Building Strong Bones for Every Age: “By age 35 your bone strength has usually peaked, and by age 50 your risk of breaking a bone because of osteoporosis may be as high as one in two,” notes Christianna McCausland at CNN. “But here’s an important secret: Experts say smart lifestyle choices — from workouts to the right supplements — can greatly improve your odds of avoiding bone problems.”

The story includes age-specific tips for what to do in your 30s, 40s, 50s and older to improve bone health — with links to related articles on coping with stress and healthy food choices.

Practicing Yoga to Improve Balance: According to a new study, doing yoga at a gentle, slow-paced level can improve the stability and balance of women over the age of 65. From the Telegraph (UK):

American researchers at Temple Medical School in Philadelphia found that after two months of gentle yoga exercise pensioners showed substantial improvements in gait and posture. In particular, they had greater leg flexibility and strength and a faster stride. They also experienced fewer falls.

Great Websites When Aging Parents Need Help: CNN’s Elizabeth
Cohen has compiled a handy list of websites that can be used to find caregivers and home health experts, as well as a site, CareCentral.com, that keeps family members connected.

Longevity, by the Numbers: Here’s a statistic to mull over: 71,500,000 Americans will be 65 and older in 2030, compared with 37 million people in 2006.

“Seniors are living longer, healthier and more financially secure than past generations, according to a federal report released by several government agencies last month. But large disparities separate the quality of life for seniors of different genders, ethnicities, education levels and incomes,” reports the Ventura County Star.

The Older Americans 2008 study, released by the National Institute on Aging and several other federal agencies, used 2004 data to suggest men who are 65 can expect to live 17 more years, longer than ever before. Women who are 65 are likely to live until about 85.

Other research claims longevity depends partly on how much money people make and whether or not they’ve gone to college. Adults who are 25 and have some college education may live to be about 82, or seven years longer than people with only a high school diploma, according to a new study published last month in Health Affairs journal.

Plus: More information on the National Institute on Aging report is available here.

The Senior Center Steps Livelier: As many senior centers across the country go un-used, their bingo games and cafeteria-style food having lost appeal, gerontologists and public officials are re-thinking the senior center in the 21st century, reports The New York Times. Jane Gross writes:

Fierce competition for the older-American market has inspired a search for new models and an emerging consensus about the elements the senior center of the 21st century should include.

Among them are fitness activities, chronic-disease management, fall prevention and other aspects of healthy aging; continuing education both practical and intellectual; volunteer and work opportunities for those not ready for retirement; a handsome environment that accommodates the physical limits of age without looking institutional; and some programs aimed to the “young old,” those from 55 to 65, to begin changing their negative view of senior centers.

Plus: In Montpelier, Vt., a regional senior center that offers everything from yoga to haircuts, is experiencing growing pains.

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