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Elders Counter Fast Food with Traditional Food Prep

posted 03.04.2014

By Larry Alonso

On the Catawba Indian reservation, outside Rock Hill, SC, there’s a friendly competition brewing among the elders at the tribally owned senior center as to whose squash or peas are the best. But in the end, taste and size diminish in importance as the produce harvested from the custom-built raised garden beds is shared freely, and the whole tribe wins.

Where Does Spirituality Fit in the New Way of Active Aging?

posted 03.04.2014

By Jacquelyn Browne

Dance the tango. Learn to speak Spanish. There is ample evidence that participating in physical and cognitive fitness activities can mean a fitter, healthier aging process. To age is to live. To live is to change. If we live long enough, we are likely to experience decline, disease and frailty, no matter how successfully or healthfully we have aged.

Can Meditation Slow the Aging Process?

posted 03.04.2014

By Seth Segall and David S. Black

According to the National Institutes of Health, more than 20 million Americans practice some form of meditation to achieve greater peace of mind and enhanced sense of well-being. Now studies of the neurological differences between meditators and non-meditators, and studies of immune cell aging via telomere length in meditators and non-meditators, show that meditation can also affect the way we age.

A Bit of Bhutan and Burma Grows in Chicago

posted 03.04.2014

By Marta Pereyra

For the past three years, the Coalition of Limited English Speaking Elderly (CLESE) has fostered and led Global Garden Refugee Training Farm, a new urban farm in Chicago where seventy-five refugee families, mostly from Bhutan and Burma, are growing food for themselves, earning supplemental income and meeting their neighbors.

Aging, Social Relationships, and Health among Older Immigrants

posted 03.04.2014

The United States and other Western countries have seen a steady increase in the number of immigrants since the 1970s. A recent report from the U.S. Census Bureau indicates that close to 13 percent of the U.S. population is foreign-born, and about 12 percent of the immigrant population are ages 65 and older (Grieco et al., 2012). A majority of recent immigrants are from Latin America and Asia, and Latino adults, particularly of Mexican origin, represent a growing segment of the aging population.

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Last-Minute Tips for AiA14

posted 03.03.2014
The 2014 ASA Aging in America Conference is just a few days away and we are looking forward to welcoming you to San Diego! 
Here are a few tips to consider as you're packing and preparing for this year's conference.
Resources to Help you Prepare for AiA14 

Co-Management of Medically Complex Patients in a Home-Based Primary Care Practice

posted 03.03.2014

By Helena Ross

How can you reduce ED visits and hospitalizations of medically complex homebound patients?

Identifying the Public’s Priorities for Re-designing Medicare

posted 03.03.2014

By Marge Ginsburg

If you were in charge, what changes would you make in Medicare? If you had 50 million Americans to take into account, what takes priority? Everyone says they can make better decisions than the politicians. Now is your chance to try.

FORSA Network News

posted 03.03.2014

By Ira Wiesner

The FORSA Council looks forward to seeing you in San Diego and we hope that you can join us at some of the FORSA programs.  We are so pleased to be honoring Robert Weber with the Religion, Spirituality and Aging Award, in addition to our terrific line up of speakers for the FORSA Program.