Of retiring employees, 12 percent increased their risky drinking at the time of retirement. However, for most people, there was no change in risky level alcohol consumption around the time of retirement: 81 percent sustained healthy drinking during the follow-up, and in 7 percent of the participants risky drinking was constant, although they experienced a slow decline in risky level alcohol consumption after retirement. In the study, the levels for risky drinking were 24 units per week for men and 16 units for women, or passing out due to extreme alcohol consumption.
Source: Risky alcohol consumption can increase at time of retirement — ScienceDaily
I cannot recall passing out from alcohol so I guess I’m OK.
Source: Emergency Medicine Clinics, August 2016, Volume 34, Issue 3 – Geriatric Emergencies, Pages e25-e37, 435-694
Rather than link each individual article separately I’ve provided a link to the table of contents for this collection on geriatric emergencies.
What underwriter wouldn’t get excited about Evaluation of Syncope in Older Adults. This is exciting stuff!
Also unclear is whether heavy drinking during a person’s teens and 20s, when important brain connections are still forming, has a lasting effect on brain function in later life.
Source: The Effects of Chronic Heavy Drinking on Brain Function Are Underdiagnosed – WSJ
Among older individuals, women are significantly more likely than men to report having asthma and also have a 30% higher asthma-related mortality rate. In addition, women are nearly twice as likely to visit the emergency department for asthma when compared with men. Older women have been shown to have the highest hospitalization rates among all people with asthma (Figure). “However, little is known regarding why older women are more likely to suffer from the adverse events of asthma,” says Alan P. Baptist, MD, MPH. To better understand the specific issues that are unique to older women with asthma, Dr. Baptist and colleagues conducted a literature review and published their findings in Annals of Allergy, Asthma, & Immunology.
via Treating Asthma in Older Women | Physician’s Weekly.
Protein should come from animal and plant sources, since each type of protein appears to play different roles in maintaining lean muscle mass and leg strength. Plant protein helps preserve muscle strength, while animal protein is linked to muscle mass, the researchers said.
via Older Americans Need Protein to Keep Muscles Strong, Study Says – MedicineNet.