Abuse of older people, which can take the form of sexual or emotional abuse, physical violence and financial manipulation, affects at least 10 percent of older Americans, according to a review article published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine. That figure, researchers note, is...

An interesting thing happens when Dawn Gross brings up hospice to patients or their families: "Oh, no, we don't want that!" they often say. "OK," says Gross, a hospice and palliative care physician in San Francisco. "Tell me exactly what you don't want, so we're sure not...

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...

You know that saying, "There wasn't a dry eye in the house"? These days, it's more likely that nearly every eye was dry — and gritty, painful, irritated and red. In fact, arid eyeballs have become so prevalent, experts say it's the No. 1 reason people...

On the cusp of his 90th birthday, Leonard Melander passionately pursues a lifelong love affair with bridge, that sophisticated and complex grande dame of card games. In 2007, at 82, Melander became the oldest player to win a U.S. national duplicate bridge championship; he did it...

Mary Helen Abbott, 77, paints her lips bright pink, still smokes the occasional cigarette, keeps up on all the gossip at the retirement home and wears a short skirt to fitness class.  She giggles as the aerobics instructor shouts -- "Swagger! Like you are going to...

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force now says all overweight and obese Americans between 40 and 70 years old should get their blood sugar levels tested. The advisory group's previous recommendation, drafted in 2008, made no mention of weight, instead suggesting that doctors routinely test the...

“Better not eat that. It’ll give you colon cancer. Didn’t you hear about that report?” the woman asked, as her friend reached for the bacon at the cafeteria breakfast bar. “That report” refers to the one this week from the World Health Organization that caused a...