Painkiller Death Rate Highest Among Older Adults

The rate of overdose deaths from powerful painkillers has nearly quadrupled since 1999, but new government figures show that since 2006, the rate of increase has finally slowed — except among older adults. According to a newly released Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, the rate of fatal overdoses from prescription painkillers is still highest among those ages 45 to 54, with the fastest increase in deaths over the past decade among those 55 to 64. In 2011, …

Pope to Celebrate Mass for Grandparents Sept. 28

by Nicole Winfield, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — First, Pope Francis married 20 couples to highlight the role of families as the heart of the Catholic Church. Next up is a special Mass for grandparents. Francis and 100 elderly priests will celebrate a Mass in St. Peter’s Square on Sept. 28 in honor of the elderly, part of his long-standing belief that old people shouldn’t be shut away in retirement homes but should be actively cherished for their wisdom. …

The Slow March to Adulthood for Millennials

What defines adulthood? For boomers, the markers were education, marriage and starting a family, usually by our early to mid-20s. For our adult children, those markers often come five to 10 years later, as they take their time finishing a degree (or two) and delay starting a career, finding a life partner and having children. Even then, many don’t consider themselves full-fledged adults. That’s among the findings from a new survey of “established adults, aged 25-39” by Clark University professor …

For Older Couples, Happy Wife Means Happy Life

As country singer Tracy Byrd put it, “When mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy.” And a new study backs him up. Researchers at the University of Michigan and Rutgers University in New Brunswick, N.J., found that for older married couples, when the wife is happy with the marriage, the husband is more likely to say he’s happy with his life — even if he’s not quite as satisfied with the union as she is. “I think it comes down to …

This Week in Boomer History: ‘Goldfinger’ … Camp David

Noteworthy events from our shared experience Comedian Bill Cosby launches The Cosby Show on NBC Sept. 20, 1984. “Behind the scenes,” writes commentator Ta-Nehisi Coates, “Cosby hired the Harvard psychiatrist Alvin Poussaint to make sure that the show never trafficked in stereotypes and that it depicted blacks in a dignified light.” Other TV premieres this week: Peyton Place, Flipper,The Addams Family and Bewitched — all began in 1964. >> Do You Remember These Boomer TV Shows? In the tennis “Battle of …

Challenge to Texas Voter ID Law Goes to Trial

Discrimination against older voters is a focus of a trial in federal court this month over a strict voter ID law in Texas. Although the challenge to the 2011 law chiefly targets its impact on racial minorities, the opening of the case in Corpus Christi featured elderly witnesses who complained that the new requirements impose undue logistical and financial burdens on them. >> AARP Voter Education Guide   Sammie Louise Bates, who was born in 1940, said that she couldn’t …