Grandma Betty: Why ‘Cute’ Can’t Capture It

Let me first say I love what’s going on with Grandma Betty, the Indiana octogenarian turned Instagram star. When Betty was diagnosed with terminal cancer, her great-grandson Zach opened an account (@grandmabetty33) to chronicle her journey. More than 309,000 followers later, what started as a project for friends and family has turned into a worldwide sensation. I just love that the bond between a great-grandmother and her teenage great-grandson, more than 60 years her junior, has inspired an outpouring of …

Are Older People Treated With Less Respect?

Do you think you get worse service and people treat you with less respect and courtesy if you’re older? A surprising proportion of older people say ‘yes.’ In fact, one in three say they feel they’ve been mistreated because of their age, according to a recent study published in Research on Aging. Even more troubling, the effects of this perceived discrimination results in more depression and lower ratings of self-reported health, reports the New York Times. The study looked at the …

Who’re You Calling Slow? Older Brains Can Match Young Ones, Study Says

Are older brains slower to make decisions? Yes, but they’re just as accurate as young  brains — even up to ages 85 and 90, new research finds. “Many people think that it is just natural for older people’s brains to slow down as they age, but we’re finding that isn’t always true,”  Roger Ratcliff, professor of psychology at Ohio State University, said in a press release. “At least in some situations, 70-year-olds may have response times similar to those of …

Is 75 Too Old For Routine Screening Tests?

If you’re 75 or older, you don’t need routine screening for breast, colorectal and prostate cancer. If you’re a woman age 65 or older, you don’t need to be tested for cervical cancer (the Pap test or Pap smear). These are the current guidelines from the U.S. Preventive Service Task Force, but a new study finds that many older Americans are being routinely screened for these diseases — something experts say is unnecessary,  costly for our health care system, and …