Seniors, age 65+, currently make up nearly 17% of the United States population, yet statistics show that cities and communities across the country are not doing nearly enough to accommodate their needs.

According to the Bipartisan Policy Center, by 2050 the number of Americans aged 65+ is expected to double to 106.8 million from 54.1 million today. The Washington D.C.-based think tank recently released a report calling for on United States government to start providing seniors the tools, resources and accommodations they need to live comfortably in their retirement years.  

One of the greatest needs is for appropriate housing and policies that promote the creation of housing to fit needs of older Americans. 


Posted June 2016


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Discovering a Cure for the Sixth Leading Cause of Death in the U.S. 

November is National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and research and development for detecting and treating the disease is improving.

It’s a sad statistic that every 67 seconds today—and every 33 seconds by 2030—someone in the United States develops Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. 5.2 million Americans are already affected.

The degenerative disease is the most common form of dementia and has no known treatment. Another complication is that scientists aren’t entirely certain about its cause, making the disease more terrifying—especially for those over 65 of which every 1 in 9 is diagnosed.

Several early tests that would identify and treat Alzheimer’s disease have been introduced this year. The most recent development is a blood test that could soon detect and treat the disease up to 10 years before symptoms appear. 

While the test still requires replication, validation and a larger, long-term study, it has tested with 100% accuracy. The test examines the brain’s insulin resistance, an indicator of the disease, and the blood levels of insulin receptor IRS-1. Researchers claim that the blood levels of this receptor might be capable of detecting Alzheimer’s up to a decade before clinical diagnosis. 


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November 2014

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  Are You Living in a 'Stroke Belt' State?



In a disturbing piece of research that will clearly not boost real estate prices, researchers at Duke University have identified a “Stroke Belt”.

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Focusing on Strokes and Prevention: 
A stoke involves a loss of blood supply and oxygen to the brain. The causes range from a ruptured blood vessel to a clotted artery.  
The result is often a loss of feeling on one side of 
the body, which can sometimes account for a patient dribbling saliva from the mouth, as muscle control is lost. Depending on the severity of the stroke, the symptoms can range from "pins and needles" to complete paralysis.



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Let Someone else take over the Wheel: 
When it is Time to Take the Keys Away


When people age, the skills associated with driving, especially vision, hearing, and motor skills can begin to decrease. This means that some individuals may come to a point where they should not continue driving for their own safety and the safety of others


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Freshen Up Your Face: 

7 Tips to Lighten Your Dark Spots 


Sure, freckles were cute when you were a kid, but as you age, they only make you look older.  In fact, a 2006 study conducted at the Ludwig-Boltzmann Institute for

Urban Ethology in Austria showed that uneven skin tone can add as much as 20 years to someone's appearance.  "Whether a woman is 17 or 70, the contrast of skin tone plays a significant role in the way her age, beauty, and health is perceived." said study co-author Dr. Bernhard Fink.  


Fortunately, there's a lot you can do to even out speckled skin.  From products to home remedies to dermatologist treatments, here's how to lighten your dark spots and brighten your skin tone overall.  You'll look younger in no time.


Posted 2014

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Be the One That is Dressed for the Part: 
8 fashion mistakes that age you 


Fashion commandments like the age-old "Thou shalt no wear 'mom jeans'" exist

for a reason: to help you look and feel your best, balancing style and comfort. But what are the other rules to make sure you're not aging yourself prematurely? 

Posted 2014

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Prevent the Stress: 
10 best stress-relieving foods

No need for Xanax! Beat anxiety and channel your inner peace 

Posted 2014


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 PBS Hosts New Health and Wellness Series
"Feel Good with Jane Seymour" Debuts in Fall






The American Grandparents Association, Grandparents.com and Detroit Public Television are launching “Feel Grand with Jane Seymour,” a 13-part national television series focusing on health issues relevant to the active, aging Baby Boomer Generation that will air on American Public Television stations across the U.S. October 2014.
 
Jane Seymour hosts the series, which was produced by Detroit Public Television and The  American Grandparents Association, the membership organization of Grandparents.com. 

Each of the 13 episodes focuses on a single health-related topic of interest to the growing age 50-plus demographic and features Ms. Seymour interviewing world-renowned doctors who are leaders in their medical specialty. Topics include The Emotions of Aging, Conquering Diabetes, Women’s Cancers, Managing Pain and Arthritis, and others ranging from nutrition to heart health to sex and intimacy after 50. Viewers can engage with doctors and view bonus content at feelgrand.org.
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