weekly blog--one for the ages
For aging adults living alone…there now is a Facebook page, Elder Orphans, devoted to creating a community and support group for those aged 55 years and older without mates or adult children. About 20 percent of U.S. women now reach their 50s without having children, up from 10 percent in the 1970s, according to a recent report on care-giving from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Further, one-third of middle-age adults are heading toward retirement years as singles, after never marrying, divorce or widowhood. Women are particularly likely to stay single or become single as they age, with more than 80 percent unmarried after age 85, according to other government statistics.
For men experiencing androgenic alopecia, male pattern baldness…a cure might be lurking in a research lab in California. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, more than 50 percent of all men over the age of 50 are affected by male pattern baldness. UCLA researchers have discovered a new way to activate the stem cells in the hair follicle to make hair grow, which may lead to new drugs that could promote hair growth.