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Couple who share rare ageing disorder celebrate transatlantic Valentine's Day

A couple who are battling a rare genetic disorder will celebrate Valentine’s Day today – eight years after they defied medical odds to walk down the aisle.

Love blossomed when Amy Hughes, 26, from Wallasey, Merseyside, and Nick Jaminet, 25, from Texas, met in 2006 at a medical conference in Boston.

Their transatlantic romance faced more obstacles than most because the couple both have the debilitating premature ageing disorder, Cockayne Syndrome.

They walked down the aisle in 2010 to have their relationship blessed during a wedding-style ceremony.

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Madonna turns 60: The painful lessons she taught us about aging while female

Madonna turns 60 today, a lifetime she’s mostly spent in the public eye in her four decades of pop music fame.

And if there’s anyone who knows about the pitfalls of aging while female and famous, it’s Madge, a singer who has courted controversy from her first hit album, 1984’s “Like a Virgin,” onward, with criticism of her behavior evolving in its pearl-clutching tone as she's gotten older. Famously smeared as a slut for her convention-challenging brash sexuality in her career’s early years, Madonna has endured a different, sneering tone from the public over the past decade.

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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 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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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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