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 […]
Rick Moody calls it like he sees it in the latest edition of his newsletter The Soul of Bioethics (click to sign up): Aging Boomers are in trouble as they face their retirement years. Epidemiological studies suggest that Boomers’ health status is worse than preceding cohorts. Given trends in obesity and other indicators, their future […]
Anderson Cooper’s blog offers up a nice recollection of Dr. Butler. …it was Butler who, in 1968, coined the term “ageism.” By “ageism,” you might think of bias in employment, housing, public services and the like. I tend to think of depictions of older people in film, videos, television and commercials. There are societies that […]
I am excited to announce the launch of the Real Care Now social networking campaign to advance person-centered approaches to long term care at www.ChangingAging.org/RealCareNow. Real Care Now is a partnership between my blog, www.ChangingAging.org, and the Picker Institute, the leading foundation advancing person-centered health care, and the Erickson School of Aging Studies at UMBC, […]
This morning NPR reported Obama is still working on tonight’s big speech to reframe the health care debate. Others report that the president will offer a stark choice between true reform and the status quo. Could be a pivotal moment in this debate.
Political figures used to be afraid to say the words “Socialized Medicine.” UUUUGGGA BUUGGGAA!!!! I think that, going forward, the terms of the debate will shift… We will talk about the many glaring and immoral failures of “Privatized Medicine” and debate how best to build a health care system that: includes everyone and excludes no […]