5/13/2012 – From Public TV, a New Site for 50-Somethings

Add public broadcasters to the media outlets aiming for the 50-plus crowd: a Web site called Next Avenue will go live on Tuesday, a year after first planned, with original and aggregated journalism directed at baby boomers.

Content will be organized in the categories of health, caregiving, living and learning, money, and work and purpose. The Stanford Center on Longevity will supply original reports, and the site will share content and Internet links with AOL’s Huff/Post50 and More.com, a site oriented toward women.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

5/10/2012 – 4 Things That Can Hurt Your Quality of Life

According to the Stanford Center on Longevity, the number of adults ages 75 and older who are living with a chronic disease that hampers mobility has been steadily declining since 1997. To be a part of this trend, you should be aware of the common health issues that can make elderly life less pleasurable—and know how to lessen their impact should they arise.

Read the full article at USA Today.

5/10/2012 – Retiree health care costs rising; many people not preparing

Even though American workers are worried about rising health care costs, that does not mean they are preparing by saving more for retirement. Nearly half of Americans (49%) say they are not contributing to any retirement plan, according to a new survey by LIMRA, an industry-sponsored group. And 56% of Gen Yers, ages 18 to 34, are more likely to not be saving.

Read the full article at USA Today.

5/8/2012 – Long-Term-Care Insurance: Who Needs It?

Americans routinely buy all sorts of insurance — for cars, homes, health and even pets and boats.

But when it comes to long-term-care insurance, relatively few sign up. Out of more than 313 million Americans, only about 8 million have any such protection, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance. The low participation rate largely reflects the high cost of long-term-care insurance.

Read/listen to the full story at National Public Radio.

5/7/2012 – Baby Boomers and the Shrinking Work Force

Among the lowlights of the jobs report for April was the news that the share of adults who are either working or looking for work fell. For men, this measure — called the labor force participation rate — was at its lowest level since 1948, when the government first began keeping track.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

5/7/2012 – Study: Nearly Half of Soon-to-be-Retired, High-Net-Worth Americans "Terrified" of Health Care Costs in Retirement

A new Nationwide Financial survey finds nearly half of soon-to-be-retired, high-net-worth Americans say they are “terrified” of what health care costs may do to their retirement plans, and nearly three in four say health care costs going out of control is among their top retirement fears.

Read the full article at The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch.

5/3/2012 – Study shows short, daily jogs boost longevity

“Ever since I heard Stanford researcher BJ Fogg, PhD, speak at last year’s Medicine 2.0 conference about how creating tiny habits can result in lasting lifestyle changes, I’ve been working on incorporating small goals into my daily life. So I was interested to read an Atlantic article about a study showing that jogging at a “slow or average pace” for 15 minutes a day may increase your lifetime by more than five and a half years.”

Read the full article at Scope.

5/1/2012 – In the Backyard, Grandma’s New Apartment

When her father became ill just before Christmas last year, Dr. Socorrito Baez-Page faced an increasingly common conundrum. Her aging parents wanted to stay in their town house, but her mother couldn’t handle the caregiving alone.

The solution? Though many families are often forced to consider nursing homes under these circumstances, the Page family found another option. They ordered a MEDCottage — a prefabricated 12-by-24-foot bedroom-bathroom-kitchenette unit that can be set up as a free-standing structure in their backyard.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

5/1/2012 – As Portfolios Recover, More Workers Retire At 65

Many older baby boomers — those already 65 — are choosing to go ahead with retirement rather than wait. That’s according to a study by MetLife, which says 45 percent of 65 year olds described themselves as “fully retired.” Only 5 percent retired later than planned.

Hear/read the full story at National Public Radio.

4/30/2012 – Americans expect to work longer, retire later

If the date you expect to retire seems to be getting further away rather than closer at hand, join the club.
The average age at which Americans expect to retire has been steadily creeping up since the mid-1990s, and has now reached 67 years old, according to a new Gallup poll.

Read the full article at MSN.