What Old Age Is Really Like

What does it feel like to be old? Not middle-aged, or late-middle-aged, but one of the members of the fastest-growing demographic: the “oldest old,” those aged eighty-five and above? This has been the question animating me for a couple of years, as I’ve tried to write a novel from the perspective of a man in […]

Morals, Not Memories, Define Who We Are

Have you ever wondered just what it is that makes you, you? If all your memories were to fade away, would your identity dissolve along with them? Would friends and family no longer perceive you to be the same person as before? For the 5.3 million Americans experiencing memory loss due to Alzheimer’s disease, these […]

Report: Errors In Diagnosis Are Common And Will Take Teamwork To Fix

Almost every American will experience an error in diagnosis at some point in life. But the problem has taken a back seat to other patient safety concerns, an influential panel said in a report released Tuesday. The report from a blue-ribbon panel of the Institute of Medicine called for widespread changes in health care to […]

Health plan deductibles are growing seven times as fast as wages

As head of human resources for a Minnesota company with 1,600 employees that manufactures equipment for the mining industry, Scott Arndt saw the writing on the wall five years ago: Health insurance premiums were going to keep increasing by leaps and bounds unless his company, Superior Industries International, did something. Superior Industries is the largest […]