The Financial Burden of Being a Family Caregiver

Caring for family or friends is not just a matter of love and time, it’s also a matter of dollars and cents. According to a new survey from Caring.com, nearly half of caregivers spend more than $5,000 per year — a whopping $25,000 over the average caregiving stint of five years. And many spend far more. Complicating things is the reluctance of caregivers to talk about finances: Seven out of 10 have not spoken with loved ones about how to …

Thinning Hair: What Women Can Do About It

Losing 100 to 150 strands of hair per day may sound catastrophic, but it’s actually the normal rate. If you’re shedding more than that, however, you may be one of the millions of women who are experiencing hair loss. The result is hard-to-handle thinning hair. When should you start worrying about this particularly virulent strain of flyaway hair? Well, some hair loss is temporary: It may be brought on by stress, poor eating habits or a body trauma such as …

Can Your Face Predict How Long You’ll Live?

Scientists are working on technology that would predict how long you’re likely to live based on how your face has aged, the Washington Post reports. And you can help them – but more on that in a minute. The project is the brainchild of Jay Olshansky, a biodemographer at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who told the Post that it’s drawn the interest of insurance company executives who see its potential for helping to set premiums. The technology is …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Google’s latest self-driving car doesn’t have a steering wheel or brake pedal. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Some astronomers insist that the likelihood of life beyond earth is “close to 100 percent,” scientists testified recently. (Learn more at The Independent) 3. Traveling the globe, Biddy the hedgehog is an Instagram sensation. (Learn more at Daily Dot)   >> Sign up for the AARP Money newsletter 4. If you think that home is the place to recuperate from work, …

Calling All Cynics: Your Mistrust Is Bad for Your Brain

If you’re a cynic, you’ll probably disregard this, but researchers say that cynical mistrust will triple your risk of developing dementia. Scoff all you want, but researchers in Finland who tested 1,449 older adults (average age: 71) found that highly cynical people were three times more likely to develop dementia than those with a more trusting, optimistic personality, according to a study published today in the journal Neurology. In other words, “your personality may affect your brain health,” explained lead …

Whatever Happened to ‘In Sickness and in Health’?

Well, this is depressing: A new study finds that an older couple is more likely to divorce if the wife gets seriously ill, but not if the husband does. While the health consequences of divorce are well known, researchers wanted to see how marriage in couples age 50 and older was affected when one spouse developed a serious health condition like cancer, heart disease, lung disease or stroke. They examined 20 years of data on 2,717 marriages from the Health …