Margarida Xavier came to Massachusetts in the 1960s, when the Portuguese community in New Bedford was a booming microcosm of life back home. As younger generations integrate, life for the most elderly immigrants, who still maintain the culture and language of their home, are feeling isolated.
When researchers gave old mice the blood of young mice, it seemed to kickstart their brains, boosting their ability to learn and remember, and strengthening their muscles. Would a similar thing ever work in humans? It's too soon to say, really, but scientists are working on it.
Ntshepeng Motema is a South African living in New York. In this radio essay, she talks about how she's been spending a lot of time online checking for news on the health of South Africa's ailing former president, Nelson Mandela.
Pope Benedict XVI has announced that he is to step down at the end of February because of his frail health. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Rome correspondent Megan Williams about reaction to the surprise announcement.
For today's Geo Quiz we explore the secret to longevity on a Greek island in the Aegean Sea where residents live, on average, longer than in Europe or the US. The BBC's Andrew Bomford travelled to island of old age to find out the secret.
In her new book, "Never Say Die: The Myth and Marketing of the New Old Age," author Susan Jacoby sets out to debunk the myths that it's possible to avoid the hardships of old age. Is living longer always better? How do you define successful aging?
The BBC's Tinku Ray reports on legislation in India to protect the elderly from abuse; many families in India are moving away from traditional family arrangements where many generations live under the same roof.
One third of Chinese-American voters are still undecided about who to vote for, and many of them are older and live in New York and California, states Barack Obama is expected to win easily and where there is little outreach.
About a million Americans live in Mexico. Many are retirees looking for good weather and less expensive living. The State of Oaxaca is aiming to grab its share of American seniors. Shannon Young reports.
The winner of Japan's national elections, the Democratic Party, is promising to revive the nation's economy. It also has challenges with an aging Japan. Anchor Marco Werman speaks with Len Schoppa, professor of politics at the University of Virginia