AARP Cheat Sheet: Thursday, November 18

Joe Paterno Carried Off the Field


( Joe Paterno, head coach of Penn State University, is carried off the field following his 400th career victory. Via.)
Panel approves controversial - and expensive - prostate cancer drug Provenge, which may lead to its being covered by Medicare shortly: "Provenge has long been the center of controversy. The FDA delayed its approval in 2007. The rejection triggered outrage among patients, advocates and investors in Dendreon, the Seattle company that developed the drug. The campaign to win Provenge's approval included anonymous death threats, accusations of conflicts of interest, protests, congressional lobbying and vitriolic Internet postings."
" I [often] say, 'Fifty is the new 50.' Fifty isn't the new 30. We are redefining what 50 is, and that comes with the aspiration and belief that 'I'm not done yet. I want to take advantage of my life. I want to move forward.'" - AARP EVP Emilio Pardo, talking about boomers and mistakes marketers make.
More ageism among doctors? Mark Lachs says yes - and the system is the problem: " Medicine has become more and more hurried. We now have what I call 'the incredible shrinking office visit.' As a gerontologist as well as an internist, I see a lot of patients who have gotten a sort of drive-by treatment, and it's not right. Patients should feel that their doctor is leaving no stone unturned, that complaints are being fairly adjudicated, and that someone is really thinking about their issues. No ailment should ever be written off as an 'old age' ailment. Treating patients based on their age means you can miss very significant, treatable situations."
"The temptation as you grow older, I think, is to take a few more shortcuts, let a few more things go, rest a little more on what you've already accomplished. But I don't think any of that is happening with Joe Paterno. Yes, he cuts some things out of his schedule. Yes, he has to deal with some of the physical tolls of age. Yes, he will sometimes ask for questions to be repeated and sometimes think reporters mumble. But the rest of it, the important stuff -- he seems as energetic about football, as focused on winning, as curious about the questions as ever before. And the team still responds. No, he's not going anywhere." Joe Posnanski.

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