Money & Savings | News RoundupsThese days, keeping up with the Joneses is more likely to involve night classes than a new sofa. A study on boomer spending habits found middle-aged adults today spend less on leisure and frills than previous generations but more on education, adult children and mortgage debt.
News RoundupsEleven people — including nine children — were hit when Preston Carter, 100, backed his “powder blue Cadillac” on to a Los Angeles sidewalk Wednesday. Everyone is expected to survive, but four children remain at the hospital after being in critical condition. “I think it was a miscalculation on his part,” said the local police captain. “The gentleman is elderly. Obviously he is going to have some impairment on his decision making.”
News RoundupsIf your sleep quality feels like it’s worsening with age, you might not be dreaming: The older we get, the more we’re at risk for conditions such as insomnia, sleep apnea and snoring, doctors say. Such sleep disturbances won’t merely leave you groggy in the a.m. — they can also up your risk of developing hypertension, depression, heart disease and brain problems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has even classified “insufficient sleep” as a public health epidemic.
News RoundupsLife is good? Most retirees think so, at least according to one new survey. Conducted by USA Today, UnitedHealthcare and the National Council on Aging, the poll of Americans age 60 and older found a surprising amount of optimism in a cohort often painted as scared, sad and struggling.
News RoundupsAfraid of crowds? Heights? Spiders? If you suffer from one of these or other “phobic anxieties” — and about 6 to 10 percent of the American population does — it could mean you’ll age more rapidly than your non-phobic counterparts. In fact, a study published this week found that compared to a person with no phobic symptoms, seriously anxious individuals were aging about six years faster.