In a time when politicians and deficit hawks are advocating raising the eligibility age for Medicare, we should actually be pressing to do the exact opposite.
FACT: There are over 44 million family caregivers caring for aging family members.
When the dust settled after two intense years of managing her mother’s care, caregivers, and finances, Faye Levow was determined to create a comprehensive resource so that no one would ever again be lost in a whirlwind of caring for aging family members.
It is an unfortunate truth that many of those who are most in need of affordable healthcare are the least likely to be able to afford it. According to a study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, most of … Continue reading →
The U.S. Supreme Court issued a much awaited decision today upholding the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Obama’s signature domestic policy initiative. While partisan politics will undoubtedly overshadow today’s news, here’s a brief look at what it means for elders, adults and young folks.
Below is the overview statement from The Commonwealth Fund report describing how the U.S. health care system measures up to other industrialized nations in terms of supply, utilization, price, and quality. This report was released today and used data from the Organization … Continue reading →
Recently ran across a a vignette that described the hospital care that was available to older people in the pre-Medicare years. The writer recalls visiting a hospital and seeing wards full of frail old people… My…Paternal Grandmother died in one of those wards. My last memory of her was seeing her in a urine soaked […]
We welcome a new contributor to our ranks, Brenda Becker, an aging-services consultant. Brenda’s consultancy connects seniors with the resources they need. My husband loves to run. It all started, as it frequently does, when the numbers on the scale were a bit higher than he wanted to see. He decided to lose a few […]
One of my favorite bloggers on the the subjects of economics and culture looks at aging and writes… Older people, like the rest of us, of course have differing tastes and a variety of preferences for how they’d like to live, but it’s also the case that as people age, mental and physical capacities […]
As a doctor and a blogger and a friend of elders I tend to steer clear of electoral politics. After all members of all political parties (and their loved ones) grow old. Aging is an equal opportunity experience. For the most part I think America has done pretty well balancing the needs and demands of […]
Last week I wrote about two fallacies: 1) “More Treatment Is Always Better Than Less Treatment.” 2)”Drugs Always Do More Good Than Harm” Both of these statements are false. The widespread belief that they are true is responsible for tens of thousands of deaths a year along with the terrible, but not fatal, suffering of […]
The fact is that health care would be cheaper for everyone if everyone had insurance. The current patchwork system (which will soon be a much better patchwork) creates a bizzarre game of “squeeze the balloon.” Read the whole story HERE In a patchwork system, if you raise the eligibility age for Medicare to 67 (as […]