Age cannot wither Brazilian seniors in beauty contest

Brazilian Rosalia Pereira had two reasons to celebrate Thursday: her miraculously rekindled true love 40 years to the day after their first date and being crowned Sao Paulo's senior beauty queen.

"Today is even more special because of this," the 62-year-old said after winning the beauty contest, which aims to give the elderly a bit of fun just before Brazilian Mother's Day on Sunday.

"To participate, to have the courage to participate, is proof that the elderly today are active and this is very good, because it boosts everyone's confidence," Pereira told AFP.

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The 97-Year-Old Park Ranger Who Doesn’t Have Time for Foolishness

What gets remembered is determined by who is in the room doing the remembering,” Betty Reid Soskin likes to say. So she’s made it her singular purpose to always be in the room.

Today that room is the auditorium at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, California, where—at 97—she’s the oldest person now serving as a permanent National Park Service ranger. She packs the theater three times a week with talks about the Rosies and the typically white narrative about the women who served the war effort, but interweaves her experience as a young black woman in segregated America.

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The Many Benefits of Meditation for Older Adults

WHEN DR. STEPHANIE Cheng conducts health exams with older adult patients, she often goes beyond reviewing their medications and determining treatment plans. Cheng incorporates meditation exercises into the visits. "If I notice they are overwhelmed or have emotional distress, I may do a brief meditation exercise with them, just so they can be exposed to it as a tool to feel a greater sense of well-being," says Cheng, a palliative care physician in the division of geriatrics at the University of California—San Francisco.

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A New Snapshot Of Older Adults In The U.S.

It is easy—and dangerous—to create stereotypes of older adults. Just when you think you have a picture in your head of what a senior is, you realize how very different they are. To borrow a phrase: You’ve seen one older adult and, you’ve seen one older adult.

The 50 million Americans over 65 are more economically and racially diverse than ever, according to a new Profile of Older Americans by the federal Administration for Community Living.  Nearly one in ten lives in poverty, but many are financially secure. Today’s seniors will live longer in old age than any generation in history. Many will live to healthy old ages but one in five will need personal care after they reach age 85. Only about 14% of all older adults live alone, but nearly half of women over 75 live by themselves. While we think of seniors as retirees, more older adults are working than in recent decades.

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The Longevity Economy: Why Seniors Are a Fast-Growing Emerging Market

It’s the mother of all untapped markets: the world’s 65-plus population. Already at a historical high of over 600 million people, it’s projected to hit a full billion by 2030, and 1.6 billion by 2050.

And unlike many other fast-growing markets, this expansion will take place primarily in wealthy countries. As a result, the sheer amount of money involved nearly defies comprehension. In the U.S. alone, the spending of Americans ages 50 and up in 2015 accounted for nearly $8 trillion worth of economic activity. The Boston Consulting Group projects that by 2030, the U.S. 55-plus population will have accounted for half of all domestic consumer spending growth since the Great Recession, a number that rises to 67% in Japan and 86% in Germany.

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Why Foot Care Is Critical for Seniors

THE FOOT IS A complicated body part – home to 26 bones, says Dr. Neal Houslanger, a podiatrist in private practice at Houslanger & Kassnove Podiatrists in Patchogue, New York. This complexity and the heavy-duty wear-and-tear they endure over the years places a lot of stress and strain on our feet over the years.

"Each bone needs to be in a specific place, but as we age, our bodies are always changing and usually not for the better," Houslanger says. One aspect of this process is that "the cells hold less water, which affects the collagen, tendons and ligaments in the feet. Tendons get tighter and ligaments get looser." When the muscles, tendons, ligaments and bones shift, that can lead to pain and bony growths, among other problems.

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More pools hire senior citizens as lifeguards as young people look elsewhere

When children see Robert Allen in the lifeguard chair at the Canal Winchester YMCA, they quickly check out his socks.

“I have socks with cupcakes on them, chocolate cookies and milk, dinosaurs, bacon and eggs,” said Allen, who on a recent weekday morning was sporting colorful jelly-bean hosiery. “That’s the first thing the kids look for.”

Allen wears the novelties to cover up the compression socks he wears for medical reasons.

As a prostate-cancer survivor with circulation problems in his legs, the 70-year-old is hardly a stereotypical lifeguard

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Best dating sites for seniors: Dating over 60 doesn't have to suck

Senior dating: Hard, but not as much as you think. 

Because let's face it: Dating at any age is kind of a pain in the ass — and being over 60 in the dating world could actually have its perks. There's a reason why post-retirement age could be the happiest time of your life. Golden years, hello?

Yes, there may be fewer potential partners in the dating pool, but if you think about it, that just makes everything less overwhelming. And now that online dating is hot and heavy for the 60+ crowd, it's easier than ever to track down that special someone.

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Prof Mary Beard: let's reclaim the word 'old'

There is an ongoing conversation about ageism in our society. Within it is the development of a whole new vocabulary for our generation. 'Seniors' or the 'Older Generation’ requires a new moniker people are saying, that ‘baby boomers’ is retro and congers up tie-dye and acid rock. We're sometimes referred to as being ‘late-middle age’ which is a little lackluster. On these pages,  we're likely to be called the 'Silver Generation'  with an attitude of positivity and action, with Sterling Silvers offering inspiration.


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Science Report: Living to 100 and Beyond

Researchers are starting to piece together a roadmap to end the one condition we’re all born with and for which there is no cure: aging. And though science cannot hold back the chronological sands of time and there is yet no magic elixir for living longer, some scientists predict that in our lifetime, medical advances will enable us to enjoy our centenarian years active, healthy, and well.

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