December 13, 2005
Gerald Ford Hospitalized
Former President Ford, suffering from “a horrible cold,” was in the hospital Tuesday for what his chief of staff called routine medical tests.
Ford, 92, was admitted to Eisenhower Medical Center late Monday and was expected to be released Wednesday, spokeswoman Penny Circle said. (MSNBC)
High-tech Gadgets to Improve Seniors' Lives
New technology is aimed at helping senior citizens improve their quality of life. As tech-savvy baby boomers age, companies are anticipating a huge market for products to help seniors.
Researchers dreaming up such high-tech innovations to make the lives of senior citizens easier are convening this week at an unusual technology exhibition at the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel in Woodley Park. The event, timed to coincide with a once-a-decade White House Conference on Aging, is open to the public today. (Washington Post)
December 09, 2005
U.S. Life Expectancy on the Rise
A new study shows that although life expectancy is steadily rising each year, the number of Americans aged 55 to 64 who suffer from high blood pressure and obesity is on the increase.
U.S. life expectancy has been rising almost without interruption since 1900, thanks to several factors, including extraordinary advances in medicine and sanitation, and declines in some types of unhealthy behavior, such as smoking.
Still, health officials are trying to draw attention to unhealthy behavior, and this year chose to break out data on people 55 to 64. (Washington Post)