Aug 27, 2014 — The company Vital Decisions hires social workers to help people make end-of-life plans in advance, over the phone. But the counselors are paid by insurers. Critics see a conflict of interest.
Aug 21, 2014 — Older people whose visual acuity has slipped by just one letter on the eye chart are more likely to die sooner, researchers say. New glasses may be all it takes to maintain independence.
Aug 18, 2014 — Among the more than 4 million procedures for which office-based nurse practitioners and physician assistants independently billed Medicare in 2012, more than half were for dermatological surgeries.
Aug 14, 2014 — A study found that 60 percent of elderly patients who visited an emergency department in 2013 were malnourished. But doctors say it can be relatively easy to help seniors get the food they need.
Aug 11, 2014 — About 25 percent of people with macular degeneration in both eyes develop clinical depression. But developing strategies for staying engaged in passions and people may cut that risk by more than half.
Aug 7, 2014 — In the case of an elderly patient with multiple medical problems, having a team of health workers deliver care to the home can be cheaper than expensive stays in nursing homes and emergency rooms.
Jul 30, 2014 — One study suggests middle-aged adults with a history of problem drinking may be twice as likely to develop serious memory issues as the years wear on.
Jul 30, 2014 — Ninety-year-old Rita Fischer and her son Jay recall a conversation they had back in the 1980s, when Jay first told Rita he was gay.
Jul 29, 2014 — Medicare is trying a different approach in one experiment: Some hospice patients will still be able to get treatments aimed at prolonging life.
Jul 24, 2014 — Jails and prisons without air conditioning can be uncomfortable for both prisoners and guards. But for inmates with health conditions that make them heat-sensitive, hot cells can pose serious risks.