How the MacArthur ‘Genius Grants’ Help Us All

The MacArthur Foundation has announced its 2013 MacArthur Fellows. Each year, the foundation provides stipends of $625,000 – popularly known as “genius grants” – to encourage “people of outstanding talent” to pursue their ambitions in the arts, sciences, education, social entrepreneurship and other fields. One of the great things about the MacArthur grants is that they benefit the rest of us, because recipients often do work that touch our lives in one way or another. Past fellows have included people …

On the Verge of Discovery: The Fountain of Youth in Pill Form

If you could take a pill and prevent further aging, would you take it? Besides extending the length of your life, what if the pill could protect you from cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and type 2 diabetes? You might even find your skin looking younger. Do these claims sound like science fiction? Not at all, according to David Sinclair, a geneticist who heads the Lowy Cancer Research Centre’s Laboratory for Ageing Research at the University of New South Wales. Dr. Sinclair, …

Study: Some Expired Drugs Could Be Effective (But Don’t Try This at Home)

A study published yesterday in the Archives of Internal Medicine shows many prescription drugs could have a longer shelf life than assumed, in some cases much longer. But while the results could have important implications for drug companies, researchers are quick to caution consumers against applying the findings to their own medicine cabinets.

5 Things to Talk About With Your Doctor

The following is a guest post from William J. Hall, MD, AARP Board Member. Bill Hall is a geriatrician with a special interest in strategies for successful aging. Last time, I described some of the reasons why both patients and physicians sometimes feel that the office visit is not as satisfying as either would like. Based on many years of caring for older adults, here are a few simple strategies: Make a List. No matter what your age, the most …

More Grandkids Poisoned by Grandparents’ Medicine

Accidental poisonings from medicine cause more emergency room visits for young children each year than do car accidents, and one big reason may be that grandparents often store their prescription drugs in places easy for their grandkids to reach, says a new national poll. The University of Michigan Mott Children’s Hospital recently polled parents and grandparents of children ages 1 to 5 about the presence of prescription meds in their homes and how the drugs were stored. The poll found …

The Takeaway: Hospitals Open Seniors-Only Emergency Rooms

Emergency Rooms of Their Own: A growing number of American hospitals have been debuting emergency rooms designed specifically for older adults, generally those 65 and up. Special accommodations include things like nonskid floors, rails along the walls, extra heating units, thicker mattresses to reduce bedsores and artificial skylights intended to combat “sundowning.”