In April, the AARP (American Association of Retired People) published a video challenging people’s perceptions of old age : how old is old? What can or can’t an older person do? Millennials and Baby boomers have different answers to these questions. [Read more…] about How old is old? Ask Millennials.
Agnes Fenton comes from New Jersey and recently celebrated her 110th birthday!
The centenarian has surprised her relatives and doctor with her iron constitution. She justifies her lifespan and good shape with the special diet she has followed for 70 years. She drinks three beers and a glass of whisky every day. [Read more…] about 110-year-old Agnes Fenton has a special secret to explain her impressive lifespan
On July 21st, 2015, President Barack Obama welcomed a telepresence robot into the White House for the first time. Robotics tend to become an integral part of our daily life. In the near future, several applications will be developed for our comfort, especially on the Silver Economy area.
In 2010, the Blue Button was launched in the United States at the initiative of President Barack Obama. The Blue Button is an application every American can use to download all of the data from their medical file.
In Europe, the Netherlands wish to set up an equivalent of that system.
An American study conducted by Technology Advice focused on the relationship between American patients and their doctors, especially through Internet and the “Patient Portals”.
Patient Portals are internet portals which allow patients to communicate; to be safely monitored by their doctors; to receive analysis results; to take appointments, etc…
According to a survey by Bankrate.com, high medical expenses in old age are the most worrisome factor for Americans, as 28% deem them their “biggest financial worry at retirement”.
Additionally, 23% of respondents worry about their saving running out; 18% believe they won’t be able to afford daily expenses.
When asked about the main reason why they won’t save money for retirement, 33% of respondents said they had just enough money for their daily expenses.
A recent Age UK survey found out that 39% of older people (+65 years old) suffer from loneliness in the United Kingdom: as a response, they launched the “No one should have no one” campaign to raise awareness about the isolation of older people in the UK. Loneliness and social isolation can have a significant impact on people’s health and even life expectancy.
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In the United States, the cannabis market tends to gain ground. Several American states are legalising cannabis, some for medical use only, others for both medical and recreational use.
The debate between those in favour and against cannabis legalising is still going strong. The New York Times published an article in late July promoting its legalisation.
More and more Americans are in favour of the decriminalization of cannabis, whatever their age. This includes the elderly, especially boomers. Many admit they consume cannabis for therapeutic and recreational use.
A part of our brain stays “young” as we age. This is the reveal of a study conducted by American researchers at the University of Adelaide.
Researchers hope that this new discovery on the functioning of the brain will help better understand the evolution of neurodegenerative disorders, and most especially the Alzheimer disorder.
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