Actively Aging

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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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Wednesday, April 5, 2017

The Beatles Were Right: It Really Is Getting Better All the Time

In the game of life, is it all downhill as young adulthood turns into maturity? Our culture of youth obsession and celebration of the college years and 20s as the golden years of one’s life has led many of us to believe that our happiness declines as we age. Some (rather depressing) research has found that 80 percent of life’s defining moments occur by the age of 35 — suggesting that there may not be much to look forward to in the second half of life.
But this couldn’t be further from the truth. The concentration of life’s major events in adolescence and early adulthood may not be anything to feel discouraged about — and it certainly doesn’t mean that happiness and life satisfaction decline as we get older. In fact, a growing body of research has proven that we’re wrong to think that happiness is correlated with youth. A wealth of scientific and anecdotal evidence demonstrates precisely that it’s when people have surpassed many of life’s big landmarks that their overall satisfaction and happiness peaks.
Our culture of YOLO and Botox may valorize youth and instill in us a fear and distaste of aging, but this attitude doesn’t come close to reflecting the reality of getting older — and we’d do well to celebrate the ways that life improves as we age.
Here are six scientifically-proven reasons that happiness and aging go hand in hand.
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