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The 5 Exercises You Should Do Everyday

Balance and mobility training can benefit us at any age, but it becomes more important as you reach and pass the age of 50. Maintaining joint range of motion allows you to move naturally ...

Loneliness and Race in the Twilight Years


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:



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

Cilantro: Now I Know Why I May Not Like It

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10 Things Over-Thinkers Are Tired Of Over-Thinking

  While writing this intro, I deleted the first paragraph approximately six times. My thoughts ranged from "Just get to the point already" to "That sentence makes no sense." Truthfully, I probably was getting to the point and my sentences most likely did make sense. Hi, I'm a chronic ...

Supreme Court Rejects Obamacare Lawsuit

The latest and possibly the last serious effort to cripple Obamacare through the courts has failed. For the second time in three years, the Supreme Court rejected a major lawsuit against the ...

The Low-Risk Way to Start a Business in Retirement

How to bring in part-time income without tapping your savings The pull of entrepreneurship for boomers looking for extra income in their Unretirement is its flexibility and the prospect of tailoring ...

3 Ways to Slash Vacation Costs

  Land or by sea, these ideas make long trips more affordable Vacations of any length can be expensive, especially the long trips we want to take as our work and caregiving responsibilities ...

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