Medications

New Efforts to Close Hospitals’ Revolving Doors

Joshua Lott for The New York Times Sue Koner, a transition care manager for Sun Health, checks Ted Cohn’s blood pressure to try to prevent his readmission to a hospital for a heart condition. In the past, the only thing a patient was sure to get after a hospital stay was a bill. But as(…)

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Fighting Off Age at the Pharmacy Counter

Niko J. Kallianiotis for The New York Times We wrinkle. We have night sweats. We forget names and wake, with brittle, unwanted consciousness, in the middle of the night. And we hate those indignities of aging — including those that extend to the bedroom — and mobilize to fight them using the tools of modern(…)

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Medicare Part D Premiums Holding Steady

A morsel of good news about Medicare drug coverage for the coming year:  Selecting a Part D plan might drive you crazy, as Jane Gross, the founding New Old Age blogger, wrote earlier this summer, but at least the average 2013 premiums will remain basically level for the fourth year in a row. As it(…)

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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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D Is for Dazed

Getty Images Why would anyone in her right mind spend July 4 — and then July 5 and July 6 — trying to make sense out of Medicare Part D, the drug plan added six years ago to an otherwise user-friendly health care system widely beloved by the 65-and-over set? My 65th birthday is approaching,(…)

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