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Families are still the primary caregivers for older Americans. MoMo Productions/DigitalVision via Getty Images

Video: How will society change as the US population ages?

Americans 65 and older are living longer. The change toward longer old age in the U.S. will have profound effects on health care needs, families and what it means to be old.
Scams of elders are common during the holidays, when companies prey on people’s loneliness and longing to help their families. Andrey_Popov/Shutterstock.com

Why the holidays are a prime time for elder abuse, and what you can do to thwart it

People often associate the holidays with children, leaving older adults out of mind, but there's reason to pay attention to them at this time of year. They are a prime target for financial scammers.
You might just be getting better at the game you’re practicing. Malcolm Lightbody/Unsplash

Are brain games mostly BS?

There are reasons to be skeptical, of both the quality of the evidence presented so far and the questionable assumptions that underlie claims of improved cognitive function after brain training.
Most people are fine with a drink, but when one becomes several, there may be a problem. Zachary Byer/Shutterstock.com

Are your grandparents getting tipsy at the holiday party?

Drinking among older adults is up. And while overdrinking may not pose an immediate threat of overdose, it is not healthy for seniors, many of whom take several medications and are at risk for falls.

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