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Doctors ponder delicate talks as Medicare pays for end-of-life counsel

Physicians can now bill Medicare $86 for an office-based, end-of-life counseling session with a patient for as long as 30 minutes.

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For Lawrence choir, singing to the dying is a life-affirming act

Sophia Compton “can’t read a note” of music. The retired professor (Compton taught women’s studies, religion and philosophy back on the West Coast before moving to Lawrence three years ago) isn’t embarrassed to admit her lack of vocal training, even amid three of her fellow choir members.

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Who's too old for major treatment? Age not always a barrier

Jimmy Carter isn't the only nonagenarian to withstand rigorous medical treatment. Very old age is no longer an automatic barrier for aggressive therapies, from cancer care like the former president has received, to major heart procedures, joint replacements and even some organ transplants.

As you get older, let your pet carry some of the load

Teach your dog or cat a few tricks, and your golden years will be better for it. The movement to improve care for older pets has been going on for some time. But the idea of training pets to help out aging baby boomers is relatively new.

Community Village Lawrence to host forum on in-home aging

Community Village Lawrence will host an event Friday entitled "It Takes a Village: A forum on Aging in Place."

Elder care costs keep climbing; nursing home bill now $91K

The steep cost of caring for the elderly continues to climb. The median bill for a private room in a nursing home is now $91,250 a year, according to an industry survey out Thursday.

Long VA waits less of a problem in Kansas than elsewhere

Fewer Kansas veterans are experiencing long waits for care at VA hospitals and clinics than their counterparts in many other states, but dozens waited more than 90 days for care and delays actually jumped in the first two months of this year.

VA makes little headway in fight to shorten waits for care

A year after Americans recoiled at new revelations that sick veterans were getting sicker while languishing on waiting lists — and months after the Department of Veterans Affairs instituted major reforms — government data shows that the number of patients facing long waits at VA facilities has not dropped at all.

Lawrence man encourages people to prepare for the inevitable

Before her death in September, Pat Hannon made plans for what to do to her body and belongings and at her memorial service. Her husband, Les, has developed similar plans and is encouraging others to do the same. By Giles Bruce

Lawrence resident celebrates 106th birthday, says 'It feels good'

Dozens of friends and family members streamed into the main dining room at Pioneer Ridge Health Care on Sunday afternoon to celebrate Edna Zillner’s birthday. They snacked on cookies and tea and took turns visiting with Zillner, who turned 106 on Saturday. By Nikki Wentling

Jack Leftwich, 93-year-old pilot

Jack "Lefty" Leftwich gained a love for flying when he was 7, and that love led him to fly for Pan American World Airways during WWII. Now, at 93, he still flies his ultralight aircraft from his airstrip by his home.

Wilma Elder, 81-year-old fitness instructor, retires from Lawrence Parks & Rec

Wilma Elder, 81, a long-time fitness instructor with the Lawrence Parks and Recreation department is retiring. After she retires she still plans to take a fitness class, but her fitness students will miss her personal selection of music which features a lot of old big band tunes.

Henrietta Olson: testing a theory of theft

Henrietta Olson celebrates her 106th birthday on October 22, 2010. Here she remembers taking something from a store when she was about nine years old.

Henrietta Olson: chewing tobacco

Henrietta Olson celebrates her 106th birthday on October 22, 2010. Here she talks about the first - and only - time she tried chewing tobacco. Olson never smoked or drank.

New tool to help locate loved ones

A new tool is being used to help families locate children with special needs and elderly individuals suffering from dementia. The device can be worn on the person's wrist like a watch.

Seniors attend employment expo

Senior citizens in Douglas County attended the fourth employment expo Thursday. The event helped some learn to use new tools to find work.

Adult day health center opens in Lawrence

An adult day health center provides social activities for seniors. It also can provide respite for caregivers. Until Midland Care Connection opened the center, there was no such program offered in Lawrence.

City considering attracting retirees

The city of Lawrence could gain a lot from attracting retirees to the area. The demographic could help the city gain good economic development benefits, if the pursuit is supported.

New Secretary on Aging named

Martin Kennedy has been named the new Secretary on Aging. With the growing population of the elderly, he will be looking for creative ways to help avoid potential problems for the state.

Caretakers need support, education

More than 52 million Americans are expected to provide care to an elderly or frail family member this year.