Antipsychotics are much less effective than non-drug treatments in controlling the symptoms of dementia, according to a study published Wednesday in the British Medical Journal. Read the full article at National Public Radio (NPR).
A look back at LIFE’s four-part series on the plight of the elderly in 1959, for which a photographer was dispatched to take what one editor called ‘horror pictures.’ Read the full article at Time.
By many measures, how people die in America has plenty of room for improvement, whether it’s boosting quality of life at the end for the individuals and their families, reducing costs or even extending life. That was a panel’s consensus after an address at Stanford University earlier this week by Dr. Atul Gawande, a surgeon […]
American women save far less for retirement than their male peers, and they invest too conservatively to close the gap, according to a new survey asset management firm BlackRock will release March 5. Read the full article at CNBC.
Identical twins in Finland who shared the same sports and other physical activities as youngsters but different exercise habits as adults soon developed quite different bodies and brains, according to a fascinating new study that highlights the extent to which exercise shapes our health, even in people who have identical genes and nurturing. Read the […]
“When asked on a medical form to evaluate my overall health, I invariably check ‘healthy.’ But I sometimes wonder how accurate that is.” Read the full article by Jane Brody at The New York Times.
Antipsychotic drugs are being over-prescribed to men and women with dementia, according to a new report from the federal government. The report published on Monday shows that around one third of older adults with dementia living in nursing homes had been prescribed an antipsychotic in 2012, as well as 14% of older adults with dementia […]
A new study by the White House Council of Economic Advisers has found that financial advisers seeking higher fees and commissions drain $17 billion a year from retirement accounts by steering savers into high-cost products and strategies rather than comparable lower-cost ones. Read the full article at The New York Times.
For generations, the dream retirement was one spent in warmer climates, on the beach and often walking distance from a golf course. Chris Farrell, a senior economics contributor at Marketplace, is among those now laughing at the idea. Farrell, 61, is the author of “Unretirement: How Baby Boomers Are Changing the Way We Think About […]
Researchers are finding that the tiny turquoise killifish ages much as we do, only at a much faster pace. “It’s a compressed life span,” said Itamar Harel, a postdoctoral researcher at Stanford University. Dr. Harel and his colleagues — including Center on Longevity faculty affiliate Anne Brunet — recently developed a set of tools to […]