When doctors told Robert Madison that his wife had dementia, they didn't explain very much. His successful career as an architect hardly prepared him for what came next. "A week before she passed away her behavior was different, and I was angry because I thought she...

Much of the buzz over mobile health interventions seems to be about how we can use an ever-growing variety of shiny new smartphone apps and sensors to better manage our health. But texting, that old-school technology, may deserve some of that spotlight, too. Getting texts with motivating...

Health care costs continue to rise, and workers are shouldering more of the burden. The big reason? Skyrocketing deductibles. More companies are adding deductibles to the insurance plans they offer their employees. And for those who already had to pay deductibles, the out-of-pocket outlays are growing. Together that...

The Florida Department of Elder Affairs recently announced the Dementia Care and Cure Initiative to spread public awareness about dementia and to help make Florida communities more dementia-friendly. Florida ranks second in the nation in the number of diagnosed cases of Alzheimer’s disease. Department of Elder...

Does a low energy level have you skipping workouts, especially during these dog days of summer? The problem might not be the heat so much as what you're feeding — or not feeding — your body before and after an exercise session. Hydration is key, of...

It's a fantasy embodied in the flesh — specifically, in the gloriously creased, proudly aging flesh of 72-year-old Robert De Niro — in the new Nancy Meyers comedy, The Intern. De Niro stars as Ben, a retired, widowed phone book company executive — yes, a man...

Want to stay sharp into very old age? Get regular exercise, keep your heart healthy, and mind your medications. Those were the major findings of a report on brain health recently issued by the National Academy of Sciences' Institute of Medicine and cosponsored by AARP. The good news? Cognitive...

Once upon a time, I was a blondaholic. These days, however, my role models are all silver-haired beauties: I long to look like the characters Daenerys Targaryen from Game of Thrones or Storm from X-Men, or Julianne Moore as President Alma Coin in The Hunger Games:...

Heart-attack patients whose ambulances were diverted from crowded emergency rooms to hospitals farther away were more likely to be dead a year later than patients who weren’t diverted, according to a recent study published in the journal Health Affairs. The study, conducted by researchers at the...

As a consultant who counsels families on end-of-life care management, Johanna Turner often shares the story of her mother’s final days 21 years ago. Thanks to the skilled and loving care provided by a local hospice, Turner was able to keep her promise to let...