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Oct

16

On Living With Alzheimer's

Monday, October 16, 2017 - 6:25pm

What's it like to have Alzheimer's?

I asked this to Bill Lyon, my patient and a writer of distict talent. Here's what he said to me, and what, after he read my account, he said to his editors. Mr. Lyon has been...

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Apr

06

LIT MED's commentary on Open Wound. LIT MED is NYU's Literature Arts Medicine database

Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 1:39pm

Open Wound is a novel crafted from the extensive documents of an unsettling, little-known, yet remarkable episode in the history of medicine.

Author Jason Karlawish, Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics...

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Feb

16

An Open Letter To My Senators To Preserve The ACA

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 11:11am

February 15, 2017

Senator Bob Casey

Senator Pat Toomey

Dear Senators Casey and Toomey,

Repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will threaten older American’s access to affordable quality care. This threat is especially significant for those older Americans who have Alzheimer’s disease.

I’m a geriatrician, co-director of the Penn Memory Center, and a professor of medicine, medical ethics and health policy, and neurology at the University...

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Nov

18

Loss of dignity in dementia falls on the public, not the patient

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 1:19pm

An elderly man suffering from dementia soils himself while shuffling down a nursing home hallway. A nurse finds him and leads him back to his room, cleaning up the mess left behind while a young boy visiting his grandmother watches in disgust. Across town, two parents bend over their infant child on the changing table and celebrate the...

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Oct

31

Time To Clean The Wax Out Of The Hearing Aid Industry

Saturday, October 31, 2015 - 11:29am

A message of hope is being broadcast loud and clear to the 30 million aging Americans with hearing loss. The Food and Drug Administration and Federal Trade Commission can nudge the overly consolidated and stagnant hearing aid industry into 21st century innovation, and if they do this, options for quality hearing aids will increase and prices will drop. Older adults will no longer have to spend their time and money on expensive hearing aids they really don’t...

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Oct

28

Joining the Global Council on Brain Health

Wednesday, October 28, 2015 - 10:19am

In an effort to provide the public with “clear, trustworthy information on brain health,” AARP announced the creation of a new independent organization Tuesday.
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