Dr. Nir Barzilai, director of the Institute for Aging Research at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, believes he’s found a way to do just that: to mirror the slow aging of the centenarians he has studied using a drug shown to have an anti-aging effect in some animals. In answer to skeptics who bristle at the […]
Of the family members caring for the more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, many never have conversations with their loved ones regarding what they want other people to do for them when they get sick or disabled. Read the full article at The New York Times.
“Almost universally, people say doctors should be talking to their patients about this,” said Liz Hamel, who directs public opinion research for the Kaiser Family Foundation. In a survey of 1,200 adults in September, more than 80 percent said Medicare should cover doctor-patient discussions of end-of-life treatment. A similar majority thought private insurers should, too. […]
A 2015 Influencer in Aging wants to see them take on a new mission. This article is part of Next Avenue’s 2015 Influencers in Aging project honoring 50 people changing how we age and think about aging. Here, Dr. Philip Pizzo, one of the Influencers, blogs about what he’d like to see colleges and universities […]
For greater warmth and nurturing, seniors are turning to small residences and privately owned care homes that are often unmarked in residential neighborhoods. They are usually newer, sometimes cheaper, and generally offer more customized care than most nursing homes. Read the full article at The New York Times.
Every year, Jerry Myroup travels to Jamaica with his wife to rock out to the band Little Feat. They like the fan appreciation resort weekends so much that they started wondering how they could live like this all the time, for the rest of their lives. Could they actually rock till they drop? “It all […]
New research suggests that shifts in what a person finds funny can herald imminent changes in the brain—possibly presaging certain types of dementia. Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal.
Ageism is a fact of life today, mostly felt by older generations, but in reverse by some members of younger generations, too. Alice Fisher, who worked in New York State Sen. Liz Krueger’s office for eight years, got an inside view of the anxieties and struggles Krueger’s older constituents faced on issues of housing, health […]
Poverty does not treat men and women equally, especially in old age. Women 65 years old and older who are living in poverty outnumber men in those circumstances by more than 2 to 1. And these women are likely to face the greatest deprivation as they become older and more frail. Read the full article at National […]
Children born today will most likely live on average to their late 80s, well above the current average life expectancy of 79. You probably think of this as good news, and from most perspectives, it is. But every rose has its thorn, and longer lives happen to create some problems for Social Security. As people live […]