Language of “Old”

Excerpt from “Finding a New Word for Old”: Warren Wood is old. He’s proud he’s old. He advertises the fact that he is old by wearing a cap that says UFO in red letters. “What’s UFO?” people ask. “United Flying Octogenarians,” Wood, 86, of Carmel, CA, happily responds. All members of UFO—an international organization that […]

Death Cafes

Excerpt from “Death Cafes: All About Life”: Death comes to all. But heaven forbid it be mentioned. Certainly not over tea and cake. Yet people young and old are bucking social mores and having oh-so-morbid conversations about d-e-a-t-h—all while enjoying a civilized nosh. They’re called Death Cafes—these meetings at coffee shops, cafes, libraries, even cemeteries, […]

Concierge Medicine

Excerpt from “Membership Medicine: When the Doctor Is Always In”: At just 20 years old, membership medicine still carries a lot of controversy and questions. There’s the long-expressed concern that it could lead to a two-tiered health system, in which poorer people are shut out of the premier slots. But not as often brought up […]

Power in Age

Excerpt from “Marc Agronin: Discovering the Power in Growing Old”: [Agronin] takes issue with the notion that nursing homes are “God’s waiting rooms,” as they’re often derisively called. His patients aren’t folks just waiting to die, he says. In How We Age, he wrote, “We imagine the pains of late-life ailments but not the joys […]

Online Mourning

Excerpt from “Living Through Death, Online: A New Approach to Age-Old Traditions”: In the 20th century, with hospitals, nursing homes, and young people just plain not dying as often, death receded from view and public mourning grew passé. “Grief was tacky; it was outdated. Now, having control over your grief was honored and respected,” Sweeney […]

Older Organs

Excerpt from “Why Older People Don’t Register as Organ Donors—and Why They’re Sorely Needed”: Though concerns about age and health are the main reasons older people cite for not becoming organ and tissue donors, some other factors do come into play. For one thing, organ transplantation is relatively new. It made the news in the […]

Medical Journalism

Excerpt from “Behind the Scenes: How the Media Reports on Research”: I’ve worked as a health journalist for over a decade, with a specialty in aging for much of that time. I started out with an unusual educational leg up: my father, James Hubbard, a family doctor and writer, taught me key points about understanding […]

Expired Antibiotics

Excerpt from “Investigative Report: Do Antibiotic Expiration Dates Matter?” Though SLEP is often cited as proof your antibiotics will outlast your dog, what’s not often emphasized is the fact that most people don’t store their prescription medications ideally, like they’re stored in the study. For one thing, at home, prescription meds are usually in a […]

Successful Aging

Excerpt from “Successful Aging—It’s Not Impossible”: In 1984, screaming teenagers celebrated the launch of the irreverent MTV Video Music Awards, and the popular movie Footloose preached freedom for young people against the tyranny of stuffy, middle-aged fogies. To be young was to be free and cool. And to be older? Think Murder She Wrote, which […]