What’s Important to Older Residents? Just Ask!

What makes someone age 50+ want to stay in their community – or want to leave? For most, the answer is feeling safe and having good schools. Those are the two top answers from more than 4,500 people age 50+ surveyed for a just-released AARP Public Policy Institute (PPI) report on what older adults feel is important for what is termed a “livable community.” (I’m guessing that excellent schools are connected to higher property values and perceived as contributing to a quality …

New Tech Tools Promise to Make Caregiving Easier

Make room in your life for technology, family caregivers. That was a recurring theme at the American Society on Aging (ASA) annual conference that ended this past Saturday. And it was seconded heartily at the Boomer Summit, a daylong event held during ASA for entrepreneurs, businesses and organizations that market to boomers and older adults. At the Boomer Summit, 85 out of the 300 companies there focused on caregivers. Thousands listened to ASA panels and presentations not only on technology …

Older Job Seekers Have Little Patience for Long Search

When it comes to the stressful search for a job, older workers apparently have less tolerance for the process. Most either land a job or stop searching altogether within a year or less, according to a study by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College. Those who have employer-paid pensions, retirement assets and Social Security to rely on were more likely to end the job hunt even sooner, usually within four months, the study found. In fact, just being eligible …

Report Shows Americans Don’t Worry About Aging Population

“What? Me worry?” Those famous words of Mad Magazine’s fictitious Alfred E. Neuman seem to sum up the attitude Americans have about whether aging is a problem in this country. A just-released Pew Research Center global aging report asked residents of 21 countries if they thought the burgeoning number of older people was a “major problem” for their country and for themselves. In fact, the United States ranked No. 19, or two places from the lowest. Japanese and South Koreans, who …

Boomers Downbeat Over Financial Future

With her wavy long hair, bell-bottom jeans and a peace sign hanging from her neck, Rita Beck was much like other boomer women who came of age in the trippy, turbulent 1960s and 1970s. They attended college in record numbers, seized job opportunities their mothers never had and reveled in their independence. “Our parents scrimped for everything,” says Beck, 58, of Janesville, Wis.  “We boomers came on the scene and said, ‘Who needs to save for a house when you …

Singing to Destigmatize Alzheimer’s

Having college students and older adults with Alzheimer’s sing together can change younger choir members’ perceptions of dementia and reduce social isolation in those with the disease and their family caregivers. These are the findings of a pilot study conducted last spring at the John Carroll University in Ohio. (The study will be published this April in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias.) The dementia study is part of a worldwide effort to try to normalize the …