Americans are aging--not exactly headline news. But what does it mean for the nation? U.S. News & World Report checks out a new study from Stanford University, which asks provocative questions about the future. The report, "New Realities for an Older America," delves into issues such as the fallout from ever-longer retirements as baby boomers out-live previous generations, the changing demographics of the U.S. population (expected to be a majority Hispanic in 30 years) and the ever-shrinking worker-to-retiree ratio. "Soon, our nation will have more old people than children," says Adele M. Hayutin, director of the Global Aging Program at Stanford's Center on Longevity. "Our economic prospects depend, in large measure, on how well our leaders--in government, business and communities across the nation--incorporate these tremendous population shifts into their policies and business plans."One thing we do know: Baby boomers' high expectations are driving change in the area now nearest and dearest to their hearts--the aging process. Expect to see innovations in everything from housing and health care to financial services and leisure activities. The good news? Everyone benefits, according to CNBC.com.
Not only does that muffin top pooching out above your jeans make you look, well, not slim, it can kill you. More from HealthDay.
A new study bolsters the theory that adults with higher levels of education have a measurably lower incidence of dementia, according to the U.K. Independent. Though the actual brain pathology of people with differing education levels is the same, those with more schooling appear better equipped to deal with the loss of cognitive function.
Ahh, the gleam of lovely linen, the heft of good tableware, those pretty roses, the string quartet--it's dinner at...a soup kitchen? Tonic.com writes about volunteers in Nyack, NY, who turn the bread line into a fine dining experience and get as much out of it as their patrons.
What do midlife Americans now consider their "basic needs"? A surprising 84 percent of boomers say an internet connection is a must, as are reliable health care for their pets, and some good take-out. More of the eye-opening list at MarketWatch.
For some people, less is more. A Florida couple who sold their home and business found satisfaction by downsizing their lives in rural North Carolina, where they now run a bed-and-breakfast.
One thing boomers have always loved--their cars. Look for midlife motoring to become the next big thing, says The Miami Herald.
At age 75, Social Security is beginning to show strain under the double whammy of the recession and the rising tide of those enrolling for benefits.
A lack of awareness about heart disease continues to be a problem for women.
Another topic apparently shrouded in mystery--sex after 50. Yes, people are having it...more than you think. More magazine (gleefully) debunks a few myths.