When Social Security was created, family benefits did not drop off sharply when one spouse died because few women were in the workforce. But with the first baby boomers now age 72, the volume of very difficult survivor situations will…
By Philip Moeller
A study from Harvard Medical School suggests better conversations about end-of-life care could help close the gap.
By Laura Santhanam
Social Security bases your benefits on your highest 35 years of wage earnings. The effect of any single year’s higher earnings will be modest.
Deep listening is often the palliative that people are wanting and not getting.
By Susie Kaufman
Doctors have a tough time being frank with patients who are dying. So they're stepping into simulators to practice telling patients the unvarnished truth.
By PBS NewsHour
"Should I plan out my last words?" As a hospice chaplain, Kerry Egan hears that question sometimes. But death isn't so easy to predict. Instead, Egan suggests making sure you ask forgiveness or share your wisdom now.
By PBS NewsHour
Black seniors are more likely than whites and Latinos to forgo hospice care. Due to deeply felt religious beliefs and a long history of discrimination in the U.S., African-American patients are often reluctant to plan for the end of their…
By Megan Thompson
Here are 5 things that advocates from the "Conversation Project" say you should know about starting a conversation about end-of-life care with your loved ones.
By Susan Jaffe, Kaiser Health News
New Medicare guidance taking effect today aims to stop the federal government from paying millions of dollars to hospice organizations and drug insurance plans for the same prescriptions for seniors. But the changes may make it more difficult for dying…
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