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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Midlife Exercise

Excerpt from “It’s Never Too Late to Exercise—but Starting by Midlife Is Best”: Harrison Caldwell had a good excuse for not being athletic: one of his legs was about a quarter inch shorter than the other, thanks to a childhood bout with polio. Plus, his feet were so flat that the Army turned him down […]

Henry Cisneros

Excerpt from “Henry Cisneros: Envisioning Neighborhoods for the New Old Age”: Though life expectancy has increased, today’s houses, neighborhoods and cities haven’t caught up with the times. Even when older homeowners can remodel their houses for changing mobility needs, as Cisneros’ parents did, they still need age-friendly neighborhoods, transportation and services to make aging in place […]

Aging Athletes

Excerpt from “When Athletic Ability Declines with Age: 6 Tips for Staying in the Game”: At 55 years old, Heidi Christensen relishes the chance to defy stereotypes. “You didn’t just get passed by an old person,” she says of the 20- and 30-somethings she zooms by on bike paths. “You got passed by an old […]

Taxis for Seniors

Excerpt from “Katherine Freund: Imagining a Future in Which Older People Won’t Need to Drive”: Her knees aren’t great. She uses a cane. She doesn’t walk as quickly as she used to. And the nearest bus stop is a couple of miles away. She promised her kids she wouldn’t drive. So what now? Well, first […]

Artist Colonies

Excerpt from “Trading the Porch Rocker for Poetry: How Tim Carpenter Is Inspiring Creative Aging”: “We’ve done poetry slams in wine bars where young people go to have yuppie food,” Carpenter says. “They see this group of 70- and 80-year-olds get up and start reading poetry. It just breaks the mold.” In 2005, Carpenter and […]