Is America ready for more “old” men? That’s the discussion that’s taking place in Room for Debate over on NYTimes.com. As the number of men over 65 has increased by 21 percent in the last decade “what are the implications – the benefits and the costs – of having more men around longer?” Women generally outlive men, so how would our lives change with more older men in the country? Will you have to support both parents instead of one? Or would they take care of each other – living longer, healthier, happier lives? Will having more men around keep the seniors dating pool fresh? In other words, will older people “step up their game?” Looks like it.
… Meet Marie Kolstad. The California widow works fulltime, is socially active and has dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Last month she had an $8,000 breast lift. She’s 83. Yes. And she’s not the only one. “According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2010 there were 84,685 surgical procedures among patients age 65 and older. ” That’s women and men.
… Market plummets after U.S credit rating is downgraded. The Dow closed down 635 yesterday. But don’t panic. And don’t sell. Here are seven good moves to consider. … Diane Nyad update: The 61-year-old ended her attempt to swim 103 miles from Cuba to Key West, Fla., in open water and without a shark cage. … Some good news: Medicare prescription premiums won’t go up next year. … More good news: Airlines begin rolling back fare hikes.
… Bernadine Healy dies. The first woman to direct the National Institutes of Health and the leader of the American Red Cross during the Sept. 11 terror attacks died at her home in suburban Cleveland on Saturday.
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