Actively Aging

Actively Aging

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Say No to Ageism - Melvyn Bragg

Too old at 72? 

Careful. Ageism is out. 

We'll have the law on you!             

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Grandparents Are Filling the Gaps in Drug-Ravaged Families

Pamela Livengood was happily embracing her status as a new grandmother when suddenly she became the primary caregiver for her daughter's 2-year-old son.
"It was quite an adjustment," said Livengood, 55, of Keene, N.H. "I wasn't ready to go back to changing diapers and getting up in the middle of the night. I thought all that was behind me. But my daughter and the baby's father got caught up in using opioids right after Francis was born. He needed me."
In Maine, about 8 percent of babies are born to women who are addicted to opioids and other drugs, according to Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), who chairs the Senate Special Committee on Aging. The number of children raised solely by grandparents in that state rose 24 percent between 2010 and 2015. Nationwide, more than 2.6 million people are raising grandkids, according to census data. That number is rising rapidly as more parents are jailed, are forced into treatment centers or die from overdoses, according to testimony at a recent aging committee hearing.
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Saturday, July 15, 2017

Say No to Ageism - Cyndi Lauper

There's ageism in everything. I don't give a hoot. It isn't what other people think; it's what you think. But it's hard to come to terms with getting older. I admire people like Vivienne Westwood. 

Saturday, July 1, 2017

A New Model for the Future of Aging

In the United States, about 10,000 people turn 65 each day, and one in five Americans will be 65 or older by 2030. Globally, the number of people age 60 and over is projected to leap from about 900 million in 2015 to 2 billion by 2050, according to the World Health Organization. 

Between 2000 and 2050, the 80-and-older cohort will almost quadruple, and those 65 and over will outnumber children under the age of 14. It should be noted that many experts see these demographic predictions as too modest. In the wake of the decoding of the human genome, even longer lives and larger aging populations may be just ahead.

We envision a future that advances public health, creates age-friendly homes and communities, enables lifelong learning, work and entrepreneurship, and promotes purposeful engagement and volunteerism.

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Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Fun, Yet Frugal Activities for You and Your Grandkids

Spending time with your grandchildren can create lasting memories for all involved, but what if you can’t afford to be as generous as you’d like when treating them to a good time? 

Check out these frugal-but-fun things to do with your grandkids this summer.

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Monday, June 26, 2017

5 Apps to Keep You Healthy and Independent

When you need help, every second counts. 
Being proactive about your health is important to help prevent emergencies. 
A smartphone can help keep you healthy and independent.
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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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Monday, May 29, 2017

Even If You're OK Now, GOP Proposed Cuts Can Hurt You Later

Massachusetts is vulnerable. Hundreds of thousands of Bay Staters could lose their health insurance if the Republican-authored American Health Care Act becomes law. Many others will see their out-of-pocket costs jump.
This could happen even if we try to preserve much of the state’s pioneering health care system. And it’s not just the poor who are at risk; it’s also the elderly.
Seniors often get overlooked in this debate because, hey, they’ve got Medicare. But there’s a giant hole in Medicare coverage, a hole that many aging American seniors eventually fall into: Nursing home care isn’t generally covered, and neither is full-time assistance at home.
But if you live to 65, there’s a 40 percent chanceyou’ll enter a nursing home in the future. And it’ll cost you $80,000 to $90,000 a year on average.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Uber, Lyft Now Looking at Seniors

Ride-sharing technology provided by companies like Uber and Lyft have the potential to lead to vast improvements in the lives of seniors with no means of transportation. However, ride-sharing to date has focused on the Millennial market, leaving seniors who don’t have access to smart phones, or who aren’t tech savvy out of the equation completely.

Only recently, as competition between Uber and Lyft has intensified, has the ride-sharing market shifted its attention to providing work-around options for seniors who don’t have smart phones or who can’t use apps.
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Biogerontoligist Waging a War Against Aging

We all grow old. We all die. 
For Aubrey de Grey, a biogerontologist and chief science officer of the SENS Research Foundation, accepting these truths is, well, not good enough. He decided in his late twenties (he’s currently 54) that he “wanted to make a difference to humanity” and that battling age was the best way to do it. His life’s work is now a struggle against physics and biology, the twin collaborators in bodily decay. 
He calls it a “war on age.”
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

The Facts About Older Americans

May is the annual celebration of Older Americans Month, marked each year with a Presidential proclamation and a range of activities at the national, state and local level to celebrate the success story associated with the aging of America. 

During this month, it is also good to review the real numbers that reveal how our society is truly aging.

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Is It Really Possible to Live Until 150?

The grim reaper comes for everyone in the end, but sometimes he is in less of a rush. This was certainly true for Sodimedjo, an Indonesian man who died on Sunday, but whether he was the full 146 years he claimed remains doubtful – not least because his purported birthdate is 30 years before local birth records began.

Scientists have their own reasons to be sceptical. A study published last year pointed to the existence of an upper ceiling on the natural human lifespan.
While the average life expectancy has steadily increased since the 19th century, data from the International Database on Longevity showed that the age of the very oldest people on the planet appeared to plateau in the mid-1990s – at a mere 114.9 years. 
Since the apparent plateau happened at a time when the reservoir of healthy centenarians was expanding, scientists concluded that an intrinsic biological limit had been reached: even if you evade accidents and disease, your body will still steadily decline until it passes the point of no return, the data appeared to suggest.
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Live Long and Prosper: 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 (including Calment) 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.

Friday, May 5, 2017

10 Strategies for Seniors to Age Safely at Home

    Frank Baum wrote it in his 1900 novel "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz," and it still resonates. "There's no place like home." 
    And we find out as we get older that the thought of living anywhere but home is almost more than we can bare. The fact is our homes-whatever their splendor-are our castles and we want to stay in them.

    Here are 10 tips from experts on aging that increase the likelihood of an older adult remaining in their own home and needing less assistance to do so.
    The first five will address changes we can make to our homes to keep our physical living environments safe.The last five will address changes we can make to keep our bodies and minds healthy and safe at home as we age.

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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Social Media Etiquette for Us Oldsters

According to recent Pew Research, 48% of online adults aged 65 or older are using Facebook and 22% of online adults aged 50 and older are using Pinterest. 
The same study showed that a small percentage of the online adults aged 65 and older are using Instagram (4%), LinkedIn (12%), and Twitter (6%).
What are older adults doing online? They’re using social media platforms to:
  • Reconnect with long lost friends and relatives
  • Stay in touch with children and grandchildren
  • Talk to family and friends who live far away
  • Find new hobbies and learn about new interests
  • Talk to like-minded people
  • See and share pictures of their children and grandchildren.

5 Rules of Social Media Etiquette

Although most of these older adults have been able to figure out social media, the intricacies of social media etiquette may not be so apparent, but with that being said, age itself is no guarantee of proper online behavior. 
People of all ages have made online faux-pas, and some mistakes have been more serious (and even dangerous) than others. For the sake of safety and manners, it’s a good idea to follow these general social media rules of etiquette, no matter your age.
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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Sheryl Sandberg Talks About Dealing with Loss

Until 2015, when her husband suddenly died during a family vacation, Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg seemed like the last person to give advice about coping with grief and adversity. Sandberg, 47, was the lucky superwoman who had it all.
But after becoming a widow and single mother to two young children, she worked with psychologist Adam Grant to write a memoir, Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, and Finding Joy, and started an organization called to help others bounce back from their losses.
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Monday, April 24, 2017

Science Is Getting Closer to Reversing Aging - But Should We?

I read an article published by Forbes that described about how scientists are getting closer to being able to actually reverse aging.
They were “able to rejuvenate the organs of laboratory mice and increase their lifespan significantly.”
Now they also added that this process isn’t very easily transferred to people and we are still quite a distance away from being able to actually experience the same result for humans.
But it does put this idea of literally discovering the fountain of youth now into the realm of possibility.
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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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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.
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Live Long and Propser - 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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Saturday, April 8, 2017

US Could Learn from Singapore's Plan for Its Aging

At Chatters, a small café in the lobby of a hospital, the staff frothing cappuccinos and managing the register aren't your typical young baristas. That's because every employee must be at least 55.
"It keeps my mind moving," said Sally Chung, 72, a retired accountant, who manages the café and does the books.
The café's age requirement reflects a demographic trend this city-state of 5.6 million people is trying to confront: the population is getting old — fast.
In 2015, one in eight Singaporeans were over 65. By 2030, that number is projected to double to one in four. The coming "silver tsunami" will make Singapore's population one of the oldest in the world. The country already has one of the world's longest life expectancies at 83 years old.

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Jane Fonda and Lilly Tomlin Talk 'Frankie and Grace,' Aging in Hollywood

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin have had decades to study for their roles as confidantes on Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie.” They’ve been friends since the late 1970s, and they collaborated on 1980’s “9 to 5” with Dolly Parton.
As Grace and Frankie, Fonda and Tomlin play women in their 70s whose husbands, Robert and Sol (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston), have left them to marry each other. Grace and Frankie start out as rivals, but eventually become roommates, besties and business partners. The third season, now streaming, shows them selling vibrators designed for older women.
Solo-ish spoke with Fonda and Tomlin in separate interviews about love and friendship, being an aging woman in Hollywood and what it might take for women’s sexuality to be taken as seriously as men’s. (The following combines the two interviews, and has been edited for length and clarity.)
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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Building the Old-Guys-Gone-Wild Movie 'Dream Team'

It’s easy to feel cynical about a movie like Going in Style, which opens this weekend: Assembling a group of acting elder statesmen to go on a cinematic rumspringa has become a well-worn micro-genre in the past few years.
Yet somehow, many of these movies, including 2012’s Stand Up Guys and 2013’s Last Vegas, are incredibly fun. Yes, they’re opportunistic. They go for sight gags and cheap laughs, and most regrettably, tend to feature a fair amount of gay-panic moments. But at their best, they’re excuses to put a handful of film icons in the same movie and have them play the versions of themselves you’ve come to know best over the decades.
Which actors handle the demands of the genre the best? That’s what we’re here today to find out. After watching Grudge MatchLast VegasSpace CowboysStand Up Guys, and The Bucket List, we have assembled the Platonic ensemble cast for a movie about old guys getting their grooves back. Call it the Hemorrhoid Cream Team.
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