The old-age dependency ratio has a fundamental weakness: its current definition still makes us believe that after 65 you become an “old-age dependent.” Yet this will simply not be true in the future. Read the full article at The Brookings Institution.
Not all news is bad when it comes to Social Security benefits. A recent study of claims data shows that the percentage of workers turning age 62 who start Social Security benefits at that age has declined significantly since 1996. Read the full article by Center on Longevity Research Scholar Steve Vernon at CBS MoneyWatch.
This Monday was the sixth annual Stanford Women’s Health Forum, hosted by Stanford’s Women and Sex Differences in Medicine center (WSDM). The forum focused on prevention, and the keynote, delivered by Marcia Stefanick, PhD, professor of obstetrics and gynecology and WSDM director, highlighted physical activity and weight management as the key preventative actions for women to take. […]
The largest analysis to date of amyloid plaques in people’s brains confirms that the presence of the substance can help predict who will develop Alzheimer’s and determine who has the disease. Read the full article at The New York Times.
Fears about memory issues, commonplace among those of us who often misplace our cellphones and mix up the names of our children, are likely to skyrocket as baby boomers move into their 70s, 80s and beyond. Many may be unwilling to wait to have their memories tested until symptoms develop that could herald encroaching dementia […]
More than two-thirds of people age 65 and older will need some type of long-term care at some point, according to experts. Yet conversations about long-term care options — and how to pay for them — are sorely lacking among families, surveys suggest. Read the full article at The Boston Globe.
In senior housing facilities where residents are required to relocate as heath issues worsen, seniors tend to isolate themselves and may hide health conditions out of fear of relocation, according to a new study. Read the full article at Reuters.
When Sandy Bem found out she had Alzheimer’s, she resolved that before the disease stole her mind, she would kill herself. The question was, when? Read the full article at The New York Times.
New York Times special section on retirement, linking to several articles on the topic. Read more at The New York Times.
One quarter of older Americans use mobility devices like canes, walkers or wheelchairs, according to a new study, but those who use a cane have a much greater fear of falling. Cane users did not, in fact, fall more often, but they did report limiting their activities out of fear, suggesting the cane may not […]