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America's farmers are getting older

Feb 20, 2024
The average age of farmers is increasing as young aspiring farmers face financial barrier to starting up.
Things like a shortage of child care, rural housing and the burden of student loans could be keeping younger people back from farming.
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More older people are still paying off mortgages

Nov 30, 2023
New data from Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies shows that a growing number of people in their 60s, 70s and 80s still have mortgage debt, and they’re carrying more of it than than previous generations did.
In 1989, just 3% of homeowners over 80 still had a mortgage. Now, nearly a third do.
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How “age tech” is creating opportunities for older adults

Growing numbers of entrepreneurs and their financial backers are starting to see aging as an opportunity for innovation and profit.
An aging population, especially in Asia, is getting investors excited, says senior economics contributor Chris Farrell. Above, an older man uses his phone in Beijing.
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How to prepare for the care economy

A new book lays out how to align finances and personal goals so you can enjoy aging.
M.T. Connolly's new book, "The Measure of Our Age," explores how to ensure financial security and emotional wellbeing as we age.
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Why “aging in place” is a growth industry

Apr 10, 2023
As members of the baby boom generation approach or reach their elderly years, more homes will need to be modified to accommodate them.
By 2030, every baby boomer will be at least 65 years old. That's likely to drive demand for certified aging in place specialists and products to support seniors' needs.
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Why an aging population doesn't spell economic doom

Older people's economic contributions are growing, as well as support costs. Chris Farrell discusses how to strengthen the longevity economy.
Marketplace's Chris Farrell discusses a new report on how policymakers and businesses can maximize the economic benefits of an older workforce.
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New tool helps evaluate older adults' decision-making ability

May 25, 2022
The system is designed to gauge whether formal psychiatric assessment may be needed.
Geriatricians created the interview for decisional abilities to help social services workers determine whether further evaluation is required.
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As the population ages, the costs of dementia will climb, report finds

From medical costs to the value of unpaid caregiving, dementia is getting more expensive for families.
From medical costs to the value of unpaid caregiving, dementia is getting more expensive for families.
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Chinese citizens greet new 3-child policy with humor

Jun 21, 2021
Women in China have taken to social media to push back against having one more child.
A father with his son on a low-cost train heading into the Chinese countryside. People in rural China cite the cost of raising a child as a main reason they don't want to have more children.
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