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[STAYING PUT] Mandatory retirement ageist, violates one's dignity

"Even as older people seem prepared to extend their careers, ageism’s influence in the workplace threatens to hold them back, according to an analysis by Nancy Jecker, a University of Washington bioethicist. Mandatory retirement is the focus of the paper, and the analysis identifies familiar ethical objections to mandatory retirement — fairness and equality — but breaks ground by tying the workplace to another principle that Jecker says has been overlooked: dignity. She identifies it as “the minimal respect that people are due” and holds that society must equally support the dignity of every individual."

[THE CLOSER YOU ARE] 15-minute city within reach for Vancouver, but not all benefit

"The idea of a 15-minute city – where everyone’s essential needs can be met within walking distance – is within reach for Vancouver, but more needs to be done to provide access in certain neighborhoods, according to Simon Fraser University researchers."

[JUST DO IT] Adopting 5 or more healthy habits tied to greater life expectancy, even for elders

"Researchers in Japan have assessed the impact of modifying lifestyle behaviors on life expectancy from middle age onwards. and found that adopting five or more healthy lifestyle behaviors increased life expectancy even for individuals over age 80, including those with chronic conditions."

[NOT HOME ALONE] Return to the workplace may increase employee stress

"While COVID-19 infections continue to increase around the US, most employees (72%) are working in-person in some capacity, 13% have a hybrid arrangement and the remainder are still working entirely remotely, according to a recent national survey conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research."

[LONG LIVE THE DIET!] Optimal diet to boost health span revealed

"The results of a comprehensive literature search and analysis have revealed the key characteristics of a longevity diet. We explored the link between nutrients, fasting, genes, and longevity in short-lived species, and connected these links to clinical and epidemiological studies in primates and humans, including centenarians, said Valto Longo of the University of Southern California's School of Gerontology .By adopting a multi-system and multi-pillar approach based on over a century of research, we can begin to define a longevity diet that represents a solid foundation for nutritional recommendation and for future research."

[OFF THE ROAD?] Tool helps decide when to stop driving

"A recent randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that an online decision aid may help older adults decide whether and when to stop driving. Researchers randomized 301 adults (mean age, 77; about half women; about 96%, White) to the new decision aid or an educational website. "

[ONWARD!] Event celebrates women "aging boldly"

"On April 20, ICAA’s Web News editor, Marilynn Larkin, joined 100 women (and a few men!) in New York City at an event by NextTribe called “Aging boldly,” one a series of events held in various cities that aims to connect middle-aged and older women by comparing experiences, feelings and paths forward."

[EYE OF THE STORM] Geographic atrophy affects millions, endangers vision

"Results of a global survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of Apellis Pharmaceuticals, released on April 21, found that living with geographic atrophy (GA) can cause a substantial emotional burden and impact on independence. GA is a leading cause of blindness among older adults that affects more than 5 million people worldwide, including one million in the US."

[GOOD NIGHT] Seven hours of sleep optimal for cognition

"Seven hours is the ideal amount of sleep for people in middle age and upwards, with too little or too much little sleep associated with poorer cognitive performance and mental health, according to a recent study."

[RENOVATE NOW] Most older adults unprepared to age in place

"The vast majority of people over 50 say it's important that they keep living in their current homes for as long as possible. But a recent poll shows many of them haven't planned or prepared for aging in place, and a sizable percentage might have a hard time paying for in-home help. The latest National Poll on Healthy Aging suggests many people in their 50s, 60s and 70s need to do more to modify their homes or plan for services they may need if they want to avoid or delay needing to move. "

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