Ample shut-eye seen lessening Alzheimer's risk in seniors

World / Science & Health Jul 21, 2015

Ample shut-eye seen lessening Alzheimer's risk in seniors

New research suggests poor sleep may increase people's risk of Alzheimer's disease, by spurring a brain-clogging gunk that in turn further interrupts shut-eye. Enough sleep is important for good health generally, but a series of studies presented Monday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference suggests ...

Seniors' apartment building fire near San Antonio kills five

World Dec 29, 2014

Seniors' apartment building fire near San Antonio kills five

Five people died Sunday after a fire broke out at a senior-living apartment building in the San Antonio suburb of Castle Hills, authorities said. Eleven other residents of the Wedgwood Apartments were hospitalized, and at least one is in critical condition, according to Bexar County ...

Japan's population of centenarians continues to grow

National Sep 15, 2014

Japan's population of centenarians continues to grow

Reaching the century mark remains a relative rarity for humans, but it is increasingly less so, and perhaps nowhere more than in rapidly aging Japan. The number of Japanese who are at least 100 years old, known as centenarians, has reached 58,820, according to the ...

Baby boomers becoming gray gang

National / Social Issues May 27, 2014

Baby boomers becoming gray gang

by Sawako Obara

As the last of Japan's baby boomers turn 65 this year and retire, many are taking low-paid or voluntary work to get them out of the house — a trend that could have broad-reaching effects. The transition came later than expected as many workers from ...

National Sep 16, 2013

Number of elderly in Japan hits record high

A record-high 31.86 million people, or about a quarter of Japan, were over 65 years old as of Sunday, up 1.12 million from a year earlier, according to a demographic estimate released by the government. The record high of 25.0 percent, up 0.9 point, was ...