Older people need regular exercise, and studies find they are better off for it – The Washington Post

Older people have much to gain from regular exercise, and there is a wide variety of options available to them.

“Exercise has shown to be beneficial at all ages,” says Richard J. Hodes, director of the National Institute on Aging (NIA). “In fact, you have more to lose by not exercising.”

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An Hour of Running May Add 7 Hours to Your Life – The New York Times

Running may be the single most effective exercise to increase life expectancy, according to a new review and analysis of past research about exercise and premature death. The new study found that, compared to nonrunners, runners tended to live about three additional years, even if they run slowly or sporadically and smoke, drink or are overweight. No other form of exercise that researchers looked at showed comparable impacts on life span.

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Why Succeeding Against the Odds Can Make You Sick – The New York Times

For African-American strivers, hypertension and other health problems may be linked to racism, not race.

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Aging In Place Needs Out Of The Box Thinking – The Wall Street Journal

While low-income older adults desperately need funding and support, 70% of older Americans (70 million people) do not qualify for government or not-for-profit programs but, at the same time, cannot afford expensive retirement communities or 24/7 care. These people have some resources and most want to age in place.

Read the full article at Forbes.

1/2/2017 – Without Any Family, Aging Adults Rely On Friends For Help – NPR

Some older people don’t have children or other family members to fall back on when they need care. Instead, they find that networks of friends can take up the slack.

Read the full article at National Public Radio.

A Gut Makeover for the New Year – The New York Times

If you’re making resolutions for a healthier new year, consider a gut makeover. Refashioning the community of bacteria and other microbes living in your intestinal tract, collectively known as the gut microbiome, could be a good long-term investment in your health.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

10/19/2016 – Cutting calories may dial back ‘metabolic syndrome’ in older adults

For overweight and obese older men and women, adding calorie restriction to a resistance training schedule improves at least some metabolic markers, according to a new study.

Read the full article at Reuters.

10/14/2016 – The Future of Retirement Communities: Walkable and Urban

Few people in America walk to work. The vast majority of us drive to the supermarket. But more older folks these days are looking for a community where they can enjoy a full life without a car.

Read the full article at the New York Times.

9/11/2016 – Beyond Airbnb: Sharing Homes Offers Seniors Financial and Social Advantages

Lack of retirement savings and help with chores may lead more to consider renting out extra space.

Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal.