Is This Senior Patient Ready to Go Home?

Older patients may overstate their ability to take care of themselves after hospital discharge, say experts.

Planning Ahead for Oral Health

Advances in dental care allow seniors to keep their teeth longer, but the cost should be considered during retirement planning.

Experts Predict a Growing Population of "Elder Orphans"

As the baby boomers age, up to one-fourth of them will be without family members who can provide care for them.

Talk to Your Doctor About Home Blood Pressure Monitors, Drugstore Kiosks

Used improperly, these devices can produce misleading numbers.

Hospital Observation Care Can Be Costly for Medicare Patients

Some seniors think Medicare made a mistake. Others are stunned when they find out that being in a hospital for days doesn't always mean they were actually admitted. Instead, they received observation care, considered by Medicare to be an outpatient service. The observation designation means they can have higher out-of-pocket expenses and fewer Medicare benefits.

Online Buzz: Benefits of Acupuncture

When some people hear the word "acupuncture," they immediately cringe in fear, while others applaud the alternative or supplemental medical treatment. Considered a part of traditional Chinese medicine practiced in Asian countries for nearly 2,000 years, acupuncture involves inserting extremely thin, solid metallic needles into key acupuncture points in the body. Acupuncture practitioners believe this helps correct imbalances in chi (CHEE), or natural energy flow in a person’s body, helping every part of the body work in harmony.