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Fifty years ago, the federal voting age was lowered from age 21 to age 18, after decades of activism by young people across the political aisle. Half a century later, it’s hard to deny that young people are profoundly affected by laws, leaders and policies. It’s time to recognize this reality, give teenagers a say in their futures and lower the voting age again.
Evening exercise may be more potent than morning workouts for improving metabolic health, according to a helpful new study of exercise timing. The study, which looked at high-fat diets and overweight men, found that late-day workouts moderated the undesirable health effects of a greasy diet, while morning exercise did not.
Like an avalanche, the demographic forces — pushing toward more deaths than births — seem to be expanding and accelerating. Though some countries continue to see their populations grow, especially in Africa, fertility rates are falling nearly everywhere else. Demographers now predict that by the latter half of the century or possibly earlier, the global population will enter a sustained decline for the first time.
In a review of research in Current Directions in Psychological Science, Stanford’s Laura Carstensen and UCLA Anderson’s Hal Hershfield run through how current communication efforts often fail to connect with the materially different mindset of older people. And they propose a road map for fine-tuning messaging to this demographic that harnesses the findings of decades of academic research.
A dementia diagnosis turns the world upside down, not only for the person affected but also for their relatives, as brain function gradually declines. Those affected lose their ability to plan, remember things, or behave appropriately. At the same time, their motor skills also deteriorate. Ultimately, dementia patients are no longer able to handle daily life alone and need comprehensive care.