News RoundupsA new report finds 20 percent of older adults suffer from mental health or substance abuse problems. With an aging boomer population and a serious shortage of doctors, nurses and other health workers trained in mental health care, “the burden of mental illness and substance abuse disorders in older adults in the United States borders on a crisis,” researchers say.
News RoundupsAt public radio stations across the country, the biggest draws are decades-old shows like “A Prairie Home Companion” (started in 1974), “Fresh Air” (1987) and “This American Life” (1995). This has some producers trying to ‘youthanize’ NPR, if you will, with new programs designed to attract younger listeners. But could these appeals seriously change the tone of U.S. public radio?
News RoundupsInexpensive apps for touching-up digital photos has made the kind of airbrushing artistry once reserved for celebrities available to the rest of us. Yes, we can now apply the same image altering techniques used on models and magazine covers to our own Match.com or LinkedIn profiles. But is it a good idea?
News RoundupsA new study found people 75 to 90 years old have a recognizable smell that can’t be explained fully by diet, environment or anything else. It was distinctive enough that younger participants could identify an older person by body odor alone–but not unpleasant. In fact, older men and women were rated as less intense and less unpleasant smelling than other age groups.
News RoundupsBy now you’ve probably heard of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, the British retirees in India movie starring Judi Dench and Maggie Smith (both 77), Bill Nighy and Tom Wilkinson. What you may not know is that the film, which cost about $10 million to make, has ticket sales approaching $100 million since opening earlier this month. Turns out that when you make movies that give talented older actors something to work with, you’ll attract older audiences.