Healthy Aging and Longer Life Spans
Today's Research on Aging (Issue 34) Most people know about the importance of eating a healthy diet, exercising, maintaining a healthy weight, and avoiding smoking to prevent disease and increase longevity. But researchers have identified many other factors that may affect life expectancy.
Family Caregiving for Older People
Today's Research on Aging (Issue 33) In the United States, the majority of care that allows older people to live in their own homes is provided by family members who do not receive pay for their services. As the older share of the population increases the care needs of older Americans will become…
Today's Research on Aging Archive: Issue 1, March 2007 to Issue 32, November 2015
Today's Research on Aging Issue Archive (2007-2015): Funding for this series and related articles and webcasts have been provided by the National Institute on Aging, Division of Behavioral and Social Research (BSR), through a grant from the University of Michigan Center on the Demography of Aging…
Effects of the Great Recession on Older Americans' Health
Today's Research on Aging (Issue 32): Although young adults in their 20s and 30s bore the brunt of the Great Recession (2007 to 2009), many Americans ages 50 and older were also affected by rising unemployment, falling home values, and the decline in the stock market.
Up to Half of U.S. Premature Deaths Are Preventable
Up to half of all premature (or early) deaths in the United States are due to behavioral and other preventable factors--including modifiable habits such as tobacco use, poor diet, and lack of exercise, according to studies reviewed in a new National Research Council and Institute of Medicine repo…
PRB Explored Key Themes on White House Conference on Aging
The July 2015 White House Conference on Aging coincides with the 50th anniversaries of Medicare, Medicaid, and the Older Americans Act, and the 80th anniversary of the Social Security Act. PRB's reports, articles, and interviews explore many key Conference themes, including healthy aging, retirement…
Narrowing Old-Age Gender Gap in U.S. Linked to Smoking Trends
Women live longer than men in the United States and in nearly every country in the world. But in the United States and many other developed countries, this gender gap is narrowing, resulting in an increase in the number of men, relative to women, surviving to old age.