Actively Aging

Actively Aging

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The Great Story of ... Oh Wait ... I Forgot What It Was

By Dave Price
This article 1st appeared in Booming Encore

As a new member of the Over 65 Club, I think everyone younger than me (and that’s a whole lot of people) should come up with a plan to remember things. In fact, I strongly suggest you design that plan as soon as you finish reading this article.
That way, you won’t forget.
Now I know what many of you are saying: I don’t need a plan … my memory will always stay sharp and focused. Well, I felt that way once, too. But I was so much younger then – say like 63 or 64.
Now however, like the Ancient Mariner of the famous Samuel Taylor Coleridge poem or the lone surviving whaler called Ishmael in the classic novel Moby Dick, I have returned to offer you a warning.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Passing On Your Family History to Your Grandkids

By Dave Price
This article 1st appeared in Sixty and Me

Of all the gifts that grandparents can give their grandchildren, few are grander than a sense of where they fit in to the history of their family.
Why do I say that?
Well, who is better positioned than grandparents to be the family griots, a term for those great African storytellers, whose job it is to be a repository of tribal history, traditions, and culture and pass them on to future generations?
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Saturday, September 16, 2017

Dancing The Night Away Can Reverse Signs of Aging

Physical exercise has an anti-aging effect on the hippocampus region of the brain -- an area that controls memory, learning and balance. 

A new study, comparing different forms of exercise -- dancing and endurance training -- undertaken by elderly volunteers for eighteen months, shows that both can have an anti-aging effect on the brain, but only dancing corresponded to a noticeable difference in behavior. 

This difference is attributed to the extra challenge of learning dancing routines.

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Should You Record Your Doctor's Visit?

Remembering everything a doctor tells you can be difficult under any circumstances. Add on such complications as pain, anxiety, hearing loss or cognitive issues and patients are at risk of forgetting or misremembering important medical information. 
To counter these issues, some patients are documenting their medical visits with a digital audio recorder or their smartphone, reports the New York Times. While many doctors may object to the practice out of concern that confidential discussions could be shared online or used in malpractice lawsuits, others support the trend. These doctors include James Ryan, a family practitioner in Ludington, Mich., whose office provides recordings for his patients.
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Wednesday, September 6, 2017

How to Separate The Treasures from the Trash

You may have just missed National Garage Sale Day — always the second Saturday in August — but there are still plenty of end-of-the-summer sales to peruse.
After all, warm weather always means an onslaught of yard sales, and with the fall months expected to be hotter than usual in many parts of the country, you can bet there will be plenty of opportunities for serious shoppers to pounce.
But as you sort through someone else’s keepsakes, spread out across one collapsible table after another, it can be difficult to discern the treasures from the trash.
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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Looking on the Bright Side of Life Helps You Live Better, Longer

It's a well-known fact that being optimistic and focusing on emotional wellness seems to reduce stress. But did you know that a glass-half-full kind of attitude can offer even more tangible health benefits? Research has found, for instance, that an upbeat attitude, or happiness, can help lessen the burden of chronic pain, say from arthritis, or even reduce your chances of developing cardiovascular disease.

In fact, some experts now think that staying positive can help you live longer. In an intriguing study done at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, researchers followed a group of people for 30 years. They found that those who were originally classified as "optimistic" on a standard personality test turned out to be 20 percent less likely to suffer an early death than those classified as "pessimistic."

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

More Older Women Than Ever in the Work Force

Countering earlier trends of older women not participating in the workforce, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) now projects that by 2024, women over 65 will make up roughly the same percentage of the female workforce as older men do of the male workforce. 

Additionally, BLS predicts that twice as many women over 55 will be in the labor force as women ages 16-24, Quartz reports.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What Employers Could Be Doing for Menopausal Workers

With a growing number of older women in the workforce, offices need to take measures to make menopausal females feel as comfortable as possible, a new government report has urged.
These measures include providing more access to desk fans and good ventilation, quiet places to rest, nonsynthetic or lighter uniforms, more natural light and cold-water fountains, in addition to special policies allowing for time off when needed.
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Should You Cut the Cable TV Chord?

With so many options for viewing shows, how do you decide what is best for your home?
If your household is like most, then you watch 17 television channels and pay a cable or satellite company more than $100 a month for hundreds of them.
Tired of the overkill? You may be ready to cut the cable TV cord.
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Monday, August 28, 2017

8 Strategies for Scoring Last-Minute Travel Deals

Growing older means greater flexibility in planning getaways. If you're retired, you don't have to work around school schedules or job demands, and can travel more inexpensively by snagging flights with unsold seats and booking hotels when rates are low.

Get ready to pack your bags on the spur of the moment using these strategies:

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Friday, August 25, 2017

We're Experiencing a Grandparent Boom

The baby boom has become the grandparent boom: There are now more grandparents in the U.S. than ever before — some 70 million, according to the latest census. That's a 24 percent increase since 2001.
In fact, of all adults over 30, more than 1 in 3 were grandparents as of 2014.
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Thursday, August 24, 2017

Older Americans Disrupting 'Burden'Stereotype by Actually Driving the Economy

There is a broadly held common wisdom in Washington that is factually wrong. No one will say it like this, but once you remove all the niceties its core economic claim is the following - "we cannot afford all of these old people."
But what if older people in the United States contributed a larger share of total U.S. Gross Domestic Product (GDP) than their share of the population? That is in fact the case, according to the economic consultancy, Oxford Economics. The data show that people over 50 years of age are only 35% of the U.S. population, but contribute 43% of total U.S. GDP.
Now we have additional insight into the Longevity Economy in each of the 50 states, from a new study by Oxford Economics. Each state report illustrates the percentage of people 50+ living in each county, state population growth by age through 2040, the impact of the Longevity Economy on State GDP, jobs, income, and state & local taxes, consumer spending, workforce participation, and their occupations.
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