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.
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.
As the population ages, a crisis could be in the making, with a severe shortage of caregivers for seniors over 80. Technology could provide some solutions.
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.
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.
As people's bodies age, so do their blood cells. This affects immunity and an ability to withstand certain cancer treatments. A recent study in mice suggests that those cells can be rejuvenated.