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Ageism Isn't Just About The Old

Sep 26, 2016
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Today’s economic realities keep many Americans working beyond the “traditional” retirement age of 65. Why, though, do folks who have proven themselves for decades find it so hard to get hired?

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The homeless have plenty to worry about, and their health often takes a backseat to more pressing concerns like housing and food. Doctors say that ultimately takes a toll.

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Mimi is 92, but it's her 64-year-old daughter who must leave their suburban Dallas home for an assisted living facility. Sophie Sartain's  documentary "Mimi and Dona" airs on KERA TV at 10:30 p.m. 

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Instead of having to go to the doctors for a checkup, how about getting a physical every day, without having to do anything at all? Starting this fall, a senior citizen will move in to a live-in laboratory in Fort Worth.

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By the year 2050, one in five Americans will be 65 or older. Texas has the third largest population of older adults in the U.S. and the population will jump to 20 percent of its overall population in the next decade. 

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The Aspen Ideas Festival in Colorado just wrapped up its opening week devoted to health issues. What were some the top takeaways? Here’s three: robotics, aging and making vegetables sexy.

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In this week’s installment of Vital Signs, a new study challenging the idea of simply staying active and engaged to keep aging minds sharp. Researchers at U-T Dallas found activities like reading, socializing or word games aren’t enough. Learning new, mentally challenging skills produced more benefit.