Welcome to the last midweek MedAlertHelp roundup of August. With summer approaching its end, it will be easier to find interesting senior-related articles once everyone returns from their summer vacations. But just like last week, we still managed to find engaging stories for you.
In today’s roundup, we’re featuring articles about the problems arising from increased longevity, such as healthcare issues, the safety of senior drivers and others on the road, and dementia, as well as ways to fight aging, such as fasting and eating vitamin-rich foods. Finally, read how much money you’ll need to retire and how to preserve your hearing. Let’s begin!
100 and Poor
Hongkongers now have the longest life expectancy in the world—81.7 years for males and 87.7 for females with prospects of reaching the average life expectancy of 100 in the relatively near future. However, at the same time, their healthcare system is struggling to keep up with the increasing number of seniors. Luisa Tam covered the problems the world’s oldest city is facing for the South China Morning Post.
How Much Money Do You Really Need to Retire?
This question that daunts anyone nearing retirement can be answered in a number of ways. Some recommend 60%–80% of pre-tax income, others saving a total of $1 million to $1.5 million, while the rest suggest 8–12 times your final or current pay. Whichever target you choose, you’ll need to make adjustments based on your expected lifestyle, health, longevity, lack of family, potential long-term care, and unexpected retirement date. For more guidance, head over to Robert Lawton’s article at Forbes.
Calorie Restriction Can Protect Against Age-Related Damage
There is plenty of evidence supporting the claim that calorie restriction, or fasting, prolongs life in test animals. Most of the research is conducted on mice, but Rozalyn Anderson, an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Medicine and Public Health, studied aging in monkeys. She believes that metabolism is central to the aging process and calorie restriction can protect monkeys and humans against age-related damage and diseases. More on this in Charlotte Hu’s piece for Business Insider.
A Vitamin-Rich Diet Helps Prevent Frailty in the Elderly
The unsurprising conclusion of a study that followed 1,643 adults aged 65 and older for 3.5 years found that seniors who eat a balanced diet of lots of fruits and vegetables are less likely to become frail than those who don’t consume enough natural vitamins. The lack of vitamins B6 (found in chicken, fish, tofu, sweet potatoes, and bananas), E (found in sunflower seeds and almonds), and C (found in broccoli, Brussels sprouts, lemons, and lychees) seem to be linked to the greatest risk of developing frailty. For more, continue to Reuters and read Lisa Rapaport’s article.
How Sweden Is Improving Their Seniors’ Hearing
The hearing of 70-year-old residents of Gothenburg, Sweden, has improved significantly in the last 45 years. The prevalence of hearing loss has declined from 53% to 28% for men and 37% to 23% for women. Why is that? In short, scientists don’t know for sure, but they suspect that this is due to a reduction in occupational noise exposure. Debbie Clason explained in an article for Healthy Hearing how the results of this study can be used to prevent hearing loss in older adults.
Examining the Behavior of Seniors Behind the Wheel
Moving on from hearing to vision, more specifically, the visual-coordination abilities of senior drivers that came under investigation by Dr. Chayn Sun, who wrote an article on it for BMC. She and her colleagues assessed the behavior of older adults behind the wheel because the population of seniors is growing globally. By 2030, about one in four drivers in Australia will be above the age of 65. Do they pose a safety risk? Find out in her article.
Another issue that arises from an increase in average life expectancy is the prevalence of dementia. As you know, Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia are closely related to aging. Judith Graham summed up for Next Avenue the results of a study that found that most of us will get to enjoy at least 12 good, happy years after 65. That is, at least, when it comes to our cognitive abilities. Read on to discover more interesting conclusions from the study.
Time to wrap up another midweek MedAlertHelp roundup. We hope you liked our selection of riveting reads for the last week of August. As always, more of them will come next week to keep you occupied.
Take care and join us next Wednesday!