Archive for Longevity News 2015

11/18/2015 – Changes in Sense of Humor May Presage Dementia

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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.

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11/17/2015 – How Boomers Can Seek Allies Among Younger Workers

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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 […]

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11/17/2015 – For Women, Income Inequality Continues Into Retirement

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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 […]

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11/17/2015 – We’re Living Longer. That’s Great, Except for Social Security.

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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 […]

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11/16/2015 – Women more worried about retirement

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In a stark contrast between the sexes, most women are worried about retiring and having enough money, while only about a third of men share their concerns, according to a recent survey. Read the full article at Chicago Tribune.

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11/16/2015 – Assessing the Fitness of Wearable Tech

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“The individuals who might have the most to gain from these devices are likely to be older and less affluent,”  says Dr. Mitesh S. Patel and colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania, including those who are currently sedentary or have a chronic ailment that could benefit from more activity. Read the full article at The New […]

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11/13/2015 – Taking Care of Your Aging Parents? It’s Going to Cost You

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It’s that circle of life. Once upon a time, your parents took care of you. And if your parents are lucky to live long enough, you may end up taking care of them. While you may be happy to help your parents in any way you can, becoming a parent’s caregiver can be a blow […]

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11/13/2105 – Japan Aging So Fast That Seniors Now Make Up Over 10% of New Prison Inmates

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Older inmates are just one symptom of Japan’s rapidly aging society. Seniors are expected to account for 40% of the total population by 2060, according to the Economist. Read the full article at Time.

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11/12/2015 – To Lure Baby Boomers, Senior Centers Try Rebranding

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Old monikers are out, replaced by hip new names like ‘125 Live’, but not everyone is happy. Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal.

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11/12/2015 – Obesity Rises Despite All Efforts to Fight It, U.S. Health Officials Say

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Despite years of efforts to reduce obesity in America, including a major push by Michelle Obama, federal health officials reported Thursday that the share of Americans who were obese had not declined in recent years, and had edged up slightly. Read the full article at The New York Times.

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