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Resources on aging from around the world.

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ACIP Recommends Routine PCV13 Immunization for Adults 65 and Older

Group Holds Special Meeting to Discuss, Vote on Pneumococcal Vaccines

The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) held a special meeting(www.cdc.gov) Aug. 13 to discuss and vote on the use of pneumococcal vaccines in older adults. The meeting concluded with the committee recommending routine immunization with 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) for adults 65 or older. Read more.

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Older People Sleep Less. Now We Know Why.

It's long been known that the older you get, the less you sleep. There are many proposed reasons for why this happens, and they include new medications, psychological distress, retirement or simply the theory that the elderly need less sleep.

But a new study from Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and University of Toronto researchers offers, for the first time, a neurological reason for the phenomenon: namely, that a specific cluster of neurons associated with regulating sleep patterns, called the ventrolateral preoptic nucleus, may slowly die off as you get older. Read more.

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Four yoga moves for older adults that boost balance, ease pain and enhance health

The following yoga practices teach proper body alignment and breathing techniques for relaxation.

This breathing technique is one of nature’s best anti-stress medicines. Read more.

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Study suggests hatha yoga boosts brain function in older adults

Practicing hatha yoga three times a week for eight weeks improved sedentary older adults' performance on cognitive tasks that are relevant to everyday life, researchers report. Read more.

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Tapping Into Musical Memory

Why do musical memories linger long after other memories have faded? That question is at the heart of a new documentary, Alive Inside, which looks at the effects of music on people living with Alzheimer’s and other age-related dementias. Read more.

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11 Signs It Might Be Time for Assisted Living

The decision to help an aging adult move out of a current home is a complex one -- both emotionally and practically. Above all, you want the person to be safe and well. How can you all feel more confident about whether circumstances suggest that your loved one should no longer be living alone? Read more.

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Why Being a Grandma May Be Good for the Brain

New research finds a hidden benefit in caring for grandkids

Grandmothering, but not too much grandmothering, may be good for your brain, new research suggests.

Older adults with large social networks and those who report high levels of participation in social activities, such as volunteer work and visiting friends, have sharper brains and keep them that way longer than their peers who are less engaged and less active, Australian scientists wrote recently in the journal Menopause. But, they said, researchers have overlooked caring for grandchildren as a social activity that could help stave off a decline in thinking ability and memory. Read more.

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Teens Get Together With Senior Citizens For An Incredibly Hilarious Internet Lesson

Explaining the Internet to people who have never used it before can be tricky business, but for one group of teens, they're up for the challenge.

In the touching -- and at times hilarious -- documentary trailer for "Cyber-Seniors," senior citizens are featured getting their first glimpse of the World Wide Web with the help of some experts.

Inspired by their grandparents' technology transformation after learning about Skype and Facebook, sisters Macaulee and Kascha Cassaday wanted to help close the generational gap by teaching other seniors about the Internet through a teen mentoring program.

"Yes, I've heard of [YouTube] but I have no clue what it means," says one senior to her teen mentor. View video.

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Why older couples are living together, skipping marriage

Every "decade" birthday is big, but turning 60 somehow feels... bigger. Checking off these goals will make the transition feel a whole lot smoother.

Many baby boomers already know a thing or two about marriage and are choosing not to tie the knot on their relationships — often because of money.

Census Bureau data show adults older than 50 are among the fastest growing segment of unmarried couples in the U.S.

Financial advisers say concerns about debt, benefits, taxes and cash flow are often the primary reasons they decide not to walk down the aisle.

"The biggest considerations couples have in deciding whether or not to remarry ... Read more.

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10 Things Everyone Should Do Before Turning 60

Every "decade" birthday is big, but turning 60 somehow feels... bigger. Checking off these goals will make the transition feel a whole lot smoother.

What is it about turning 60 that’s feels so different from all other ages? "It’s a time of major transition," says Damon Raskin, M.D., a gerontologist and anti-aging specialist. ”It’s a time when things often start falling apart, both physically and emotionally.” But, there’s also good news. If you use your 50s to prepare for the big 6-0, you’ll make the transition much more easily. Better news, if you’re already over 60, embracing these activities will only make your life better. Granted, it’ll take some effort on your part, but the pay-off will be huge.

Read on for 10 things that should be on your bucket list. Read more.

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Socializing Can Adds Years to Your Life

Having friends doesn't just help with loneliness. It may also improve your health. See how staying in touch might add years to your life.

Just like a balanced diet and exercise, an active social life is an important part of healthy living. Studies show that people who have good social networks may live longer — and better. So, how socially connected you are now may help determine how healthy and independent you will be in the future. Read more.

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Here’s What Needs to be on Every Boomers’ Retirement Check List

The economy might be on the mend, but that doesn’t mean baby boomers’ security in being able to retire is also on the mend.

Earlier this month, the Insured Retirement Institute (IRI) released its fourth annual report on the retirement preparedness of boomers, called “Boomer Expectations for Retirement 2014.” The report shows only 35%of boomers says they’re confident in their efforts to prepare financially for retirement, a drop from the 44% who felt that way in 2011.
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The Most Therapeutic Yoga for Boomers

Iyengar makes it possible for people with a variety of ailments to practice and heal.

Katherine Beattie was skeptical about her first Iyengar yoga class two years ago. She wondered how she would ever get into the positions. A hip replacement, knee surgery and osteoarthritis in her hands and wrists left her with chronic pain and discomfort.

"I had never experienced anything like it before," says Beattie, 66, director of a Los Angeles program for at-risk teens. "I never knew yoga could be like that. The props made all the difference." Read more.

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7 Easy Ways to Build Strong Bones

Jump 10 times, crush some cans and other tips to boost bone density.

Bone building reaches a peak during adolescence but then slows after age 25. In addition to this natural bone loss, we’re less likely to perform high-impact, bone-stimulating exercises (such as jumping) after age 50. This adds up to an increased risk of osteoporosis and bone breaks and fractures.

Fortunately, you can build stronger bones at any age. Read more.

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Baby boomers: Have you had your colon tested recently?

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, and a good time to learn more about colorectal cancer – cancer of the colon and rectum – and how it can be prevented or treated.

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the United States among men and women. This year, about 140,000 new cases of colorectal cancer will be diagnosed, and 56,000 people will die from the disease. Read More

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6 Aging Myths We Need to Stop Believing

Contrary to popular belief, getting older is not synonymous with declining health.

You've probably heard a thousand times that as you age, your body and mind begin to "go" — you can no longer move the way you used to and your health deteriorates. But those "facts" couldn't be further from the truth. Aging doesn't have to mean decline, in fact, just the opposite. Below are six myths and why each is not true. Read more.

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5 best money strategies for boomers

The beginning of a new year prompts many of us to start thinking about a personal-finance tuneup, but if you’re 50 or older — a time when those vague retirement dreams are starting to coalesce into a hoped-for reality — it’s crucial to take time to assess your finances. Read More

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6 Symptoms Mistakenly Blamed on Aging

How many times have you ignored achy joints or feelings of fatigue, assuming it's all part of getting older? If you're like most people in midlife, probably too often. But sometimes symptoms we pass off as age-related may actually be signs of something more, something that could be addressed with treatment. Read more.

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Staying Healthy Over 50

Staying healthy and feeling your best is important at any age and that doesn’t change just because you have a few more grey hairs. Read more.

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How You Can Make Your Brain Smarter Every Day

"Smarter Brains," which reports on the latest research and discoveries in neuroscience and how we can apply them to our daily lives to boost our brain power at any age. Read more.

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How Technology Will Support an Aging America

The digital technology revolution is intersecting with the realities of an aging society. It's not clear yet which, if any, products or services will emerge as "killer apps" for seniors, their families and their caregivers. But at least some of the flood of tech products, software and related apps are moving toward commercial development, and outlines of an industry are taking shape.

One powerful focal point of these developments is "aging in place". Read more.

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What Do We 'Owe' Our Parents?

A new survey looks at the way we feel about our role in our parents' lives as they age. Read more.