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Man Breaks Weightlifting Record ... at 91

Sy Perlis benches 187.2 pounds

(Newser) - He's from the city of Surprise, Arizona, and that's just what Sy Perlis did. Bench-pressing 187.2 pounds, the 91-year-old smashed the previous world record for over-90s—135 pounds—during a competition in Phoenix on Saturday. Perlis didn't even begin lifting weights until he was 60, the... More »

Cops Bust Prostitution Ring ... at Senior Citizen Home

Neighbors, 75 and 66, are suspected masterminds

(Newser) - The suspects are accused of running a prostitution ring out of their apartments, using cocaine, and ultimately causing drunks and drug addicts to bother others living in the building, pass out in the halls, and leave used condoms in the rec room. Oh, the building in question? It's a... More »

Bus Full of Seniors Overturns in Texas

Two dead in crash: reports

(Newser) - A charter bus carrying many "older folks" rolled over on a Texas highway around 9am, the Dallas Morning News reports. The bus was en route to an Oklahoma casino when it reportedly hit a "rubber traffic control item" on the right side of the road, cruised across the... 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 »

Germans Save Money by Exporting Old People

Opponents call practice 'inhumane'

(Newser) - With long-term care costs rising—and actual care standards falling—a growing number of Germans are saving money by shipping their elderly relatives to foreign homes, the Guardian reports. Most are headed to Eastern Europe; an estimated 7,146 were in Hungary last year, along with more 3,000 in... More »

To Prevent Shrinking Brain, Exercise in Your 70s

Just a few walks a week can help: Study

(Newser) - To keep your brain fighting fit in your 70s, it seems that physical exercise beats mental workouts. Scientists found that in 638 people beyond retirement age, the most physically active subjects suffered less brain shrinkage over three years, the BBC reports; shrinking is associated with trouble thinking and remembering. Just... More »

Big Medicare Change Widens Coverage

Nursing patients now won't need to show potential to improve

(Newser) - In order to receive coverage for therapies like skilled nursing, many Medicare beneficiaries have for decades had to show potential for improvement in their condition. But the Obama administration's settlement of a lawsuit is poised to change all that, the New York Times reports. The result is a big... More »

The Elderly Are Doing Just Fine

Charles Lane thinks seniors can afford Medicare cuts

(Newser) - Paul Ryan's plan to reform Medicare has Democrats itching to resurrect their "Mediscare" campaign, depicting the elderly as victims. "I admire and like the elderly," writes Charles Lane of the Washington Post , playfully noting that "I myself hope to be elderly someday." But "... More »

The Best Cities for Seniors

Topping the list: Provo, Utah

(Newser) - A new study ranks the best cities for seniors—and, when it comes to big cities, none in Florida crack the top 10. And just one Florida city makes it into the top 10 smaller cities for aging. "The traditional notions about retirement, about pulling up stakes and moving... More »

Old People Smell Better Than Young People

Seniors have a distinctive odor, and it's not so bad: Study

(Newser) - Old people do indeed have a distinctive odor, say scientists, but it's a lot better than reputation and bad jokes would suggest. A study involving the unenviable task of sniffing underarm pads found that those aged 75 to 95 gave off a scent more pleasant and less intense than... More »

Senior Citizen Attacks Golfing Bachelor Party

Tells them to respect their elders ... as he drives a golf cart into them

(Newser) - Things got pretty darn crazy at a Jacksonville Beach, Fla., bachelor party on Saturday, and not because of strippers or booze. The Florida Times-Union reports that a group of six golfing gents was attacked at the 18th hole—by a 61-year-old. James Alonzo Hines allegedly drove his cart into the... More »

90-Somethings Are Oldest-Ever Newlyweds

98-year-old weds 95-year old on Leap Day

(Newser) - They call themselves "the Romeo and Juliet of senior citizens," and with their wedding yesterday, they unknowingly broke a world record—for the newlyweds with the oldest combined age. Together, Lillian Hartley, 95, and Allan Marks, 98, are 193 years, 8 months, and 3 days old, the Desert ... More »

Despite Recession, More Older Americans Employed

In part because they have to be

(Newser) - The good news is that at least one segment of the population has seen its employment statistics actually rise in this economic downturn. The bad news? That segment is older Americans, many of whom are only working because they're afraid they don't have enough savings to retire, the... More »

Man, 99, Divorces Wife Over 70-Year-Old Affair

He found letters she wrote to her 1940s lover

(Newser) - If you think divorce is a tragic way to end an 18-day marriage , how about divorce as an end to a 77-year marriage? An Italian couple—he 99, she 96—are calling it quits after the husband discovered that his wife had an affair ... in the 1940s. The Telegraph reports... More »

Suspicious Senior Deaths Often Go Uninvestigated

Shoddy practices, lack of standards create 'hidden scandal': ProPublica

(Newser) - Too many suspicious deaths of senior citizens go uninvestigated because the nation's coroner and medical examiner's offices don't have the money, time, or inclination to look into them, reports ProPublica . It found about 40 cases in which alleged neglect, abuse, or possibly murder went undetected until whistleblowers... More »

Sex Keeps Seniors Happier

Survey shows a big nookie factor

(Newser) - Researchers going over surveys of married couples aged 65 or older couldn't help but notice one potential secret to a happy life in retirement: sex. Scientific American highlights the contrast:
  • No sex: Of these married individuals, 40% were very happy with life in general and 60% were very happy
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AARP Open to Modest Cuts in Social Security Benefits

It denies major shift in policy, but move shakes up debate

(Newser) - The debate on entitlements reform got a jolt today when the Wall Street Journal reported what it sees a major shift in policy at AARP: The group will no longer oppose cuts in Social Security benefits. Given the group's massive clout, the story raised a ruckus on Capitol Hill... More »

Work Past Retirement Age —It's Good for You

People remain healthier and happier: Geriatrician

(Newser) - Lots of gloom-and-doom forecasts are out there about the demise of Social Security and how Americans will likely have to work past 65 in the not-too-distant future. Don't sweat it, advises geriatrician Katherine Schlaerth in the Los Angeles Times . Generally speaking, people stay fitter, happier, and more mentally sharp... More »

Old People Rule America

Budget shows that AARP has all the power

(Newser) - The unspoken question looming over Washington’s budget battle isn’t how much discretionary spending tol cut; it’s “whether our elected politicians will take back government from AARP,” writes Robert Samuelson of the Washington Post . Both parties obviously quake in fear of the senior citizens’ lobby, unwilling... More »

56% of Americans Retiring With Debt

And most were unwilling to delay retirement to chip away at it

(Newser) - Financially speaking, now isn't such a great time to be a new veteran . Or a resident of Nevada . And it's definitely not a good time to be retiring. Newsweek pulls together a handful of recent studies regarding Americans entering their golden years that are downright depressing. Among them:
  • Bankruptcies are
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