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Today my class of Experience Corps students celebrated their 100th day of school! When I got to school the teacher had placed “100th day of school” signs all over the walls. To celebrate, the children made crowns with a “100″ featured prominently on the front, and decorated their headband with 100 hearts, numbers, triangles, dots, letters-whatever they were moved to create. And even if they didn’t get 100 “somethings” down on the paper, when the adults stapled the bands to fit …
A new report from the UK finds that when it comes to treating alcohol-related ailments, middle-aged patients cost England’s National Health Service 10 times more than younger adults.
Television is still the preferred news source for half of Americans, though it may not retain its dominance for long. While about 60 percent of older adults prefer TV news, just 34 percent of 18 to 35-year-olds say it’s their top choice, with 55 percent of this younger cohort preferring Internet news sources. And that’s far from the only generational difference in news preferences and interest. According to a recent Harris Interactive poll, the age groups differ not only in their preferred news sources but in the ways they consume and pay attention to news, as well.
“You get to fall asleep with the rocking of the waves and the wind, and with the Internet, you can home-office from just about anywhere,” says Ian Morton, an American semi-retiree who spends half the year on a houseboat outside Montreal, Canada. Morton, 51, one of several “rambling retirees” profiled by Reuters in a piece on boomers who are bucking the “aging in place” trend. Though exact stats are hard to come by, evidence points to a growing number of grown-ups trading houses and retirement communities for houseboats, RVs and strangers’ sofas.
The global population of over-60-year-olds will reach one billion within the decade, according to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA). In a new report, the organization warns that discrimination, abuse and violence against older adults — and especially older women — are still common, even in wealthy industrialized nations.
So do you want the good news first or the bad news? OK, the good news: We’re feeling better about our net worth and our finances in general. According to a new index that measures our perceptions of our financial security, most of us between the ages of 50 and 64 believe that our overall financial picture has improved in the last 12 months. Yes, we still have a long way to go, but let’s not ruin a feel-good (or …