Would you want to know?

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal

While we don’t currently have any medications or other approaches that effectively prevent or delay the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, it is heartening to know that research is being funded and that important discoveries are being made. At a recent event of the BrightFocus Foundation, which funds research into glaucoma, macular degeneration and Alzheimer’s, I met some of those ... READ MORE

Feeling vulnerable

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal

Every year — in fact, almost every day — we gain more and more power over nature and over our lives through technology. This is true not only for individuals, but also for societies and governments throughout the world. On the one hand, it seems as though this is progress that solves real problems (as well as problems we didn’t even know we had), and that it enhances peace and... READ MORE

Calling all artists!

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal

You may have noticed that we’ve been highlighting the arts for a number of months in our pages, featuring in nearly every issue older adults who have either returned to an art or craft they enjoyed in their youth, or taken up something completely new in retirement. We have also recently published lists of the many arts and craft classes offered in the local area. All of this has... READ MORE

This one is on us

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal

My column last month, about my experience with an outrageously and unnecessarily overpriced prescription, generated a great deal of reader comment. In case you missed it, in brief: I was repeatedly encouraged by a doctor, despite my protests, to try out a “new” anti-inflammatory (which turned out to simply combine two readily available over-the-counter drugs into a single... READ MORE

Apparently, it’s up to us

By: Stuart P. Rosenthal

My column last month, about my experience with an outrageously and unnecessarily overpriced prescription, generated a good deal of reader comment. In case you missed it, in brief: I was repeatedly encouraged by a doctor, despite my protests, to try out a “new” medication that combined two readily available over-the-counter drugs into a single prescribed pill. The doctor said he would ... READ MORE

A bitter pill indeed

By: Stuart Rosenthal

A seemingly innocuous request recently led me to a bout of righteous indignation and a passionate battle. At the end of an appointment with my orthopedist, I asked him to refill my prescription for an NSAID pain reliever. Though it happens to be available over-the-counter at a reasonable price, the prescription is a 12-hour version, and its cost (to me and to my insurance company) is... READ MORE