Report card on aging nations gives U.S. mixed grades

Which nations are doing the best job adapting to their aging populations? Japan has the healthiest seniors. Spain gets top marks for supportive relatives and friends. In Norway, income inequality among older people is the lowest in the world. How about the U.S.? A new global aging index places the U.S. among the top five […]

How to live forever: Marc Freedman at TedX San Francisco

Marc Freedman, founder and CEO of, recently delivered a TEDx Talk titled “How to Live Forever,” in which he discusses the intersection of longevity, youth, purpose and happiness, and the role older people can play in nurturing the next generation. Freedman is working on a new book carrying the same title, which will be […]

Gap years aren’t just for kids anymore

Dr. Dennis Sinar remembers when it dawned on him: He was ready for a break from work. A gastroenterologist and professor of medicine at East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C., Dr. Sinar was working on a research paper in the university library when it happened. “I just said to myself, ‘I’m really sick of doing […]

Retirement rankings? They’re all over the map

What’s the best place to live in retirement? New Hampshire boasts low taxes and a vital cultural climate. Mexico has warm weather and a low cost of living. The Provo-Orem metropolitan area of Utah, with about 115,000 residents, promises an outdoorsy lifestyle, proximity to Salt Lake City and plenty of opportunities to take classes at […]

We should nurture, not ax, programs for older volunteers

What to say about a federal program that helps enable 245,000 U.S. seniors to tutor kids, renovate homes and teach English to immigrants? How about this: “We can’t spend money on programs just because they sound good.” That is White House budget director Mick Mulvaney last month, explaining why the Trump administration’s budget blueprint proposes […]

Heading off a housing crisis for an aging America

Debates about improving America’s infrastructure typically focus on projects like bridges, roads, railroads and power grids. But with President-Elect Donald Trump calling for $1 trillion in infrastructure spending over the next 10 years, here is an item that should be added to that list: affordable housing for seniors. By 2035, one of every three U.S. […]

Federal lawsuit targets housing discrimination against LGBT seniors

Update (January 18, 2017): The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois granted Glen St. Andrew Living Community’s request to dismiss the Marsha Wetzel’s lawsuit. Lambda Legal plans to appeal the decision to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. A wide array of research has documented continuing housing discrimination against older lesbian, gay, […]

Survey finds unity between young and old at a divisive time

At a moment of sharp national division, here is a bit of good news: young and old are not at one another’s throats in this country. A survey released on Thursday finds Americans of all ages have very little interest in the myth of “generation war” we hear about so often in debates about federal […]

Going back for a doctorate at mid-life and beyond

While the overall age of Ph.D. candidates has dropped in the last decade, about 14 percent of all doctoral recipients are over age 40, according to the National Science Foundation. Educators are seeing increasing enrollment in doctoral programs by students in their 40s and 50s. Many candidates hope doctorates will help them advance careers in […]

White House Conference on Aging: A recap

(Reuters) – When presidents call Americans together to talk about aging, major change is possible. The first White House Conference on Aging in 1961 played a midwife’s role in the birth of Medicare; the 1971 conference led to creation of the automatic cost-of-living adjustment for Social Security, which has been in place since 1975. This […]