Tag: Demographic Health

A wake-up call to retirees who don’t get enough sleep

If you’re an older American, chances are you have problems sleeping. Whether it’s difficulty getting to sleep, waking up in the middle of the night or having trouble going back to sleep once you’re awake, getting enough sleep is a luxury many people don’t have. A 2015 paper cited estimates that 65%–about two out of […]

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How to conquer loneliness and social isolation

Over the last year, we isolated from each other to avoid a potentially deadly virus. Sadly, however, many older people had plenty of practice with social isolation well before COVID-19 entered the lexicon. As we age, loneliness is a risk factor for physical and mental decline. Living alone with little external stimulation can lead you […]

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New rules about eating, exercising and sleeping as you age

Aging is a natural process that involves direct damage to cells and an accumulation of cellular waste, says Dr. Frank Lipman. Our ability to repair this damage decreases over time, but the extent and speed of that decline varies — a lot. Diet, activity, rest and stress all play a role in aging, Lipman says. […]

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‘Life turns on a dime’: She donated $950 from her first stimulus check to a food bank — then received a cancer diagnosis

Editor’s Note: After this story was published, many MarketWatch readers asked how they could help Toi Cudworth. She has a GoFundMe page to help pay for her medical bills. Almost exactly a year ago, Toi Cudworth looked around and realized she was one of the lucky ones. The San Antonio, Texas resident had a job […]

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Why comparing blood clot risks from COVID-19 vaccines and birth control pills doesn’t work

In the days since the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) called for a temporary pause in administering the Johnson & Johnson JNJ, +1.21% COVID-19 vaccine over several severe cases of rare blood clots, many people have attempted to soothe fears and offer context by listing other […]

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The 5 vulnerabilities that led to the colossal failure of nursing homes

Patricia Olthoff-Blank thought everything was going just fine at her mother’s nursing home in rural Buffalo Center, Iowa. Virginia Olthoff had lived there for 15 years, and the administration communicated frequently with her family about her care. Then Olthoff-Blank got a 3 a.m. call from an emergency room nurse. She learned, to her horror, that […]

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Will you vaccinate your kids against COVID-19 once they’re eligible? Only half of U.S. parents say yes

Despite public-health experts’ forecast that herd immunity against COVID-19 will require vaccinating children, new polling suggests only half of parents are currently on board with getting their own kids vaccinated. Fifty-two percent of U.S. parents of a child under 18 say they’re likely to have their kid get the COVID-19 vaccine as soon as it’s […]

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