Archive for Longevity News 2011

12/29/2011 – The Unspoken Diagnosis: Old Age

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It has taken physicians a very long time to accept the need to level with patients and their families when they have terminal illnesses and death is near — and we know that many times those kinds of honest, exploratory conversations still don’t take place. Now Dr. Smith, a palliative care specialist at the University […]

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12/15/2011 – Trusting Someone Over 60

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At the Mind the Gap playwriting and theater-making series at the New York Theater Workshop, teenagers and people over 60 are paired to learn and write about each other. Read the full article at The New York Times

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12/31/2011 – Aging and Broke, More Lean on Family

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More aging Americans are doing something they never would have imagined: turning to family for financial aid. Some are even asking their children for a place to live. Read the full article in The Wall Street Journal

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12/30/2011 – Shrinking brains and 'silent strokes' studied

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New findings in Alzheimer’s disease support longstanding notions of what doctors have preached for years. The studies look at associations, not causes, but they further scientists’ pursuit of preventing the fatal brain disease. Read the full article at CNN

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12/14/2011 – Plain Speaking at the End of Life

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Dr. Stephen Workman, an internist at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Center in Halifax, Nova Scotia, takes exception to the language physicians use with patients near the end of life. In one of his recent publications, he called language the most important tool health professionals have to improve the care of dying patients. Read […]

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12/14/2011 – Is 80 The New Retirement Age? Many Americans Think So

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Concerns about having enough for retirement are widespread across the the income spectrum, according to a study released today by Wells Fargo. Almost 20% of affluent Americans says they will need to keep working until at least the age of 80. Slightly more (25%) of middle-class Americans said the same. Read the full article at […]

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12/6/2011 – Presidency not a death sentence

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Despite the high levels of stress that accompany serving as president of the United States, commanders in chief don’t, in fact, experience a drop in life expectancy, a new study finds. Those who hold the highest office in the land may get a few more gray hairs and wrinkles by the end of their term, […]

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12/2/2011 – Older People Are a Larger Portion of U.S. Population

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Elderly people are now a greater portion of the population than at any time since the government began keeping track, with those age 65 and older rising to 13 percent of the population over the past decade, the Census Bureau said. Read the full article in The New York Times

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11/29/2011 – Working Into Your 70s: A Smart Retirement Move

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“As people get older, they care more about how they’re spending their time, and their motivation changes,” says Laura Carstensen, director of the Stanford Center on Longevity. Read the full article at U.S. News and World Report

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11/26/2011 – The Death of the Fringe Suburb

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Drive through any number of outer-ring suburbs in America, and you’ll see boarded-up and vacant strip malls, surrounded by vast seas of empty parking spaces. These forlorn monuments to the real estate crash are not going to come back to life, even when the economy recovers. And that’s because the demand for the housing that […]

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