July 17, 2012 In a piece in The New York Times, writer Alex Williams explores why it's harder to form meaningful friendships later in life. "As people approach midlife," he writes, "the days of youthful exploration, when life felt like one big blind date, are fading."
July 12, 2012 WNYCFor the first time, more than half of adults 65 and older are using the Internet. Pew Center data shows that trend really picked up in the past year, particularly with help from offline outreach to senior citizens. Besides, few grandparents can resist a wall full of family pictures.
July 4, 2012 Besides damaging your skin, the summer sun's ultraviolet rays can also hurt your eyes. Over time, exposure to UV rays can can raise the risk for cataracts and other eye problems. Take care by wearing proper sunglasses.
June 26, 2012 Consensual sex among aging residents of nursing homes can be fraught. And when those older people are showing signs of dementia, family members sometimes stand in in the way of love.
June 25, 2012 A recent study by researchers at the Mayo Clinic found that obese individuals were 25 percent more likely to develop rheumatoid arthritis than people of normal weight. They say fat cells also make proteins and estrogen that inflame joints in people with rheumatoid arthritis.
June 21, 2012 Many women over 50 grapple with issues related to body image and food. Two-thirds of women surveyed said they were unhappy with their overall appearance. Nearly 8 percent reported purging within the last year, and about 4 percent reporting binge eating at least once a week.
June 18, 2012 Loneliness in older people can predict declines in health and an increased risk of death, a six-year-long study found. People over 60 who feel lonely had a 45 percent higher risk of death than those who weren't lonely.