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  • Don’t let glaucoma sneak up on your vision

    Glaucoma is often referred to as the “sneak thief of sight.” It has earned this nickname because in many cases, vision is damaged gradually. January is Glaucoma Awareness Month and …


  • Raising Medicare age could shift costs

    WASHINGTON – Americans are living longer, and Republicans want to raise the Medicare eligibility age as part of any deal to reduce the government’s huge deficits. But what sounds like …


  • Studies offer hope for Alzheimer’s

    TRENTON, N.J. – For Alzheimer’s patients and their families, desperate for an effective treatment for the epidemic disease, there’s hope from new studies starting up and insights from recent ones …


  • Yoga for the older set

    It took just one collective inhale from the group of middle-aged men for Katie Scanlon to realize she wasn’t going to be able to stick to her original plan. The …


  • Stroke’s other side

    Here’s a statistic to ponder on the heels of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and temporary markdowns on breast cancer-pink lip balm online: Strokes kill twice as many women as breast …


  • Men can suffer from osteoporosis

    DEAR DOCTOR K: Do men need to worry about osteoporosis? Doesn’t it affect mostly women? DEAR READER: Osteoporosis is a disease that weakens bones and makes them more susceptible to …


  • Strategies to deal with osteoarthritis

    DEAR DOCTOR K: I was just diagnosed with osteoarthritis. What can I do at home to manage my discomfort? DEAR READER: Osteoarthritis is the most common kind of arthritis. Tens …


  • Hormone therapy found to be beneficial

    Healthy middle-aged women who take hormones to ease the misery of hot flashes and night sweats have fewer depressive symptoms, less anxiety and tension, and better and more sex than …


  • Knee replacements soar among older Americans

    CHICAGO — Just like age-defying baby boomers, older folks have seen a surge in knee replacement surgeries, driven partly by a desire to stay active and by joint-damaging obesity.


  • Older drivers face confusing array of license laws

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Jerry Wiseman notices it’s harder to turn and check his car’s blind spots at age 69 than it was at 50. So the Illinois man and his …


  • Consumer group sues FDA over Aricept

    TRENTON, N.J. – A consumer group pressing the Food and Drug Administration to remove the highest dose of an Alzheimer’s disease drug from the market is suing the agency for …


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  • Broken retirement dreams

    CHICAGO – A decade ago, Christopher Thornton, a high-level recruitment specialist, thought he would retire in 2012. He envisioned traveling, volunteering, maybe working part time just for fun. But those …


  • Grievers shouldn’t have to apologize

    Q. My 22-year-old daughter died suddenly three years ago, and I still run into some of her childhood friends who didn’t hear about her death, either because they now live …


  • Produce produces results

    Some new research tried to figure out what might help post-menopausal women achieve long-term weight loss. And it turns out that adding produce to their diet didn’t show up as …


  • Calcium in large doses can have harsh side effects

    Q. I was just visiting my mother, who took Fosamax for eight years. About three years ago, she decided to stop it and simply take calcium supplements. She is taking …


  • Poll finds seniors upbeat, but ill-prepared for aging

    Life is good, say more than 2,000 senior citizens in a new nationwide survey released in Miami recently. Almost three-fourths of those surveyed say their past year was as good …


  • Support group helps with stigma of Alzheimer’s

    PORTLAND – They used to call themselves I Forget, they joked. Until a few forgot the name, and they quickly scrapped it for the Wild Bunch. The group of Alzheimer’s …


  • In brief: Sign up for AARP driver safety program

    SPOKANE VALLEY – AARP will offer its driver safety program at the Good Samaritan Society Community Center, 17121 E. Eighth Ave., on Aug. 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. …


  • Stepping into the light

    People suffering from severe age-related macular degeneration, one of the leading causes of blindness in older adults, will soon have a way of seeing again – with a tiny telescope …


  • Hip surgery complications are unusual

    DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m scheduled to have hip replacement surgery. What complications can occur with a replacement joint? DEAR READER: I’m answering your question as both a doctor and a …


  • Entrust advocate with end-of-life desires

    Q. If I am unable to speak for myself when health care decisions are needed, what steps must I take now to be certain my wishes are followed? A. The …


  • In brief: Alzheimer’s drug fails late-stage test

    TRENTON, N.J. – An experimental Alzheimer’s treatment has failed to slow the disease in one late-stage study. Pfizer, which is testing bapineuzumab with partner Johnson & Johnson, said the injected …


  • Small study: Drug may help stabilize Alzheimer’s

    For the first time, researchers are reporting that a treatment might help stabilize Alzheimer’s disease for as much as three years, but the evidence is weak and only in four …


  • Doctor K: Specks in vision may be floaters

    DEAR DOCTOR K: I’m 55 years old, and I’ve started seeing tiny black specks that move around in random directions. I’m worried that I may have an eye disease.


  • Report: Too little mental health care for boomers

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Getting older doesn’t just mean a risk for physical ailments like heart disease and bum knees: A new report finds as many as 1 in 5 seniors …


  • Delivering relief from the heat

    The Greater Spokane County Meals on Wheels is helping seniors stay cool. Though temperatures failed to reach searing forecasts Monday, the heat is still making things tough for some of …


  • Family can help in process of cremation

    Q. My dad wants to be cremated, and I really want to be involved with the process. What is legal for a loved one to do when working with a …


  • Woman’s 6-month decline highlights end-of-life care quandary

    A young physician ushered the three siblings into a consultation room at Mercy Hospital St. Louis. Their mother, Althlee Williams, 89, had fallen into a coma. Her eyes were shut. …


  • Mont. woman, 91, works to stamp out TB

    At 91, Polly Nikolaisen has found a way to help stamp out tuberculosis and help disabled children by working with canceled postage stamps while sitting in her easy chair at …

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