The world’s population is getting older and many consumers say the world isn’t prepared for the shift. According to the World Health Organization, 2 billion people will be at least 60 years old by 2050, which raises questions and concerns for consumers as well as industries.
To examine consumer concerns about growing old and evaluate how product and service manufacturers and retailers are meeting the challenges that arise with age, the Nielsen Global Survey about aging polled more than 30,000 Internet respondents in 60 countries. The findings shed light on significant gaps between the products and services currently available and what consumers say they need for their health and well-being in the “golden” years.
Older people with frailty should be cared for by doctors who are expert – they deserve no less. These experts should be skilled in managing common medical presentations – heart attacks, strokes, pneumonia, gastrointestinal haemorrhage, urinary retention and so on – but to really meet the needs of the frailest older patients, those with the high levels of dependency, they need to be even more expert.
The study’s researchers followed 2,566 people aged 65 and older for eight years. The found death rate over that period was more than four times higher for people who developed Alzheimer's among those age 75 to 84, and nearly three times higher in people age 85 and older. More than one-third of all deaths for those age groups were due to Alzheimer’s.
At age 88, my mother broke her hip and was sent for rehab to a nursing home. I went out to California for three weeks to oversee her care and look after my father, who could no longer drive. While old age had rendered him kindly and forgetful, it left my mother as sharp as ever but more irritable, especially with my father. To stave off my own panic, I swam every other day at a Y.M.C.A. several miles down the freeway.
I tried then to understand nursing homes in a more positive light than I had as a teenager, despite fresh evidence that only bolstered my original impression. Unlike my mother, most of the residents were beyond hope of recovery; their demented groans and shouts could be heard at all hours. The place appeared clean, but the staff was underpaid and could be indifferent to suffering: More than once my mother told me she’d been left for at least an hour in a wet diaper in the night. My complaints were answered only with smiling, ineffectual promises from the head nurse.
Dr. Sherwin B. Nuland, a surgeon and author who drew on more than 35 years in medicine and a childhood buffeted by illness in writing “How We Die,” an award-winning book that sought to dispel the notion of death with dignity and fueled a national conversation about end-of-life decisions, died on Monday at his home in Hamden, Conn. He was 83.
All websites managed by public sector bodies would have to be made accessible to everyone, including the elderly and the disabled, under a draft law endorsed by Parliament on Wednesday. Over 167 million EU citizens have difficulty in accessing public websites to use online public services, e.g. to file a tax declaration, claim unemployment benefit or enrol a child in a kindergarten.
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Group meetings and preventive home visits helped octogenarians maintain their health, independence and a positive outlook, according to a first-of-its-kind study in Sweden.Gerontologist
The ongoing wave of pension reforms implemented by EU Member States will help them to achieve more sustainable pension systems and face demographic changes ahead, the European Commission stressed on the occasion of the publication today of the World Bank report "The Inverting Pyramid". "
Age Scotland has published research showing the majority of people would like to see a move away from negative stereotypes about older people. The survey also explored people’s attitudes towards ageing and living longer, and concluded that three quarters believe diet is the main factor that will support longer life. Other issues, such as smoking and exercise, were also raised.
For a $14.95 monthly membership, the website Lumosity promises to “train” your brain with games designed to stave off mental decline. Users view a quick succession of bird images and numbers to test attention span, for instance, or match increasingly complex tile patterns to challenge memory.
For centuries, scientists believed that most brain development occurred in the first few years of life — that by adulthood the brain was largely immutable. But over the past two decades, studies on animals and humans have found that the brain continues to form new neural connections throughout life.
But questions remain whether an intervention that challenges the brain — a puzzle, studying a new language or improving skill on a video game — can really raise intelligence or stave off normal memory loss.
With care services increasingly focused on the most vulnerable, those who live independently risk falling through the cracks unless more friends, neighbours and local groups step in. Ciara Leeming reports
More and more elderly live alone and feel isolated in Portugal. This is what emerges from a report by the National Republican Guard (NRG). That gives birth annually to a safety campaign aimed at recognizing new vulnerable situations concerning older people. According to data, there has been an increase this year in people living all alone or socially excluded. Respectively, 21,286 (+4,008) and 4,281 (+1,296). With the Viseu district mostly hit by this plague. In order to identify and help them, the campaign, joined this year by 13,917 old people, has also developed actions under the “Safe Housing Program”, aimed at georeferencing isolated houses for a simpler localization in case of emergency.
Researchers have discovered a blood test that they say can predict with greater than 90 percent accuracy if a healthy person will develop mild cognitive impairment or Alzheimer’s disease within three years.
"What the suit actually does is make you empathise with them and understand what it feels like for someone of old age," explained the deputy associate director of nursing at Dewsbury and District, Helen Green, who urged her hospital to buy an ageing suit for its staff. "It definitely helps them relate to their patients more." Which must be as reassuring for elderly patients in the Dewsbury and District area as it is faintly worrying to patients in regions still unfamiliar with the ageing suit, which replicates with an elaborate combination of pads, weights, goggles and ear-defenders a wide range of age-related afflictions including hearing loss, weakness, poor vision, stiffened joints, impaired co-ordination, reduced sensitivity, shuffling and the kind of hand tremors that make it difficult to hold a cup of tea.
More than two dozen states are putting billions of dollars into privately managed long-term care plans in hopes of reducing costs and keeping people out of nursing homes, The Times reports this morning. But some patients are running into problems similar to those once experienced in cost-cutting H.M.O.’s.
Even as public attention is focused on the Affordable Care Act, another health care overhaul is underway in many states: an ambitious effort to restrain the ballooning Medicaid cost of long-term care as people live longer and survive more disabling conditions.
At least 26 states, including California, Florida, Illinois and New York, are rolling out mandatory programs that put billions of public dollars into privately managed long-term care plans, in hopes of keeping people in their homes longer, and expanding alternatives to nursing homes.
So here's my warning: All complacent thinkers should exit now, taking with them all dull people who view themselves as unchangingly chiseled from a hunk of marble. Those leaving will find a handy "X" in the right hand corner of the screen.
As figures show that women take more sick days than men – but spend them caring for others – Louisa Peacock asks why dropping everything to look after sick kids or relatives still seems to be a woman's role
The Portuguese elderly poverty rate has decreased significantly in recent years as elderly incomes have increased, and inequality and material deprivation levels have converged to their national levels. This paper investigates whether this improved situation is widespread across the elderly, but concludes that it is heterogeneous with poverty pockets subsisting. In particular, the elderly aged 75+ and living alone record a poverty rate above 30% in 2010, implying that this group remains one of great economic and social vulnerability. An important feature of this heterogeneity is the difference between the higher average income of the younger elderly generations versus the older ones, with more than 16% of the elderly in the two highest deciles of the income distribution in 2010. The evolution of both contributive and means-tested pensions is a key element in the reduction in elderly poverty and in the improvement in their living standards. However, the austerity policies implemented post-2010 have made a strong impact on pensions and can reverse this recent evolution.
Pension systems in emerging Europe and Central Asia (ECA) are facing increasing pressure from the region’s aging populations and shrinking labor force, making it imperative for countries to work on comprehensive, long-term and socially sustainable reforms to ensure pension benefits that protect the elderly poor and future generations.