9/12/2016 – Reports Detail How to Help Older Adults Avoid Financial Fraud

The world’s population of older adults is expected to double to 2 billion by 2050. With these unprecedented demographic changes, the potential for fraud associated with cognitive decline is becoming a pressing issue in the financial services industry. Two reports published online today by the World Economic Forum (WEF) found that new technologies can assist in protecting older adults from fraud, and that financial services organizations are uniquely positioned to capitalize on gains in longevity using technology.

Read more at World Economic Forum.

9/12/2016 – 7 Ways To Prepare For Death That Will Change Your Life

For many people, a good death means having the chance to say goodbye to loved ones, making sure to let them know what they’ve meant to you. But, of course, no one can plan when or how they’re going to die, so this communication doesn’t always happen.

To make sure that your friends and loved ones know how much they meant to you when the time comes, Dr. V.J Periyakcil, director of the Stanford Palliative Care Education and Training Program, believes she has developed a solution: On September 7, she released the Friends and Family letter ― a template of seven questions meant to help prompt the kind of poignant goodbye that makes death feel a little bit easier.

Read the full article at Huffington Post.

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.

9/8/2016 – Older people offer the resource that children need, Stanford report says

New Center on Longevity research shows that aging adults play critical roles in the lives of young people, especially the most vulnerable in society. Volunteering is one way to bring older adults and young people together. The key is to change social norms to encourage relationship building between generations.

Read the full article at Stanford Report.

9/6/2016 – Vitamin B12 as Protection for the Aging Brain

“A B12 vitamin deficiency as a cause of cognitive issues is more common than we think, especially among the elderly who live alone and don’t eat properly,” says Dr. Rajaprabhakaran Rajarethinam, a psychiatrist at Wayne State University School of Medicine.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

9/5/2016 – Researchers Confront an Epidemic of Loneliness

Loneliness, which Emily Dickinson described as “the Horror not to be surveyed,” is a quiet devastation. But in Britain, it is increasingly being viewed as something more: a serious public health issue deserving of public funds and national attention.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

9/1/2016 – Prepare for the Rising Cost of Living in Retirement

Since a young age, many of us have had the “save for retirement” message on our minds. It is virtually impossible to ignore the advice on making the most of 401(k)s and investing additional funds so that when the time arrives you have the financial wherewithal to enjoy retirement.

Read the full article at U.S. News and World Report.

8/29/2016 – Does Purpose Only Benefit the Young?

In what ways do the “retirement” years provide new opportunities for creative, purposeful activity?

In recent years, scholars have been finding that positive, focused intentions can make all the difference for people in terms of activity, success and life fulfillment. For example, Stanford University psychologist Bill Damon has demonstrated various ways that youth can be encouraged to explore positive purpose in their lives and the effects it has on early life: better relationships, better health and better academic achievement.

But is a focus on exploring positive purpose beneficial only for the young?

Read the full article at Next Avenue.

8/29/2016 – The Decline of Tube Feeding for Dementia Patients

Researchers, analyzing federal nursing home data, reported that in 2000, nearly 12 percent of patients with this terminal condition had feeding tubes inserted within a year of developing eating problems. By 2014, the rate had fallen to less than 6 percent.

Read the full article at The New York Times.

8/24/2016 – The aging paradox: The older we get, the happier we are

Research suggests that your overall mental health, including your mood, your sense of well-being and your ability to handle stress, just keeps improving right up until the very end of life.

Read the full article at Los Angeles Times.