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Top Stories in Aging

Rethinking Retirement for Longer Lives With Fewer Safety Nets
55% of American households risk not being able to cover essential expenses like housing, health care and food in retirement.

Are You Lonesome? How Minnesota Seniors Are Combating Social Isolation
Several groups are working to launch cohousing communities — developments where people occupy separate homes but share common spaces, meals and maintenance chores.

Finished at 50? Actually Your Career Might Just Be Getting Started
Many developed economies are facing an inverted age pyramid: people are living longer and the number of older people increasingly outweighs the size of younger generations.

How to Grow Old Like an Athlete
The question of how to maximize ‘health span’ – the period of life during which we are generally healthy and free from serious disease – is increasingly prevalent both in and out of sport.

More U.S. Seniors Taking Multiple Mind-altering Drugs
The number of older adults taking at least three prescriptions for psychotropic drugs has roughly doubled over the past decade, a recent study suggests.

In My Eleventh Hour: “I Wish I’d Had More Courage”
It’s never too late for a senior to ask: "Am I living in my true self?" A hospice volunteer reflects on end-of-life.

What Baby Boomers Need To Know About Required Minimum Distributions
Baby boomers’ mandatory withdrawals from 401(k)s, IRAs and other tax-deferred retirement accounts start in full force this year, touching off a massive shift of cash.

Seniors Welcome New, Battery-Powered Friends
Technology will change the way people age in America. In five to seven years, caregiving will shift, and a lot of home automation will become more mainstream.

Signs Your Aging Parents Need Help Managing Their Finances
Experts say there are signs that children or spouses can watch out for that will help them know when it's time to step in and help an older relative with their finances.

New Medicare Rules Should Help ‘High Need’ Patients Get Better Treatment
Under the new rules, physicians will be compensated for extra time they spend in person with complex patients or their caregivers.

Building An Anti-Ageism Movement: The Time Is Now
Only when each of us rejects this culture’s ageist script can we play the roles for which we were born — and we were all born for this time.

"Gigs" Are Becoming Lifelines for Seniors
A small, but rapidly growing, segment of retirees have embraced web-based platforms, from Airbnb to Lyft, to secure extra income in retirement.

Slowing Down Hospital Discharge Requires Fast Action
Every older adult admitted to a hospital as an inpatient has the right to challenge a discharge if he or she feels unprepared to leave. But few people understand the process that’s involved.

Women Face 20% Higher Health-Care Costs in Retirement, Survey Finds
When it comes to saving for health-care costs in retirement, women need to set aside more to cover their medical bills in the final years of their lives. Longevity seen as the reason for the gap with men.

Alone and Aging: Creating a Safety Net for Isolated Seniors
The decline in marriage, the rise in divorce, increased childlessness and family mobility has upended the traditional caregiving support system.

The Hispanic Paradox: Scientists Finally Find out Why Latinos Age More Slowly
Latinos live longer than Caucasians, despite experiencing higher rates of diabetes and other diseases. Scientists refer to this as the 'Hispanic paradox.'

"Retirement" is a Misnomer
Successful aging is not about being safe, preparing for death or avoiding all risk. Successful aging is about living as vital a life as possible, i.e. at the highest level of functioning.

Aging Baby Boomers Increasingly Embrace Marijuana
A decade ago, roughly 4.5% of people ages 50 to 64, and 0.4% of seniors age 65 and up, had used marijuana in the past year. By 2013, those numbers had increased to 7.1% and 1.4%, respectively.

Going to the Emergency Room Without Leaving the Living Room
Geriatricians have warned for years about the ways in which hospitalization can accelerate older patients’ decline, even when physicians succeed in fixing the medical problem at hand.

They’re Growing Older. Their Mortgage Debt Is Growing Deeper.
The number of older adults with mortgage debt is growing, and it's wreaking havoc on their retirement plans.

What is Polypharmacy and Why Should We Care?
A study found that a patient taking 5-9 medications had a 50% risk of a drug-drug interaction (DDI), while patients taking 20 or more medications had a 100% risk of DDIs.

The 10 Ways Tech Is Changing How We Age
Mobile devices, wearable gadgets, and Internet-based technologies will help older adults age in place while monitoring their health and safety.

Why We Must Combat Ageism in America
The graying of America is too often presented as simply a drain on our national resources and an opportunity to pit generations against each other.

Hospital Companions Can Ease Isolation For Older People
The hospital will study whether volunteer companionship improves medical outcomes, or at least improves the patient's experience.

The Future of Retirement Communities: Walkable and Urban
Aging in place means a lot more than just a comfortable house. How aging communities, where you can walk or take transit to just about everything you need, are becoming a popular option for seniors.

Financial Abuse of Older Adults: Recognizing the Red Flags
Professional advisers are in a unique position to identify seniors who are being financially abused. They should look for telltale signs of changes in the person’s personal and financial behavior.

The Dilemmas of Parents Aging at Home
Forcing an obstinate parent to move can be wrenching. What to do when aging parents insist on staying in the family home even after it has become risky or isolating.

2016 Influencers in Aging
Meet Next Avenue’s 2016 Influencers in Aging. These 50 advocates, researchers, thought leaders, innovators, writers and experts continue to push boundaries and change our understanding of what it means to grow older.


The following articles are available in the Senior Spirit  March 2017 e-newsletter by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors.

Benefits of a Good Night’s Sleep
A restful night is important for our health and well-being, yet, as we age, it can be elusive.

Executor of Will Can Be a Big Job
Make sure you know all the duties so you feel confident taking on the responsibility.

Don’t Be Shy About Belting It Out
Benefits of singing include less stress, increased memory, better sleep and no more snoring.

Can’t Find a Caregiver? Try a Robot
Around the world, researchers are finding that robots can do many tasks once done only by humans.

Sorry, It’s on the Tip of My Tongue
Several techniques can help you remember the name of the person you just met.

 The following articles are available in the Senior Spirit February 2017 e-newsletter by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors.

Older Adults Paying the Price For 'Free Love'
Seniors experiencing increase in health threat usually associated with younger people.

Reverse Mortgages Made Easier for Condo Owners
New law helps seniors gain HUD approval to convert home equity into cash.

Meditate Your Way to Health and Happiness
Benefits include stress reduction, slower aging, less loneliness and more happiness.

Stay Connected Through Technology
Seniors lag behind the rest of the population in using the Internet and social media, but there are many benefits of going online.

Watch Out for Tax Identity Fraud
It’s the time of year when scammers try to steal your personal information—and your tax refund.

The following articles are available in the Senior Spirit January 2017 e-newsletter by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors.

Divorce After 50 Offers Its Own Challenges
Not only can seniors lose much of their financial assets at a time in life when it may be hard to financially recover, but they can also lose shared connections and memories.

Getting Computer Fixed Can Be a Challenge
Older adults can find help through programs aimed at those who are not technically savvy.

Seniors Break Barriers with Prisoners
Young@Heart Chorus performs rock and R&B all over the world, including prisons.

The following articles are available in the Senior Spirit December  2016 e-newsletter by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors.

Stronger Flu Vaccine Available Just for Seniors
Those over 65 are hardest hit by influenza, so getting a flu shot is crucial.

The Best Home Improvements for the Money
If you’re considering moving and want to fix up your home, experts recommend renovations that make the most financial sense.

 Contract Can Help Family Caregivers
Having a personal care agreement between parent and child can help you avoid conflicts down the road.

What’s All the Fuss about Snapchat?
The popular social media site for teens and preteens lets you have fun with your selfies or other portraits.

Test Your Knowledge of Medicare
As a new administration discusses a different approach to the federal health insurance program, check out some facts.