In this regular weekend feature you will find links to news items from the preceding week related to elders and aging, along with whatever else catches my fancy that I think you might like to know. Suggestions are welcome with, however, no promises of publication.
Ralph Bernstein joined the Peace Corps and is now working in Ghana. No big deal, except that he is 84 years old. The Peace Corps says applications from people 50 and older have jumped nine percent in the past year and they have now created a special website for elders who are thinking of volunteering. More here and at the 50-Plus Peace Corps site.
In a survey done recently in England, more than half of every age group, including elders, believe that different generations find it difficult to communicate with one another. I suspect that has a lot to do with where you live and who you meet. For me, I have friends of all generations – well, except teens. Read more here. (Hat tip to Ian Bertram of Panchromatica)
Twenty-three percent of people between the ages of 65 and 74 are still working, some because they choose to and other because they need to – the latter group will undoubtedly increase now due to the economic crisis. But as this story points out, age discrimination ensures that too many can’t find work in their fields and wind up wasting their talent and years of experience as greeters, crossing guards and grocery baggers.
Australia’s oldest living person, Emily Beatrice “Bea” Riley, turned 112 last Monday. She sounds like quite a woman. Check out the story here. (Hat tip to Peter Tibbles)
Here another Australian elder doing terrific things: Joseph Ciampa has been award a PhD in Spanish literature - at age 91. Dr. Ciampa isn’t resting on his laurels. Now he “intends to go on to do a masters degree on the philosophers Chomsky and Wittgenstein.” More here (and another hat tip to Peter Tibbles).
UCLA scientists report in a new study that searching on the internet has positive effects on elder brain activity:
"A simple, everyday task like searching the Web appears to enhance brain circuitry in older adults, demonstrating that our brains are sensitive and can continue to learn as we grow older."
At first, when I started watching the video below forwarded by Millie Garfield’s son Steve of Off on a Tangent, I thought, “What the…” But then it got funny. And funnier. It also makes an important point about next February’s switch to digital television that non-geeks of any age can appreciate.
I haven’t figured out how to vote yet and, obviously, neither has anyone else.