Researchers at the University of Washington, Texas A&M University and other institutions are looking for 10,000 dogs to take part in a 10-year effort aimed at tracking their health, identifying factors that can lengthen their lifespan, and serve as a model for human health studies. The Dog Aging Project received $15 million in funding from the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health.
Half of older Americans living alone and nearly one-quarter of older couples struggle to afford basic necessities, according to a report released by the Gerontology Institute at UMass-Boston. Massachusetts topped all states in the share of single people over 65 whose income doesn’t cover living expenses such as food, housing, health care, and transportation. More than six in 10 here fell short. In the study, Massachusetts ranked third after Vermont and New York.