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91-Year-Old Shot, Set on Fire in Detroit

Suspect turned himself in on Tuesday

(Newser) - A man has surrendered to police and been charged after a "heinous" murder in Detroit, though police aren't giving up details on the suspect's identity or motive, reports the Detroit Free Press . Authorities say 91-year-old Paul Monchnik was beaten, shot in the head, doused in gasoline, and... More »

Study Finds Surprising Reason Behind Many Falls

It could all come down to a urinary, blood, or respiratory infection: scientists

(Newser) - Around 2.5 million people aged 65 and older are treated in the ER for falls each year, but researchers who took part in a Massachusetts General Hospital study warn not to automatically assume that "older" means they took a tumble because they're feeble, clumsy, or suffering from... More »

Meet World's Oldest Competitive Sprinter

105-year-old Hidekichi Miyazaki hopes to race Usain Bolt

(Newser) - A Japanese man, who calls himself a "medical marvel," set his third world record for being the oldest competitive sprinter yesterday—one day after turning 105, AFP reports. Hidekichi Miyazaki ran the 100-meter dash at the Kyoto Masters Athletics Autumn competition in 42.22 seconds, but he was... More »

Prosecutor Gives 87-Year-Old Man a Pass

He was accused of soliciting a prostitute

(Newser) - Howard Arthur Klein lived 87 years without so much as a blot on his criminal record. In truth, the elderly Michigan man didn't have a record at all until a night in June when he was nabbed in a sting, accused of soliciting a prostitute who was actually an... More »

Older Women Should Beware of This Online Dating Scam

In 6 months alone, $82.3 million was reported in confidence frauds

(Newser) - Con artists are scamming elderly American women out of big bucks—sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars—by wooing them on dating websites and suddenly asking for money, the New York Times reports. "I blame myself," says a Georgia woman who gave a swindler nearly $300,000. "... More »

Couple Married 75 Years Dies in Each Other's Arms

Jeanette and Alexander Toczko had been smitten since childhood

(Newser) - Jeanette and Alexander Toczko were each 8 years old when they became smitten with one another. They married in 1940 and were rarely apart in the decades since. They told their children they wished to die in each other's arms. And last month at their home in San Diego,... More »

Doctors Find 4-Pound Fetus in Woman, 92

Doctors don't plan to remove it

(Newser) - When a 92-year-old Chilean woman was taken to the hospital after a fall recently, doctors performed a routine exam and were shocked when a hip X-ray revealed a 4.4-pound fetus filling her abdominal cavity. Hospital director Margo Vargas Lazo tells the BBC that the calcified fetus was "large... More »

Study IDs Number of Drinks 'Beyond the Safe Level'

...when it comes to elderly drinkers

(Newser) - The elderly might want to lay off the alcohol, based on a new study that describes the serious consequences of just one or two drinks per day. Harvard Medical School researchers surveyed 4,466 people with an average age of 76 who also underwent heart scans, and found minimal alcohol... More »

Teen's Kindness Toward Elderly Man Goes Viral

Photo of shop worker holding elderly man's hand is an international hit

(Newser) - Feel-good news can be hard to come by, so when Samantha-Jayne Brady stumbled upon a random act of kindness in Horwich in the UK, the 23-year-old promptly posted photographic evidence on Facebook . The act was a simple but impressionable one that resulted in more than 70,000 shares in two... More »

Middle Age Now Lasts Until ... 74

Old age should be measured by how long one has left to live, not age: researchers

(Newser) - "Seventy is the new 50," says Alan Walker, a social policy professor at the University of Sheffield, in response to new research that suggests that the upper limit for what falls under the "middle age" umbrella may extend all the way to 74—nine years longer than... More »

Ohio Rest-Home Residents Strip Down for Calendar

All in the name of charity

(Newser) - Helen Mirren unfortunately isn't involved, but she'd likely approve of Akron's very own version of Calendar Girls. Residents of Pleasant Pointe Assisted Living—women in their 80s and 90s—have bared all in the name of charity. And as the AP tells it, the $12 calendar... More »

Hospitals Giving 'Death Test' to Seniors

Analysis could help families, doctors deal with terminal illness

(Newser) - Seniors had better brace themselves: Some US hospitals are now administering the "death test," which estimates an elderly patient's chance of dying over the next 30 days. Invented in Australia, the test weighs 29 different criteria —including blood pressure, respiratory rate, and medical history—to determine... More »

The Elderly Are Falling More Often

Study sees 8% increase, but reasons remain murky

(Newser) - Elderly Americans are apparently falling more often, but researchers don't know why. A new study says adults aged 65 and up self-reported a noticeable increase in falls between 1998 and 2010, reports Eureka Alert . Queried every two years, the percentage of seniors who said they'd fallen at least... More »

Man, Wife Die Hours Apart After 72-Year Marriage

Louise and Robert Bain died the day after Christmas

(Newser) - A Georgia couple died mere hours apart last month, ending a 72-year relationship that may embody values "of an era long gone by," the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Louise Bain, 90, drew her last breath on a hospital bed beside her husband, 92-year-old Robert Bain, on the day after... More »

Why a Janitor, Cook Kept Working Without Pay

StoryCorps talks to the two men who cared for abandoned seniors last year

(Newser) - Things to be thankful for: people like Maurice Rowland and Miguel Alvarez. StoryCorps revisits the story of the cook and the janitor, who worked at a California assisted living home that was abandoned by its management after the state pulled its operating license in October of last year, leaving roughly... More »

Elderly LA Woman Vanishes, Found Years Later in Maine

Sarah Cheiker apparently gave her money to 3 companions

(Newser) - An elderly woman is still fuming after three people allegedly took her money and left her to live in squalor in rural Maine, a source tells the LA Times . The paper today revisits a story that has its start around 2008, when three people randomly knocked on the Los Angeles... More »

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 »

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