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Moving into Senior Housing: Adapting the Old, Embracing the New

posted 03.05.2014

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.


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To Boldly Go Online: Empowering Elders to Connect Socially with Technology

posted 03.05.2014

By Marie Jobling

“I’m scared I’m going to break it,” said Tricia, the first time she sat in front of a computer. As she moved the mouse around and watched the screen, fear spread across her face. “I don’t think I can do this.”


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Entrepreneurs Working to Improve the Lives of Older Adults

posted 03.05.2014

By Claire McDonnell

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.

Money Management and Cognitive Decline: Strategies to Prevent Elder Financial Exploitation

posted 03.05.2014

By Claire McDonnell

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.

The Older Americans Act Nutrition Program Sets a New Table

posted 03.04.2014

By Jean Lloyd and Holly Greuling

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.

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.