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Elderly Americans

Listening to An Aging Parent

Susan Fishman | Posted 04.28.2016 | Home
Susan Fishman

Sometimes I think when we exchange those little glances and giggles about our dear old loved ones -- even when they show us glimpses of brilliance -- the joke is really on us. Maybe when we reach the age of "old," in between the crazy babbling and the far-off stares, we know exactly what we're doing, and what we're teaching.

The Invisible Generation

Marcia Kester Doyle | Posted 05.25.2015 | Home
Marcia Kester Doyle

Although we live in a youth-oriented society, there's a quiet generation of people who are being blatantly shunned and abused. They are the "invisible" generation; the elderly among us who are often regarded as feeble-minded and lacking in the ability to contribute to society in a meaningful way.

The 3 Questions Everyone Should Ask Before Marriage

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 10.13.2014 | Home
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

There's no perfect method or algorithm for choosing a mate. But according to the elders, taking a step back and asking these three questions about your relationship can help you avoid a tragic mistake -- or move you toward a long, fulfilling life together.

Treading the Line Between Good Intentions and Abuse

Chana Frid | Posted 08.15.2014 | Home
Chana Frid

June 15th is National Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Although elder abuse is a painful topic -- one we'd all prefer not to read about or discuss -- prevention requires awareness, so here goes.

7 Questions We Need To Ask Every Older Person

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

I'm proposing a new holiday. Or rather, a new use for an old holiday. I believe that we should make Thanksgiving the day when we celebrate elder wisdom by asking older people to tell us their advice for living. Here's why.

The Piece Of Marriage Advice That's Not A Cliche

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 10.19.2013 | Home
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

When is a piece of advice about marriage an empty cliché, and when is it profound -- and practical -- wisdom? In interviews with hundreds of long-married older people, one prescription for a happy marriage was offered by almost everyone.

What Can Boomers Learn From The Finances Of Older Americans?

Sudipto Banerjee | Posted 05.23.2013 | Home
Sudipto Banerjee

With the baby boom generation just starting to enter an uncertain retirement, what can we learn from the finances of current elderly Americans?

WATCH: Good Samaritans Help Ailing Elderly Man

Posted 02.27.2013 | Home

In a world filled with gun violence, abuse and senseless wars, it is nice to hear stories about good Samaritans lending helping hands to their neighbo...

Before 'I Do,' Ask This Question

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 04.02.2013 | Home
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

In our interviews with hundreds of long-married couples about what works and what doesn't for a long and satisfying relationship... it turns out that our elders believe there's something close to a 'magic bullet' when it comes to deciding in a relationship: 'Should I stay or should I go?'

Direct Deposit Options for Social Security Recipients

Jim T. Miller | Posted 12.22.2012 | Home
Jim T. Miller

"I have received my Social Security check in the mail every month for more than 25 years, and now I'm told I have to switch to direct deposit. Do I have any options?"

The Four-Letter Word For Older Voters

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 12.01.2012 | Home
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

I'd like to shed light on what concerns older Americans in this election cycle, but I solemnly swear that I will not mention polling numbers. Instead, my analysis is based on surveys we have conducted with over 1,200 older people on their core beliefs and values.

Too Old For A Credit Card?

The Huffington Post | Ron Dicker | Posted 08.13.2012 | Money

Madeleine Otto, a 99-year-old from Tequesta, Fla., still drives. She also pays off her Discover Card in full every month. So when Otto was turned ...

What Neither Candidate Will Admit -- Social Security Is Desperately Broke

Laurence J. Kotlikoff | Posted 09.15.2012 | Home
Laurence J. Kotlikoff

Social Security is desperately broke -- 31 percent underfunded to be exact. This is not my opinion. This is its own measure of its unfunded liability. Patchwork fixes to Social Security aren't the way to go.

Elders Reveal The One "Magic Bullet" To Successful Parenting

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 08.16.2012 | Home
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

In our interviews with over 1,200 of the oldest Americans in the Legacy Project, we asked them in detail for their advice about parenting. In our hectic and driven society, parents look endlessly for programs, gimmicks and therapies to improve their relationships with children. But what do the elders say?

Secrets To A Happy Marriage (From the Real Experts)

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 08.11.2012 | Home
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

In our surveys of the life wisdom of the oldest Americans, I was particularly interested in their advice about finding a life partner and staying married. Many of the elders we talked with in the Legacy Project had been married for 30, 40, 50 or more years. Here are their three top lessons.

The End of the Greatest Generation: Is Anyone Paying Attention?

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 07.02.2012 | Home
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

I recently had a stunning realization: We're about to lose one of the most precious resources in America. I'm not talking about oil, gas or rare metals. What we're about to lose Is the living presence of the elders who make up the Greatest Generation.

Words Of Wisdom That Changed My Life

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 05.24.2012 | Home
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

What happens when you receive life-changing advice? Do you take it all in at once? Or does one particular sentence or even phrase stay with you, becoming a part of the way you look at an issue or challenge?

Tell Congress to Stand Up for Older Workers

Jim Gibbons | Posted 05.15.2012 | Home
Jim Gibbons

We believe that every older American deserves the chance to live independently through the power of work.

Huge Number Of America's Senior Citizens Can't Afford Basic Needs

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 03.02.2012 | Home

More than 9 million older Americans can't pay their bills. The costs of living -- basic expenses like food, housing, health care and transportation...

Why Should We Listen to Old People? A Very Good Question

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 03.17.2012 | Home
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

Younger people are right to ask: Why should I spend time listening to old people's advice about how to live my life?

Be Happier: Five Surprising Resolutions From The Wisest Americans

Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D. | Posted 03.05.2012 | Home
Karl A. Pillemer, Ph.D.

Yes, it's that time of year again. We're all seeing the lists of resolutions in the press and on various blogs. But I recall reading that only a tiny fraction of New Year's resolutions are ever acted upon. So I decided to review the data we gathered from more than 1,200 elders in the Legacy Project, who shared their lessons for living for future generations. Based on the surveys and interviews, here are resolutions in five areas of life that are worth a try in the new year. These suggestions from the oldest Americans may serve you better than the typical ones we make (and break) each year.

Wake Up, Corporate America! We Need Eldercare Benefits

Alexis Abramson, Ph.D. | Posted 11.29.2011 | Home
Alexis Abramson, Ph.D.

Eldercare in the workplace, although still largely unaddressed, has become one of the fastest growing work-family employee challenges to emerge in the past decade.

WATCH: Elderly Couple Cares For 71 Foster Children Over 15 Years

Posted 08.18.2011 | Home

An elderly couple in Allentown, Pa. are currently searching for their 72nd foster child, reports WFMZ. Since their own children decided not to have ...

Is America Failing Our Nation's Seniors?

Enid Borden | Posted 06.20.2011 | Home
Enid Borden

By 2007, the number of seniors facing the threat of hunger was six million, a 20 percent increase in just six years.

How Seniors Live Now: Six Portraits | The NEW YORK TIMES | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home

For the past few months, 10 journalism fellows at Columbia University have been delving into a subject that readers of this blog know all too well: ag...