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More seniors are weighing the possibility of 'rational' suicide, experts say
en residents slipped away from their retirement community one Sunday afternoon for a covert meeting in a grocery store cafe. They aimed to answer a taboo question: When they feel they have lived long enough, how can they carry out their own swift and peaceful death?
The seniors, who live in independent apartments at a high-end senior community near Philadelphia, showed no obvious signs of depression. They’re in their 70s and 80s and say they don’t intend to end their lives soon. But they say they want the option to take “preemptive action” before their health declines in their later years, particularly due to dementia.
More seniors are weighing the possibility of suicide, experts say, as the baby boomer generation — known for valuing autonomy and self-determination — reaches older age at a time when modern medicine can keep human bodies alive far longer than ever before.
The group gathered a few months ago to meet with Dena Davis, a bioethics professor at Lehigh University who defends “rational suicide” — the idea that suicide can be a well-reasoned decision, not a result of emotional or psychological problems. Davis, 72, has been vocal about her desire to end her life rather than experience a slow decline due to dementia, as her mother did.
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Poll: Some younger workers view aging workforce negatively
Some younger workers aren't particularly thrilled to see a rising share of older Americans forgo retirement and continue working, according to a recent poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
The poll found that workers under the age of 50 were significantly more likely to view America's aging workforce as a negative development when compared with their older counterparts. About 4 in 10 respondents ages 18 to 49 and 44% of the youngest respondents ages 18 to 29 said they consider the trend to be a bad thing for American workers. Just 14% of those age 60 and over said the same.
What's Your Purpose? Finding A Sense Of Meaning In Life Is Linked To Health
Having a purpose in life may decrease your risk of dying early, according to a study published Friday.
Researchers analyzed data from nearly 7,000 American adults between the ages of 51 and 61 who filled out psychological questionnaires on the relationship between mortality and life purpose.
What they found shocked them, according to Celeste Leigh Pearce, one of the authors of the study published in JAMA Current Open.
People who didn't have a strong life purpose — which was defined as "a self-organizing life aim that stimulates goals" — were more likely to die than those who did, and specifically more likely to die of cardiovascular diseases.
Pet Dog Fatally Mauled Elderly Woman, Injured Husband In Vicious Attack
A 72-year-old woman died and her 74-year-old husband was injured after being attacked by their pet dog. The incident took place Thursday in southwestern Sydney, Australia.
According to local reports, the dog — a Staffy cross Rhodesian ridgeback — mauled the woman and attacked her husband at their Hornby Street, Wilton, home. The victims were identified as Rosemary and Derek O’Reilly.
Family members told local media 9News that the dog, named Athena, attacked Derek when he stepped in to help his wife. Officials said Rosemary suffered large lacerations to both her arms and puncture wounds to her right shoulder. Her husband also suffered bite marks and lacerations.
Authorities said the dog had already been restrained when paramedics arrived at the scene. They took the two victims to the hospital where Rosemary was declared dead.
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Are Trampolines Safe? These Doctors' Answers Might Make You Rethink Your Backyard Fun
My siblings and I begged our parents for a trampoline every summer like clockwork. We were shot down just as routinely. You see, my mother has been an Emergency Room Nursing Director for many years, and the trampoline accidents she'd seen were multitudinous — we were never getting one. All of her advice against the backyard toy would prove justified when my sister absolutely destroyed her ankle on a neighbor's trampoline one summer. 25 years later, she still has problems with that ankle. When I asked some MDs if trampolines are safe, they did not hold back — much like my mother.
To be fair, the statistics are harrowing. A report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics noted that "Trampoline use poses significant risk of injury to children.Estimates from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System (NEISS) show that trampoline injuries result in nearly 100,000 emergency department visits a year." And those are just the reported injuries where someone has taken the time to see their doctor. How many of us will go and spend many hours and thousands of dollars for a sprained ankle or wrist? It's quite possible the number is much higher. Most of the injuries were lower extremity injuries, like broken ankles and torn ligaments in the knees, but older jumpers also run a fairly high risk of joint dislocation.
After Smart Lock Allegedly Traps Senior in Apartment, Tenants Sue for Physical Keys and Win
Tenants at a property in New York City just struck a deal in what is both a wildly reasonable ask but also a crucial development at a time of increasing surveillance—their landlord has to give them physical keys to their building.
Five tenants in Hell’s Kitchen sued their landlord in March after the owners installed a Latch smart lock on the building last year. It is unlocked with a smartphone, and reportedly granted tenants access to the lobby, elevator, and mail room. But the group that sued their landlords saw this keyless entry as harassment, an invasion of privacy, and simply inconvenient.
“We are relieved that something as simple as entering our home is not controlled by an internet surveillance system and that because we will now have a mechanical key they will not be tracking our friends and our family,” 67-year-old tenant Charlotte Pfahl, who has lived in the building for 45 years, told the New York Post.
“It’s a form of harassment,” 72-year-old artist and tenant Mary Beth McKenzie told the Post in March. “What happens if your phone dies? I don’t want to be stuck on the street and I don’t want to be surveilled.”
Porn That Takes Senior Sex Seriously
Bonnie and Joel have known each other for over half a century. Now, they’re filming their very first porno.
They sit on a white leather couch, backlit by the Southern California sun, and gaze romantically at each other. “I could spend all day just looking into your eyes,” she says, a boom and mic hovering overhead. A camera pans their torsos, capturing wandering hands. Bonnie, 70, strokes Joel’s long, white mane, which has been pulled into a low ponytail. Joel, 69, runs his fingers through her closely cropped silver hair.
The kissing begins, with pointed pauses for eye contact, face nuzzling, and laughter—but then Bonnie pulls back. “I’m uncomfortable,” she says as a straightforward statement of fact. “First of all, I’m too hot.” Bonnie slowly shrugs a pink cotton robe off her shoulders, revealing a black lace bra from Target, and shifts her position. She has fibromyalgia and her back has been acting up today.
The camera keeps rolling because this is exactly what the film crew is here to capture: two people navigating the vicissitudes of sex and aging.
Why do so many gay men feel lonely? A life coach gives the unfiltered truth
The gay men I work with range from their 20s to 50s. The guys in their 20s are often more attuned to coaching. They’re proactive about their growth and preempt problems by making informed choices. They can be savvy about the need for personal investment.
For older guys, certain issues come up regularly. They include learning to thrive as a gay man as they get older, finding meaningful work and creating authentic connections.
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Amputee who says United Airlines took his scooter battery takes battle to court
A 68-year-old man with amputations says a United Airlines employee left him crawling on the floor during a vacation after a security agent stopped him from taking his scooter’s batteries onto a flight.
Now, the Canadian man will ask a judge next week for the nation’s human rights commission to hear his case.
"Having to crawl across the floor in front of my wife is the most humiliating thing that I can think of," the man, Stearn Hodge, told the CBC, calling it “pathetic.”
Stearn told the network the incident occurred two years ago, in February 2017, when he and his wife arrived at Calgary International Airport for a flight to Tulsa, Oklahoma. Before boarding, a security agent asked Hodge to remove the $2,000 lithium battery needed to power his scooter, according to the CBC.
Hodge called for an agent from United Airlines, he said, noting the airline had approved the batteries in an earlier phone call. But the United employee agreed with the agent from the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority, the CBC reported.
Older LGBTI people fear having to return to the closet
A new documentary premieres this evening at the Luminate Festival in Glasgow.
Return To The Closet was commissioned especially by Luminate and LGBT Health & Wellbeing. Filmmaker Glenda Rome helmed the production.
The documentary talks to several LGBTI people in Scotland aged 50+ about their fears as they age. Many of these revolve around losing independence and having to rely on support from carers or enter residential care.
‘I fear, if I go into care, I don’t want to return to the closet. I’ve been out of the closet since my early 20s, so it’s something that bothers me,’ says one participant.
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Your House Should Not Be Your Retirement Plan
The average American is more likely to own a home than to have saved enough money for retirement. In fact, for many Americans, their house is their retirement plan: They’re counting on the value of that nest egg to fuel their golden years. But while real estate can be a good investment, it isn’t wise to rely on a house to fund your retirement. To explore why, Barron’s spoke with Teresa Ghilarducci, the Irene and Bernard L. Schwartz Chair in economic policy analysis in the Economics Department at the New School, and the author of How to Retire With Enough Money.
“You can’t eat your house a sandwich at a time,” she says.
4 out of 5 grandparents would support their LGBTQ grandchild if they came out
A study from AARP shows that tolerance for LGBTQ people is growing among older generations.
AARP, formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons, surveyed 2,654 grandparents age 38 and up between August 20 and September 4 of last year, getting an idea of how engaged they are with their grandchildren’s’ lives.
Amongst information about spending and babysitting came some important takeaways about how survey respondents felt about their LGBTQ grandkids: Four out of five of those surveyed said that they would be accepting of a grandchild who is LGBTQ.
Woman Who Shot Husband Over Pornography Channel Subscription Convicted of Murder
An Arkansas woman who fatally shot her husband after discovering he’d purchased a pornography subscription has been convicted of second-degree murder.
Patricia Hill, 69, was convicted Tuesday and sentenced to 16 years in prison after killing husband Frank Hill, 65, in July, Jefferson County prosecuting attorney Kyle Hunter confirmed to PEOPLE.
Hill was arrested and charged in July after she shot Frank twice inside a utility shed on the couple’s Pine Bluff property.
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Alabama sheriff’s deputy attacks LGBTQ community after gay teen dies by suicide
A sheriff’s deputy in Alabama has been placed on leave after he made anti-LGBTQ comments on social media — specifically, on a post about a teenage boy who was bullied until he killed himself, Alabama.com reported Monday.
Last weekend, a local Alabama news station shared Rocket City Pride’s Facebook post about Nigel Shelby, a 15-year-old who died by suicide after being bullied for being gay, according to Rocket City Pride. The station’s story specifically highlighted the fact that LGBTQ people face a higher risk of violence and that they often lack legal protections.
On Sunday, Madison County Deputy Jeff Graves denounced the entire LGBTQ community in a comment to that Facebook post.
“Liberty. Guns. Bible. Trump. BBQ. That’s my kind of LGBTQ movement,”
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Forget That Social Security Increase, Seniors Are in Trouble. Here’s Why.
You might have heard that Social Security checks are going up 2.8% this year, the biggest rise in seven years. That translates into an average benefit of $1,461 a month, up $39.
While welcome, it’s necessary to remember that the increase is tied to inflation. Higher payouts will simply enable retirees to keep up with the rising cost of living. It doesn’t mean that anyone’s standard of living will go up—as if an extra $1.28 a day will do much in the first place. Think of a treadmill: You’re not going anywhere.
In fact, retirees and those who are eyeing retirement risk going in a different direction: backward. A study by the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at the New School finds that about 40% of middle-class Americans will live close to or in poverty by the time they reach age 65. “Golden years?” For millions, it’s doubtful.