When Carol Ann Riha, 57, filled her prescription for the generic cholesterol-lowering drug Pravastatin, she was in for sticker shock. For months she'd been paying $4 for a 30-day supply. Suddenly the price had climbed more than four times as high, to nearly $19. "I...

When my mother was 83, she troubled me with the way she used — or rather misused — her pillbox. I set it up for her each Sunday evening, carefully placing mounds of tablets of different hues and sizes in the appropriate daily slots. But...

"I've been a bad girl. Am I in trouble?" asks an obviously distraught Naomi. Tears begin to form in the corners of her eyes. She wrings her hands as she sits in her wheelchair in the lobby of an Alzheimer's disease care facility. "No, you're not...

Fifty years ago, on July 30, 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson signed Medicare — and its sister program Medicaid — into law in the presence of former President Harry Truman in Independence, Mo. Eleven months later, both programs went into effect, with Truman and his...

The federal government released a new five-star rating system for home health agencies, hoping to bring clarity to a fast-growing but fragmented corner of the medical industry where it’s often difficult to distinguish good from bad. Medicare applied the new quality measure to more than 9,000...

As we enter the heart of summer, the temperature isn’t the only thing on the rise — utility bills are increasing, too. For seniors especially, keeping cool in these hot summer months isn’t just a luxury, it’s a necessity for health and safety — one...

The Supreme Court was definitive in its decision to legalize gay marriage nationwide, but what is far from clear is whether U.S. companies must offer corporate benefits to same-sex spouses. Many large and mid-sized employers are self-insured, which means their benefits are governed by a 1974...

Every month, a group of older adults goes to Washington, D.C.’s Sibley Memorial Hospital, but they don’t see a doctor or get tests. They’re not sick. They come just for laughs. They gather in a room next to the hospital cafeteria for the “Laugh Cafe,” one...

After nearly 30 years, the Obama administration wants to modernize the rules nursing homes must follow to qualify for Medicare and Medicaid payments. The hundreds of pages of proposed changes cover everything from meal times to use of antipsychotic drugs to staffing.  Some are required by...