I hate rah-rah articles like this one. What about the people who are NOT richer and healthier? No notice is taken about us. The article says, with my comments in ALL CAPS since I don't think there's bold option: "One clear reason for their improved economic status is that today's elders and pre-elders are more likely to be in the workforce SO, THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE GOOD???? LOOK AROUND -- WHERE ARE THESE GREAT, AGED WORKERS? WORKING AS HOSTS AT GROCERY CHAINS? MINIMUM WAGE? THEY DON'T DO T HIS BECAUSE THEY LOVE WORKING; THEY DO IT BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT IN TH E "RICHER" CATEGORY THIS ARTICLE SO JOYOUSLY PROCLAIMS. — especially if they're women. Back in 1963, only 29 percent of women between 62 and 64 years old worked outside the home. In 2011, that was pushing 50 percent, despite the recession. Those over 65 are more likely to pull a paycheck too.
Old age is still a time of increasing physical limitations. YEP!!!!
Nearly half of men over 65 have trouble hearing, HALF! I'M A WOMAN AND JUST HAD A HEARING TEST. NORMAL HEALRING CAN HEAR DOWN TO 20 DECIBELS. I CAN HEAR DOWN TO 35. LOTS OF HEARING LOSS. NOT QUITE READY FOR HEARING AIDS: MY JUDGMENT. BUT CLOSE. I HAVE HAD TO BUY NEW TELEPHONES, AND IT TOOK 2 MONTHS OF LOOKING, BUYING, AND RETURNING PHONES THAT DID NOT FUNCTION. NOW I HAVE THE PHONES, AND HAVE TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO USE THEM. NOT A GOOD WAY TO SPEND MY LIFE HOURS. I LOSE THINGS, TOO. MY NEW CELL PHONE HEAD SET IS MISSING. and almost a third of women this age do too. A quarter of elderly people have no natural teeth.
But when it comes to disability, there's reason for modest optimism. Two decades ago, almost half of Americans over 65 had difficulty walking, bathing, dressing, preparing meals, eating, going to the toilet, shopping or doing other vital chores. But lately that has dropped to 41 percent. FORTY ONE PERCENT!!! THAT'S HUGE. ME. I'M IN THAT CATEGORY AS OF A FEW WEEKS AGO. WHO IS SUPPOSED TO DO THESE THINGS FOR US IF WE ARE SINGLE, AS I AM?
Still, things might be much better. YEAH. NO KIDDING. Only 11 percent of those over 65 say they get enough aerobic or muscle-strengthening activities to meet federal guidelines for this age group. That's better than in 1998, but not by very much. More exercise would surely translate to less disability and longer life. SOME OF US DO NOT WANT A LONGER LIFE! I'M TOO OLD NOW, AND AM HAPPILY WAITING TO DIE. THE NEUROLOGIST SAYS I MIGHT HAVE THYROID CANCER. I CERTAINLY HOPE SO, AND AM IGNORING HER URGING TO GET A BIOPSY AND SURGERY. NO WAY. HERE'S MY HAPPY DYING-TIME PLAN: WILL GET TO EAT WHATEVER I LOVE!!! PUDDING; PIE; CAKE; ICE CREAM; BROWNIES; CANDY BARS. EVERY DAY, I MUNCH DOWN THESE THINGS HAPPILY, TILL I CAN'T EAT ANYMORE. THEN POOF!