Today’s unemployment rate of 4.8 percent, showing the United States still nearing “full employment,” will dominate the mainstream news. But behind the headlines is a troubling, stubborn trend: men and women dropping out of the labor force. Today’s report confirms this decline, with the labor force participation rate sitting at 62.9 percent compared to its 1990s peak of 67.3 percent. This declining participation rate, particularly among prime-age workers (ages 25 to 54), and its implications for…
Positive social relations are known to have a beneficial impact on health, however, little is known about the links of health with online relationships. In this study, face-to-face and virtual friendships are compared in their association with health.
A study of “digital footprints” suggests that you’re probably drawn to personalities a lot like yours.
A new graffiti crew, clutching canisters of green spray paint, is roaming the streets of Levenshulme, but they are not tagging walls. Instead, the “graffiti grannies” – a group of activist pensioners – in this postindustrial suburb of Manchester, England, mark every hole in the sidewalk that could trip them up, challenging the city council to bring in the pavers. As players in a growing “age-friendly” movement, they are part of a revolution in the ways that cities are adapting to their rapidly aging populations.
Adults over 80 who use information and communication technology are more likely to report mental and physical well-being, according to Stanford research.
“Critics say that people might not be able to connect with others as well as they used to because of the spread of new technologies,” said Tamara Sims, a research scientist at the Stanford Center on Longevity. “But there really is this bright side of technology, especially for older people, who may not have the opportunity to connect with many family members to the extent they want to due to physical limitations or geographical separation.”
Nothing about Mather’s-More Than a Cafe looks as if it’s aimed at people over 50. But the Chicago cafe, which could easily be mistaken for a large Starbucks, is much more than that, serving as a community hub, mostly for older people, with dozens of classes on topics like flower arranging, Egyptian history and digital safety. In her six years as a member, Pat Knazze, 66, has taken line dancing and piano lessons and participated in over 50 seminars via Skype, including architecture classes that helped her qualify as a neighborhood docent.
A study by City Observatory found that in 2012, nearly 35% of Americans reported never spending time with their neighbor compared to only about 20% in 1970.
While you may not be able to relive your youth, a chain of assisted living facilities in Ohio is giving residents the opportunity to at least revisit the setting of their younger years—all in the name of health.
Maybe blood really is thicker than water. A recent study from the University of Chicago found that people who had close relationships with family members lived longer than those who had close relationships with friends. Researchers with the National Social Life, Health, and Aging Project, which surveyed around 3,000 people born between 1920 and 1974, asked participants who were between the ages of 57 and 85 to list up to five people they are close with. Five years later, when the researchers followed up, they found that people who included more family members in their list, as opposed to, say, friendships, were less likely to have died in the interim.
For some people, working well into their seventh to ninth decades anchors them to a fulfilling life. That’s, of course, if they love what they’re doing. I once knew a lawyer who worked until he was 102. For others, though, working hurls them down into a pit of despair. They may work for a wretched boss or company or be in an industry that’s dying. They may be physically unable to do the work. For those who are relatively healthy and engaged in their work, working well past traditional retirement age has its benefits: They may live longer. According to a recent study cited by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College: