Illnesses

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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The Deadly Threat of Silent Heart Attacks

For more than six months, Harriett Cooke had been uncommonly tired, panting when she walked her sixth grade science class to the cafeteria and struggling to keep her eyes open when she drove home at night. One day, during a class trip outside the school, she just couldn’t go on. “I sat there on the(…)

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Advice for Dealing With Multiple Ailments

Philippe Huguen/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images A new brochure offers tips for managing medical care of multiple chronic conditions. Here’s the problem: A majority of older adults, the medical literature shows, are coping with at least three chronic conditions. Diabetes, heart disease, arthritis, osteoporosis, hypertension, kidney failure — the list goes on and on. Medical(…)

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More Older Adults With Multiple Problems

I do look for good news, for promising trends for our elders and ourselves, honest. Whenever I can, I report on things like the potential health benefits of caregiving. But there’s a whole lot of the other kind of news, and — sorry! — here’s a bit more: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(…)

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For the Very Old, a Surprise in Blood Pressure Readings

Joe Raedle/Getty Images It’s such a routine thing: A nurse wraps the cuff around your elderly relative’s arm, squeezes the bulb, listens with a stethoscope and says: “120 over 60. Very good.” Smiles all around (this was my 89-year-old father’s latest reading), because everyone knows that high blood pressure is a risky proposition. Or is(…)

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