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Feel Like The Last Friend Standing? Here’s How To Cultivate New Buds As You Age.

Donn Trenner, 91, estimates that two-thirds of his friends are dead.<p>“That’s a hard one for me,” he said. “I’ve lost a lot of people.”<p>As baby boomers …

Health Policy

Nursing homes confronting elderly bullies

SAN FRANCISCO — The unwanted were turned away from cafeteria tables.Fistfights broke out at karaoke.Dances became breeding grounds for gossip and …

Dane County Pharmacists Work To Reduce Elderly Falls By Doing Medical Checks

Aging lessons: The things that let you thrive in old age are easier than you think

In good weather, Sylvia Lask logs thousands of steps a day on her Fitbit as she pushes down New York City sidewalks with her walker. As frequently as once a week, she heads to Albany, walker and all, to lobby state government officials about mental-health issues.<p>Florence Lee drives in to Manhattan …

New York State

Finding Meaning and Happiness in Old Age

What’s the best way to develop a healthy perspective on old age? Spend more time with elderly people and discover what brings meaning and pleasure to their twilight years despite the losses, both physical and social, they may have suffered.<p>That’s what two authors of inspired and inspiring books …

Happiness

Stress of poverty, racism raise risk of Alzheimer’s for African Americans, new research suggests

A new group of studies into racial disparities among people with Alzheimer’s disease suggests that social conditions, including the stress of poverty and racism, substantially raise the risks of dementia for African Americans.<p>In four separate studies, researchers found that conditions that affect …

One Day Your Mind May Fade. At Least You’ll Have a Plan.

When Ann Vandervelde visited her primary care doctor in August, he had something new to show her.<p>Dr. Barak Gaster, an internist at the University of Washington School of Medicine, had spent three years working with specialists in geriatrics, neurology, palliative care and psychiatry to come up with …

Retirement crisis: 37% of Gen X say they won't be able to afford to retire

Add Gen Xers to the long list of Americans who fear they won't have a sizable enough nest egg to retire.<p>Nearly four out of 10 (37%) of Generation X — those born between 1965 and the late 1970s — say they would like to stop working for good and "fully retire" someday, "but will not be able to afford …

Retirement

Grandparents raising grandkids grapple with retirement and college costs at the same time

Each month, 72-year-old Sandra Bursch withdraws $4,200 from her retirement savings to cover her bills. A chunk of it goes toward paying college bills — for her grandson Gage. She anticipates doing the same for Gage's younger brother, Mason, when he graduates from high school in another year.<p>Every …

Alcohol Abuse Is Rising Among Older Adults

In the summer, Henry Wrenn-Meleck likes to sit on the stoop of his building on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, observing the passing urban parade.<p>One day in late July, “one of my neighbors could see something was wrong,” he recently recalled. “I was sort of rolling around, obviously in a lot of …

Drug Addiction

Aging population presents double challenge in health care

Wisconsin's growing worker shortage presents a particularly difficult challenge for the health care industry, especially in rural areas and at …

Aging Parents With Lots of Stuff, and Children Who Don’t Want It

Mothers and daughters talk about all kinds of things. But there is one conversation Susan Beauregard, 49, of Hampton, Conn., is reluctant to have with her 89-year-old mother, Anita Shear: What to do — eventually — with Mrs. Shear’s beloved set of Lenox china?<p>Ms. Beauregard said she never uses her …

Hard-Won Advice in Books on Aging and Elder Care

Longevity is generally better than its alternative. But when the body or especially the mind wears out, caring for yourself or finding someone else to do it for you can impoverish you in short order.<p>We fail to plan for it at our peril. So when it seemed that Republicans in Washington were close to …

Professor develops 'emotional assistant' for Alzheimer's

University of Waterloo computer scientists have developed an emotionally responsive 'virtual assistant' to help individuals living with Alzheimer's …

Hunger receded after the recession but not for older Americans, U.S. figures show

Since the recession, many measurements of the U.S. economy improved: The stock market rallied, unemployment fell and the number of Americans worried about getting enough food began to drop.<p>Yet for all that, one important measure has lagged.<p>The proportion of people over 60 deemed to be "facing …

Column: The real health care fight is coming, and it’s about seniors’ access

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> Journalist Philip Moeller is here to provide the answers you need on aging and retirement. His weekly column, “Ask Phil,” aims to help …

Living healthily, learning more could cut dementia cases by a third

LONDON (Reuters) - Learning new things, eating and drinking well, not smoking and limiting hearing loss and loneliness could prevent a third of dementia cases, health experts said on Thursday.<p>FILE PHOTO: A student sits in a library of UGent, Ghent University, Belgium, April 4, 2017. …

Dementia

For many seniors, retirement gets more expensive if Senate’s health-care bill is passed

It arrived, and it’s not kind to some seniors.<p>The Senate finally unveiled its health-care overhaul of the Affordable Care Act — the Better Care Reconciliation Act. But already, many critics say it won’t be better and is less caring for Americans between 50 and 64, who have years before qualifying …

Meet A Home Contractor Who Helps Older People Age In Place

Leon Watts III stands out among his fellow gerontology students at the University of Southern California's Davis School of Gerontology. They all look to be under 25. Watts is 66. What led up to his return to school was decades spent rehabbing homes in Los Angeles. Over that time, his clients have …

Leaving Hospital, Older Patients Resist Home Help At Their Peril

The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged from the hospital: He didn’t …

Who are the victims of elder abuse? The disabled, cognitively impaired and poor.

In recent years, the United Nations has increased the number of “international days” it observes. Many of these observances have gained global momentum and support, such International Women’s Day (March 8) and World AIDS Day (Dec. 1), which serve both educational and advocacy goals.<p>On June 15, the …

Who'll be there when boomers need elder care?

Just after Jane -- a working wife, mother and daughter -- saw her grown children move out on their own, she inherited another "child": her …

The Troubling AARP Long-Term Care Scorecard

Roughly 52% of people turning 65 today will require long-term care at some point, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. I’m sad to say that the new AARP Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard finds that most states aren’t doing a great job helping people needing …

The American Health Care Act Could Chip Away At The Medicare Savings Programs

The American Health Care Act (AHCA) is not just an alarming, slapdash effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act—it’s also a plan to radically weaken …

You’re Probably Going to Need Medicaid

Imagine your mother needs to move into a nursing home. It’s going to cost her almost $100,000 a year. Very few people have private insurance to cover this. Your mother will most likely run out her savings until she qualifies for Medicaid.<p>This is not a rare event. Roughly one in three people now …

As Rural America Faces an Onslaught of Alzheimer's Disease, States Look to Radical Ways to Help

Tech & Science Alzheimer's Disease Rural America<p>June Aman no longer laughs when her husband teases her, which he does fairly often. When she …

Receipt of Caregiving and Fall Risk in US Community-dwelling Older Adults. - PubMed

BACKGROUND:<p>Falls and fall-related injuries (FRI) are common and costly occurrences among older adults living in the community, with increased risk …