Our Aging Population: Unused Economic Powerhouse?

Serialized, in three parts, from Fast Company By 2050, the number of people over 65 will more than double. Cities, communities, companies–and our entire culture–have some adjusting to do. If we can, the benefits will be enormous. BY EILLIE ANZILOTTI Patrick O’Halloran is 82 years old, “but I’m still a work in progress,” he says. After a … Continue reading Our Aging Population: Unused Economic Powerhouse?

Do you want to know how long you’ll live?

"If you're coming down with a bad case of Age Anxiety, here's some good news. Seventy-five percent of human aging can be self-regulated. But what exactly does one regulate? Granted, heredity plays a key role. But at least six lifestyle factors also regulate aging." 

The Good News About Getting Older

Nine Keys to Aging Well Please forward this to those with doubts about the benefits of aging. Psychologist and storyteller Jonathan Young served as the founding curator of the Joseph Campbell Archives. Information on Dr. Young's books and seminars is available at folkstory.com along with articles and interviews. The Good News About Getting Older summarizes the … Continue reading The Good News About Getting Older

Better to forget?

I spoke with Blake Richards, one of the co-authors of the paper, who applies artificial intelligence theories to his study of how the brain learns. He says that in the AI world, there's something called over-fitting — a phenomenon in which a machine stores too much information, hindering its ability to behave intelligently. He hopes … Continue reading Better to forget?

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.

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

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

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.

Don’t Dare to Call Me Old!!

Sarah Harper, a gerontologist who is director of the Oxford Institute of Ageing, proposed a different approach to the language we use about ageing, suggesting that people in their 60s and possibly 70s and 80s should still be considered active adults. She said there was a danger of neglecting what true old age should be: a time of withdrawal and peace and reflection. It can be a difficult time but “it is a time we need to claim as a special time because we are finite beings … we will die”.

Retirement Security: It’s Not Just About the Money

Retired or not, a person's sense of worthiness requires some sort of 'purpose'; a sense of accomplishment from whatever activities are available in his or her environment.  According to Abraham Maslow, the most basic needs are the physiological, food, air, sleep the the like.  The needs that take the most effort, the most conscious effort, … Continue reading Retirement Security: It’s Not Just About the Money

Gene Testing and Long-Term Care Insurance

Approximately 5.5 million Americans have Alzheimer’s disease, making up half of all nursing home residents, but very few people have been tested for it's specific gene. Last month, however, the gene testing company 23andMe started offering tests that reveal whether people carry the gene, while assessing their risks for developing certain conditions. Following the wave, … Continue reading Gene Testing and Long-Term Care Insurance

What Are The 7 Dimensions of Wellness?

Wellness is much more than merely physical health, exercise or nutrition. It is the full integration of states of physical, mental, and spiritual well-being: social, emotional, spiritual, environmental, occupational, intellectual and physical wellness.

Advocacy Services for The Elderly – 1

 The ABA Commission on Law and Aging is a collaborative and interdisciplinary leader of the Association’s work to strengthen and secure the legal rights, dignity, autonomy, quality of life, and quality of care of aging persons. The Commission accomplishes its work through research, policy development, advocacy, education, training, and through assistance to lawyers, bar associations, … Continue reading Advocacy Services for The Elderly – 1

Brain Awareness Week

Every March, BAW unites the efforts of partner organizations worldwide in a celebration of the brain for people of all ages. Activities are limited only by the organizers’ imaginations and include open days at neuroscience labs; exhibitions about the brain; lectures on brain-related topics; social media campaigns; displays at libraries and community centers; classroom workshops; … Continue reading Brain Awareness Week

Growing Old, Serious Business

By Pam Hayle, Chair, Vital Aging Network May is Older Americans Month---a month set aside to celebrate the contributions of older adults to our society. When President Kennedy first celebrated older Americans by designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, Kennedy encouraged all Americans to pay tribute to older people across the country. In 1980, … Continue reading Growing Old, Serious Business