Retirement has a detrimental impact on mental and physical health, a new study has found. The study, published by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), a think tank, found that retirement results in a “drastic decline in health” in the medium and long term. (via BBC News - Retirement ‘harmful to health’, study says)
In the United States in 1960, the average life expectancy (average for all races and sexes) was 69.7 years. In 2010, that number had increased to 78.7 years. How prescient it was for entrepreneur Del Webb, in 1959, to build Sun City, Arizona - the first active retirement community for the over-55? Webb predicted that retirees would flock to a community where they were given more than just a house with a rocking chair in which to sit and wait to die. Today’s residents keep their minds and bodies active by socializing at over 120 clubs with activities such as square dancing, ceramics, roller-skating, computers, cheerleading, racquetball and yoga. There are 38,500 residents in the community with an average age 72.4 years (via Sun City Seniors - The Big Picture - Boston.com)
One of my favorite services, Timehop, sends me an email every day with posts from my blog exactly one year ago today. I received this one this morning. And sometimes, you need to just reblog yourself, a year later.
The orange circles on the map above represent the 1,165 nursing homes in the U.S. with more than ten resident complaints and patient care deficiencies from January 2008 to December of 2009.
Circles are sized by the number of deficiencies that the nursing home was reported to have in CMS data. In other words, the larger the spot on the map a nursing home facility has, the more deficiencies inspectors found.
The data was also checked against the numbers of patient complaints and the ratings systems given by the Nursing Home Compare database
buddiband: A comfortable, discreet and waterproof wristband personal alarm that can send alerts from anywhere to buddi’s support services, enabling people with dementia to get out and about with confidence. buddi.co.uk (via Living Well With Dementia — Buddi)
the People’s Republic of China. The country is moving
from a young population to an old and declining one with
a speed rarely seen elsewhere. Within one generation,
China is ageing to an extent which has taken Europe
100 years. In the coming decades, there will be massive
growth in the number of Chinese senior citizens – and
thus in the need for long term care and its insurance.
I’m teaching a class at the Skillshare HQ on May 29th called The Business of Health. You all should come. It’s going to be interesting, to say the least! And, it’s through one of my favorite startups ever, Skillshare.
My class only has a few spots left. Hurry up y’all!