Elder Wellness

The Gift of Reading

Lucas Jackson/Reuters Libraries, like the New York Public Library, are working with older people to help them navigate tablets and computer software. This is the year of the tablet, David Pogue of The Times has told us, and that may be good news for seniors who open holiday wrappings to find one tucked inside. They(…)

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New Help for Hoarders

Michael Appleton for The New York Times New services and treatments have come along for those who can’t throw things away. There were times, Sandra Stark remembers, when she couldn’t use her kitchen or sit on her sofa. Her collections — figurines, vases, paperweights — had overtaken every closet, drawer and surface. Stacks of clothing(…)

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Doctor’s Orders? Another Test

Universal Images Group, via Getty Images Diagnostic tests, like cardiac stress tests, are being ordered too frequently, a new study has found. It is no longer news that Americans, and older Americans in particular, get more routine screening tests than they need, more than are useful. Prostate tests for men over 75, annual Pap smears(…)

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How to Shoot a Photo to Remember

Sometimes the realization comes almost too late — you sense that your parents or other loved ones may soon be gone, and it dawns on you that you don’t have any recent photos to remember them by. Sure, you might have a few photos of them in their youth, before you even knew them. But(…)

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Reaching 90 With Only Three Prescriptions

Murray Span My father, Murray Span, turned 90 a few days ago. We kept the celebration pleasant but low-key, as he requested: lunch at his independent living community with my sister and me, her son and his girlfriend. Flowers and balloons. A round of “Happy Birthday” from everyone in the dining room. And two cakes(…)

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A Choice of Community Care, in Your Own Home

For 51 years, Catherine Mack has lived in a four-bedroom house in Haddon Township, N.J. Even at age 96, she has no intention of leaving. Joining other older adults at a nearby retirement community doesn’t appeal to her, although the facility is attractive and has a great reputation. “I think in a place like that,(…)

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A Novel Way to Prevent Hip Fractures

The Times reports today on a study finding that cataract surgery greatly reduces the risk of hip fracture in the elderly. The benefits accrued particularly to those who were most ill and those in their early 80s; they experienced almost 30 percent fewer hip fractures in the first year after cataract surgery, compared with similar(…)

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