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Elderly 'Nice Guy' Shot 4 Times Answering Door

72-year-old Utah man had no enemies, neighbor says

(Newser) - An elderly Utah man described as "too nice of a guy" answered a knock at his door Saturday night and was shot multiple times by an unknown assailant, KSL.com reports. His wife apparently saw the dark-clothed gunman running away when she hurried to her 72-year-old husband, whose name... More »

Iowa Women Marry After 72 Years Together

Vivian Boyack, 91, and Alice 'Nonie' Dubes, 90, finally tie the knot

(Newser) - After 72 years together, two Iowa women have finally said "I do." "This is a celebration of something that should have happened a very long time ago," said the reverend officiating the Saturday wedding of Vivian Boyack, 91, and Alice "Nonie" Dubes, 90. They met... More »

Man, 101, Has Worked at One Company for 73 Years

Hy Goldman says the work is what keeps him young

(Newser) - Do what you love—not just to enjoy yourself, but possibly even to live longer. So says Herman "Hy" Goldman, who yesterday celebrated his 101st birthday not in a nursing home but surrounded by coworkers at Capitol Lighting in East Hanover, NJ, where he has been working for 73... More »

Personalities Most Stable in Our 40s, 50s

But stability starts declining again after that

(Newser) - There's no doubt about it: The human body goes through major changes in youth and old age. And these biological and social changes may be the reasons behind what researchers are calling less stable personalities at those life stages. In fact, according to a study of almost 4,000... More »

The Benefits of Exercising 6 Seconds at a Time

High-intensity bursts may pay off for seniors, study says

(Newser) - Not feeling up for a half-hour on the bike? Can't find the time to jog or walk a few miles? Good news out of Abertay University in Scotland, where researchers put 12 retired people to the test. Coming in twice a week for six weeks, the volunteers, all over... More »

We Feel Best About Our Looks at Age 65—or Older

At almost every age, more men report being satisfied with their looks than women

(Newser) - America's youth are less satisfied with their physical appearance than their grandparents are, according to a new Gallup poll of more than 80,000 Americans ages 18 and up. And though men report higher satisfaction than women at almost every age, both men and women experience a low point... More »

How We Keep Track of Those Who Make It to Age 110

Only 72 supercentenarians confirmed to be alive today, all but 2 are women

(Newser) - Making it to 100 is a huge feat—only 1 in 5,000 Americans do. But making it to 110 (and gaining the title supercentenarian) is thousands of times harder—only 1 in 5 million do, according to Time . The volunteer-based Gerontology Research Group has been tracking these elderly elite,... More »

Study: Blood Proteins Signal Alzheimer's Is Coming

UK researchers ID 10 proteins that can predict disease onset

(Newser) - Alzheimer's may be well on its way to being a detectable disease by way of a blood test. The BBC reports on the "major step forward": Researchers at King's College London studied differences in the blood of 1,148 people—476 with Alzheimer's, 220 with mild... More »

Cops Sued for Killing Guy, 95, With Bean Bag Gun

Police claimed he was belligerent; family says he couldn't have posed threat

(Newser) - When 95-year-old John Wrana refused to go to the hospital last year for medical treatment, cops in suburban Chicago shot him with "five rounds of bean bag cartridges from a 12 gauge shotgun within a distance of approximately only six to eight feet," according to a lawsuit filed... More »

Hey, Pope Francis: Kids Aren't a Retirement Plan

Adults who have kids can still be plenty lonely, writes Keli Goff

(Newser) - Pope Francis recently exhorted his followers to have kids , saying that to do otherwise would lead to "old age in solitude, with the bitterness of loneliness." Well Keli Goff at the Daily Beast has some news for the pontiff: "Children are not a surefire way to inoculate... More »

Couple Die Hours Apart, Unaware of Other's Death

Olympia and Michael DeNittis had been married for 67 years

(Newser) - A New Jersey couple that was married for 67 years died just a day apart even though each didn't know of the other's death, Huffington Post reports. Olympia DeNittis, 95, died last Sunday in Edison, NJ, after a bout with pneumonia, the Asbury Park Press reports. Michael DeNittis,... More »

Older Brains Are Slower —but Smarter

Wealth of knowledge, not weakness slows things down

(Newser) - When elderly people seem slow or forgetful, it's not because their brains are weaker, but because they have so much knowledge stored up, according to new research. A team using computer models found that measures used to test cognitive decline are flawed and that the wealth of information to... More »

Couple, Married for 71 Years, Dies on Same Day

They eloped during World War II

(Newser) - After their first blind date, Nora Schaddel told Robert Viands that she never wanted to go out with him again. It didn't exactly work out that way. Viands persisted, a romance blossomed, and when he was drafted to go fight in World War II, they decided to get married.... More »

Cops Kill 95-Year-Old With Bean-Bag Gun

...Because he refused to get medical help

(Newser) - When a 95-year-old at a Chicago senior living community refused medical treatment, police were called in—and wound up killing the man with a bean-bag gun, the Chicago Tribune reports. Officers were called in Friday night to help a private ambulance crew deal with a "combative" resident being "... More »

Man Charged Over Captive Elderly Men

Houston resident accused of holding them to get checks

(Newser) - A 31-year-old man has been charged with two counts of injury to the elderly after authorities found four men malnourished and held against their will in a dungeon-like Houston house. Authorities say Walter Renard Jones was arrested at the scene yesterday and jailed without bond today pending a court appearance... More »

1 in 3 Elderly Die With Dementia

New report raises concerns about cost of care

(Newser) - A new report finds that one in three older adults dies with some form of dementia, including Alzheimer's, USA Today reports. By 2010, such deaths were up 68% from a decade prior, according to the Alzheimer's Association, which used Medicare and Medicaid reports to determine the numbers. During... More »

102-Year-Old Woman: Fine, I'll Quit Smoking

British great-great-grandma finally gives up the habit

(Newser) - Who says life stops at 102? On her 102nd birthday, Clara Cowell has given in to her family and agreed to stop smoking, the Daily Mail reports. The British mother of four, grandmother to nine, great-grandmother to 12, and great-great-grandmother to four conceded that after puffing on some 60,000... More »

This Year's Flu Shot Isn't Protecting Seniors

It helps in just 9% of cases, says CDC

(Newser) - Senior citizens who got the flu shot this year needn't have bothered, reports USA Today . For those ages 65 and older, this year's vaccine helped in just 9% of cases against the predominant strain, a percentage deemed to be statistically insignificant by the CDC. Factoring in all ages,... More »

Japan Official: Sick Old Folks Should 'Hurry Up and Die'

It would save the government a lot of money, says finance minister

(Newser) - And the award for compassion showed by a politician when talking about a touchy issue goes to Japan finance minister Taro Aso. While addressing the heavy state costs of medical care for the elderly, he said:
  • "I would wake up feeling increasingly bad knowing that [treatment] was all being
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China to Citizens: Visit Your Elderly Parents, or Get Sued

Those who feel neglected can now take their kids to court

(Newser) - Visit your parents. That's an order. So says China, whose national legislature today amended its law on the elderly to require that adult children visit their aged parents "often" —or risk being sued by them. The amendment does not specify how frequently such visits should occur. State... More »

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