Tag: Age, Chronological

70-Year-Old Man Wins 1,000-Kilometer Horse Race in Mongolia

Bob Long, 70, just became the oldest person to finish what Guinness World Records calls the longest multi-horse race in the world. He also came in first. “It’s nothing,” he said during a Facebook live stream shortly after crossing the finish line of the Mongol Derby last Thursday. “You just ride 650 miles on a […]

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Why Joe Biden’s Age Worries Some Democratic Allies and Voters

As aides and allies watched Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s first debate performance last month, their initial optimism about his abilities turned to alarm as Senator Kamala Harris laced into him over race and busing. It wasn’t just Mr. Biden’s halting answers that worried some of them. They thought he was showing his age — that, […]

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How Weight Training Changes the Brain

Weight training may have benefits for brain health, at least in rats. When rats lift weights, they gain strength and also change the cellular environment inside their brains, improving their ability to think, according to a notable new study of resistance training, rodents and the workings of their minds. The study finds that weight training, […]

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Discrimination Is Hard to Prove, Even Harder to Fix

When it comes to lawsuits alleging discrimination, the wheels of justice sometimes turn even more slowly than usual. “It’s a difficult process, more difficult than it needs to be,” said Jeff Vardaro, a civil rights attorney in Columbus, Ohio. These cases can become complex and expensive, and defendants and their attorneys have incentives to drag […]

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Cutting 300 Calories a Day Shows Health Benefits

Scientists have long known a fairly reliable way to extend life span in rodents and other lab animals: Reduce the amount of calories they eat by 10 percent to 40 percent. This strategy, known as caloric restriction, has been shown to increase the life span of various organisms and reduce their rate of cancer and […]

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Stop the Knee-Jerk Liberalism That Hurts Its Own Cause

My daughter and I were tossing a football back and forth while also flinging around arguments about free speech, sexual assault, youthful intolerance and paternal insensitivity. We were discussing a Harvard law professor, Ronald Sullivan. He had been pushed out of his secondary job as head of Harvard College’s Winthrop House after he helped give […]

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The Elderly Are Getting Complex Surgeries. Often It Doesn’t End Well.

ImageCreditStuart Briers People over 65 represent roughly 16 percent of the American population, but account for 40 percent of patients undergoing surgery in hospitals — and probably more than half of all surgical procedures. Those proportions are likely to increase as the population ages and more seniors consider surgery, including procedures once deemed too dangerous […]

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New Evidence of Age Bias in Hiring, and a Push to Fight It

MADISON, Ala. — Across the United States, mammoth corporations and family businesses share a complaint: a shortage of workers. As the unemployment rate has tunneled its way to a half-century low, employers insist they must scramble to lure applicants. The shadow of age bias in hiring, though, is long. Tens of thousands of workers say […]

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