People celebrating their 65th birthday today were born 9 months after Victory in Europe Day. Their arrival marked what some consider the very beginning of the Baby Boom Generation, which (at least in the Western World) enjoyed economic abundance, rock and roll, and long life expectancy.
“Oh Abigail, I’m dying’.” My stepmother, then in her late 80s, telephoning me on a Saturday morning, her Southern voice faint and desperate. I drop everything and fly from Washington to Boston. When I get to her apartment, she greets me — all dressed up in a spring suit, scarf and jewelry — and says: “Thank God you’re here — I have to go to the hairdresser!” Continue reading
Shingles and its painful complication, called postherpetic neuralgia, result from reactivation of the chicken pox virus, which remains in the body after a childhood bout and is usually dormant in the adult. Continue reading
If you’re older than 65 and take multiple medications, you should be aware of potential interactions between your drugs. These interactions can cause unwanted side effects, reduce the effectiveness of your medicine, or even lead to hospitalization. Studies show that up to 30 percent of hospital admissions of elderly patients are linked to harmful effects of medications and other related problems. Continue reading
More prone to depression than men when watching over ailing, elderly parents, review finds Continue reading
If you think you might be a candidate for a long-term-care insurance policy, you’ve got homework ahead. These are some of the questions to keep in mind as you scale the learning curve: Continue reading
Caring for a sick or disabled elderly relative exacts a toll — physical, emotional, financial — on any family member, but being a spousal caregiver brings particular challenges. Continue reading
Seniors who neglect to take their medications as directed can significantly increase their risk of falls, according to new research.
For years, Americans have been advised to consume less sodium, and they’ve taken that advice with a grain of salt. Continue reading
Baby boomers rocked Woodstock, protested wars, rallied for civil rights and today have a solid reputation as professionals who work hard and play harder. But as record numbers of boomers continue to age, their health problems rise in direct proportion. If you’re a member of this generation and haven’t yet made decisions about your late-in-life health care, someone else could make them for you. Continue reading