Tag: Demographic Health

1 in 5 older Americans say they used up their savings or lost their main source of income because of the pandemic

We’ve all known that COVID-19 has taken a cruel toll on the health of older Americans. Now, a new study from the Commonwealth Fund foundation finds that the coronavirus has been equally brutal financially. In fact, the 2021 International Health Policy Survey of Older Adults shows Americans 65+ have been facing greater economic hardship and health care […]

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The Villages is a retirement ‘paradise’—so why is that a problem?

We learned from the 2020 U.S. Census that the fastest-growing metro area in the nation is The Villages, a master-planned retirement community in central Florida. In a demographically changing and urbanizing America, this dominantly white, politically conservative stronghold bucked the trend as retirees lured by warm winters, pastel-hued homes, golf carts and pickleball courts flocked […]

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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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