force than an advance directive can help, a study finds.


A Doctor Takes A Look In The Medicare Mirror

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Medicare reimbursed the university where I work $45,994 for my services in 2012. What did I do to earn the money, and how do I stack up against other doctors?


Doctors Hesitate To Ask Heart Patients About End-Of-Life Plans

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Most people diagnosed with heart failure die within five years, yet doctors often don't ask them about how they want to prepare for death, a study finds. They cited lack of confidence as one reason.


91-Year-Old Woman Breaks Marathon Record

Monday, June 02, 2014

Harriette Thompson, a cancer survivor and concert pianist, on Sunday became the second-oldest woman in U.S. history to complete a marathon.


Morning Edition

How To Shop For Long-Term Care Insurance

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Buying insurance is always a gamble — weighing the total cost of monthly premiums against the chance that you'll need pricey care. So how can you tell if long-term care insurance is right for you?


When Older People Walk Now, They Stay Independent Later

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Nobody wants to spend their final years unable to walk, but that sad fate afflicts many people as they age. A little exercise helps a lot, especially if people can do it in social groups.


Morning Edition

'Silver Tsunami' And Other Terms That Can Irk The Over-65 Set

Monday, May 19, 2014

Reporter Ina Jaffe covers aging for NPR. But many common terms for people formerly known as senior citizens have become stigmatized, she says — leaving her at a loss for words.


Medicare Eases Restrictions On Pricey Hepatitis C Treatment

Friday, May 16, 2014

This policy change would pay for treatment with a combination of new, expensive drugs for patients who haven't responded to older treatment regimens and are approaching or have cirrhosis of the liver.


Older Women May Actually Be More At Risk For Cervical Cancer

Monday, May 12, 2014

Cervical cancer screening often isn't recommended for women after age 65, but that may be when they're most vulnerable, a study finds. African-American women face a particularly high risk.