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