The results of two new studies — the largest and longest of their kind — are in, and the results aren’t good. It appears that by the time you’ve gotten to your 70s, things like improving exercise, or adding dietary supplements are unlikely to help keep you mentally fit and ward off dementia. U.S. News & World Report interviewed the doctors associated with the two studies, and they agree: your best bet is to start early eating a good diet. Of course, this doesn’t mean you shouldn’t exercise, but the benefits will be physical and emotional, not mental.
Almost everyone is familiar with the AARP, but it’s not the only choice out there. In 2005, Jeff Barton founded a competing institution, which came to be known as the American Seniors Association. With an activist agenda focused on Medicare, Social Security, and tax reform, the ASA is often viewed as the “conservative answer” to AARP. It provides a wide variety of services, such as insurance, an auto club, travel benefits, and discounts on prescriptions. Depending on your views, they may be worth giving a look.
Trudy Lieberman recently had a chance to visit Denmark. While European socialism is generally frowned upon in the U.S., the fact of the matter is, at least in some countries, it results in much better care for the elderly. She compares and contrasts the ratings of nursing homes in the U.S. vs. Denmark, citing recent data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. But she goes on to point out that it’s not just the money, it’s the attitude one takes towards what the place is. Do we really think of them as a “home”?