Only 22% of respondents in a 2011 national survey of LGBT older adults in long-term care felt such older adults could be open about their identities with facility staff. (Survey respondents included residents themselves as well as family, friends, social workers and other professionals). Eighty-nine percent predicted that staff would discriminate based on LGBT residents’ […]
You probably have a picture of a nursing home in your head: It’s a hospital-like institution, maybe a little smelly, with long hallways, old people slumped around a large nurse’s station, harried staff and a set schedule that residents — perhaps 200 or more — must abide by. The Green House is designed specifically to […]
If you’re an American retiree worried about outliving your savings, you may have an (unwanted) edge compared to retirees in other countries: U.S. retirees are expected to live shorter lives on average compared to citizens of most other developed nations. That’s according to an analysis presented at the recent Living to 100 Symposium sponsored by […]
Many financial advisers recommend that workers aim to save between 10 and 15 percent of their pay. But other experts say millennials should save much more, up to nearly a quarter of their income, to avoid running out of money in old age if stock market returns fall. Read the full article at The Washington […]
Despite its dangers, the gene appears to protect the brain from parasites. Read the full article at The Atlantic.
You have probably heard it yourself: the impression that millennials are financial freewheelers. The theory goes that today’s 20- or 30-somethings spend with little regard for savings and even less regard for retiring. Retirement planning experts say that this assumption isn’t entirely accurate — though it is perennially true that most young adults don’t make […]
As the nation grapples with a devastating opioid epidemic, concerns have primarily focused on young people buying drugs on the street. But America’s elderly also have a problem. Over the past several decades, physicians have increasingly prescribed seniors pain medications to address chronic pain from arthritis, cancer, neurological diseases and other illnesses that become more […]
While low-income older adults desperately need funding and support, 70% of older Americans (70 million people) do not qualify for government or not-for-profit programs but, at the same time, cannot afford expensive retirement communities or 24/7 care. These people have some resources and most want to age in place. Read the full article at Forbes.
Some older people don’t have children or other family members to fall back on when they need care. Instead, they find that networks of friends can take up the slack. Read the full article at National Public Radio.
If you’re making resolutions for a healthier new year, consider a gut makeover. Refashioning the community of bacteria and other microbes living in your intestinal tract, collectively known as the gut microbiome, could be a good long-term investment in your health. Read the full article at The New York Times.