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Be Vision Aware: Cutting Through the Confusion of Vision Rehabilitation Services

posted 02.22.2017

By Priscilla Rogers

According to the American Community Survey, about 1 in 50 Americans experiences “serious trouble seeing, even when wearing glasses or contacts.” For Americans over age 55, the rate of vision difficulty is 1 in 20, and for those over age 85, the rate approaches 1 in 5 (U.S. Census Bureau, 2015).

Sky Above Clouds: Finding our Way Through Creativity, Aging, and Illness

posted 02.21.2017

By Wendy L. Miller and Gene D. Cohen (with Teresa H. Barker)

The following is an excerpt from Sky Above Clouds: Finding Our Way Through Creativity, Aging and Illness. Oxford University Press; $27.95; ISBN 9780199371419, 352 pages, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press.


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Why We All Should Care about the Direct Care Workforce

posted 02.21.2017

By Daniel R. Wilson

Have you ever helped an older person navigate the complexities of life—arranging transportation to a doctor’s appointment, setting up meals on wheels, or even ensuring they can see a medical professional—only to find out they are alone at home with no family or friends to support them? Who will ensure they are able to bathe each day and help them with the tasks of daily living we all take for granted? If you’ve ever cared for an older person, you know that the questions are endless.

Practicing Words: Writing Activities to Strengthen Older Adult Communication

posted 02.12.2017

By Karen Sheriff LeVan

“Anyhow, it’s fun. . . Even when I was sitting in the dentist’s chair on Monday getting some teeth pulled, I was counting syllables,” replied Helen, a leader in our small writing group. I’d asked her why she participated and was surprised when she continued with, “It’s a pleasure. I’m eighty years old, and I’m still perking. I’m not just sitting in a chair in front of a TV waiting for the pills. That terrifies me.”

The Role of Family in Relocation: Basic Approaches to Easing the Psychosocial Stress of Change

posted 02.10.2017

By Crystal McGaha

Family members often play a critical role in helping to ensure loved ones continue to define their purpose and achieve their potential following major life transitions, such as relocation to a senior living facility. Older adults transitioning from their homes to assisted-living and long-term care facilities often experience high levels of emotional distress, which can result in long-term manifestations of depression, apathy, anger, anxiety, and decrease in overall well-being when left unaddressed.

Respite Care: Because Caregivers Deserve a Break

posted 02.09.2017

Respite Care: Because Caregivers Deserve a Break

By Joy Johnston

Family caregivers need, and deserve, more robust supportive services, but a break may be the most precious gift of all.

The Experiential Self and the Remembering Self

posted 02.09.2017

By Judy A. Cornish

In his book Thinking, Fast and Slow, Daniel Kahneman explains the existence of our experiential and remembering selves. Although Dr. Kahneman is not thought of as an expert on dementia care, grasping this concept will greatly enhance your success in caring for your loved ones or clients as they experience dementia.

Intergenerational Success Stories: Tech-Savvy Millennial Volunteers in Aging

posted 02.07.2017

By Debby Dodds

We are nearly two decades into the 21st Century and the social consequences of aging still regularly include feeling isolated or depressed. The World Health Organization recently stated that, “Older people who feel they are a burden perceive their lives to be less valuable, putting them at risk of depression and social isolation.”

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