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Michigan Mayor Gets to Keep His Age a Secret

Judge agrees it is not required by law

(Newser) - In an unexpected win for the notion of it's-none-of-your-business, the mayor of Michigan's third-largest city doesn't have to reveal his age to run for re-election. The state appeals court entered the strange dispute yesterday by overturning a judge's ruling that had required Jim Fouts to disclose...

Men Feel Old at 58; Women at Just 29
 Men Feel Old at 58; 
 Women at Just 29 
study says

Men Feel Old at 58; Women at Just 29

Perhaps because there's more pressure on women to be attractive

(Newser) - Women start to feel old at just 29, while men can make it all the way to age 58 without feeling over the hill, according to a new study by—what else?—a funeral plan provider. The vast difference can be attributed to the fact that society values the attractiveness...

Women Are Most Beautiful at 31: Study

Sorry, 32-year-olds

(Newser) - If Miley Cyrus and Taylor Momsen have you depressed and bemoaning your lost youth and beauty, chin up: You’re actually at your best at age 31. Women at 31 are the most attractive, according to a new QVC study, in part because they’re more confident and have better...

Oldsters Behind Counter Boost McDonald's Sales

(Newser) - Having workers in their golden years is key to the Golden Arches' success, according to a British study. Researchers found that customer satisfaction levels were 20% higher in outlets where people over 60 were employed. The boost comes from the older workers' better people skills, strong work ethic, and influence...

'Cougar' Trend a Myth
 'Cougar' Trend a Myth 
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'Cougar' Trend a Myth

Turns out most men still want younger women

(Newser) - The idea that a legion of young Ashtons are out there prowling for older women is—sorry, ladies—a myth, writes Meredith Goldstein in the Boston Globe. The dating industry is awash with tales of “cougar” events canceled due to low interest among younger men, and industry experts confirm...

Old Dad, Poor Brain
 Old Dad, Poor Brain 

Old Dad, Poor Brain

Children born to older dads fare worse on memory, learning tests, study finds

(Newser) - Children born to older dads tend to do worse on memory, learning and concentration tests than babies of older moms, researchers have found, reports the BBC. Scientists speculate that the poorer performance may be linked to damaging sperm mutations over time that affect babies who are conceived later in life....

71-Year-Old New Mom Wants to Go for No. 2

After decades of trying for child, couple heard about IVF

(Newser) - At 70, after 4 decades of trying, Indian Rajo Devi Lohan had her first child last year, making her the world’s oldest known mother. Now, she tells the Guardian she’s “strong”—and wants a brother for daughter Naveen. But she and her husband sold 2 buffaloes...

Survey: Women's Sex Lives Best in Their 40s

(Newser) - Whether it’s hormones, increased self-esteem or stepping out on their spouses, 40-something women are experiencing the best sex of their lives, reports the Guardian. "It's one of the best-kept secrets of women's lives," noted one expert. Of 2,000 women polled in a recent survey, 77% said...

Obama Signals End of Boomers' DC Reign

But at 47 he's too old for Gen X; seen as more of a bridge

(Newser) - Baby boomers will lose Washington next week to a new, more pragmatic generation. But which one that is seems up for debate, reports the AP. At 47, Barack Obama is a tad too young for boomers—whose partisan politics are informed by civil-rights marches and sexual liberation—but too old...

Do Deciders Age Prematurely?
 Do Deciders Age Prematurely? 

Do Deciders Age Prematurely?

Stress causes grays and wrinkles, but nobody agrees whether presidents die early

(Newser) - Four to eight years as leader of the free world gave George W. plenty of wrinkles and gray hairs—but just what are the presidency’s long-term aging effects? One doctor found that presidents generally have shorter-than-average lifespans, the Boston Globe reports, while another pegs two years for every one...

Don't Take the 'Gold' Out of Americans' Golden Years

And why is retirement reform taboo?

(Newser) - Snow White’s dwarf pals are so happy to go to work that they sing about it, “and they’re 71 years old,” writes Irwin Stelzer of the Weekly Standard. “So why do so many of us less vertically disadvantaged worry about” extending the retirement age? Average...

Science Probes 'Senior Moments'

Researchers discover why an aging brain is prone to distraction

(Newser) - Science has found clues to why older people tend to lose their train of thought so easily: Slower internal brain communications are behind those misplaced names, words, keys, and other “senior moments,” the Wall Street Journal reports. A 200-millisecond difference in an older person’s ability to quickly...

Retirement Communities Seek Younger Residents

Housing bust leads to 'age desegregaton'

(Newser) - A rash of vacancies caused by the ugly housing market has prompted many retirement communities to consider lowering, or even eliminating, age restrictions, the Wall Street Journal reports. Many of the communities enjoy lower taxes, and child- and teen-free living appeals to some seniors. But what's being call "age...

US Marriage Age Oldest Ever
 US Marriage Age Oldest Ever 

US Marriage Age Oldest Ever

Women marrying at 26, men at 28

(Newser) - American couples are waiting longer than ever to get married, reports USA Today. The median age for a first marriage is almost 26 for women and 28 for men—the oldest since the US Census started keeping track in the 1890s. The increase holds true for all racial, ethnic, and...

Author Unlocks Secret of Youth
 Author Unlocks Secret of Youth 
NEW RELEASE

Author Unlocks Secret of Youth

(Newser) - After a year tracking the American obsession with looking younger, veteran journalist Beth Teitell reached a sobering conclusion: "Age is the new fat." But the author of the newly released book Drinking Problems at the Fountain of Youth kept her head and her sense of humor. Teitell,...

Mac's Health an Issue in Poll
 Mac's Health an Issue in Poll 

Mac's Health an Issue in Poll

(Newser) - Nearly half (47%) of Americans are worried that John McCain, if elected, would not finish his first term in good health, a CNN poll shows. Nearly 20% percent of respondents thought the same about rival Barack Obama. Only 7% of those questioned said that the health of a candidate would...

Officials Clear Chinese Gymnasts

But some of the 2000 competitors were too young, FIG says

(Newser) - China's 2008 gold medal gymnasts are in the clear, after international gymnastics officials said today the documentation provided confirms the women were old enough to compete. But the Chinese team that won the bronze medal 8 years ago still faces questions about the age of two competitors.

McCain and Mortality: What the Tables Show

A man his age has a 15% chance of dying in one term, 33% in two

(Newser) - With all the talk about John McCain's advanced age and the suitability of his vice presidential pick, Politico offers up some statistics on mortality rates. According to the actuarial tables that insurance companies use, there is about a 15% chance that a 72-year-old man would die within 4 years—and...

'Dog Years' Just Don't Add Up
 'Dog Years' Just Don't Add Up 
ANALYSIS

'Dog Years' Just Don't Add Up

The '7-year' rule is too simplistic, veterinarians say

(Newser) - A human year is 7 dog years, right? That ubiquitous formula has been driving veterinarians and dog enthusiasts nuts for decades. If it were accurate, some pooches would live to the equivalent of age 150 or so, Carl Bialik writes in the Wall Street Journal. For those who must convert,...

'Young Old People' Defend McCain From Age Attacks

'What was the question?' quips one

(Newser) - A group of fit Florida seniors have stepped up to the plate to defend candidate John MCain from criticism that he's too old to competently govern the country. "I think he could do the job in his 90s," said a supporter, one of several men born within days...

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