Gray Areas: The Pains of Aging
The issues facing an aging world are even more complex than we imagine: Can
people with dementia consent to sex? Are feeding tubes appropriate for 96-year-olds? In a year-long series of stories, Bloomberg News explores some of the most intractable dilemmas faced by a global population of seniors that is growing at an unprecedented rate.
A quarter of a million bedbound elderly people are kept alive in Japan, often for years, by a feeding tube surgically inserted into their stomach. A few months ago, my 96-year-old grandmother became one of them.
At 8:30 p.m. on Christmas Day 2009, nurse Tiffany Gourley was called to a room at the Windmill Manor nursing home in Coralville, Iowa. She found a 78-year-old male resident who had just had intercourse with an 87-year-old woman. Both had dementia.
Sonja Miskulin has forgotten her beloved cat, Pooki. She can’t remember whether she has grandchildren and has no memory of her nine-hour journey one recent Sunday to forever leave behind her home in Germany.
Six years ago, the University of Cincinnati unveiled what it called an “unusual consortium” between its students, faculty and corporations. The group’s goal: to research and develop product ideas for consumers age 50 and over.
At a Manhattan dinner party, former Citigroup executive Steffen Landauer gathered an eclectic mix of guests at his apartment off Fifth Avenue to sip pinot noir, dine on seared salmon -- and talk about death.
Daniel A. Reingold, once the executive vice president of the Hebrew Home at Riverdale, New York, likes to recount the 19-year-old tale to show why the home broke with industry practice and encouraged sex and intimacy among its elderly residents.
Doctors who tell their aging patients not to fret about memory lapses may be doing them a disservice, according to new studies that suggest they may be the earliest discernible signs of Alzheimer’s disease.
When a mentally ill patient arrived at AnMed Health Medical Centers’ emergency room in May, staff at the Anderson, South Carolina, facility scurried to find a hospital with enough room for an admission.
Scientists silenced the extra copy of a chromosome that causes Down syndrome in laboratory stem cells, offering the first evidence that it may be possible to correct the genes responsible for the disorder.
Science lately is painting a surprisingly rosy picture of old age. The prevalence of dementia has declined in the U.K. in the past 20 years, confounding researchers’ expectations, according to a study published in The Lancet.