Top 10 Demographics & Interests Facts About Americans Age 50+

Did you know … there are 108.7 million folks age 50-plus? This includes 76.4 million boomers (born 1946-64), compared with 49 million Gen Xers and 82 million millennials.   Research staff at AARP can rattle off facts about folks 50 years and older like we’re mini-Wikipedias. Although that makes us great at cocktail parties, we recently realized that we take some of this knowledge for granted, and that others might like to have quick access to the basic demographic and behavioral …

Sleep Patterns in Midlife Can Affect Memory Later

Like most Americans, I rarely get the doctor-recommended eight hours of sleep every night. Usually, I get too little sleep. Occasionally, I get too much. So I worried when I saw a new study that found that how much women sleep in middle age can affect their memory later in life. Researchers at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston evaluated the link between sleep duration and memory in more than 15,000 women age 70 and older who were  stroke and …

Are Those Fun Online Quizzes Invading Your Privacy?

What city should you live in? Which Love Boat character are you? What superpower should you have? Fun quizzes are all the rage online these days. Buzzfeed (which says I should live in Portland, Ore.) is leading the charge, but even the scholarly Pew Research Center (“How Millennial Are You?”) and the New York Times (“How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk”) have a hand in the fad. The exercises are addictive, shareable, entertaining. So what’s not to like? Here’s …

Poll: Nearly half of adults 50+ are currently trying to lose weight

Recently, I wrote about New Year’s resolutions and that, among those 50 years and older with resolutions, 25% are working on health/fitness goals–the largest category by far. We’ve found this focus on health and fitness in a variety of other research too. For example, AARP research shows that when many people are turning 50, they set a goal to lose weight and get in shape before that big day. In an AARP  study of conversations online about 50th birthdays, losing …

Resolutions poll: Are you keeping your goals?

It’s February of a new year, and for many that means starting to see some results from those January resolutions. And for some others…perhaps it means starting to slip on those January resolutions. How have you guys been doing? I don’t do resolutions myself, and somewhat to my surprise, I am not alone. In fact, I’m in the majority! According to an AARP survey we conducted in December, only 37% of US adults say they set goals at the beginning …

Meditation Rivals Medication for Depression

Want a free, easy tip for reducing anxiety, depression and pain without medications? Try meditation. New research finds that meditation may be equally as effective as antidepressants in helping to reduce anxiety, depression and pain, according to a review of studies published Monday in JAMA Internal Medicine. Researchers reviewed 47 randomized clinical trials with 3,515 participants and found that mindfulness meditation improved symptoms of depression by 10 to 20 percent and symptoms of anxiety by 5 to 10 percent. “This is …