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New Data Reveals Aging Experiences of LGBT Americans

The findings reveal that 2.4 percent of older adults in the United States currently self-identify as LGBT, accounting for 2.7 million adults aged 50 and older, including 1.1 million aged 65 and older.

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Quarter of Americans Volunteered in 2015: Survey

Approximately a quarter of all Americans volunteered through an organization in 2015, while nearly two-thirds helped their neighbors in some manner, an annual report from the Corporation for National and Community Service finds.

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Pot Usage Rising among Older Adults Spurs Need for More Study

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has reported that cannabis use by persons over age 50 has outpaced recent growth observed across all other age groups. In 2000, about 1 percent of Americans over 50 had used it within the past year; by 2012, that number had risen to 3.9 percent.

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Rural-to-Urban Migration Seen Slowing Due to Aging Population

Global population growth is slowing due to declining fertility rates and an aging population. And, at the same time, the pace of rural-to-urban migration is waning in many regions. These are just two of the findings spelled out in a new report...

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Resident Falls Remain Aging Communities’ Biggest Woe, Says CNA

Resident falls remain the most significant challenge confronting aging services communities, according to CNA, a Chicago-based insurance company with a significant clientele of aging services providers.

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Female Cognitive Decline Begins Earlier Than Previously Thought

UCLA researchers have found that mental sharpness in women begins to decline as early as their 50s. The study, which followed the same group of healthy women for 10 years after menopause, found that their average decline in mental processing ability was 5 percent during the decade-long period.

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Better Sleep Comports with Better Mental Well-being: AARP Study

Those who rate their sleep quality as "better" have higher average mental well-being scores, according to a new report from AARP's Global Council on Brain Health, which examines the relationship between brain health and sleep habits among adults age 40 and older.

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Awareness of Biases Seen as Key to Better Health Care Decisions

This unique guide offers solutions to overcoming two specific obstacles that could impede optimal health outcomes: common heuristics, described as mental shortcuts or “rules of thumb,” and cognitive biases, which are predictable systematic errors in reasoning.

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Repealing Obamacare Could Cost 2.6 Million Jobs: Study

Repealing key provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA, a.k.a. Obamacare) could lead to significant economic disruption and substantial job losses in every state, according to new research. In 2019 alone, 2.6 million people could lose their jobs. These losses could rise to nearly 3 million positions in health care and other sectors by the year 2021, says this first-of-its-kind study.

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Naturally Occurring Protein Could Curb Heart Disease, Research Finds

Ask the American Heart Association how many of our fellow citizens die each day from heart attacks, strokes, and other cardiovascular diseases, and you may be surprised at the answer. It’s approximately 2,200, according to the AHA’s data. And the most common cause is blocked blood vessels that can no longer supply oxygen and nutrients to the heart and brain. New research shows that a protein inhibitor drug prevents these blockages and could, in fact, be a new therapeutic approach to prevent heart attack, stroke and other diseases caused by blocked blood vessels.

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