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The legendary Norman Lear had some sage advice for all of us about aging well

Norman Lear popped up on my computer screen at the designated time, wearing his signature bucket hat. I'd waited weeks for the interview and knew I had to think fast, because Lear was busy — as always — juggling projects.

That was the point of the interview. He was 98 in 2020 and still working like an ambitious upstart. I was 30 years ...Read more

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Why the senior poverty rate keeps rising

When it comes to seniors’ economic security, America is in poor shape. This October, an annual assessment of pension systems worldwide gave the United States a barely passable C+, ranking the country’s retirement security apparatus below Kazakhstan and just a slight notch above Colombia, two far poorer nations. How can this be?

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She once advised the president on aging issues. Now, she’s battling serious disability and depression

The GoFundMe request jumped out at me as I was scrolling through posts on LinkedIn.

Nora Super, executive director of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging and former director of the Milken Institute’s Center for the Future of Aging, was seeking contributions after suffering a severe spinal cord injury.

“Right now, I have no feeling ...Read more

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She once advised the president on aging issues. Now, she's battling serious disability and depression

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 988 or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting HOME to 741741.

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The GoFundMe request jumped out at me as I was scrolling through posts on LinkedIn.

Nora Super, executive director of the 2015 White House Conference on Aging and former director...Read more

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Steve Lopez: A visit with my late mother's nurse, and a lesson on what you should know about hospice care

When my mother was dying, a private, for-profit hospice agency failed her — the assigned nurse was late for the first visit because of a staffing shortage. My mother suffered in misery without pain medication, and our family dumped the agency and switched to a nonprofit.

Karen Eshelman was the nurse who came to the rescue, calmly and quickly ...Read more

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A visit with my late mother's nurse, and a lesson on what you should know about hospice care

When my mother was dying, a private, for-profit hospice agency failed her — the assigned nurse was late for the first visit because of a staffing shortage. My mother suffered in misery without pain medication, and our family dumped the agency and switched to a nonprofit.

Karen Eshelman was the nurse who came to the rescue, calmly and quickly ...Read more