Features for Senior Citizens

Seniors Should Not Forget Medical Records as Holiday Travel Approaches

Personal health records allow seniors to take control of their health files during holiday travels all over the world

By C. Arnold Curry, M.D., MBA & CEO of Medical Records Systems

Senior on vacation making photoNov 6, 2014 - As thousands of senior travelers make plans to visit family this holiday season, they may not know that the top item to pack should be their electronic personal health record. Seniors should build an up-to-date electronic medical record before hitting the road, in addition to packing festive clothes and holiday gifts. More...

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Ten Percent of Grandparents Live With a Grandchild, Census Bureau Reports

Oct. 22, 2014 - Of the 65 million grandparents in the United States in 2012, 7 million, or 10 percent, lived with at least one grandchild, according to Coresident Grandparents and Their Grandchildren: 2012 , a new report released today by the U.S. Census Bureau. The percentage of children who lived with a grandparent in 2012 was also 10 percent, rising from 7 percent in 1992. More...

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Majority of American Senior Citizens Would be in Poverty Without Social Security

New supplemental poverty report from Census Bureau drops 2.3 million more seniors below poverty level – medical expense the significant factors

By Tucker Sutherland, with materials from U.S. Census Bureau

jar full of cashOct. 17, 2014 – The last time we got a report on poverty in the U.S., which was just weeks ago, senior citizens seemed to be doing pretty well. Although the “official poverty” report said 4.2 million seniors lived in poverty, the rate was flat with 2013. Now, the Census Bureau has reported a different look, called the “supplemental poverty rate” and a few million more seniors have dropped below the poverty rate. More...

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85-Year-Old Gives Her Book Away to Promote Youthful Rock-Star Life in Retirement

Barbara Morris, 85, gives book away promoting youthful rock-star life in retirementShe wants to stop the premature decline caused by traditional retirement, especially for women

Oct. 7, 2014 - Barbara Morris, 85-year-old pharmacist and anti-aging author is not shy about stating her beliefs about anything. She is especially critical of traditional retirement, calling it a "toxic " lifestyle because she believes it contributes to premature decline. More...

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Pope Francis Calls the World to Honor the Elderly, Says Old Age Time of Grace

Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVL, joined 40,000 elderly to hear Pope Francis

Sept. 30, 2014 - Pope Francis celebrated Mass on Sunday morning in St Peter's Square, following a special reception with an estimated 40,000 elderly men and women, including the honored guest, Pope Emeritus, Benedict XVI. In his homily, the 77-year old Holy Father spoke of the enormous – indeed, indispensable - contribution that seniors make to society, most importantly in their conservation of hard-earned wisdom and experience, according to a report by Vatican Radio.

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Seniors Hold Their Own Against Poverty in 2013, Household Income Jumps

Rate of poverty in U.S. declines for first time since 2006, household income steady

Sept. 26, 2014 – There are a lot of very poor senior citizens in the U.S. – 4.2 million in poverty says the Census Bureau – but the latest look at poverty by the bureau finds the rate of poverty for seniors did not change in 2013 from the 9.5 percent in 2012.

Other Media Report

Senior Citizens Becoming Top Gun-Toting Texans at DFW Airport

Sept. 23, 2014 - DFW Airport police arrested 11 people with firearms in carry-on luggage; almost half were senior citizens. Linked to more seniors getting permits to carry guys in Texas. Last year over 67,000 seniors earned right to carry concealed weapon. WFAA-TV

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New Digital Tablet for Older Americans Marketed by AARP

RealPad designed for older people who are still wary or apprehensive about using tablet technology

Sept. 4, 2014 - AARP, with a little help from Intel and Walmart, will bring to the market a new digital tablet – the RealPad – especially designed for Americans ages 50 and above “who are yet to fully embrace tablet technology”, to help them stay or get connected online.

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Senior Citizens 75 and Older Can Now Board Airlines a Lot Easier

Transportation Security Administration helping elderly free but others can move through check-in lines even faster… but it cost money.

By Tucker Sutherland, editor, SeniorJournal.com

July 31, 2014 – Most of us senior citizens who fly on commercial airlines wish for the good old days – the days before 9-11 - when airline boarding and travel was simple. Those days are gone forever but the Transportation Security Administration has taken steps recently to make air travel at least a little bit easier for senior citizens age 75 and older. More...

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Senior Citizens at Risk of Financial Abuse, Most Often by Family Members

Financial exploitation of elderly is a common and serious problem; adult children most likely suspects

July 30, 2014 - Nearly one in twenty elderly Americans is being financially exploited – often by their own family members. This burgeoning public health crisis especially affects poor and black people. It merits the scrutiny of clinicians, policy makers, researchers, and any citizen who cares about the dignity and well-being of older Americans, says Dr. Janey Peterson of Weill Cornell Medical College. More...

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How Can I Get Health Coverage for My Grandchildren?

When an adult child is out of work, grandparents may need to step up to help the grandchildren

July 25, 2014 – A reader of the Insuring Your Health column has come up with an unusual question, or maybe it is not that unusual. The question is, “How can I get health coverage for my grandchildren?” Michelle Andrews has the answer and it may be one many grandparents need. More...

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Pew Finds Christians, Jews Rated Higher by Senior Citizens Than by Younger People

New Pew survey looks at how U.S. citizens feel about religious groups, atheists

July 21, 2014 – Senior citizens – citizens age 65 or older – are more likely than younger Americans to view Christian groups and Jews favorably, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center. The survey also found Jews, Catholics and evangelical Christians are viewed warmly by the American public - atheists and Muslims, not so hot. More...

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Census Bureau Recognizes Older Americans Month with Facts About Senior Citizens

21.3% of men 65 and older were in labor force in 2012, up from 17.6 percent in 1990

May 5, 2014 – President John F. Kennedy established May as Senior Citizens Month in 1963 after being urged to help recognize older Americans in a meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens. The U.S. Census Bureau gathered current facts and figures on the oldest Americans to provide a snap shot of the 65 and older age group that now makes up almost 14 percent of the population. Read more...

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Two Classes of Senior Citizens Emerge in Pew Study of Technology Use by Older Adults

Editor's Note: An updated report on Older Adults and Technology Use has been compiled by The Internet & American Life Project of the Pew Research Center. Below is an overview of the main findings. For the complete report or other sections  see links below this report.

By Aaron Smith, Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center's Internet Project

April 7, 2014 - America’s seniors have historically been late adopters to the world of technology compared to their younger compatriots, but their movement into digital life continues to deepen, according to newly released data from the Pew Research Center. Read more...

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Senior Pushing 100 Gets National Honor for Service to School for Children with Disabilities

Volunteer Thurman Haynes, 97, greets children as the arrive and gets them to class safely

April 7, 2014 – A 97-year-old volunteer who has been devoting over 80 hours of service a month at a school for children with disabilities, Thurman Haynes of Jamestown, N.C., has been chosen as the national winner in the Salute to Senior Service competition sponsored by Home Instead, Inc. Read more...

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Grandmothers Often Eager to Help Mother of New Grandchild But Seldom Cure Baby Blues

Married and single mothers suffer higher rates of depression when they live with grandparents; not so for unmarried living with partner

April 5, 2014 - Does living with grandparents ease or worsen a mothers' baby blues? The answer appears to depend on the mother's marital status, a new study from Duke University suggests. Read more...

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Where Senior Veterans Get Health Care and More About U.S. Military Veterans on Their Day in 2013

Military veterans honored today with parades and speeches across the nation, national ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia

Nov. 11, 2013 - A hot topic on this Veterans Day is health care. Where to vets who are senior citizens get their health care? The number of veterans age 65 and over covered by Medicare; 4.1 million covered by employer-sponsored health insurance; 3.1 million covered by VA health care; 3.1 million covered by direct-purchase insurance; 1.3 million covered by TRICARE; and 878,00 covered by Medicaid. These numbers are not mutually exclusive. Individuals can have more than one type of health insurance coverage. Read more...

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More Than Half of U.S. Senior Citizens Would be in Poverty Without Social Security

U.S. Census report uses a new way to look at poverty; finds rate unchanged between 2011 and 2012 for nation

Nov. 7, 2013 - Senior citizens are doing poorly, according to the latest poverty report from the U.S. Census Bureau. The nation's poverty rate for all ages was 16.0 percent in 2012, unchanged from 2011, according to the supplemental poverty measure released yesterday. But more than half of America’s 65 and older (54.7 percent) would be living in poverty if Social Security income was not included in the supplemental poverty measure. Read more...

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More Baby Boomers, Seniors Struggle with Student Loans; Out Pace Other Debt

According to a recent survey, many older Americans are struggling with student loans, along with their younger counterparts - boomers owe over $112 billion

Oct. 23, 2013 - The financial strain that student loans can cause has been a popular topic in the media. We all have heard stories about graduates, who cannot find jobs due to the poor economy, finding it difficult or impossible to pay back their loans. However, a recent story that looked at student loan data found that they are not just the bane of the young. According to student loan data, compiled by the New York Federal Reserve, people in their fifties now owe $112 billion in outstanding loans. This is a significant jump from 2005, when this group only held $34 billion in loans. Read more...

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Older Adults Using the Internet are More Likely to Engage in Cancer Prevention Behavior

One exception: no association between internet use and participation in breast cancer screening

Oct. 22, 2013 - Congratulations to you readers of SeniorJournal.com. A new study finds that men and women who use the internet – that is you – are more likely to participate in screening for colorectal cancer, participate in physical activities, eat healthily, and smoke less, compared with those who do not use the internet. Read more...

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Jitterbug Mobile Phones for Seniors Get New Plans for Better Mobile Health, Safety

5Star, included in all new GoPlans for Jitterbug, transforms the phone into a personal medical alert device, company says

Sept. 24, 2013 – The Jitterbug cell phone, designed for senior citizens and their families, has new service plans offering unlimited access to medical alert services, medical professionals, and other exclusive health management tools, all combined with minutes for a flat monthly fee. GreatCall, Inc., creator of the phone, announced the new plans last week. Read more...

Senior Citizen Politics

FDA Opens the Door to Rapid Growth in Health Apps for Smart Phones

Seniors may take greater interest in smart phones that help them manage their health

Jeffrey Shuren,  Director, FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, blogs about mobile health care apps below main story.

Sept. 24, 2013 – Senior citizens, the biggest consumers of health care, have a new reason to get a smart phone. The Food and Drug Administration announced yesterday meaning it will not enforce requirements under the Federal Drug & Cosmetic Act for the majority of medical applications, or apps, which are software programs that run on mobile communication devices and perform the same functions as traditional medical devices. Read more...

Senior Citizen Travel & Leisure

Seniors May Find Princess Caribbean Cruise Promoting Heart Health a Beneficial Vacation

Cruise line to donate part of fairs to American Heart Association; could total $1 million

Sept. 18, 2013 – Here is a vacation that may be just the thing for many senior citizens - the American Heart Association is collaborating with Princess Cruises on a first-of-its-kind cruise that will feature especially themed programs, entertainment and activities to promote heart-health. The ship departs for the Western Caribbean from Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on Feb. 10 and returns after a five-day cruise aboard Ruby Princess.

Features for Senior Citizens

Seniors May Find New Documentary ‘Rise of the Machines’ Answers Some of Their Dreams

Senior citizens are often turned off by high tech developments and new machinery but this new documentary may encourage them to take a second look

Sept. 16, 2013 – Mention “high tech” or something about new machines and most senior citizens quickly lose interest. A new television documentary series named Rise of the Machines, however, may have some things that may be of very high interest to older Americans. Some examples are a car that drives itself and a house that manages itself, both are answers to many seniors who want to keep on using their cars and living in their homes. Maybe there is a way. Read more...

Senior Citizen Travel & Leisure

'Yellow Book' 2014 released by CDC to help international travelers stay healthy

Important to senior citizens - frequent travelers and often most susceptible to disease

Aug. 23, 2013 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released the online version of the 2014 edition of CDC Health Information for International Travel, commonly known as the “Yellow Book.” Nicknamed for its yellow cover, this is the ultimate guide for healthy international travel. Its detailed information on staying healthy when in foreign lands is of particular importance to senior citizens, who are frequent travelers and often most susceptible to disease. Read more...

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Normie at 83 helping older adults find new beat in their lives with traveling poetry show

Soothing inspirational poetry - 1200 poems - about the importance of developing, maintaining self-esteem into the mature years has turned many lives around - see video

By Gary Wosk

Aug. 9, 2013 - He’s not that much older than Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones who still struts his stuff on stage, but even though 83-year-old Norman “Normie” Molesko doesn’t dance like a chicken, he has his own moves, albeit, not quite as electrifying. However, he can sing too, so his audiences always receive a lot of satisfaction that way too. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Most People Safer in Big U.S. Cities But More Seniors Murdered in Rural Areas

‘Cars, guns and drugs are the unholy trinity causing the majority of injury deaths in the U.S.’

July 23, 2013 – A report released today reports the surprising conclusion that in the U.S. cities are a safer place to live than are the suburbs or rural communities. There is, however, a notable exception – although overall homicide rates are lower in rural areas they are higher for senior citizens. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Seniors May Want to Take a Closer Look at How Smartphone Apps are Changing Healthcare

The field is growing so fast it has spurned a million-person study and an online magazine to medical professional aware of the latest apps

By Tucker Sutherland, editor

May 4, 2013 - Even senior citizens, not often the most interested in new ways of doing things, have probably heard "There's an app for that!" It refers to the applications available for smart phones. Seniors should pay close attention to the new wave of sophisticated apps offering stunning medical help - like an EKG to check your heart, and apps that check blood pressure and heart rate. Among the most amazing is one that helps people with artificial hands determine the grip they want to use. Read more...

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Senior Citizens Least Likely to Support Women in Combat: Pew, Washington Post Survey

Researchers finds broad support among most demographic groups for expanding women’s military role to the battlefield

Suppor for women in combat by age groupFeb. 6, 2013 - The public broadly supports the military’s decision to life the restrictions on women serving in combat, according to a recent survey by Pew Research Center for the People & the Press and The Washington Post. Senior citizens, however, composed the age group least likely to support the decision. Read more...

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Marriage Reduces Risk of Heart Attack in Both Men and Women and of All Ages

Cohabiting associated with better prognosis after coronary events before and after hospitalization

Jan. 31, 2013 - A large population-based study from Finland shows that being unmarried increases the risk of fatal and non-fatal heart attack in both men and women whatever their age. Conversely, say the study investigators, especially among middle-aged couples, being married and cohabiting are associated with "considerably better prognosis of acute cardiac events both before hospitalization and after reaching the hospital alive". Read more...

Can You Feel My Pain? Middle-Aged Women Sure Can

Study found an inverted U-shaped pattern of empathy across the adult life span - younger and older adults reporting less empathy, middle-aged adults reporting more.

Middle aged women more likely to feel another's painJan. 30, 2013 - Looking for someone to feel your pain? Talk to a woman in her 50s. According to a new study of more than 75,000 adults, women in that age group are more empathic than men of the same age and than younger or older people. Read more...

Caregiver & Elder Care News

High Tech Surveillance Swoops Into Health Care to Protect Senior Citizens

One company offers radar beam for in-home monitoring of vital signs, activities of daily living and falls; another collects data from motion, temperature, door, chair, bed, pill box sensors, caller ID information to catch telephone scams

By Michael L.Millenson

Jan. 14, 2013 - In an inconspicuous control room at the Sioux Falls, S.D., headquarters of the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society, nurses keep round-the-clock watch on motion and humidity sensors in the living rooms, bedrooms and bathrooms of elderly men and women in five states. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

Binge Drinking Under-Recognized Problem Among Women and Girls; Few Senior Women are Abusers

Jan. 11, 2013 - A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report says nearly 14 million U.S. women and girls binge drink about three times a month, but senior citizens do not appear to be a big part of the problem. Read more...

Senior Citizen Volunteers

AARP Experience Corps to Receive 2nd Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence

Recognized for efforts to unite multiple generations – especially seniors and youth – to bring about positive, lasting changes in their communities

Oct. 26, 2012 - The Eisner Foundation yesterday announced the selection of AARP Experience Corps / Experience Corps Bay Area, for the second annual Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence. The organization, which partnered with AARP in 2011, provides opportunities for older Americans to help improve literacy skills among students in kindergarten through third grade in 19 communities across the United States. Read me...

Grandparent News

Grandmas Made Humans Live Longer, Proven by Computer Simulations

'Grandmothering was the initial step toward making us who we are,' - Chimp lifespan evolves into human longevity

Oct. 23, 2012 – Computer simulations provide new mathematical support for the "grandmother hypothesis" – a famous theory that humans evolved longer adult lifespans than apes because grandmothers helped feed their grandchildren. Read more...

Death on Demand – the Law in Oregon, on Ballot in Massachusetts, a Hot Radio Show

Dramatic one-hour radio show by Tom Ashbrook has already generated 230 comments - available online

Oct. 19, 2012 – Assisted suicide, euthanasia, right to die, death with dignity – or whatever it’s called -is an unpleasant topic that most had rather not discuss but it grabs the attention of many seniors. Tom Ashbrook of the radio show “On Point,” has lots of people talking, mostly about the voting taking place in Massachusetts that may make it legal there. Read more...

Aging News & Information

No Surprise Senior Citizens Most Likely to Be Affiliated with Religion: Pew Research

Pew Research Center finds Americans trending away from organized religion – 1 in 5 have no religious affiliation

Oct. 12, 2012 – Seldom do you see a poll that does not find senior citizens at one extreme or the other. This time it is a measurement of Americans who do not identify with any religion. It is a growing trend – to be religiously unaffiliated – according to Pew Research Center. But, seniors are not joining in – they are far less likely to be “unaffiliated” than any other age group. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

New Drug Treatment May Help Elderly with Wet AMD Keep Driving Longer

Small, limited Hopkins study used ranibizumab but did not directly assess driving safety or skills

Oct. 2, 2012 - Results of a new study indicate that monthly injections of ranibizumab (Lucentis) can improve eye chart test results required for a driver's license, build driver confidence and keep the elderly with the wet form of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) driving longer. Read more...

Safe Driving Prescription for 8 of 10 Seniors Taking Medications Offered by AAA

Roadwise Rx is an online tool that details common side effects of prescription and over-the-counter medications

Sept. 13, 2012 - More than 80 percent of drivers age 65 and older regularly take medications, yet only half have talked to a medical professional about possible safety issues related to driving. With 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day, AAA today promotes Roadwise Rx to help the “silver tsunami” understand how medications may affect their ability to drive safely. Read more...

Oldest and Youngest Drivers are Most Dangerous on Road: Consumer Reports

Best cars for the elderly and teenagers recommended by magazine

Aug. 28. 2012 - While they stand at opposite ends of the demographic spectrum, and both groups include many good drivers, statistics show that overall teenagers and elderly drivers (80 and older in this report) are involved in far more crashes and highway fatalities than any other age group, according to a special report by Consumer Reports. Read more...

Doc-in-a-Box Retail Medical Clinics Booming with Growth in Senior Citizen Patients

Seniors using these neighborhood clinics now almost 20% of all traffic

Aug. 16, 2012 - Fast-growing retail medical clinics are attracting senior citizen patients and delivering more preventive care, particularly flu shots and other vaccinations, according to a new study from the RAND Corporation. Read more...

Want Better Health, Happier Life? -  Stop Lying!

Study also revealed positive results in participants' personal relationships

Aug. 6, 2012 - "Pants on fire" isn't the only problem liars face. New research from the University of Notre Dame shows that when people managed to reduce their lies in given weeks across a 10-week study, they reported significantly improved physical and mental health in those same weeks. Read more...

Books for Senior Citizens

Older Americans May Do Better Online with New Dummies How-to-Books for Seniors

'Dummies' series publishes high tech 'how tos' aimed at older people under the AARP brand

Aug. 5, 2012 - From social networking sites and online genealogy, to the latest gadgets and tablets, AARP’s Tech to Connect books are dedicated to making technology work for readers while helping to protect their online privacy and security. The world’s bestselling reference series, For Dummies, has introduced the new Tech to Connect book series from AARP. Specifically targeting the 50+ consumer, these books offer advice and solutions for using technology to stay connected with friends, family and community. Read more...

Alzheimer’s Foundation Offers a $2,500 Prize, Mind Exercise in Puzzle Contest

Experts and novices can test mental fitness with crossword by renowned puzzle master in Brain Game Challenge

Aug. 4, 2012 - It’s time to sharpen your “pencils” – and mental skills – because the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is hosting its 2nd annual National Brain Game Challenge, an online game of skill in which contestants will have 24 hours starting September 30 to solve a puzzle crafted by one of the nation’s most respected puzzle masters, Merl Reagle. Read more...

AARP’s New ‘Work Reimagined’ to Help Older Workers Find Jobs

Online program linked with professional job site, Linkedin

Aug. 1, 2012 – A new online effort to connect older workers with employers seeking these experienced workers was announced today by AARP. Work Reimagined will work in coordination with the professional networking site, LinkedIn, to emphasize assistance for older professional seeking a new or more satisfying job opportunity. Read more...

Entertainment for Senior Citizens

Funny Senior Flick ‘The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’ is Record Setter

Reviewers and others loving this comedy about British seniors who retire to a hotel in India; top grossing specialty movie of 2012 - watch trailer

June 1, 2012 – Just when about every senior citizen in the world is complaining about there is nothing to see at the movies that does not include vampires, werewolves or some other beast, a comedy film about senior citizens has just become one of the top films in the world. Read more..watch trailer..

Features for Senior Citizens

Senior Citizens Recognized Nationally, Locally During Older Americans Month

Never Too Old to Play is theme for 2012; encourages seniors to be active; Census Bureau issues facts about senior citizens

May 15, 2012 - When Older Americans Month was established in 1963, only 17 million living Americans had reached their 65th birthdays, according to the Administration on Aging. About a third of older Americans lived in poverty and there were few programs to meet their needs. In April of 1963, President John F. Kennedy met with representatives of the National Council of Senior Citizens to discuss growing concern about older Americans – a result was the start "Senior Citizens Month" each May. Read more...

Senior Citizen Travel & Leisure

Unique New Zealand Travel Program Offers Memorable Stays for Senior Travelers

“Look After Me” treats visitors to Kiwi hospitality through vetted hosts and virtual hotel program - see video

May 5, 2012 – A unique vacation concept designed to appeal especially to senior travelers is spreading across New Zealand. Named “Look After Me,” this new accommodation concept is connecting mature travelers with authentic Kiwi hosts to create a unique and memorable travel experience. Read more, watch video...

Aging News & Information

Decision for Senior Citizen to Stop Driving Impacts Mental State, Well-Being

‘Aging is a process where so many things are lost. Part of what seniors try to hold onto is their independence.’

May 1, 2012 - If a senior citizen’s driving raises concerns, approach the matter compassionately to preserve the person’s dignity and keep them and others safe, recommends a geriatric specialist with the Harris County (Tx) Hospital District. The decision to end driving for a senior can significantly impact an individual’s quality of life, affecting the person’s mental state and overall well-being. Read more...

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Benefits.gov Has Helped 50 Million in U.S. Since Launch 10-Years Ago

Benefit Finder allows citizens to quickly find benefits they may be eligible to receive out of over 1,000 Federally-funded benefit and assistance programs

April 18, 2012 - Over 50 million U.S. citizens – many of them senior citizens - have turned to Benefits.gov for life-altering government assistance information since its launch in 2002, according to a statement in the monthly eNewsletter, Compass, of the government website on its 10th anniversary. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

Census Bureau Opens Website for Release of 1940 Census Data

1940 Census Release Is 'Super Bowl For Genealogists' says NPR’s ‘All Things Considered’

Audio for this story from All Things Considered will be available at approx. 7:00 p.m. ET, March 30, 2012

Video below about 1940 Census

By NPR Staff

March 30, 2012 - A sort of national treasure is scheduled to be revealed Monday: In April 1940, 120,000 census takers spread out across America to take an inventory of its residents. Now that the legally mandated 72 years have passed, we finally get to see the names, addresses, jobs and salaries of all the people who were counted. Read more, watch video...

Features for Senior Citizens

Micro Robot Being Designed to Swim Through Human Body Finding Disease

Designed to mimic key functions of the sea lamprey, a creature found mainly in the Atlantic Ocean

Sea Lamprey attached to fish

March 29, 2012 - A tiny prototype robot called Cyberplasm that functions like a living creature is being developed to one day safely pinpoint diseases within the human body. It is modeled after the sea lamprey and would swim around in the human body finding disease. Read more...

News for Baby Boomers

Study of Baby Boomers Find Most Save Only About Half They Inherit

Over the next 10 years, elderly Americans are expected to transfer almost $4 trillion to their heirs

March 15, 2012 - Senior citizens thinking about saving their money for the kids or grandkids may be shocked by a new national study the finds adults who receive inheritance save only about half of it. The rest they spend, donate or lose according to a study of baby boomers that began in 1979. Read more...

Senior Citizen Longevity & Statistics

Marriage a Powerful Drug for Surviving Heart Surgery, But Supply Dwindling

Strong protective effect of marriage continues for up to five years following coronary artery bypass surgery; boomers should worry

March 6, 2012 – Prior research has shown married people tend to live longer. A new study, however, focused on just the survival rate after heart surgery, and it found married adults – men and women - are three times more likely to survive the three months following the surgery. Read more..

Features for Senior Citizens

Ten Tips for Seniors on Avoiding Auto Battery Failure in Winter Weather

Cold weather puts extra stress on vehicle battery; failure puts extra stress on driver

Feb. 27, 2012 – A dangerous situation can quickly develop for senior citizens when the car battery dies on a freezing winter day. Cold weather can influence a vehicle engine to put twice as much stress on the battery, according to Interstate Batteries, which also offers ten tips to help seniors avoid this crisis. Read more...

AARP’s Drive to End Hunger for Seniors Revs Up for Second Season in NASCAR

Nationwide effort to fight older adult hunger offering fans new ways to have fun and help millions of Americans.

Feb. 21, 2012, Daytona Beach – Following a successful first year in NASCAR, AARP and AARP Foundation’s Drive to End Hunger is revving up for the 2012 race season with new at-track activities for fans at select races, as well as new initiatives in communities across the country to advance the fight against older adult hunger. Read more...

Books for Senior Citizens

Seniors Need To Reevaluate Their Needs For Popular Medical Treatments: KHN Interview

Baby boomers and traditionalists — the generation that came before the boomers — are first in history to hit age 60 and to be able to say, "What do I want to do with the next 25 years of my life?"

By Judith Graham

Feb 21, 2012 - Nortin Hadler, a professor of medicine and microbiology/immunology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been warning for years about the lack of evidence supporting many popular medical treatments and tests. Read more...

Seniors Better Able to Cope with Stress of Divorce Than Boomers, Younger People

May be because the pressure to marry and stay married was stronger for older generations

Jan. 30, 2012 – Older people have more coping skills and are better able to deal with the stress of divorce than younger people, including baby boomers, according to a new study by a Michigan State University sociologist. It concludes that divorce at a younger age hurts people’s health more than divorce later in life. Read more...

Grandparent News

RentAGrandma.com Says Business Offering Quality Domestic Staff is Booming

Not only can you buy a listing on their website to let people know you are a grandma for hire, you can also buy cookies

Jan. 20, 2012 - Jobs may be hard to fine for some working people in the U.S. but there is a brand new opportunity for senior women. A new company says, “No one seems to be hiring - no one, that is, except RentAGrandma,com, helping to bring loving Grandmas to families everywhere.” Well, the company isn’t exactly hiring you grandmas, they are selling you a listing in their directory where other people may hire you. Read more...

Grandmothers, Senior Females Need a Stronger Role in Non-Western Families

Often overlooked; health organizations miss importance of their role in mother, child health

Jan. 19, 2012 - Grandmothers and other senior female family members should play a key role in nutrition and health programs for children and women in non-Western societies. However, the new study concludes, they are often overlooked by health organizations that don’t understand the importance of their role or see them as an obstacle to promoting good nutrition and health practices. Read more...

Glaucoma Week Aims to Make Seniors More Aware of Second Leading Cause of Blindness

Older Americans at high risk of this ‘sneak thief of sight’ says National Eye Institute

Jan. 11, 2012 – Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD) is the major cause of blindness and the primary victims are senior citizens. The National Eye Institute, however, is pointing out this month that older people need to also be aware of glaucoma, the second leading cause of blindness that most often attacks older people. This is Glaucoma Awareness Month in the U.S. and a good time for the simple eye test. Read more...

Gather, Share Your Family Health History This Year for Sake of Future Generations

Seniors Often Hit Road to Enjoy Family, Friends in Winter; AARP Has Safety Tips

Winter weather never fails to present a wide variety of driving challenges

Dec. 27, 2011 - Winter for many senior citizens means food, family and friends but it also means snow, sleet, ice, and fog on the roads for travelers. No matter how many years of driving experience seniors have under their belt, winter weather never fails to present a wide variety of challenges. Read more...

Holiday Senior Slackers Can Save Too: Last-Minute Shopping Tips

Check these shopping tips to stay within budget even when the clock is ticking

By Andrea Woroch

Dec. 19, 2011 - With just a few days remaining until the holidays, shoppers with gifts left on their list feel the pressure to spend. But even if you've waited until the eleventh hour to pick up those last few presents, you don't have to buy the first thing you see or pay an absurd amount of money. Read more...

Marriage Continues Decline Since 1960: Pew

12/15/11 - The share of Americans ages 18 and older who are currently married has been declining for many decades, reaching a record low 51% in 2010... In 1960, 72% of adults were currently married and 15% were never married.

The share of adults who were currently married dropped to 51%, and the never married group increased to 28% in 2010. The proportion divorced or separated, 14% in 2010, is higher than it was in 1960... Widows and widowers made up the remaining 6% of adults in 2010.

...Only 9% of adults ages 18-24 were married in 2010, compared with 45% in 1960. ..Although most Americans in their mid-30s onward are married, the proportions have declined notably since 1960 - Red complete report by Pew Research Center

Features for Senior Citizens

Study Finds Stress Relief Helps Overweight Women Lose Weight Without Dieting

Women do better after realizing it is stress that makes them take an extra helping of holiday goodies

Dec. 7, 2011 - Women who experienced the greatest reduction in stress tended to have the most loss of deep belly fat in a recent study. To a greater degree than fat that lies just under the skin, this deep abdominal fat is associated with an elevated risk for developing heart disease or diabetes. The researchers say this finding – stress makes you reach for another helping - offers hope for those who dread gaining weight during the holiday season. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

AAA Urges Families to Prepare for the 'Silver Tsunami' of Aging Drivers

Older Driver Safety Awareness Week is Dec. 5-9, AAA emphasizes the importance of communication to help keep senior drivers safe and mobile - AARP Webinar Today

Dec. 5, 2011 – Senior citizens – people age 65 or older – are now the largest and fastest growing age group in the U.S. This growth has been accelerated by the baby boomers beginning to flood into the ranks of the elderly and the American Automobile Association sees a “silver tsunami” washing down the streets and highways during Older Driver Safety Awareness Week, which begins today. Read more...

Veterans Honored Today in U.S. Include Over 4.5 Million from WWII, Korean War

Youngest of these warriors would be about 75 years old in 2011 - free walking cane for vets - see offer below

Nov. 11, 2011 – Today the U.S. honors 21.8 million military veterans and well over 4.5 million of these are senior citizens. Among the U.S. veterans living in 2010 - 2.1 million served in World War II (1941-1945) and 2.6 million in the Korean War (1950-1953). The youngest of these would be approximately 75 years old. Read more...

Walmart Wants To Be Nation's Biggest Primary Care Provider, Lower Cost

Giant retailer has goal to ‘dramatically ... lower the cost of healthcare’

By Julie Appleby and Sarah Varney

Nov. 10, 2011 - Walmart - the nation's largest retailer and biggest private employer - now wants to dominate a growing part of the health care market, offering a range of medical services from basic prevention to management of chronic conditions like diabetes and heart disease, according to a document obtained by NPR and Kaiser Health News. Read more...

Veterans Day Program to Give 36,000 Walking Canes to Vets Needing Help

Folding canes are free of charge at all Sam’s Club stores Nov. 9-11, while supply lasts

Oct. 28, 2011 – U.S. Military veterans in need of some mobility assistance will be honored this Veterans Day in a national program in which 36,000 state of the art folding canes will be given free of charge to these veterans. “Hugo Salutes Our Veterans” will give out Hugo Folding Canes to veterans at all U.S. Sam’s Club locations nationwide from November 9, 2011 through Veterans Day, November 11, 2011. Read more...

New Tool Kit Available to Help Senior Citizens Avoid Financial Scams

Caregivers, seniors can learn tips to protect most vulnerable seniors

Oct. 21, 2011 – Senior citizens are 12 percent of the U.S. population but a staggering 35 percent of all fraud is inflicted on seniors. A new effort to educate seniors on how to protect them themselves from financial abuse and scams has been published by the National Council on Aging (NCOA). Read more...

Books for Seniors

Helping Patients Know Their ‘Medical Mind’ Can Ease Uncertainty

New book helps readers recognize the many influences on their medical decisions and encourages them to chart their own path

By Michelle Andrews

Oct. 21, 2011 - Medical decisions can seem overwhelming, especially when you’re sick and scared. In their new book, "Your Medical Mind: How To Decide What Is Right For You," oncologist and New Yorker writer Jerome Groopman and his wife, endocrinologist Pamela Hartzband, team up to help readers recognize the many influences on their medical decisions and encourage them to chart their own path. Read more...

Senior Citizen Volunteers

One in Four Older Americans Make $65 Billion Yearly Impact as Community Volunteers

Senior Corps Week – Sept. 19-23 – honors 450,000 corps volunteers; see video on Foster Grandparents Program

Sept. 19, 2011 – Data released today by the Corporation for National and Community Service, as part of the kickoff for Senior Corps Week, indicates that 18.7 million older adults – more than a quarter of those 55 and older – contributed on average more than 3 billion hours of service in their communities per year between 2008 and 2010. Read more, See video

Features for Senior Citizens

Senior Couple's Web Cam Woes Go Viral On YouTube

Digital world not always an easy challenge for senior citizens

Sept. 14, 2011 – An elderly couple has become a YouTube sensation after they videoed themselves trying to learn how to use a web cam. Their daughter enjoyed it so much she put it on YouTube. See the CNN video of their story below. See video...

Grandparent News

Grandparents Day 2011 Will Be Celebrated on September 11; Census Releases Facts

National group’s Website will name national grandparents/patriots of the year; Census Bureau releases facts on grandparents

Grandparents Day group naming grandparents/patriots of the year.Sept. 2, 2011 - President Jimmy Carter signed a presidential proclamation in 1978 designating the first Sunday after Labor Day as National Grandparents Day. The action culminated a campaign started by Marian McQuade in 1970 to have a special day in the U.S. to honor grandparents. Read more...

Aging News & Information

Explosion of Older Drivers Pressures Eye Care Professionals to Make Tough Calls

Few eye care providers consider themselves the most-qualified to identify unsafe drivers, few report unsafe drivers

Aug. 23, 2011 – With baby boomers pouring into the senior citizen ranks, and the oldest Americans living longer and healthier lives, the drivers over age 65 is the fastest growing segment of drivers. This explosion of older drivers is challenging the ophthalmologists and optometrists, who are the deciders when it comes to determining the visual abilities for driving of America’s oldest drivers. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Vote for My Friend, Jenny Sakellariou, as Top Volunteer in Meals on Wheels (Update: Jenny won 3rd in nation, thanks for your help)

Watch the video and you will vote for Jenny in this national contest ending August 26

By Tucker Sutherland, Editor & Publisher

A fun-loving, hard-working, compassionate Jenny SakellariouAug. 16, 2011 – “It was a long time ago…” That’s a phrase familiar to every senior citizen, and I am talking about a long time ago. That’s when I had the privilege of being the publisher of the San Angelo (Tx) Standard-Times and the honor of working with some mighty fine Texans. Now, one of the best, Jenny Sakellariou, 84, has been nominated as the Meals on Wheels national volunteer of the year and I hope you will vote for her. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Neighborhood Status Influences Cognitive Ability of Older Women

Non-whites most vulnerable to the effects of living in lower socioeconomic status; income level nor education makes a difference

Aug. 2, 2011 - Older women – senior citizens age 65 or older - who live in a lower socioeconomic status neighborhood are more likely to exhibit lower cognitive functioning than women who live in more affluent neighborhoods, according to a new RAND Corporation study. Read more...

News for Baby Boomers

Happiness Begins When You Pass Age 50 Finds Harris Survey for Dating Site

OurTime.com poll finds 82% of 50+ are happier, more optimistic than when younger; 85% say companionship more important

July 18, 2011 – Most young people may not look forward to passing the half-century mark but new research by Harris Interactive shows 82 percent of Americans over the age of 50 are actually happier than when they were younger. Read more...

Features for Senior Citizens

Seniors Among Hospital Patients Most Likely to Want Religious Dialogue

Patients who talk about faith with staff most likely to be satisfied with care

July 14, 2011 – Senior citizens were among hospital patients most interested in having a conversation about religion and spirituality with the healthcare team. Among patients of all ages, those who had such conversations were the most satisfied with their overall care. Read more...

Family Cancer History Should be Updated to ID Need for More Screening

Study finds substantial changes occurring between ages 30 and 50 - see video

JAMA videoJuly 13, 2011 – First, everyone should accept the need to maintain a family cancer history, but a new study adds that we should also commit to updating this history at least every five to ten years. Researchers found substantial changes occurring between the ages of 30 and 50 for colorectal, breast and prostate cancer, which could result in recommendations for earlier or more intense cancer screening. Read more, see video...