Articles about Seniors in the News ...

Learning and staying in shape key to longer lifespan, study finds   Science Daily - October 13, 2017

People who are overweight cut their life expectancy by two months for every extra kilogram of weight they carry, research suggests. A major study has also found that education leads to a longer life, with almost a year added for each year spent studying beyond school.

New measures of aging may show 70 is the new 60   Science Daily - June 22, 2017
A new study uses new measures of aging to scientifically illustrate that oneีs actual age is not necessarily the best measure of human aging itself, particularly in relation to population aging. The study combines the new measures of aging with probabilistic projections from the United Nations and predicts an end to population aging in the U.S. and other countries before the end of the century. Population aging -- when the median age rises in a country because of increasing life expectancy and lower fertility rates -- is a concern for countries because of the perception that population aging leads to declining numbers of working age people and additional social burdens.

Youthful DNA in old age   Science Daily - September 22, 2016

The DNA of young people is regulated to express the right genes at the right time. With the passing of years, the regulation of the DNA gradually gets disrupted, which is an important cause of aging. A study of over 3,000 people shows that this is not true for everyone: there are people whose DNA appears youthful despite their advanced years.

Carnegie Mellon engineers develop fall-prevention sensors   PhysOrg - May 25, 2016

Every 13 seconds, an older adult is treated in the emergency room for a fall. Every 20 minutes, an older adult dies from a fall-related trauma. It's understandable, considering these statistics, why the College of Engineering survey found that 54% of 1900 U.S. adults are worried about an older parent falling, and why 81% of respondents expressed an interest in new sensor technology that can anticipate and prevent falls.

Study finds that aging warps our perception of time   Medical Express - December 15, 2015

Much like trying to watch a video with the audio out of synch, older adults may have difficulty combining the stimuli they see and hear, and it could have implications for rapid decision-making tasks such as driving, according to new research. When researchers presented them with both a light and sound at the same or different times, they found that young and older adults could determine whether they occurred simultaneously with similar accuracy. But when asked to determine which appeared first, the light or the sound, older adults performed much worse.

The Science of Meditation's Effects on Aging   Huffington Post - December 8, 2015

A growing body of research supports the immediate benefits of meditation, such as reduced stress and anxiety levels, lower blood pressure, and enhanced happiness. Studies on mindfulness interventions show these effects are common in as few as eight weeks. While these initial perks may be reason enough for us to practice, meditation's positive impact appears to be even more far-reaching, potentially adding years to our lives and improving cognitive function well into old age.

Scientists identify that memories can be lost and found   Science Daily - August 4, 2015

A team of scientists believe they have shown that memories are more robust than we thought and have identified the process in the brain, which could help rescue lost memories or bury bad memories, and pave the way for new drugs and treatment for people with memory problems. Scientists say that reminders could reverse the amnesia caused by methods previously thought to produce total memory loss in rats.

People With Severe Mental Disorders Mysteriously Become Clear-Headed Just Before Death   Epoch Times - July 23, 2015

Patients who aren't even able to remember their own names for years may suddenly recognize their family members and have normal conversations. The varying physiological states of people who experience terminal lucidity suggest that a single mechanism isn't responsible.

How Exercise Keeps You Younger   Epoch Times - July 14, 2015

The decline in brain and body function with aging is caused more by inactivity than it is just by aging. A new study of 85 male and 41 female fit amateur cyclists, aged 55 to 79, found that most of them were physically much younger than most people of the same age.
If you have never exercised, start now.
If you exercise regularly, continue to do so.
Find an exercise in which you can keep moving almost every day: dancing, walking, various exercise machines, cycling, skiing, and so forth.
Those who choose to ride a bicycle should worry more about being hit by a car than about the disabilities associated with aging.
In our modern societies, people are living longer and often spend many years suffering terrible disabilities of both mind and body. Most North Americans over 70 cannot walk fast. One in eight people over 70, and one in two over 85, suffer from dementia. Exercise helps to slow damage to your mind and body associated with aging.
Lack of exercise is associated with increased risk for overweight, diabetes, heart attacks, strokes, many different cancers, and premature death.

Here's What Lack Of Sleep Can Do To You In Just One Day   Huffington Post - June 11, 2015

For years, studies have linked lack of sleep with poorer cognitive performance. Now there's another good reason to get enough shut-eye: Just one bad night's sleep can make older adults age faster. Our data support the hypothesis that one night of not getting enough sleep in older adults activates important biological pathways that promote biological aging.

Why are 95% of people who live to 110 women? You're as old as your stem cells   Science Daily - June 4, 2015
Human supercentenarians share at least one thing in common--over 95 percent are women. Scientists have long observed differences between the sexes when it comes to aging, but there is no clear explanation for why females live longer. In a discussion of what we know about stem cell behavior and sex, researchers argue that it's time to look at differences in regenerative decline between men and women. This line of research could open up new explanations for how the sex hormones estrogen and testosterone, or other factors, modify lifespan.

Terry, 80 and Ellie, 72

Ellie 72, Merietha, 70

Middle age now lasts until 74 as baby boomers refuse to grow old   Telegraph - April 15, 2015

New research suggests that old age now starts at 74, with middle age lasting at least nine years longer than current estimates.

Ellie Crystal at 72

He Asked 1500+ Elders For Advice On Living And Loving. Here's What They Told Him.   Huffington Post - January 22, 2015
1. Stop worrying so much.
2. In relationships, sweat the small stuff.
3. Don't sacrifice your relationship for your children.
4. People who share core values typically have better marriages.
5. Communicate early, communicate often.
6. Approach marriage as a discipline.
7. Take time to craft the story of your life.

Retiring a National Crisis?   Epoch Times - January 4, 2015

You're 70 years old, and you have a choice. Do you pay your heating bill - or for prescription drugs? Do you stay in a home you can no longer afford, or do you move in with your children? These aren't hypotheticals. We're in the middle of a national retirement savings crisis, and seniors across the country are facing choices like these everyday. They are over-relying on Social Security payments because they lack sufficient savings to meet their basic needs. And as more and more businesses fail to offer a retirement savings option for their employees, this trend will only get worse.

8 Things to know about osteoarthritis   Epoch Times - October 26, 2014

Painkillers and NSAIDs
Secondary causes
Smart testing

Positive subliminal messages on aging improve physical functioning in elderly   PhysOrg - October 16, 2014
Older individuals who are subliminally exposed to positive stereotypes about aging showed improved physical functioning that can last for several weeks. Researchers used a novel intervention method to examine for the first time whether exposure to positive age stereotypes could weaken negative age stereotypes and their effects over time, and lead to healthier outcomes. The study, to be published in an upcoming online issue of the journal Psychological Science, consisted of 100 older individuals (average age 81 years) who live in the greater New Haven, Connecticut area. Some of the participants were subjected to positive age stereotypes on a computer screen that flashed words such as "spry" and "creative" at speeds that were too fast to allow for conscious awareness.

5 Secrets Of People With Lifelong Friends   Huffington Post - October 15, 2014

They keep their expectations in check.
They're adaptable.
They make time for each other.
They appreciate just how unusual it is to have a lifelong bond.
They know not to hold on to a friendship just for the sake of it.

Global AgeWatch Index: Norway best for older people   BBC - September 30, 2014
Norway is the best place to grow old, according to an index of the quality of later life in 96 countries.

Centenarians 'outliving diseases of old age'   BBC - June 4, 2014

Centenarians have found a way to beat the common diseases of old age, such as cancer and heart disease, research suggests. Researchers said 28% of 100- to 115-year-olds died of "old age" and a fifth of pneumonia. Cancer claimed the lives of fewer than 5% and heart disease fewer than 9%. The study was based on an analysis of 36,000 death certificates.

Hundreds of genetic mutations found in healthy blood of a supercentenarian   PhysOrg - April 23, 2014

Genetic mutations are commonly studied because of links to diseases such as cancer; however, little is known about mutations occurring in healthy individuals. In a study published online in Genome Research, researchers detected over 400 mutations in healthy blood cells of a 115-year-old woman, suggesting that lesions at these sites are largely harmless over the course of a lifetime.

8 Best Jobs for Retirees   Live Science - February 10, 2014

Bookkeeper, Child Care, Consultant, Home Health Aide, Nonprofit Worker, Retail Salesperson, Temp Worker, Tutor

The world braces for retirement crisis   PhysOrg - December 31, 2013

A global retirement crisis is bearing down on workers of all ages. It will play out for decades, and its consequences will be far-reaching. Many people will be forced to work well past the traditional retirement age of 65. Living standards will fall and poverty rates will rise for the elderly in wealthy countries that built safety nets for seniors after World War II. In developing countries, people's rising expectations will be frustrated if governments can't afford retirement systems to replace the tradition of children caring for aging parents. The problems are emerging as the generation born after World War II moves into retirement.

Dementia cases 'set to treble worldwide' by 2050   BBC - December 5, 2013

The number of people living with dementia worldwide is set to treble by 2050, according to a new analysis. Alzheimer's Disease International says 44 million people live with the disease, but that figure will increase to 135 million by 2050. Alzheimer's Disease International expects increasing life expectancies to drive a surge in cases in poor and middle-income countries, particularly in South East Asia and Africa. Currently 38% of cases are in rich countries. But that balance is predicted shift significantly by 2050, with 71% of patients being in poor and middle-income countries.

Monthly injection to prevent Alzheimer's in five years - December 4, 2013
Scientists are hopeful of a breakthrough in dementia within five years - with drugs that could be given to prevent disease. Researchers say a new drug has shown some promise in patients with mild dementia, and might be yet more effective if given to those at risk of disease long before they show any symptoms.

Weighty Issue: Is It Healthy for Seniors to be a Little Overweight?  Live Science - October 2, 2013

Is carrying a few extra pounds into your senior years healthy? Advice has been mixed. Now, two studies published this month attempt to better define the ideal weight for fitness and longevity for adults over age 60.The gist is that you don't need to worry about being slightly overweight, as long as that extra weight is maintained at a consistent level. However, being very overweight is detrimental to health, and exercising to lose body fat and to gain muscle mass is always beneficial.

5 Abilities You Need To Master After 50   Huffington Post - August 9, 2013

Instead of coasting into our 70s and 80s, we face interruption unimagined by our elders: discontinued income streams; increasing rates of later-in-life divorce and bankruptcy; the potential for sharp declines in the value of our retirement portfolio and property. Although boomers are not a homogenous group culturally, politically or spiritually, nearly all of us can count on three things in the future: Interruptions in our lives will persist. Our capacity for flexibility and adaptability will determine quality of life. Many of us will live significantly longer, healthier lives than once expected, which means we'll need appropriate financial resources to make them worthwhile. The 5 Key Abilities to Flourish:

1. Identity Ability. When the roles that define us -- parent, spouse, employer, employee, athlete, homeowner -- come to an end, we have to adapt our sense of self accordingly.

2. Selecting Ability. Making informed choices for our circumstances, even as those circumstances change, is essential to navigating uncharted territory.

3. Meaning-Finding Ability. Managing disruptions and putting them in perspective is a process that can take years. In that time, you must decide how to contextualize the events that are turning your life upside-down and find ways to add meaning to the years you have left.

4. Community Ability. One way to manage an interruption is to use it as a launching pad for new activities that challenge and nourish you while also helping others.

5. Financial Reality-Check Ability. Regardless of your best-laid plans, after losing your job or money in an investment, you may have to embark on a new career or find another means of income generation to sustain a reasonable lifestyle as you age. Fortunately, a new job can bring you unexpected advantages (structure, new friends, fun) in addition to a paycheck. Some companies also provide attractive benefits, like health insurance and paid vacations for employees who work at least 25 hours a week.

  Legally blind 97-year-old makes masterpieces with simple Paint app   NBC - July 25, 2013

When his eyesight started to go, 97-year-old Hal Lasko rediscovered his passion for art ั thanks to the simple Paint app that comes with every Windows computer. Inspired, he now spends hours poring over pixels and creating art that is rich and evocative, yet unmistakably digital.

  10 Tips for the Reluctant Senior Entrepreneur   PBS - May 10, 2013

Two "senior" entrepreneurs - women in their 50s - explain how to overcome the reluctance to start your own business. These days, entrepreneurship is simply self-reliance, they explain.

Aging brain gets stuck in time, researchers show   PhysOrg - March 14, 2012
The aging brain loses its ability to recognize when it is time to move on to a new task, explaining why the elderly have difficulty multi-tasking, Yale University researchers report. Laubach's team was studying the impact of aging on working memory, the type of memory that allows you to recall that dinner is in the oven when you are talking on the phone. The researchers examined brain activity in the medial prefrontal cortex of young and older rats that is related to spatial working memory - the type of memory that allows you to recall, for example, that mashed potatoes are on the stove and the turkey is in the oven

Genes Important to Keep Brain Sharp Through Old Age   Live Science - January 19, 2012
A person's intelligence is mostly inherited, it's in their genes, but whether a person can expect to be a clever grandma or grandpa relies on both genes and environment. Until now, we have not had an estimate of how much genetic differences affect how people's intelligence changes across the lifetime. These new results mean that researchers can seek both environmental and genetic contributions to successful cognitive aging. Previous studies of the genetics of intelligence have been performed on sets of twins or siblings who have been adopted and raised in different environments. These studies showed a genetic component of intelligence, but previous studies weren't able to determine how this changes over a lifetime.

Aging Brains Match Youth in Some Mental Tasks   Live Science - December 28, 2011
Since physical abilities decline as people age, many people think the elderly are also less able to perform mental jumping jacks as they age. New research indicates this might not be true with all brain-powered tasks: In some ways the elderly are fit to compete with their younger counterparts. Both young and old brains take longer to reach decisions in some settings, the researchers say, because they make the conscious choice to choose accuracy over speed.

Couples Grow Old, Happy and Sad Together   Live Science - December 30, 2010
As couples grow old together, their happiness levels also wax and wane in sync, a new study suggests. The findings suggest a possible resource that hasn't been tapped for promoting healthy aging. Similar to a pill or other treatment, a chipper spouse may boost a partner's feelings of well-being.

Older adults experience 'destination amnesia' and over-confidence with false beliefs   PhysOrg - August 31, 2010
Older adults are more likely to have destination memory failures - forgetting who they've shared or not shared information with. It's the kind of memory faux pas that can lead to awkward or embarrassing social situations and even miscommunication in the doctor's office. Ironically, after making these memory errors older adults remain highly confident in their false beliefs.

Brain training reverses age-related cognitive decline   PhysOrg - July 20, 2010
The results indicate that people who experience age-related cognitive decline, including slower mental processing and decreased response to new stimuli, might also benefit from specially designed mental exercises. From middle age onward, there are universal changes in the brain affecting perceptual processing. We used to think these were permanent changes and now are beginning to think maybe they're not.

Helping senior drivers to stay safe and on the road longer   PhysOrg - July 5, 2010
A tool developed by researchers at The University of Western Ontario is designed to help seniors make better choices in automobiles and safety features, and perhaps allow them to drive safer and longer. For seniors, a car means independence, says Lynn Shaw, an assistant professor in Occupational Therapy at Western. But for older drivers, some cars can be a minefield - heavy doors that are hard to reach when you're sitting, seatbelts that fit badly, poor lighting in dashboards and other areas of the car and, as in-car options increase, way too many buttons to push.

Census records 157-year-old woman   BBC - June 9, 2010
Estimates of the size and composition of Indonesia's booming population may remain just that despite an ongoing census, if the "discovery" of a 157-year-old woman is anything to go by. Census officials have said they believe the woman's claims to have been born in 1853, when Giuseppe Verdi's La Traviata debuted in Venice, the Crimean War erupted and San Francisco got its first street signs at intersections. There's no authentic data to prove her age but judging from her statements and the age of her adopted daughter, who's now 108 years old, it's difficult to doubt it.

Learning Keeps Brain Healthy: Mental Activity Could Stave Off Age-Related Cognitive and Memory Decline   Science Daily - March 3, 2010
UC Irvine neurobiologists are providing the first visual evidence that learning promotes brain health -- and, therefore, that mental stimulation could limit the debilitating effects of aging on memory and the mind. Using a novel visualization technique they devised to study memory, a research team led by Lulu Chen and Christine Gall found that everyday forms of learning animate neuron receptors that help keep brain cells functioning at optimum levels. These receptors are activated by a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor, which facilitates the growth and differentiation of the connections, or synapses, responsible for communication among neurons. BDNF is key in the formation of memories.

Seniors Have Rewarding Sex Lives   Live Science - January 26, 2010
Senior citizens often have rewarding sex lives, according to new research aimed at revealing the nuances of sexuality in the elderly. The findings from a set of studies showed that older men between the ages of 57 and 85 are more likely than older women to be sexually active and open. The intimacy of sex, however, was found to be important to both men and women across all ages. And just as in younger adults, healthy sex means healthy senior citizens.