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Community Caregiving in Cohousing

Posted on 06/6/2013 by | Caregiving | Comments

CaregivingRemember when neighborhoods were like caring villages? I never had that experience, but got more than a hint when I visited Camelot Cohousing in Berlin, Mass., a couple of weeks ago. I went to do a housing story and found a family caregiving story! It also brought home the point that there are many ways to grow old and have support. Whether you’re a boomer or in your 70s and beyond, it’s an interesting option. First, the cohousing concept: People …

Reimagining Communities for Future Generations

Posted on 06/6/2013 by | AARP Education & Outreach | Comments

Great PlacesJanuary 1, 2011, the day the baby boomers began turning 65, marked the beginning of the greatest demographic shift in our nation’s history – a shift that will see one of every five Americans age 65 and older by 2050. We’ve been talking about the impending age Boom for years. Well, suffice to say that the boom is here. Often, the ‘aging’ of America is talked about in the aggregate.  Indeed, here in Washington, conversations about the aging population usually …

Boomer Suicides Soar: Is the Economy to Blame?

Posted on 05/3/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthWas it because of the devastating economic recession of the past decade, or the widespread mortgage crisis? Or maybe it was due to the abuse of prescription painkillers like OxyContin, or the pressure of being the “sandwich generation”? There are plenty of theories for why new government figures show the suicide rate for middle-aged Americans — adults ages 35 to 64 — jumped nearly 30 percent between 1999 and 2010. The increase was even higher — a 40 percent rise …

Aging Boomers Less Healthy Than Their Parents

Posted on 02/6/2013 by | Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthThe nation’s 78 million baby boomers may be living longer than their parents, but a new study finds that boomers have worse health than the previous generation. Researchers from the West Virginia University School of Medicine and the Medical University of South Carolina wondered if those born between 1946 and 1964 were living longer only because of advances in medicine, not because they were really healthier than prior generations. To find out, the researchers compared the boomers’ and an earlier generations’ …

Young People Say They’ll Do Better Than Their Parents

Posted on 02/4/2013 by | Washington Watch | Comments

Bulletin TodayA generation of pessimists has spawned an enthusiastically upbeat generation of kids. A newly released Gallup Poll shows that only 5 percent of the children interviewed thought it was unlikely they would not have a better life than their parents. Adults surveyed last month for the USA/Today Gallup poll were split evenly on their hopes for the future of their children. A full 43 percent of the children polled, grades 5 through 12, thought it was very likely they would do …

More Americans Support Aging Parents — And Grown Kids

Posted on 01/30/2013 by | Aging, Home & Family Expert | Comments

CaregivingFor many years, we’ve thought of the “sandwich generation” as people who are taking care of older parents while raising young children of their own. But that seems to be changing. Many people today are taking care of their moms and dads— and, increasingly, their grown kids who still need financial help. So even though their nests are empty, their wallets are quickly emptying too. According to a new Pew Research Center report released today: Nearly half (47%) of adults age 40-59 have a parent 65 or …