My primary journalism beats include aging, boomers, social determinants, and health policy. However, I write and report stories across the health spectrum, including politics, housing, the business of health care, chronic disease, and the environment.

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Hospice has a diversity problem

3rd place trade category award (2022) from Association of Health Care Journalists

The nursing shortage: foreign-educated workers are only a stopgap

Worldwide shortages require action to shore up the US workforce.

The current state of nursing

A look at trends in staffing, growth and opportunities for professionals

More from AJN

The best technology to prevent falls, monitor safety and help older adults age in place longer

Demand for products that help older people remain safely at home longer and provide family caregivers additional peace of mind is skyrocketing.

Mixing prescriptions and OTC medicines can be dangerous—especially for older adults

Older adults absorb and metabolize medications differently from younger people, which affects how they work in the body.

The cost of bariatric surgery in 2023

Combating America's obesity epidemic requires a multifaceted approach.

How to avoid these common Medicare mistakes

Special TIME Health print supplement distributed to physician offices throughout the US

4 ways exercise helps fight aging

Exercise not only improves heart and lung health, but research shows that even modest physical activity is good for the brain, bones, muscles and mood.

COVID-19 is taking a huge emotional toll on nursing home residents

The pandemic was a huge focus of my reporting in 2020-2021. This is one of many examples.

Are adult foster homes a good option?

This story ran on the PBS NewsHour site as a companion piece for an in-depth video report on the issue.

How to choose hospice care

I'm a regular contributor to this PBS website for adults 50+, writing about everything from health policy to end-of-life care.

Why every state needs a master plan for aging

This policy piece looks at how state governments need a comprehensive approach when it comes to their aging populations.

Photo essay: Three states. Three caregivers

Caregivers navigate complex, emotional situations to get their loved ones the best care.

More from Next Avenue

COVID-19: 8 steps for getting ready to see patients again

This COVID-19 story was geared toward a physician readership and was syndicated in several sister publications.

More from Medscape

2020 Election: How Amy Klobuchar's health plan could help family caregivers

Many Next Avenue stories, like this one about Sen. Amy Klobuchar, are picked up by Forbes.

Why more men are becoming caregivers

This syndicated story took a look at the changing role of male family caregivers, an often overlooked but vital part of long term care.

Diverse elders and caregivers need culturally relevant support

As the topic editor on aging for the Association of Health Care Journalists, I cover everything from clinical studies and research reports to issues affecting caregivers and older adults in our communities.

More from AHCJ

Should the FDA do more to increase transparency?

When it comes to clinical trial transparency, the FDA can—and should— do more.

What single-payer health care would mean to doctors

This article on Bernie Sanders' single-payer proposal is as relevant today as when I wrote it in 2016.

A year in health and healthcare under President Trump

What happened during the President's first year in office? I took a look for the BMJ.