Suicide Rates Among Baby Boomers and Seniors Climbing

Most of us were shocked at the tragic suicide last week of comedian and actor Robin Williams at age 63. Whenever a beloved public figure takes their life, it sparks a national dialogue and we hear from medical and psychology experts ...

 
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Study Shows Dementia Rates Declining in Europe

It isn’t often these days that we hear positive news about dementia and cognitive decline in the elderly. But a report recently cited by the NYTimesNewOldAge blog showed a decline in dementia rates in a Danish research study of 90...

 
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The Elderly Animals Series: Art Reflecting the Twilight of Life

As more grey and white hairs overtake the dark coat of our nine-year-old Boston Terrier, my husband and I have started affectionately referring to him as George Clooney, still distinguished and dashingly handsome (and perhaps more so) because of his ...

 
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2010 Census Shows a Record Number of Elderly

The Census Bureau released data that shows there are more people 65 and older than ever before in the United States.

According to the 2010 numbers, there are 40.3 million people age 65 and older, an increase of over 5 million since the 2000 Census. The ...

 
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Chore Volunteer Program Helps Keep Seniors Home

In Hackensack, NJ, the elderly and disabled can get a helping hand from the Volunteer Center of Bergen County’s Chore Program. These volunteer handy men and women, some of whom are seniors themselves, perform minor repairs and installations that ...

 
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Caring for the Oldest Old: Who Will Be There?

The recent release of the 2010 World Population Data Sheet (from PRB, the Population Reference Bureau) has prompted a very important global question – who is going to care for the "oldest old"?

The data sheet (and subsequent report by Tyjen Tsai) explores the elderly support ratio, defined as “the number of working-age people (ages 15-64) divided by the number of people 65 or older.” In many countries (and even more so in ...

 
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Prompt Surgery After a Hip Fracture May Save Lives

A broken or fractured hip is a common injury that's often seen in elderly individuals. Over 90% of broken hips are caused by falls, and most of these injuries require hospitalization and surgery, and very few of these patients return to their pre-injury level of activity.

However, more concerning, is that hip fractures in the elderly have been shown to increase the risk of death, and over 20% of these patients die ...

 
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Too Much Safety for Seniors?

There's an interesting discussion going on at The New Old Age: Is the "safety first" mantra always the best thing for seniors? Do safety measures reduce meaningful activity and freedom:
...there may be downsides to the actions we take in the name of safety, even if they do prove protective. Take moving into a nursing home, usually promoted and defended as necessary for an elder’s safety. “There are negative ...

 
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Domestic Robots Assist Elderly

You know how sci-fi movies and cartoons we watched as kids featured robots who took care of household chores? While it seemed like a far off notion, it may be coming sooner than you think.

A research project from Eindhoven University of Technology, KSERA (Knowledgeable Service Robots for Aging), strives to help elderly people live at home as long as possible. The study will begin with COPD patients:
In three ...

 
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Disaster planning for the elderly

Disaster kits are one of those things that I always think, "Yes, that's something we need to do sometime," and that's about as far as it gets since I don't live in an earthquake or hurricane prone area.

I do live in Nashville, and a couple of months ago we experienced devastating floods, the likes of which no one has ever seen around here.

My part of town was among ...

 
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