“Foreign Policy” magazine predicts boomers’ decline

 The Boom Was a Blip - Getting Used to Slow Growth By Ruchir Sharma  The global recovery from the Great Recession of 2009 has just entered its eighth year and shows few signs of fading. That should be cause for celebration. But this recovery has been an underwhelming one. Throughout this period, the global economy … Continue reading “Foreign Policy” magazine predicts boomers’ decline

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Our Parents Health Care Needs: The Aspen Ideas Festival

By Richard Eisenberg  . June 27, 2017 Part of the TRANSFORMING LIFE AS WE AGE SPECIAL REPORT You’ve likely heard how the Republicans’ Obamacare legislation might have profound effects on older Americans. Health insurance premiums could be up to five times higher than those of younger people (up from three times today), for instance. The Urban Institute estimates … Continue reading Our Parents Health Care Needs: The Aspen Ideas Festival

Baby boomers, concierge services, and extra cash

The New York Times article Baby Boomers Look to Senior Concierge Services to Raise Income nicely covers where these two intersect - older Americans earning money by helping other older Americans. Key quote: Elder concierge, as the industry is known, is a way for the semi- and fully retired to continue to work, and, from a … Continue reading Baby boomers, concierge services, and extra cash

Nutrition in healthy aging

The significant increase in average life expectancy is one of society’s great achievements which has been associated with a shift in the leading causes of illnesses from infectious to noncommunicable diseases.  It is well known that the percentage of populations categorized as elderly (e.g. 65 years and older) will increase dramatically in almost every country … Continue reading Nutrition in healthy aging

Can baby boomers use wearable techno-logy?

poor design decisions that fail to address the aging population's needs can undermine the technology's value. Older adults also tend to experience feelings of mistrust and frustration when using new devices, with the result that they often abandon otherwise worthwhile technology.

Do we have a moral obligation as a society to ensure that genetic engineering is pursued, or should we do everything possible to ensure that we do not open this Pandora’s box?

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More recently, the human race stands at a threshold like never before. The human race now has the tools to restruct its own hereditary capacities (Kevles, 2016).The enhancement of human beings has materialized into an ever expanding topic in recent years. As science and technology continues to develop, people are beginning to realize that some of the basic factors in the human race may be altered with, in the future. The human condition could be altered with through the improvement of basic human abilities (Bostrom & Roache, 2008). Genetic Engineering can be defined as the intentional manipulation of genetic material so as to attain an intended and desired result. The process of Genetic Engineering employs various molecular techniques to manipulate the genetic material of cells and/or organisms to alter hereditary traits or produce biological products (Kumar & Sahal, 2014). This post looks at various considerations relating to genetic engineering.

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Elderly Aussies’ Angst: Australia’s Retirement Racket

Its slick marketing promises a safe and sound place to live yet retirement village operator Aveo is making a fortune by ripping off Australians through complex contracts and eye-watering exit fees. With 89 retirement villages around the country, which house more than 13,000 retirees, Aveo is one of the biggest retirement village operators in the … Continue reading Elderly Aussies’ Angst: Australia’s Retirement Racket

Filling the Coming Demand for Professional Home Caregivers

America is facing a caregiver crisis, and one organization is helping come up with the solutions. The New York-based non-profit Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute (PHI) is working to improve the lives of people who need home or residential care by improving the lives of the workers who provide that care. Americans are living longer than ever before. By … Continue reading Filling the Coming Demand for Professional Home Caregivers

Long-Term Care Services Are Improving Too Slowly

When it comes to access to long-term supports and services (LTSS) for older or disabled Americans, where you live matters. Washington edged out Minnesota this year as the best state for supporting older adults and family caregivers, according to the 2017 Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard. The state ranks highest for affordability and access, … Continue reading Long-Term Care Services Are Improving Too Slowly

Additional Aging Resources: Aging in the Media

A Boomer's Life After 50 Lindsey McDivitt's Blog Mid-Century Modern Magazine   Mid-Life Boulevard National Public Radio's "Next Avenue" As Time Goes By   Related articles The Trump Budget Cuts Disability Benefits. That Will Hurt Trump Counties Dream Analyst, David Rivinus, Will Be Interviewed by National Public Radio’s Stu Taylor

“We’re about to see a big upsurge in hoarding”, says Washington Post

"We’re about to see a big upsurge in hoarding", says Washington Post

Neuroscientists agree with Buddhists. says recent study

When it comes to science—particularly, health—Western ideology is often portrayed as being at odds with Eastern beliefs. One point of agreement is the state of human consciousness. David Barash, who wrote Buddhist Biology, explains Buddhism’s notion if impermanence as it relates to human consciousness: “Attempting to cling to a solid, immutable core of a self … Continue reading Neuroscientists agree with Buddhists. says recent study

Defining Sedentary Behavior; An Emerging Global Public Health Priority

A worldwide network of scientists examining the links between sedentary lifestyles and health problems such as obesity and cardiovascular disease today announced a new dictionary of terms to support research into sedentary behaviour. The results of the 'terminology consensus project' led by the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario Research Institute's (CHEO RI) Sedentary Behaviour Research … Continue reading Defining Sedentary Behavior; An Emerging Global Public Health Priority

Elder Abuse Day 6/24/17, says UN Report

the taboo topic of elder abuse has started to gain visibility across the world, it remains one of the least investigated types of violence in national surveys, and one of the least addressed in national action plans.

Your Pets Are Living Longer Too. But Geriatric Cats?

We don’t really have much of an idea what healthy aging looks like in a cat. Which, in turn, means we don’t really know the best way to care for our feline pals late in life.

Aging Sex Offenders: To Care; and How?

“The problem is that you’re talking about a project that’s uniquely difficult when it comes to structural needs and safety,” says Amy McCoy, a public-information officer with the Iowa Department of Human Services.

Housing Options for Aging Populations

New advancements in aging-in-place strategies provide a positive outlook for the long term.