The Despair That’s Killing White, Middle-Aged Americans

For decades, the death rate among all groups of Americans has been steadily declining, thanks to advances in medicine and quality of life. But 15 years ago, that trend suddenly reversed for one group: white Americans ages 45 to 54. In what a new study termed “an epidemic of despair,” two Princeton economists find that suicide, alcoholism and drug abuse are driving up deaths among less-educated, middle-aged, white Americans — some of it due to job loss and financial woes. The number …

What’s the ‘Perfect’ Age?

If you could skip through time and live forever at a certain point in life, what age would it be? Given our traditionally youth-obsessed culture and penchant for nostalgia, you might guess that most Americans would choose to be perpetual teenagers. Well, guess again. According to a new Harris poll, Americans overall consider the ideal age to be 50. Just a decade ago, the average respondents pegged the perfect age as 41. Turn your goals and dreams into Real Possibilities …

Middle-Aged Women Have Most Empathy

Looking for someone to really listen and care? Talk to a woman in her 50s. A new University of Michigan study of more than 75,000 adults, ages 18 to 90, found that late-middle-aged women were the most empathetic – more so than either men the same age or anyone (of either gender) older or younger. Overall, middle-aged adults were more empathetic – meaning more likely to react emotionally to the experiences of others and to understand things from another person’s …