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Costs, Quality Pose Challenges In Caring For Aging Patients

NPR reports on on the difficulties involved in planning for the costs associated with caring for aging parents. Meanwhile, Kaiser Health News reports on a new poll that finds doctors fall short in caring for seniors.  

NPR: Preparing For A Future That Includes Aging Parents
While aging is inevitable, planning for the costs associated with dependency in the latter phase of life doesn't come easily to most Americans (Geewax, 4/24).

Kaiser Health News: Capsules: Poll: Doctors Fall Short In Helping Many Seniors
Notably, one-third of older adults said doctors didn't review all their medications, even though problems with prescription and over-the-counter drugs are common among the elderly, leading to over 177,000 emergency room visits every year (Graham, 4/24).

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