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  1. End of the Line

    Jan. 15, 2001 -- At the Fairport Baptist Home near Rochester, N.Y., residents spend their days in a community living room and dining room -- not hallway corridors. At a group of 11 nursing homes in Wisconsin, bladder and bowel accidents occur less frequently. A few years ago, such accidents cost the

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  2. No Cure-All for Nursing Homes

    Jan. 1, 2001 -- They occupy the last rung on our nation's disjointed healthcare ladder, the places where the frailest, weakest, and most burdensome among us spend their final days. Our nation's nursing homes -- the products of years of societal, political, and economic indecision -- care for an agin

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  3. Planning for Home Care

    Dec. 25, 2000 -- During most of Marty Sandfelder's extended battle with a rare blood malignancy, he did not need extensive home care. But as his condition worsened, he was unable to climb the stairs to his bedroom. By then, emotions were running so high and decisions were needed so quickly that his

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  4. Privately Spiritual

    Dec. 4, 2000 -- Every morning, Marjorie Boyle, a 71-year-old resident of suburban Los Angeles, spends 20 minutes quietly reading Scripture and praying. It's an act of private religious faith the retired bank employee has practiced for 40 years. She prays for the needs of herself, her family, and tho

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  5. Can Good Sex Keep You Young?

    Nov. 13, 2000 -- When I asked my 77-year-old friend Peter Kranz of Darien, Conn., about his sex life, he was immediately forthcoming. "We make love twice a day," he said. "You do this every day?" I asked. "The schedule is not written in stone," Peter explained. "But we do make love every day." Micha

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  6. Gardening for Health

    Oct. 30, 2000 -- First thing every morning, Gene Gach checks the 50 or so pots of bromeliads that he keeps along one side of his house. Then he simply stands and enjoys the backyard of his modest Los Angeles home -- the wide, green lawn, the 25-foot stand of Chinese bamboo he grew from a single stal

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  7. Too Old to Be a Mom?

    Sept. 29, 2000 -- Older moms -- even really old moms -- pushing strollers, wiping babies' noses, are a common sight these days. And it's not just the 40-something women in the neighborhood sandbox but any number of high-profile women, too: Susan Sarandon (baby at 45), playwright Wendy Wasserstein (4

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  8. How to Live to Be 120.

    Aug. 28, 2000 -- Roy Walford, MD, professor emeritus of pathology at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), is preparing to eat lunch, and you can hardly blame me for scrutinizing his plate. This is, after all, the man who has long claimed that calorie restriction with optimal nutrition (

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  9. Acting Your Age

    July 17, 2000 -- When Nona Bingham of Portland, Ore., retired from her job as a supermarket clerk at age 65, she enrolled in oil painting and ceramic classes to keep busy. "But that didn't do it for me," says Bingham, a self-described workaholic. So she joined an acting group for senior citizens at

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  10. Should You Be Tested for Alzheimer's?

    July 9, 2000 -- In the fall of 1998, Barbara and Les Dennis sat at the table in their Chicago home, deep in the throes of retirement planning. Barbara had printed out a spreadsheet showing their sources of income as well as the bills they'd have to pay. Les, a college professor in his early 60s, stu

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