Health & Spirit

Olden, Not Golden

Scott LaFee on

Old age is not for sissies, the joke goes, though findings in a new Kaiser Family Foundation report on health in later life are nothing to laugh about.

The report polled 2,040 adults, including 998 interviews with people who had experienced recent serious illness in older age, either personally or with a family member. It found that 56 percent of seniors with serious illness felt sad or depressed often, with almost as many saying they felt lonely or a burden on others.

Nearly half of respondents said they had struggled to understand their medication instructions or medical care in the past year. The rate was higher among those with dementia.

Caregivers suffered, too. Half of family members who assisted a relative with a serious illness said they spend at least several hours a day providing care. One in five caregivers said there wasn't anyone to give them a break.

Body of Knowledge

The middle part of the back is the least sensitive surface of the body.


Get Me That, Stat!

The Centers for Disease Control says the average weight of an American adult male has jumped from 180 pounds (based on data from 1988-1994) to 195 pounds (2011-2014). According to the website, that works out to 884 blueberry muffins, 32,753 ping pong balls or 1,768,707 drops of water.

Number Cruncher

One Rubio's fish taco (149 grams) contains 270 calories, 117 from fat. It has 13 grams of total fat or 20 percent of the recommended total fat intake for a 2,000-calorie daily diet.


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