"Your brother calls me every day," my 85-year-old mother often gushes. He lives 340 miles away and can't visit often, so his phone calls mean a lot to her. But her comment has always puzzled me. As her primary caregiver, I also call her every...

Irwin Weiner felt so good after heart surgery a few weeks before turning 90 that he stopped for a pastrami sandwich on the way home from the hospital. Dorothy Lipkin danced after getting a new hip at age 91. And at 94, William Gandin drives...

The elders among Latino communities are facing a health crisis and it's an issue that's not often talked about. Malnutrition among Latin seniors is becoming a rising problem and experts worry that it could lead to an epidemic. New America Media conducted a study of elderly residents...

New Year’s Day typically marks the end of the holiday season. It also marks the time of year when we contemplate all the ways we want to improve in the coming year to meet our goals - including financial goals. Though in listing our resolutions we...

"Hearing loss is such an adventure," a new acquaintance wrote to me not long ago. Wow, I thought, that is certainly a new way to look at it. Many people talk about hearing loss as a journey, as they travel from denial to anger to bargaining to...

The new year is a good time to reflect, recharge, regain your momentum and renew your commitment to achieving goals.  It’s the time when many are thinking about changing careers or simply finding a new job. It’s a great time to jump-start the new you! Gone are the days...

Ever notice the catnaps that older relatives take in the middle of the day? Or how grandparents tend to be early risers? You're not alone. Colleen McClung did, too. A neuroscientist at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, McClung wanted to know what was going on...

Smoking is the #1 cause of premature death and preventable illness in the United States. And since one-third of Medicaid participants smoke, compared to 17 percent of the general population, you'd think the states would be all about helping people in their Medicaid programs to...

Boomers and older Americans are giving retirement a major makeover: The old stereotype of the 65-year-old trotting off to a sun-filled life of leisure is quickly becoming a thing of the past. A new life stage is emerging — one that takes place between leaving...

Happy New Year! Start 2016 on the right foot, with these simple steps to reduce your risk of scams: Freeze your credit file. The best way to proactively prevent identity theft (as well as minimize damage after it occurs), a credit freeze restricts access to your credit...