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