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Older People Need Rides. Why Aren’t They Using Uber and Lyft?

Martin Gerstell treasures his Thursday morning volunteer stint at the National Gallery of Art, where he…

Do Older People Have a Different Smell?

During an extended period of travel last year, my husband and I lent our house in…

Cancer Treatment at the End of Life

As the elderly man with an incurable cancer lay dying, he told his son he had…

A Brain Scan May Predict Alzheimer’s. Should You Get One?

ImageCreditJun Cen Juli Engel was delighted when a neurologist recommended a PET scan to determine whether…

One in 10 Older Adults Binge Drink, Study Says

Excessive alcohol consumption is not safe for a person at any age, but it is particularly…

A Blood Test for Alzheimer’s? It’s Coming, Scientists Report

For decades, researchers have sought a blood test for beta amyloid, the protein that is a…

Medicare for All? For More? Here’s How Medicare Works.

Medicare, the federal health insurance program for people who are 65 or older, has become something…

Age Discrimination Is Hard to Prove, Even Harder to Fix

When it comes to lawsuits alleging discrimination, the wheels of justice sometimes turn even more slowly…

Democrats Call Out Racism, New Debate Lineups: This Week in the 2020 Race

Every Saturday morning, we’re publishing “This Week in the 2020 Race”: a quick way to catch…

Red Cross to World’s Cities: Here’s How to Prevent Heat Wave Deaths

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. One…

Andrew Dibner, Medical Alert Pioneer, Is Dead at 93

Andrew Dibner, a psychologist who launched a new segment in the health care industry when he…

Aid in Dying Soon Will be Available to More Americans. Few Will Choose It.

ImageCreditJames Steinberg On Aug. 1, New Jersey will become the eighth state to allow doctors to…

At 75, Taking Care of Mom, 99: ‘We Did Not Think She Would Live This Long’

Not many years ago, Lynda Faye planned to spend her retirement gardening in Amherst, Mass., and…

Risk for Dementia May Increase With Long-Term Use of Certain Medicines

Can certain medications increase your risk of dementia? A new study suggests that people who take…

The Globe Is Going Gray Fast, U.N. Says in New Forecast

The world’s population is slowing down and growing older. Women are having fewer babies, the number…