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Archive for category: Longevity News 2012


6/25/2012 – Aging: A Collective Response

Published by the University of Texas Press with support from several foundations, and edited by Henry Cisneros, a former secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and two senior researchers from the Stanford Center on Longevity, “Independent for Life” gathers stellar contributors from a variety of fields. The authors research many aspects of aging, yes, but […]


6/23/2012 – Share the Wealth

In 1959, over a third of those over age 65 were poor; today, only 9 percent are. Contrary to campaign rhetoric about old ladies on fixed incomes, many Social Security recipients are quite well-to-do: the median income of married couples between the ages of 65 and 69 is $61,000, and a quarter of these households bring in […]


6/22/2012 – Old vs. Young

Throughout the 1980s and ’90s, younger and older adults voted in largely similar ways, with a majority of each supporting the winner in every presidential election. Sometime around 2004, though, older voters began moving right, while younger voters shifted left. This year, polls suggest that Mitt Romney will win a landslide among the over-65 crowd and that President Obama will do […]


6/18/2012 – Mapping Your End-of-Life Choices

Studies have shown that advance care planning reduces stress on patients, their families and health care providers. It also results in 30 percent fewer malpractice suits, greater patient and family satisfaction, and a lower incidence of depression, drinking problems and other signs of complicated grief among survivors. Read the full article at The New York […]


6/15/2012 – U.S. targets financial abuse of elderly

Americans over 60 lost at least $2.9 billion in 2010 to financial exploitation, a study finds. This 12% rise over two years is leading the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to begin looking into the types of scams affecting older consumers. Read the full article at the Los Angeles Times.


6/11/2012 – Senior citizen housing option offers community feel

The Realife Cooperative in St. Cloud, Minnesota, one of a growing number, primarily in the Midwest, offers seniors independent living in a community setting. Unlike assisted-living facilities or other common forms of senior housing, members own the cooperative collectively, enjoy tax and financial benefits as homeowners and have control over decisions affecting the community. Read […]