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Life Expectancy

The Third Demographic Dividend and the Global Challenge of Longer Lives

Linda P. Fried | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Linda P. Fried

Are there stages when certain social institutions or other policies need to be implemented in order to optimize the benefits of an aging population for all ages?

Crisis in Veterans Hospitals and the Shortage of Doctors

John Komlos | Posted 06.13.2014 | Politics
John Komlos

That veterans have to wait excessively to be treated is not the fault of the VA. The real reason is that that there is a shortage of doctors and not only for veterans but for the whole country.

The Surprising Driver of NYC's Long Life Expectancy

James R. Knickman | Posted 06.09.2014 | New York
James R. Knickman

When we take a closer look at the new research and really dig into the data--stay with me!--it appears that we are in fact right on par with the national average, and that the "two years better than average" claim doesn't really fly.

Yagana Shah

4 Simple Ways To Determine Just How Long You Might Live

HuffingtonPost.com | Yagana Shah | Posted 06.02.2014 | Fifty

Ever wonder how you'll fare when it comes to the longevity stakes? As far as we know, there isn't any crystal ball to pinpoint exactly how long you'll...

Where You Live Can Determine How Long You Live

Nancy Brown | Posted 06.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

Seven years. That is the difference in the life expectancy of someone living near the Tenleytown-AU station, which is in the District of Columbia, and someone who lives near the Friendship Heights station, which is in Montgomery County, Maryland.

50 Reasons We're Living Through the Greatest Period in World History

The Motley Fool | Posted 04.22.2014 | Business
The Motley Fool

5. The average American now retires at age 62. One hundred years ago, the average American died at age 51. Enjoy your golden years -- your ancestors didn't get any of them.

The Challenge of Public Health for Mayor de Blasio

Linda P. Fried | Posted 04.13.2014 | New York
Linda P. Fried

Mayor Bill de Blasio's overwhelming election victory emerged from a platform focused on income inequality and A Tale of Two Cities, but income is not the only disparity that deserves attention. It is also an indicator of the greatest challenge affecting public health in New York and nationally.

Get Enough Sleep. Your Life Depends On It, Study Says

Posted 02.04.2014 | Fifty

Sure we're aware of the immediate consequences of not getting enough shut-eye-- dark circles, drowsiness, and dependence on caffeine to name a few. Bu...

Will More People Be Working Longer As They Live Longer?

Sara Rix | Posted 04.02.2014 | Fifty
Sara Rix

Before taking the leap into retirement, we need to give a lot of thought to how prepared we are for 20 or more years without a paycheck. The most important question, of course, involves income and expenditures, those we can anticipate and those that are harder to predict, such as long-term care. And will there be enough left over to pay for some of the fun things we have been looking forward to?

WATCH: This Shocking Statistic Shows How Inequality Affects Our Health

Posted 01.27.2014 | Healthy Living

Although life expectancy continues to slowly rise in the United States, the truth is that we still lag behind peer nations when it comes to longevity ...

Everyone's Living Longer -- But Especially Women

Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty

As the global life expectancy rises, women are outliving men and outpacing them as centenarians. A Canadian study found the number of people living...

Eight Graphs Showing American Exceptionalism

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 02.26.2014 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

I prefer looking at this subject from a data point of view, asking where America is "exceptional" compared to other wealthy countries where I am using the definition of "exceptional" to mean "unusual." This definition does not make a distinction about better or worse.

What Are The Signs Of Aging? (Hint: It's Not Your Age)

Posted 12.13.2013 | Fifty

We've heard the old adage that you're only as old as you feel. Now researchers are saying there might be some truth to the popular saying after all. ...

The Democratization of Health Care: The Quest for Sustainability

Gary Puckrein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Gary Puckrein

Google is now shining a light on an obscure aspect of human existence, helping us to think about human sustainability -- something difficult to imagine and seldom discussed. The Calico announcement heralds the dawn of an age in which the business community will turn its attention to sustainability.

Zombie Years

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Zombies are, insofar as I understand their biological classification, undead. They aren't entirely dead, but they certainly aren't fully alive either. That sounds a lot like life with a serious chronic disease. When one's life no longer involves pleasure or the pursuit of interests, it is something of a half-life.

Native Hawaiians Turn To Aloha And Hula To Aid Poor Life Expectancy, Study Says

Civil Beat | Chad Blair | Posted 09.25.2013 | Healthy Living

Life expectancy for Native Hawaiians is 6.2 years lower than the state average, though life expectancy has increased by nearly 12 years since 1950. ...

100 Ways To Live To 100

The Huffington Post | Healthy Living Staff | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living

Want to add more and better years to your life? Now is the time. We're living longer than ever: The average American born in 2013 will be alive ne...

We Can Be Disease-Proof!

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.17.2013 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Without the right skill set, health is elusive. You can't get there from here. The relevant skills are yours for the taking, and with them, you and those you love truly can be to an astonishing degree, disease-proof.

Carolyn Gregoire

6 Things Hawaii Can Teach The Rest Of America About Living Better

HuffingtonPost.com | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 09.05.2013 | Healthy Living

Hawaii’s tropical island paradise isn’t the fountain of youth, but it’s close. Hawaii locals not only live longer -- they’re less stressed an...

12 Ways You're Cutting Your Life Short

The Huffington Post | Shelley Emling | Posted 08.02.2013 | Fifty

Like teenagers, many post 50s behave as though they are indestructible, making lifestyle choices that simply aren't good for them. The good news is...

Sure, People Are Living Longer... But Are They Staying Healthy?

Posted 07.31.2013 | Fifty

In the last two decades, people have not only been living longer but they also have been staying much healthier later in life, according to a new stud...

Seven Years to Live?

Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D. | Posted 09.24.2013 | Healthy Living
Dan Gottlieb, Ph.D.

Once we experience the fragility of our lives, we realize how precious that life is. Knowing I might not see another summer, I can't tell you how much I am enjoying watching the colors on the trees and the squirrels and chipmunks playing on the ground.

American Mortality Comparatively Higher Across All Age Groups

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 09.23.2013 | World
Howard Steven Friedman

The fact that the U.S. health care outcomes lag that of many other wealthy countries has been well established. What may surprise some is that the U.S. consistently lags other wealthy countries in health outcomes across all stages of life.

Katy Hall

LOOK: Death And The 'Poverty Belt'

HuffingtonPost.com | Katy Hall | Posted 11.11.2013 | Fifty

Living in a high-poverty area often means a lifetime of struggle with underperforming public schools, limited job opportunities, higher crime rates, a...

Bad News For Those Who Live In The South

AP | MIKE STOBBE | Posted 07.19.2013 | Fifty

ATLANTA -- If you're 65 and living in Hawaii, here's some good news: Odds are you'll live another 21 years. And for all but five of those years, you'l...