A computer programmer and a kid in a Batman suit walk into a pancake house…it sounds like a joke, but it really happened, and now the programmer, Dave Vockell, has a new product to bring to market. It’s an app to help seniors talk to their doctors about medical care.
“Like all great health care breakthroughs, it happened at the International House of Pancakes,” he says, half-jokingly. Continue reading
More than 18,000 seniors died as the result of falls in 2010, and thousands more are injured every year, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The nation’s largest and most intensive study of how to best prevent seniors’ injuries from falling will begin next year under a $30 million grant announced Wednesday by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health.
For the second year in a row, the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs conducted a survey of attitudes towards long-term care among those over age 40. The survey, funded by a grant from The SCAN Foundation which is also a PBS NewsHour underwriter, found that 58% – a 7% increase from last year – now favor a government-administered long-term care insurance program and 81% favor tax breaks to encourage saving for long-term care. Continue reading
Diet and exercise fads you see on TV or online usually sell themselves by featuring trim, athletic men and women in their 20s. But as the average age in the U.S. shifts older, there is a growing need for workouts tailor-made for retired people to help them maintain independence and lifestyle as they age. Continue reading
The “Coedikette” was handed out to female students at University of Florida every year. It outlined a list of rules and guidelines that applied only to women on campus. Continue reading
Step over nursing homes and golf communities. More baby boomers are reaching 67 and, unsatisfied with just the status quo options for retirement, they are looking for unique lifestyles that satiate their desire to join an active, intellectually stimulating and inter-generational community. Continue reading
Remember your first roommate? OK your first roommate who wasn’t your sibling? It was probably in college or just after you graduated when you thought the world was open to a million possibilities, and you and your best friend would conquer the world. Well turns out roommates aren’t just wasted on the young. Baby Boomers are realizing the benefits of communal living, too. Continue reading
Bonnie Moore was worried about losing her five-bedroom home in Bowie, Maryland, when she and her husband divorced at the height of the recession. So the 69-year-old decided to make lemonade out of her sour situation and began advertising for roommates. “Golden Girls wanted,” read the ad. Six years later, she’s still comfortably in her home with three new “friends.” And now she’s helping other women do the same. Continue reading
For the 42 million Americans who take care of loved ones at home, the responsibilities of care — once the purview of trained nurses — have become increasingly complex. AARP has begun to advocate for greater caregiver support through public policy and legislation, but the health care industry may be wary of additional regulation. Special correspondent Kathleen McCleery reports. Continue reading