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    1. Senior Gamblers Testing the Odds

      July 2, 2001 -- If you've been to a casino lately, you've no doubt seen them: senior citizens piling out of buses and filing up before beckoning blackjack tables and slot machines. And besides casino gaming, there's bingo just about every night of the week, and state and national lottery games galor

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    2. Ain't Parenting Grand?

      June 4, 2001 -- A few weeks ago 3-year-old Ryan Butts celebrated a major accomplishment: He made a peanut butter sandwich by himself -- with no help from "Mom," who was watching from an arm's length away in their Mountain Home, Ark., kitchen. Geri Butts, 54, says witnessing that culinary feat was a

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    3. Age-Old Medicine

      May 21, 2001 -- As America continues to get grayer, much research is looking at ways to increase seniors' quality of life through physical means, such as weight-resistance training and Tai Chi. But a growing group of professionals are concerned for the mental health of seniors and the question of wh

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    4. The New and Improved Senior Center

      May 7, 2001 -- We all have an internalized, TV-movie-of-the-week image of the typical senior center -- long, bleak corridors, dim lighting, drab colors, morose residents. Not a very pretty picture -- but it's one that is rapidly changing as a coalition of architects, designers, healthcare providers,

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    5. For Your Health, Assert Yourself

      March 26, 2001 -- After doctors diagnosed Richard Farrell with colon cancer in 1996, he underwent surgery and then chemotherapy. With the affected portion of his intestine removed, he thought he was on the road to recovery. But in 1999, more tumors were discovered. His surgeons said these were not o

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    6. Now, Foster Care for Displaced Pets

      March 12, 2001 -- Florida widow Louella Rohr had managed her share of problems in life when her mother died in 1990. Although her mother was very elderly, Rohr, then age 70, sank into a depression after the funeral. So severe did it become that her physician prescribed antidepressants. But after a w

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    7. Older Doctors Learn New Tricks

      Feb. 12, 2001 (San Mateo, Calif.) -- Floriberto sits on the edge of an exam table, wearing a zippered gray sweatshirt, jeans, sandals, an immaculately crisp Raiders cap, and a look of unrelenting pain. His right cheek bulges noticeably. A day laborer from Mexico, he has a severely infected tooth. "I

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    8. Opinion: Facing Burnout as a Weekend Mary Poppins?

      Feb. 7, 2001 -- You are a saint. To help a loved one, you would carry a sumo wrestler on your back across the desert. You would do whatever it takes to care for a family member, whether he is eight weeks, eight years, or 80 years old. Caring for a family member can be one of the most fulfilling expe

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    9. 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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    10. 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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