Publication: The New York Times

What Happens to Creativity as We Age?

From the article:

How does the ability to come up with unusual ideas change as we grow older? Does it begin to flag in adolescence? Before then? To investigate these questions, we and our colleagues recently conducted several experiments, which we relate in a new paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Just What Older People Didn’t Need: More Isolation

The New York Times’ Paula Span reports:

“When the committee looked for promising solutions, it found studies showing that attending exercise programs helped reduce isolation — not a useful approach at the moment. The evidence for much-heralded technological approaches, from robotic pets and Zoom to voice-activated assistants, remains thin thus far. How, then, to help older people maintain their social connections when they’re supposed to be socially, or at least physically, distanced? Individuals and organizations around the country are proposing and trying a variety of tactics.”

‘I Like It, Actually’: Why So Many Older People Thrive in Lockdown

The New York Times’ John Leland reports:

“People age 70 and up account for two-thirds of all coronavirus deaths in New York, though they make up less than 10 percent of the population. Yet many New Yorkers in this age group are thriving during this catastrophe — skilled at being alone, not fearful about their career prospects, emotionally more experienced at managing the great disruption of everyday life that is affecting everyone.”

She’s Alone, 105 and in a Nursing Home Threatened by the Virus

The New York Times’ John Leland reports:

“New York’s nursing homes have long been chronically understaffed, leaving family members to fill critical gaps, from feeding their relatives to checking for bedsores or infection. Now those family members are barred from entry, and existing workers are getting sick, quarantined or quitting because the work has become too dangerous.”

The New Retirement

This is a section of the New York Times which includes news and features about the changing nature of careers, working and retirement.

Older People Are Ignored and Distorted in Ageist Marketing, Report Finds

From The New York Times: “Older consumers, who hold trillions of dollars in spending power and make up a growing portion of the global population, would seem to be a prime target for advertisers.Instead, the demographic is shunned and caricatured in marketing images, perpetuating unrealistic stereotypes and contributing to age discrimination, according to a new report.

A Daughter Documents A Giant of Salsa and Latin Jazz

From Nathan: “Carmen Santos-Robson (from the Newark School of the Arts – who will be implementing programs soon via National Guild Catalyzing Creative Aging) shared an article with me about her father, Ray Santos, which includes photos taken by Carmen’s sister, Rhynna (from the Bronx Documentary Center).”