The Takeaway: Patients Flock to Life Expectancy Website ePrognosis

Crystal 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.

The Takeaway: Romney Takes New Hampshire; Online Tools Estimate Life Expectancy

Older voters propelled Mitt Romney to victory in the New Hampshire Republican primary. A new website provides interactive tools for assessing likelihood to die. And ‘virtual villages’ are helping older adults who need a little assistance around the home or with completing routine errands.

The Takeaway: Sexting; Sandwich Generation; Olive Oil

Updated: Anthony Weiner, right, resigns. Why is this news in this space? People over 50 are sexting more often than you think. While it may not be in the same manner as the former New York Congressman – many are doing it to keep things spicy with their spouses and partners – it is happening.

A few things to check out…

In case you missed it yesterday, Elinor Ginzler, AARP Senior Vice President for Livable Communities, participated in a live chat on the Washington Post’s website, answering questions all about the financial and emotional costs of caring for elderly parents. Ginzler joined Paula Span, co-author of “When the Time Comes: Families With Aging Parents Share Their Struggles And Solutions,” the Washington Post’s Michelle Singletary in answering several reader questions about how to handle this important, and often times tough, situation. You …

Longevity News

I don’t eat seafood – but this article from the Wall Street Journal today is seriously making a good case for consuming more fish with omega-3 fatty acids. Sure, we’ve known for a long time that those acids are linked to a healthy heart – but a new study from the Journal of the American Medical Association shows that there may be another benefit of omega 3: longevity. Patients who had high intake of omega-3 had relatively longer “telomeres,” which …

Last Minute Gifts!

We all do it – wait until the final possible moment to find the perfect gifts for our friends and family. This article from Fox Business online highlights gift ideas for the retirees (or “semi- or soon-to-be retirees”) in your life. I may take some of this advice, because I always find the hardest people to buy gifts for are my retired grandparents! The gift ideas in the article are separated by the type of person your retiree is – …