Is 70 the new 60? I just stumbled across this study and you can imagine my interest, being well into 77 years old.
A new Stony Brook University-led study to be published in PLOS ONE uses new measures of aging to scientifically illustrate that one’s actual age is not necessarily the best measure of human aging itself, but rather aging should be based on the number of years people are likely to live in a given country in the 21st Century.
The study combines the new measures of aging with probabilistic projections from the United Nations and predicts an end to population aging in the U.S. and other countries before the end of the century. Population aging – when the median age rises in a country because of increasing life expectancy and lower fertility rates — is a concern for countries because of the perception that population aging leads to declining numbers of working age people and additional social burdens.
According to Warren Sanderson, Professor of Economics at Stony Brook University and the lead author, this study’s projections imply that as life expectancies increase people are generally healthier with better cognition at older ages and countries can adjust public policies appropriately as to population aging.
Really good information in this.
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You probably know that exercise and diet are important when it comes to aging well. But there is something else you control that can help you along: a positive attitude.
Research shows more and more that your approach to life may be just as important in making your “golden years” your best years.
Aging: It’s in Your Mind
Growing older brings with it some natural changes (think those creaky knees). But folks who see good years ahead and who don’t accept stereotypes about aging — such as you’re less useful — may actually live longer.
And there’s science to back that up.
One study found that thinking positively about getting older can extend lifespan by 7.5 years. And that’s after accounting for things such as gender, wealth, and overall health. Some 660 women and men in Ohio joined this study, and they were monitored for more than 20 years.
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This study indicates that older adults taking up exercise are not at increased risk of injury versus younger age groups.
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Sometimes the fear of getting hurt prevents older adults from starting an exercise program. However, new research shows this is not the case.
The research findings were published last week by the Canadian Centre for Activity and Aging, conducted by the University of Western Ontario London.
The study looked at 12 months of data for exercise-related injuries in previously sedentary community-dwelling older adults following an exercise intervention. Here’s a summary of the study’s methods, results and conclusions with 167 older adults participating.
A questionnaire developed for use in older adults was administered to document self-reported injuries. Linear regression analysis was conducted to identify covariates related to injury outcomes.
Results summary: 23 people (14%) reported injuries. 41% of injuries were to the lower extremities, where the most common type was overuse muscle strains (32%, n=7). Overexertion was the most common cause of injury (n=9) and walking accounted for half of the…
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Major life changes are coin of the realm for senior citizens whose experience includes retirement from a lifelong career, loss of loved ones and the physical changes of aging. The last thing seniors need is bad information on the changes they are living through.
Help.org dispels several of the most widespread and damaging myths.
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MYTH: Old age means poor health and disability.
Fact: There are some diseases that are more common in older adults. However, getting old does not automatically mean poor health or that you will be confined to a walker or wheelchair. Plenty of older adults enjoy vigorous health. Preventative measures like healthy eating, exercising and managing stress can help reduce the risk of chronic disease and fall risk later in life. We have covered each of these subjects in the blog. Here are several: Exercise, Aging and the Brain. Some Super Tools for Handling Stress, Mediterranean Diet Linked to Slower Mental Decline – Tufts.
MYTH: Memory loss is an inevitable part of aging.
Fact: You may eventually notice you don’t remember experiences as easily as in the past, and memories may take longer to retrieve. However, significant memory loss is not an inevitable result of aging. Brain training and new learning can occur at any age. And there are many things you can do to keep your memory sharp. We posted Memory Loss is Not Inevitable for Seniors.
MYTH: You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.
Fact: One of the more damaging myths of aging is that after a certain age, you just won’t be able to try anything new or contribute things anymore. Quite the contrary. Older adults are just as capable of learning new things, thriving in new environments, and sharing their wisdom and experience with many generations. If you believe in yourself and have confidence in yourself, you are setting up a positive environment for change no matter what your age. We posted Optimizing Brain Fitness.
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I am a senior citizen and I practice everything listed on this page. I am going kicking and screaming into old age. The biggest mistake you can make is to quit on yourself. Check out my post from my recent birthday I am 75 and Happy to be Alive.