Japan’s prisons area haven for elderly women

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Lonely seniors are shoplifting in search of the community and stability of jail.

Every aging society faces distinct challenges. But Japan, with the world’s oldest population (27.3 percent of its citizens are 65 or older, almost twice the share in the U.S.), has been dealing with one it didn’t foresee: senior crime. Complaints and arrests involving elderly people, and women in particular, are taking place at rates above those of any other demographic group. Almost 1 in 5 women in Japanese prisons is a senior. Their crimes are usually minor—9 in 10 senior women who’ve been convicted were found guilty of shoplifting.

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European parks now feature playgrounds made for senior citizens

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The population in Europe is aging. The governments have had to think of some interesting ways to keep people active. Spain and the United Kingdom have started opening playgrounds designed specifically for the elderly. And people seem to be enjoying it! (Video

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Stem cells repair and strengthen muscles in aged mice

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Stem cell therapy could be used to help older patients recover from muscular injuries.

People become less able to bounce back from injuries as they age. This is a problem that adds risk to many of the common medical procedures the elderly face. At the same time, stem cells’ greatest promise is to allow people to produce new, healthy tissue to recover from illness or injury. But because stem cell therapies remain cutting edge, they have largely been used to target life-threatening problems such as heart failure.

 

 

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At 95 will your mind still be sharp? Chances are improving all of the time: Study

As we approach old age, on average, we should arrive in better shape mentally than any previous generation.

As we approach 100-years-old our bodies might still be (sort of) working,  but many wonder whether their minds will be sharp enough to appreciate life.

 

 

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Most future retirees face fiscal troubles

The Great Recession and the weak recovery darkened the retirement picture for significant numbers of Americans.

A majority of Americans are headed toward a retirement in which they will be financially worse off than their parents for the first time since the New Deal.  This jeopardizes a long era of improved living standards for the nation’s elderly, according to a growing consensus of new research.

 

 

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Approach to blood pressure control may need to change as we get older

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What is right for controlling blood pressure in a 50-year-old might not work for a frail 80-year-old.

Unless you are a frail older person controlling high blood pressure is a good thing. Then it might be harmful. That’s the surprising finding of a study of more than 2,000 seniors published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine.

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AT&T researchers create app to track your teenager’s driving habits

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The app could also monitor an elderly driver’s aptitude over time.

AT&T researchers have created a system that reports on drivers’ real-time behavior and long-term driving trends by merging data from cars’ onboard computers and drivers’ smart phones.  It also reveals whether a particular mistake might have been caused by phone use.

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Elderly can be trained to make accurate decisions as quickly as younger generations

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Researchers claim older people deliberately take longer to make decisions – to improve their chances of making the right choice.

Think again if you thought that people of 70 aren’t as mentally quick off the mark as they used to be.  They can have reactions as fast as 25-year-olds, a study reveals.

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