Actively Aging

Actively Aging

Friday, April 21, 2017

Scientists Discover the Maximum Age Humans Can Live to Now

Old people just keep getting older — at least in the sense that human life expectancy has increased significantly since the 19th century. But that doesn't necessarily mean that peoples' lives will continue to lengthen.

In a study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature, researchers identified a likely maximum human lifespan — and claimed that we've already reached it.

“It seems highly likely we have reached our ceiling,” molecular geneticist and lead author Jan Vijg told the New York Times. “From now on, this is it. Humans will never get older than 115.”
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Words from the Wise - Woody Allen

"You can live to be a hundred if you give up all the things that make you want to live to be a hundred."  Woody Allen (1935- )
Unfortunately, this bon mot is somewhat true, though some of the longest-living individuals engaged in their share of bad habits. 
However, you can control your life span to the extent that you can avoid some of the unhealthy behaviors that cause people to die before reaching old age.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

10 Ways to Make a Home Safer for Your Aging Parents

Just under six percent of American households are multi-generational, with three or more generations living together under one roof. 
And as the U.S. population ages (there are almost 50 million people aged 65 and over in this country), that number will grow. If you're dealing with an aging parent, keeping them in their home or moving them into your own can be the most convenient way to go. 
But you may need to make some changes for safety's sake.
To keep reading this article, click here.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Words from the Wise - Jeanne Louise Calment

If you want to know how to age successfully, your best bet is to ask older adults who've figured out the secrets. 
This is the first in a series where wise individuals, all of whom lived well into their later years, provide a range of witty, wise, and even practical tips for finding fulfillment, no matter what your age.
 "I had to wait 110 years to become famous.  I wanted to enjoy it as long as possible."  Jeanne Louise Calment  (1875-1997)
The oldest documented living human, this French woman had all her wits about her when she reached the "super-centenarian" age of 110. With her jaunty smile, Calment charmed the world with her upbeat attitude toward aging and life.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

What's So Funny About Aging?

Like many people of a certain age, Diane Fuglestad has been made to feel invisible.
The tipping point came one winter day at the bus stop, when the driver closed the doors in her face and started to drive off. After she knocked on the door to get his attention, his excuse was, "Oh, I didn't see you there."
There was a time she might have chalked that up to life in a society that overlooks its senior citizens, and moved on. But after six years of taking improv comedy classes, she decided she wouldn't accept invisibility anymore.
"I said, 'OK, that's it.' You don't see me? We'll fix that."
Fuglestad bought a barrette with a giant yellow ribbon on it and wore it all day, every day, until she couldn't help but be noticed.
"Improv gave me the guts to do that," she said after a recent Monday morning class. "See me. Acknowledge me. Talk to me."
At the Brave New Workshop Student Union in Minneapolis, Fuglestad, 69, is one of 30 senior citizens who have been learning improvisational technique for years.
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Thursday, April 13, 2017

The Hidden Male Caregiver

When we think of family caregivers, we tend to think of women. And in fact the typical caregiver is a middle-aged woman caring for a relative, often her mother.
But the face of American caregiving is changing rapidly, according to "Breaking Stereotypes: Spotlight on Male Family Caregivers," a recent report from AARP. Eight years ago, just 34 percent of caregivers surveyed were men. Today, 40 percent of the 40 million Americans caring for a loved one are male.
In many respects, male caregivers resemble their female counterparts. Both say they had little choice about taking on caregiving responsibilities, whether they are caring for a parent, a spouse or partner, or other relative. Both are more prone to health problems and depression than non-caregivers. Both often not only manage finances and medical care, but also provide personal care, including helping their loved one with eating, bathing, dressing and toileting.
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Life-Extending Discovery Renews Debate Over Aging as a Disease

David Sinclair has been reverse-engineering the aging process for two decades. As the co-director of the Paul F. Glenn Center for the Biology of Aging at Harvard Medical School, Sinclair and his colleagues have identified several key enzymes and interactions inside cells that cause them to “lose their identity” over time, making our bodies more susceptible to diseases like cancer, heart disease, and dementia.
But what if aging itself is the real disease?
“Aging is the one disease that we all get if we live long enough,” Sinclair told Seeker. “I define it as a disease. Most doctors are trained that aging is something separate from disease. But the only difference in the medical textbooks is that if the majority of people get an age-associated disorder, we call it aging. If less than half of people get something over time, it’s a disease.”
Sinclair is part of a growing movement of “geroscientists” who believe that aging is not inevitable. What we once thought of as a natural process is in fact a degenerative condition — a condition that cannot be cured, but can in fact be slowed. With greater understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms of aging, they insist, we can delay the onset of age-related diseases, keeping us healthier longer.
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Aging in America Report: On Money, Work and Finding Purpose

I've just returned from covering the American Society on Aging’s (ASA) Aging in America Conference and its sister act, the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit — where I also moderated a panel. 

My aim in going to these two meetings was to turn up the latest news and advice to help people 50+ better manage their money and careers. 

Below, I’ll relay what I found most interesting and helpful. (I wrote a previous post on a study released there on how the young and old worry about aging.)

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

How Will Artifical Intelligence Help Aging

The relationship between humans and robots is a tricky thing. If the latter looks too much like the former, but is still clearly a machine, people think it’s creepy, even repulsive—a feeling that’s become known as the “uncanny valley.”  
Or, as is sometimes the case, the human, with “Star Wars” or “The Jetsons” as his or her reference points, is disappointed by all the things the robot can’t yet do. Then, there is the matter of job insecurity—the fear of one day being replaced by a tireless, unflappable, unfailingly consistent device.
Human-robot interactions can be even more complicated for one group in particular—older adults. Many are not that comfortable with new technology, even less so if they feel it’s invading their privacy or a constant reminder of their own slipping cognitive skills.
And yet, it’s widely believed that with the first surge of Baby Boomers hitting their 70s—with a huge wave to follow—technology in some form will play a growing role in enabling older adults to live in their homes longer.
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