The Top 3 Daily Reads for Senior News:
The Washington Post: We’re lucky if we get to be old, physician and professor believes
Author: Tara Bahrampour
“I have a confession to make,” Bill Thomas announced several months ago at a conference on aging in Oregon. “I am an old man.”
“No, you’re not!” an audience member called out. It was meant, no doubt, as a compliment: Despite his gray-streaked beard and crow’s feet, the 56-year-old geriatrician-cum-thespian crackles with high-octane energy. And isn’t that what we all want to hear as we age? That we don’t look old? That we seem younger than we are?
It’s not what Thomas wants to hear. After more than 20 years of trying to make life better for old people, he believes the correct message is the opposite: That we are lucky if we get to grow old. That there is a “third” phase of life beyond adulthood that can be as rich as either of the phases that came before…
U.S News & World Report: Fear and Hope: Life After an Alzheimer’s Diagnosis
Author: Samantha Costa
These four people have Alzheimer’s disease. Here’s what they want you to know.
It was a Friday. Myriam Marquez was driving home from her job as a public defender for the Skagit County Public Defender’s Office in Mt. Vernon, Washington, when she came to a four-way stop: “And all of the sudden, I didn’t know where I was, and I didn’t know whether to turn right, left or go straight,” she vividly remembers. Hysterical, she picked up her cellphone to dial her daughter and explain the predicament. She only lived a half mile away. Once she composed herself, she realized where she was. “But at that moment,” says Marquez, 68, of Seattle, “I knew I had Alzheimer’s disease.”…
Forbes: Global Aging: 4 Myths Debunked
Author: Richard Eisenberg
You probably know that the world is growing older due to a combination of declining fertility and longer lives. But chances are, four things you think you know about aging in the U.S. and globally are myths. They were debunked for me at a three-day program in New York City I just attended called Age Boom Academy whose theme was Global Aging: Danger Ahead?
The Most Important Phenomenon: Ursula M. Staudinger, director of the Robert N. Butler Columbia Aging Center said: “Population growth will come to a halt by the end of the 21st century, give or take 10 or 20 years.” If Staudinger’s quote didn’t get your attention, maybe this will: “The global boom in aging might be the most important phenomenon of our time,” said Jack Rosenthal, co-founder of Age Boom Academy, President Emeritus of The New York Times Company Foundation and a former New York Times reporter…