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Actively Aging

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Aging Americans Still Being Snubbed in Best Picture Films

New research finds that characters aged 60 and over continue to be under and misrepresented in Hollywood’s most critically acclaimed films. 

Findings were uncovered through an ongoing partnership between health and well-being company Humana Inc. (HUM) and the Media, Diversity, & Social Change Initiative at University of Southern California’s (USC) Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

A separate but growing body of evidence exploring ageism suggests there are consequences to stereotypes of aging Americans—including potential negative health impacts.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Congress Taking Aim at New Retirement Savings Programs

Over the past several years, states across the country have been working to create retirement savings plans for the 55 million American workers without access to one on the job.
Now those efforts are in jeopardy after recent action in Congress that could block such programs.
On Wednesday, the House of Representatives voted to scrap rules issued last year by the Department of Labor that paved the way for states and cities to set up retirement plans for private-sector workers without running afoul of federal pension laws. The House measure now goes to the Senate.
“These initiatives provide flexible, practical solutions to address an important retirement need in this country,”  said AARP Executive Vice President Nancy A. LeaMond.  “Many Americans who lack the opportunity to save at work are often women and minorities with limited access to other sources of income beyond Social Security in retirement.
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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Considering the Pitfalls of Extending Life and Prolonging Death

Humans have had to face death and mortality since the beginning of time, but our experience of the dying process has changed dramatically in recent history.
Haider Warraich, a fellow in cardiology at Duke University Medical Center, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that death used to be sudden, unexpected and relatively swift — the result of a violent cause, or perhaps an infection. But, he says, modern medicines and medical technologies have lead to a "dramatic extension" of life — and a more prolonged dying processes.
"We've now ... introduced a phase of our life, which can be considered as 'dying,' in which patients have terminal diseases in which they are in and out of the hospital, they are dependent in nursing homes," Warraich says. "That is something that is a very, very recent development in our history as a species."
Prolonging life might sound like a good thing, but Warraich notes that medical technologies often force patients, their loved ones and their doctors to make difficult, painful decisions. In his new book, Modern Death, he writes about a patient with end-stage dementia who screamed "kill me" as a feeding tube was inserted into his nose.
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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Why Medicare Is Relevant to All Americans

Virtually all of us benefit from Medicare, directly or indirectly. Medicare is a lifeline that puts health care in reach of millions of older Americans. But it does much more: By helping older Americans stay healthy and independent, Medicare eases a potential responsibility for younger family members.
Knowledge that Medicare's protections will be there when needed brings peace of mind to people as they get older.
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Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Look at the Robots That Could Someday Be Taking Care of You

Imagine your elderly grandmother is in a nursing home and has fallen out of her chair. As she lies on the floor, she pulls the alarm cord and, after a few seconds, help arrives. But it’s not a care worker standing there – it’s a robot.
The machine assesses the scene, then moves closer to gently lift her up and place her back into the chair. It then scans her face using facial-recognition software and sees that she’s a little upset and shaken, so it displays a smiley face on its screen to try and put her at ease. Seeing that she’s otherwise uninjured, it then leaves to attend to other duties such as cleaning and transporting laundry.
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