3/1/2012 – More Americans Rejecting Marriage in 50s and Beyond

Over the past 20 years, the divorce rate among baby boomers has surged by more than 50 percent, even as divorce rates over all have stabilized nationally. At the same time, more adults are remaining single. The shift is changing the traditional portrait of older Americans: About a third of adults ages 46 through 64 were divorced, separated or had never been married in 2010, compared with 13 percent in 1970, according to an analysis of recently released census data conducted by demographers at Bowling Green State University, in Ohio.

Read the full article at The New York Times

2/28/2012 – Family Caregiving: A huge and neglected challenge

We are a nation of caregivers. Every day over 44 million adults serve as unpaid caregivers to ailing or disabled relatives or friends, and annually 65 million do so—yet this form of work often goes uncompensated and is largely invisible. Unsurprisingly, inadequate awareness of the issues leads to inadequate policies and solutions.

Read the full post at Google’s Policy by the Numbers blog

2/24/2012 – Bad Habits? My Future Self Will Deal With That

To help people connect with their futures (and make better decisions now), researchers at New York University used software to “age” them.

Read the full article at The New York Times

2/27/2012 – Population studies at heart of initiative to improve health

In an era of personalized medicine, the idea of our collective health may seem a bit old-fashioned. But as our growing population ages and alarm bells sound about the appalling prevalence of serious health threats such as obesity, diabetes, heart disease and cancer, physicians, researchers and policy-makers alike are taking notice.

Read the full article at Stanford School of Medicine

2/22/2012 – The “Rocky” RNA: Stanford researchers trigger muscle stem cells to divide

Think of it as the “Rocky” RNA. Researchers here at the School of Medicine have found that a small piece of RNA, called a microRNA, plays a key role in determining when muscle stem cells in mice start to divide. It’s the first time a microRNA has been implicated in the maintenance of the adult stem cell resting state.

Read the full post at Scope blog

2/22/2012 – Scientists trigger muscle stem cells to divide

A tiny piece of RNA plays a key role in determining when muscle stem cells from mice activate and start to divide, according to researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine. The finding may help scientists learn how to prepare human muscle stem cells for use in therapies for conditions such as muscular dystrophy and aging by controlling their activation state.

Read the full article at Stanford School of Medicine

2/20/2012 – Nortin Hadler, author of several books on medical overtreatment, turns his attention to what he calls the medicalization of aging

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 the full article at The Washington Post

2/17/2012 – Look for new roles for older citizens in an aging America, says Stanford's Laura Carstensen

The country’s percentage of older people is rising rapidly. But that’s not just a problem, says Laura Carstensen, an expert on aging, it’s also a chance to improve transportation, redesign the suburbs and gain from the talents and experience of our elders.

Read the full article at Stanford News

2/16/2012 – Finding Joy in Alzheimer’s

“Seven years ago, when my grandmother JoAnn was first diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, the news sent me into a tailspin of fear and sadness.”

Read the full article at The New York Times

2/12/2012 – High calorie intake linked to mild memory loss in elderly

Older people who consumed more than 2,143 calories a day had more than double the risk of a type of memory loss called mild cognitive impairment compared to those who ate fewer than 1,500 calories a day, according to a study being released Sunday by the American Academy of Neurology on its website (aan.com).

Read the full article at USA Today