Many people lose hope when they have to enter into a nursing home. Georgia’s Money Follows the Person Program helps bring hope back in returning to home and continuing to live a more independent life.
Social relationships have as much impact on physical health as blood pressure, smoking, physical activity, and obesity. But the power of social relationships has yet to top the list of concerns in the worlds of prevention and disease management.
This issue of Generations provides key findings on the connection between health and positive and negative relationships, and introduces novel programs designed to foster social relationships—from iHubs to Alzheimer’s cafés.
Making a move to a senior housing community may be infused with excitement, indecision, questions about identity, and physical exhaustion. Many of these same thoughts and feelings are provoked during any relocation to a new home at any stage of life. The difference lies in the congregate style of housing and the availability of onsite medical and assistive support in the new home.
When people think of Silicon Valley, most often they think of young entrepreneurs hoping to create a new high-tech smartphone app, or maybe they think of Facebook, Apple, and Google battling it out to create the “next big thing.” They certainly wouldn’t imagine the number of entrepreneurs (from Silicon Valley and elsewhere) who are focused on improving the lives of older adults.
Elder financial abuse is a seemingly intractable problem. Billions of dollars are taken from seniors every year, and there are few lines of defense. As we learn more about the kinds of scams and fraud to which older adults are subjected, it’s clear that we have to be more proactive in educating, advocating and putting systems in place to prevent fraud and scams and other forms of financial exploitation.
Health matters. So does nutrition. What should a quality nutrition program offer? Good food? Good friends? Improvement in how you feel? Help in staying home? The Older Americans Act Nutrition Program (OAA NP) offers all those things and more. At the Administration on Aging (AoA), an agency within the Administration for Community Living, we are focusing on what we offer during March—National Nutrition Month.
These comments from older adults illustrate that the OAA NP delivers more than a meal.
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.