Herald Tribune

I spent three days recently at Columbia University in New York with 25 fellow journalists in this field, listening to prominent academics and activists discuss the future of aging. The annual Age Boom Academy is a joint project of the Columbia Aging Center and its journalism school, designed to help us pay attention to where this unprecedented worldwide longevity bonus might be steering us all. One very interesting moment came when a nationally … MORE 


A national score card out today ranks states on the long-term services they provide for the elderly – and while Texas sits in the middle of the pack overall, it’s at the very bottom in some important measures.The report looks at indicators like affordability, quality of care and support for family caregivers. Overall, Texas ranks 30th on care for older adults. Minnesota tops the list while Alabama and Kentucky are at the bottom. Read more on the overall report. MORE

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Herald Tribune

NEW YORK – The stereotype of the “greedy geezer” voter, a political bloc of 65-and-older Americans who hate taxes but love their government entitlements, is a figment of the public imagination, according to election data.  These older voters do turn out at higher rates — a phenomenon that goes back for only four decades. But election results over time show that older voters’ choices and party affiliations closely mirror those of the rest of the electorate…. MORE


The Observer

NEW YORK — People who try to train their brains with puzzles, word games and the like will see some benefit – getting really good at those kinds of activities.  However, people who want to preserve and even increase brain health will get better results from 45 minutes of aerobic exercise twice a week, participants in a seminar on aging and generational change said here during the weekend.  “Physical exercise is the best way to increase brain function,” MORE