The wording of items and response options in two commonly used measures of depression and physical functioning in older adults were found to exceed the U.S. recommended readability threshold for vulnerable populations.
When people live longer, the costs of Social Security and Medicare increase and threaten the sustainability of these programs. Households also worry about how to finance more retirement years. But people are working longer, and if they continue to do so, they will reduce some of the problems.
The total cost of caring for people in the United States with dementia in 2010 was estimated to be between $159 billion and $215 billion. As the nation's population ages, these costs will soar. Lawmakers could consider policy changes that support family caregivers and expand Medicaid eligibility.
Although it is critically important for adults and seniors to engage in physical activity, most neighborhood parks have few programmed activities targeted to those groups. Adding enhancements such as walking loops could attract more visitors.
Older adults are less likely than younger adults to use "maximizing," a strategy for making life choices that seeks the very best option rather than a choosing a "good enough" option, which may contribute to greater emotional well-being among the older population.
It is important to study determinants of cognitive function to understand how to best postpone and slow down its eventual decline. Social activities are of particular interest to us as they play a significant role in the daily lives of most Chinese elderly.