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Old is Good (And We’re Having the Last Laugh!)

Our National Director has been going around the country (and in Canada) the last several years with a keynote speech he calls “Old is Good.”  Some have scoffed.  Looks like we may be having the last laugh.  According to The Huffington Post, “There’s Never Been a Better Time to Be Older.”  The New York Times tells us “An Up Outlook Can Improve Our Health.” 


More Boomers Heading for Splitsville

A survey by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers found 61 percent of its members cited an increase in divorce cases among 50-year-old couples during the past five years. "Baby boomers have regularly been catalysts for social change and getting divorced in their later years appears to be one of the most recent trends," Alton Abramowitz, president of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, commented.  Is this a bad thing or a good thing?  Discuss.  More info here.


MIT AgeLab Takes on the Our Slowing Gaits

We often talk about the "fast pace of city living" (Check out Market and 15th at 5 PM) and that pace actually has a default speed: We’ve long assumed that people cross the street walking at about 4 feet per second. Crosswalks are timed with this number in mind, so you don't get clipped by a creeping car when the red hand starts flashing at you midway through an intersection. But the older we get, the more likely we are to slow down. What’s a city to do?  Find out here.


Volunteering is Good (And Good for You!)

Study after study has shown the mental and physical benefits of volunteering.  Now comes news from Carnegie Mellon researchers that Volunteering reduces risk of hypertension in older adults.  Volunteer Match has even come up with "Volunteer Profiles," a way to help make you a better volunteer.  And Coming of Age founding partner, AARP, via it Create the Good program has a myriad of ways to help you enjoy giving back, including becoming a “voluntourist” (Doing good while you travel).


Work is Good (And There Are Ways to Make It Better!)

Watch Coming of Age founding partner WHYY much?  You should.  Now, here’s another reason to.The PBS NewsHour has expanded its ongoing reporting on older workers with a new interactive web page called "New Adventures for Older Workers.” Check it out. Scrolling through the page is an experience itself.   Want to stay healthy at work?  Get off your duff and do some stuff. Those may soon be doctors’ orders—straight from the American Medical Association. 


Health Matters: Surprising, Alarming… and Disgusting

We’ve been repeatedly told to cut back on salt to reduce the risk of heart disease. But there are new questions being raised about the possible risks of reducing sodium too much. And what government agency might justifiably be accused of being anti-salubrious? The FDA! Read about a debate on "Is the FDA's Caution Hazardous to Our Health?" Spoiler alert: This next one might actually make you sick. The Associated Press reports that “Doctors and nurses among nearly 100 charged in $223 million Medicare fraud busts in 8 cities.”  (Philly’s not one). Guess these health care pros were texting during class the day they reviewed the Hippocratic Oath.


Work: Would be Good for Economy, but Can You Get It?

Freud said it best: “Love and work are the cornerstones of our humanness.” We’ll leave the amatory advice for another time, but it looks like it would be a boon to the economy for us to keep toiling until at least 70 (A bit at odds with the above piece about 61 being the average retirement age, no?). As baby boomers age, the 65+ population will grow from about 13 percent of America’s population in 2010 to 20 percent by 2030. If we work, so some economists argue, we could stimulate economic growth. Maybe more meaning and more money? Time will tell. Well, work is nice if you can get it, but you can’t always, even if you try. The Huffington Post calls being older an “elephant in the room” for many job seekers. Go here.


12, 7, 3 and More: Retirement by the Numbers

First, that hoary question:  What’s Your Number?  These quick and dirty formulas are meant to motivate you to save more. Another question: Isn’t a satisfying retirement really about much more than a number?  We certainly think so. So do our friends at Market Watch. The US News and World Report offers these “12 Important Retirement Planning Deadlines;” USA Today, these “7 mistakes to avoid in retirement planning;” and The Motley Fool, “3 Retirement Planning Musts for Women.” Enough already with the numbers.
 
 


Average Retirement Age Is 61. Surprised? Retiring on 1/4 of 1%. Ouch!

No less an authority than Gallup has determined that the current average age for retiring in our country is 61—UP from 57 in the early 1990s. On the other hand, see below for how older adults are being encouraged to work till their 70s (if they can find jobs!).  And if you hold to the strategy of trying to keep you money "safe" in Certificates of Deposit, surprise, surprise, many CDs pay only .25% these days. Low interest rates are not the only factor that’s making retirement, a period heretofore identified with rest and relaxation, stressful.


We Have Met the Enemy and It is Us

Topics: Aging, Agism, Boomers

It would be nice to think that as the 76-milllion-strong baby-boom generation marches into older age, it will trample age discrimination into the dust. Don’t hold your breath. While some say there are signs of incremental improvement—the bias may be a little less blatant than in decades past — it’s also true that mature folks probably are as likely as anyone to demonstrate a bias against people their own age. Surprised? Disappointed? Or, smart you, you figured that was the case?  Here’s the full story.