weekly blog--one for the ages
From the London Times…A study found that there is a strong correlation between passion and grit in early life that means younger people are willing to put in more effort and take risks to achieve their goals, but from the age of 53 this drive fades and more is needed to motivate people in middle age. www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/your-get-up-and-go-will-have-gone-by-54-pcz2z2786
From the Atlanta Journal-Constitution…Many older adults use prescription medications but according to a recent study, over a quarter of people age 65 and older have been prescribed potentially inappropriate drugs.
From Politico…In a change from current policy, Medicare and Medicaid will now cover CoVid vaccines that receive emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.
With each passing election, the older voter grows in importance, and according to some estimates, will likely represent 23% of Americans casting ballots in the upcoming presidential election. There are many issues that a president must address to make our country whole again, and aging policy is one of them.
Fifty-five years ago, three Great Society programs were enacted that have had a profound impact on the lives of millions of older Americans: Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act. These laws came about in response to confronting the aging of our population, and all three could be sharply reduced or eliminated if the current administration has an opportunity to continue for another four years.
As such, ConfrontingAging joins the growing chorus of publications and people who believe that the Biden-Harris ticket offers the empathy, compassion and intelligence to move our nation forward and address the issues of aging.
Some of the key issues on our list:
Polls now show that Florida’s seniors, who traditionally vote at higher rates than any other age group, have shifted in significant numbers away from Trump to Biden, according to a recent article in the Tampa Bay Times.
The University of North Florida Public Opinion Research Lab released a poll of likely voters on Oct. 6, and while Biden was leading Trump among likely Florida voters 51 percent to 45 percent, the margin among voters older than 65 was 50 percent for Trump and 47 percent for Biden. Those same people were asked how they voted years ago, and the margin was much larger, 14 points in Trump’s favor.
The trend seems to be happening across the nation. In the last month, a CNN poll found Biden leading Trump by 21 points — 60 percent to 39 percent — among likely voters 65 and older. An NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll reported an even larger margin.
The Pew Research Center estimates that Trump beat Clinton by nine percentage points among voters 65 and older four years ago. By comparison, John McCain carried the senior vote by eight points in 2008, and George W. Bush had only a four-point advantage in 2004.
A former Republican voter in Florida might have summed it up best. She said she voted for Trump in 2016 because “I thought that he was a great businessman” but she increasingly became turned off by what she considers "his narcissistic behavior,'' how he treated women, how he would “fire anybody who would stand up against him,” and “how he puts people at risk for COVID.”
A University of North Florida poll asked people if the pandemic or the economic impact was their biggest concern. Senior voters who said that public health was their top concern were 80 percent in support of Biden. Of the people polled who said the economic impact was most important, 89 percent were for Trump.
A new study suggests that women who gave birth later in life had longer telomeres, which are biomarkers for long-term health and longevity. This is not the first time that the length of a woman’s leukocyte telomeres has been linked with her projected lifespan. Telomeres are repeating DNA-protein complexes that protect the ends of chromosomes and have proven to be critical for maintaining genomic stability. Previous studies have suggested a link between telomere length and various chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, some neurologic conditions, and various cancers.
When it comes to determining how long you can expect to live, geography matters. While researchers previously understood that geographical disparities impacted people at birth, a new AARP study concludes that where you are living at age 50 matters just as much. Conditions and the general environment in which people at any age live, learn, work, play, and worship have tremendous influence on health and longevity.
Overusing certain words and phrases can have an impact on how people respond. Take the word “just” for example. Using it in an email, such as “just checking in,” often earns a short email back, according to an opinion writer in Ladders.com, a website that offers career advice. Eliminate the word, and you are more likely to start a more informative dialog.
Now consider November 3, the date of the U.S. presidential election. You can save our democracy by “Just Voting” or by “Voting”.
In this election, we urge you to VOTE!