Actively Aging

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Monday, June 26, 2017

Live Long and Prosper: John Glenn

"Too many people, when they get old, think that they have to live by the calendar." John Glenn (1921-)
As the oldest person to board a U.S. Space Shuttle at age 77, Senator John Glenn exemplified the view that we shouldn't let age define us. The calendar is a useful way to let you know the date, but if you let yourself be hemmed in by your chronological age, you may lock yourself out of potentially valuable opportunities.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Ignore These 5 Myths About Aging


As any baby boomer will tell you, “age is just a number.” The typical member of the original Youth Generation of the ‘50s and ‘60s has no interest in following old-fashioned ideas of being old, let alone in becoming the stereotypical decrepit figure we see lampooned in cartoons and movies. The next generation of seniors is turning stereotypes of aging on their heads, by taking better care of themselves, by staying active and social—and simply not buying into the myths of aging.

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Thursday, June 15, 2017

Are Friends More Likely To Make You Happy as You Age?


Want to have happy sunset years? Make sure you have lots of friends. Family? Not as important, according to a pair of new studies involving 280,000 people.
The studies, led by William Chopik of Michigan State University, found that relationships with friends are a stronger predictor of health and happiness in older people than close relationships with their relatives.
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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

'Grace and Frankie' Focuses on How Aging Affects Both Body and Mind


"Grace and Frankie” isn’t only about women. It isn’t only about the elderly, either. But the Netflix comedy is taking its representative role for both groups very seriously, including when it comes to how the show is made.
Speaking at the ATX TV Festival Sunday morning, co-creator Marta Kauffman, executive producer Robbie Rowe Tollin, editor Sarah Lucky, producer Hannah K.S. Canter, casting director Tracy Lillenfield, and stars June Diane Raphael and Brooklyn Decker discussed how the series is walking the walk when it comes to offering opportunities to women, the elderly, and elderly women.
"We’ve cast a lot of people older than Grace and Frankie, significantly older,” said Lillenfield, who was called up from the audience and (kindly) forced onto the panel by Kauffman. “These are people that don’t often get a chance to audition — let alone get a job — and they have stories to tell.”
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Monday, June 12, 2017

Isolation and Loneliness Have Serious Consequences for Seniors


Loneliness in older adults may lead to serious health problems.
Isolation and loneliness among seniors has significant health consequences, and a health care subsidiary of insurance giant Anthem has launched an initiative designed to treat isolation as a health issue.
CareMore, a health care plan and delivery system that operates in seven states, announced the program earlier this month. Treatment of isolation will be individually tailored to patients, company officials said.
"By viewing loneliness as we would any other chronic condition or disease, it becomes possible to develop solutions and prescribe treatment strategies to effectively address this ailment and improve patient lives across the country,” Zubin J. Eapen, CareMore’s chief medical officer, said in a statement.
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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Want to Live to Be 100? Volunteering Can Help


The CDC found states with a high volunteer rate have lower incidences of heart disease.
In science labs all over the world, researchers are exploring ways to delay the effects of aging and extend our years of healthy life.
Already, we’re living nearly three decades longer on average than our ancestors from a century ago. A 10-year-old child today has a 50 percent chance of living to be at least 104.
If you’re wondering what you — or your 10-year-old — might do with all that extra time on Earth, I have an idea.
Volunteer. Share your skills and your passion with others. Find a need and devote your time to filling it. It’s the closest thing to a silver bullet we have discovered for personal and societal well-being.
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

10 Ways All Ages Can Celebrate Older Americans


What it means to age has changed. 

Like every other age group, older Americans are making more noise than ever. From private organizations to social media to the voting booths, they’re being heard. So it would only make sense that this year, the nation is celebrating what it means to “Age Out Loud.”

According to the Administration on Aging (AoA), to Age Out Loud means "having the freedom to live with dignity, choice, and opportunities."

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