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Malnutrition: The New Senior Crisis

Robert B. Blancato | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Robert B. Blancato

This week, September 28-October 2, 2015, is Malnutrition Awareness Week. It is an opportunity to spotlight a growing but under-recognized problem facing older adults in America: the hidden epidemic of malnutrition.

Should Older Americans Live in Places Segregated From the Young?

The Conversation US | Posted 09.30.2015 | Healthy Living
The Conversation US

We should not view the residential separation of the old from the young as necessarily harmful and discriminatory but rather as celebrating the preferences of older Americans and nurturing their ability to live happy, dignified, healthy and autonomous lives.

Specialized Services That Help Seniors Relocate

Jim T. Miller | Posted 09.28.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

The process of selling a house and moving to a new home, or downsizing to a condo, apartment or senior housing facility is a big job for anyone. But it can be especially overwhelming for seniors who are moving from a long time residence filled with decade's worth of stuff and a lifetime of memories. Fortunately, there are several specialized services available today that can help make your mom's move a lot easier.

Home Health Aides and the Negative Consequences of "Fair Wage" Legislation: Why Good Intentions Aren't Enough

Marki Flannery | Posted 09.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

Until we agree, as a country, that the services provided by America's HHAs are worth finding the extra Medicare and Medicaid dollars to pay them what they deserve, then we will continue to suffer the negative consequences of piecemeal measures--however well-intended they may be.

HUD 202 Cannot Be Zeroed Out

Deborah De Santis | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Deborah De Santis

This program is more vital than ever as the need for affordable housing for seniors is growing exponentially. Yet, inexplicably, our leaders in Washington are de-prioritizing efforts to protect seniors by denying essential funding to HUD 202.

Ann Brenoff's Sage Insight on Aging and Family Caregiving

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 09.24.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

L.A-based Huffington Post writer Ann Brenoff is one to watch. She's truly distinguished herself in recent weeks for debunking some of the most common myths about marriage, aging, and family caregiving.

The Big Secret Nobody Tells You About Dating In Middle Age

Wes Gibson | Posted 09.23.2015 | Fifty
Wes Gibson

After the passing of my wife of 31 years, I found myself alone for the first time in my life. My choices: spend the rest of my life living alone or jump into the over-50 dating pool. Having run into several issues over the years, I am still debating the pros and cons of those choices.

Championing the SEIU's 'Fight for $15' Wage Drive

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 09.18.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

While increased wages will indeed lead to a major disruption of the elder care industry, it will ultimately raise the quality and availability of caregiving in America and actually reduce the cost for families in need of elder care.

Senior Poverty in Today's Census Report

Kevin Prindiville | Posted 09.17.2015 | Politics
Kevin Prindiville

Today's report confirms that the numbers of seniors living in poverty are growing and that the problem of senior poverty, particularly for women, is an urgent one.

THIS Is Really When Old Age Begins

Martha T.S. Laham | Posted 09.14.2015 | Fifty
Martha T.S. Laham

When does old age start? At age 68, according to one survey. But perceptions of the onset of old age vary widely according to the respondent's age.

Spunky Seniors Show Us How It's Done (Watch)

HooplaHa | Posted 09.08.2015 | Good News

"You can't help getting older, but you don't have to get old," George Burns said. Life is what we make it & age is just a number. We have been blessed to get to know some incredible seniors who prove just that.

The One Sign Of Aging We All Dread

Laurie Levy | Posted 09.05.2015 | Fifty
Laurie Levy

Saturday night, I tripped on an uneven sidewalk coming home from a neighbor's dinner party. It was dark. I had had a bit too much (for me) to drink. I was wearing shoes that were comfortable but not too ugly, so yes, they made me less stable. Just to be safe and because we had enjoyed a lovely evening, I was holding my husband's hand. And down I went.

Einstein's View on Seniors and Tech

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 09.04.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

When asked about the technology-savviness of our senior population, most people -- particularly the younger crowd -- would be quick to give low marks.

Aging at Home: Sometimes it Literally Takes a Village

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 08.30.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

The population of senior citizens is poised to swell dramatically in the next two decades, and the availability of family members to care for their own simply won't keep pace. Fortunately, necessity truly is the mother of innovation, and nowhere is that more apparent than in the growth of the "village" model of community-based support for aging.

N4A Report: Revering the Elderly and Their 'Pot of Gold'

Sherwin Sheik | Posted 08.28.2015 | Fifty
Sherwin Sheik

From volunteering and mentoring to giving back to the community, America's senior citizens are truly valuable resources worthy of support and appreciation. Kudos to n4a for its impressive documentation of this overlooked truth.

5 Ways Technology Can Benefit Your Grandparents

Clara Tsao | Posted 08.27.2015 | Technology
Clara Tsao

Today, 60 percent of seniors are online, growing at more than six percent every year. Although millennials are largest users technology, it can be easy to overlook the opportunities computer and mobile devices have to help those 65 and over.

Kevin Bacon Delivers Meals To Seniors, Is Generally Awesome

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.19.2015 | Fifty

Lucky residents of a New York City senior center got to wake up and smell the Bacon Tuesday morning. Literally. The seniors were in for a thrill ...

Why This 92-Year-Old Hates Being Called 'Senior'

Phyllis Sues | Posted 08.14.2015 | Fifty
Phyllis Sues

To ignite my creative juices the word senior would not have a chance. The term senior is just not a word, idea or term in my vocabulary. I associate senior with elderly, sedentary, disabled signs on autos, walkers and nursing homes.

Hospital Reunites Couple Married 68 Years In Beautiful Gesture

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 08.11.2015 | Fifty

In their 68 years of marriage, Tom and Arnisteen Clark have rarely spent a night apart. So a recent hospital stay was devastating for the couple when ...

Mobile Safety Products That Can Help Seniors on the Go

Jim T. Miller | Posted 08.10.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

There are actually a number of medical alert products on the market today that give seniors the flexibility to call for help both inside and outside the home.

How Is Society Coping With the Growing Elderly Population?

Scott De Buitléir | Posted 08.04.2015 | Fifty
Scott De Buitléir

Are we doing enough to make sure the elderly are represented in the media fairly? Are we doing enough to ensure the elderly can engage with the younger groups of society? Are we doing enough to ensure the elderly have a good standard of living, whether living on their own, with family or in care?

Windows 10: My Kind of Upgrade

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 08.03.2015 | Fifty
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I'm a whole lot older now. And I've noticed that I'm getting to be as timid about some new stuff as my parents were as they got older. Okay, not quite as bad, but I am more cautious. I'm retired, for one thing. Living on a pension and SSI. And if I trash a computer or cell phone or something, I may not be able to buy a new one for a good long while.

Advanced Training for Home Health Aides Is Changing the Way Americans Age in Place

Marki Flannery | Posted 07.28.2015 | Healthy Living
Marki Flannery

When Mary, a longtime home health aide, was asked to fill in for one of her colleagues recently, she found that her new client wasn't even attempting ...

4 Tips to Protect Seniors Against Fraud and Identity Theft | Posted 07.22.2015 | Fifty

Although most anyone can be a target of fraud and identity theft, senior identity theft is on the rise and those ages 50+ are often in the cross-hairs of scammers. The U.S. government is taking steps to help circumvent the high level of fraud aimed at seniors, but it can only do so much -- and progress in this area has been fairly slow.

How to Protect Your Eyes From Macular Degeneration

Jim T. Miller | Posted 07.20.2015 | Fifty
Jim T. Miller

Having a parent or sibling with macular degeneration does indeed increase your risk three to four times. But the good news is there are things you can do to protect your eyesight, and a number of treatments that are available if you do happen to get it. Here's what you should know.