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10/22/2014 – Extra-depth shoes may help alleviate foot pain for older people

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For adults over age 65 with disabling foot pain, being fitted for off-the-shelf extra-depth footwear reduced pain and improved function, according to a new study. This type of footwear is often marketed to people with diabetic foot ailments, for whom Medicare – the U.S. government health insurance program for people over 65 – will cover […]

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10/23/2014 – Older Women and Challenges of Wealth

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Women’s life expectancy is typically around five years more than men’s, according to United States census data, “by definition, their wealth has to last longer,” said Judy Slotkin, a New York metropolitan area market executive at U.S. Trust. The Employee Benefit Research Institute in Washington estimated last year that just to have a 50-50 chance […]

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10/23/2014 – Stanford psychologist explores how meaningfulness cultivates well-being over time

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Professor Jennifer Aaker says that while meaningful choices are often not pleasurable to make, they are commonly associated with a greater sense of well-being in the long run. Jennifer Aaker is a faculty affiliate of the Center on Longevity. Read the full article at Stanford Report.

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10/23/2014 – Can subliminal messages improve old age?

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Subliminal messages containing positive stereotypes about aging can improve older adults’ physical functioning for several weeks, according to a new study. Researchers used a new intervention method to examine for the first time whether exposure to positive age stereotypes could weaken negative age stereotypes and their effects over time, and lead to healthier outcomes. Read […]

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10/23/2014 – Can Video Games Fend Off Mental Decline?

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In the commercial world, hyperbole reigns. App stores are littered with brazen claims — Elevate-Brain Training, for example, is “based on extensive research.” Ulman Lindenberger, a director at the Max Planck Institute, recently published a study that found that 100 days of cognitive training yielded a “relatively minor” improvement in working memory. Soon afterward, a […]

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10/22/2014 – Neuroscientists speak out against brain game hype

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Aging baby boomers and seniors would be better off going for a hike than sitting down in front of one of the many video games designed to aid the brain, a group of nearly 70 researchers asserted this week in a critique of some of the claims made by the brain-training industry.  Read the full story at […]

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10/22/2014 – Center on Longevity hosts design challenge focusing on elderly mobility

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Switching from last year’s theme of cognitive impairment, the 2014-15 Design Challenge will focus on mobility in older adults. Submissions are due Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. The Design Challenge is an annual competition that seeks to engage students worldwide in designing improvements for the elderly population. According to Ken Smith, director of mobility at […]

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10/22/2014 – Brain-Training Companies Get Advice From Some Academics, Criticism From Others

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Your brain is a tree. Or, perhaps more fittingly, a bank account. With metaphors like those, brain-game companies entice people to buy subscriptions to their online training programs, many of which promise to increase customers’ “neuroplasticity,” “fluid intelligence,” and working memory capacity. They even claim to help stave off the effects of aging. Leading scientists have criticized […]

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10/22/2014 – Seeing More Gray in the College Classroom

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Higher education faces a serious decline in its traditional 18-22 population. Having fewer potential students from the traditional demographic segment could have serious implications for funding. One part of the solution—open the doors to a new demographic segment. Read the full article at Library Journal.

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10/22/2014 – What if Age Is Nothing but a Mind-Set?

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One day in the fall of 1981, eight men in their 70s stepped out of a van in front of a converted monastery in New Hampshire. They shuffled forward, a few of them arthritically stooped, a couple with canes. Then they passed through the door and entered a time warp. Perry Como crooned on a […]

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