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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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