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Archive for category: Longevity News 2012


12/15/2012 – Without Babies, Can Japan Survive?

Faced with an aging society, a depopulating countryside and economic stagnation, Japan has struggled for decades to address its challenges. Nowhere is the rapid aging of Japan more visible than in rural towns like Nanmoku, where 56 percent of local residents are over 65. Over the next 25 years, the proportion of Japan’s population that […]


12/14/2012 – Life Expectancy Rises Around the World, Study Finds

A sharp decline in deaths from malnutrition and infectious diseases like measles and tuberculosis has caused a shift in global mortality patterns over the past 20 years, according to a report published on Thursday, with far more of the world’s population now living into old age and dying from diseases mostly associated with rich countries, […]


12/12/2012 – Old Age and Creativity in Art and Science

One of the most widespread and persistent myths about creativity is that it is the domain of the young. So for example in surveying popular attitudes toward aging, the psychologist Dean Simonton observed that “Most conspicuous is the notion that creativity is the prerogative of youth, that aging is synonymous with a decrement in the […]


12/10/2012 – Training Needed for Home Care Is Lacking

“H” from Chicago, I heard you when you joined a lively discussion over hospice at home here a couple of weeks ago and asked, “where can family members get the training to do all the nursing tasks?” In the comments section, many readers wrote in to say that caring for relatives at the end of […]


12/6/2012 – The Baby Boom Bump

“For decades we have known that the retirement of the baby boomers would be a monumental event for the economy. But now that it’s happening, many fiscal policy makers are acting as if the boomers are eternal teenagers and are turning a blind eye to how the boomers’ aging changes how we should approach economic […]