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Taking On Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is not an easy issue to discuss. For some men, it is totally off limits. Embarrassment, fear and all of the things that men try to avoid feeling come into play when the ...

Loneliness and Race in the Twilight Years

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The quality of life for the elderly varies by race, and a new report from the Council on Contemporary Families sheds light on how loneliness affects seniors.

The report, by the nonprofit, non-partisan group based at University of Miami, found that elderly women are more likely to live alone and face higher poverty rates than men. But poverty is even higher for black and Hispanic women. Elderly black women are more likely to be widows because black men don’t live as long as white men. The average white man lives seven years longer than the average black man.

Older white men are better off financially than any other elderly group, but suicide is most prevalent for the widowed among them, according to the report. The suicide rate for white men over 80 is six times the overall average in the U.S., and three times the rate for black men of the same age.

Blacks and Latinos have a tougher time financially during retirement than whites for a number of reasons. For instance, poverty is more prevalent among elderly people of color, who are less likely to have workplace retirement plans than whites.

The elderly population in D.C. is majority black, but whites 75 and older in the city are more likely to live alone, according to census estimates:

 

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Some other take-aways from the report: women over 60 who live alone are happier than married women of the same age, and older, solitary men have more trouble maintaining social networks than women living alone.

By Elahe Izadi

Vegetarian Diet May Help Lower Blood Pressure

Japanese review of 39 studies shows a meatless menu might boost cardiovascular health, but the findings are preliminary Adopting a vegetarian diet may help people shave points off their blood pressure, a large study from Japan suggests.

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