life expectancy

More Than Our Golden Girls

Posted on 06/26/2013 by |Volunteering | Comments

Your LifeIn my nine years on Facebook, I’ve seen all kinds of posts. I was a senior in college when I joined, and photos back then — the few that friends uploaded to “random pics” albums — were from formals, study abroad, graduation. Slowly, engagements and bachelor/ette parties started trickling into the mix. Now that I’m 30, it’s weddings, reunions, houses, babies. Something new is happening in my Newsfeed these days, though, and I can’t “like” it enough: grandmas. From my …

Women Face Tough Challenges in Retirement … But Can Overcome Them!

Posted on 04/30/2013 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Public Policy Institute | WorkThe writer Oscar Wilde said “When I was young I thought that money was the most important thing in life; now that I am old I know that it is.” This is a great insight into how vital money can be at older ages — when we have a much more difficult time earning money or just can no longer work. A recent report from AARP’s Public Policy Institute, An Uphill Climb: Women Face Greater Obstacles to Retirement Security, highlights …

New Health Test: Sit on the Floor. Now Get Up

Posted on 12/13/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHow long are you going to live? Here’s one way to predict: How easily can you get up from sitting on the floor? A new Brazilian study  just published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology found that middle-aged and elderly adults who needed to use their hands and their knees to get up and down were almost seven times more likely to die within six years, compared with those who could get up and down without support, NBC News …

Want To Live Longer? Drink Coffee

Posted on 05/17/2012 by |Personal Health and Well-being | Comments

Bulletin Today | Personal HealthHere’s some sweet news to add to your morning coffee:  Regular coffee drinkers are likely to live longer, says the largest study ever done on the subject. Even better, it doesn’t matter whether you drink regular or decaf. To examine the relationship between coffee and health, researchers with the National Institutes of Health looked at the coffee drinking habits of more than 400,000 AARP members ages 50 to 71 between 1995 and 1996, then followed them until 2008. Those who …

The Takeaway: Why Aren’t American Women Gaining In Life Expectancy As Fast As Men?

Posted on 04/23/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayWomen Lag in Life Expectancy Gains: American women are still expected to outlive their male counterparts by four years, but gains in women’s longevity have slowed, according to a new study of mortality data. Between 1989 and 2009, life expectancy for U.S. men improved by an average of 4.6 years, while women’s life expectancy improved by just 2.7 years. In many U.S. counties, women’s life spans were shorter than they were 20 years ago.

The Takeaway: Patients Flock to Life Expectancy Website ePrognosis

Posted on 02/21/2012 by |Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayCrystal Ball 2.0: In the five weeks since a team of California doctors launched ePrognosis, the life expectancy predicting website has attracted more than half a million visits.