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Creativity and Lifelong Learning

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Study after study has demonstrated that lifelong learning is highly instrumental in staving off dementia and cognitive decline. Picking up a brand-new, creative skill, like making music, is one of the more enjoyable approaches to lifelong learning. But can encouraging elders to join a community choir save money on healthcare? Does brain plasticity mean we can rebuild brains damaged by poor lifestyle choices? What about recreation in the form of intense physical exercise—how important is physicality to healthy aging? Land here for the latest research and answers you’ll need to help your clients enrich their Third Age.

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Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars. 

Lifetime Education and Renewal Network: Members of the Lifetime Education and Renewal Network (LEARN) are involved in all aspects of education for older adults. They represent the growing variety of settings and programs offering opportunities for lifetime learners

 

 

Kicking the “Bucket List” Mentality

posted 12.06.2016

By Marc E. Agronin

His wife of 50 years thought he was crazy. But when Jack jumped out of an airplane at 13,000 feet, attached to a skydiving instructor, it was the most thrilling thing he’d done in years—and one more item to scratch off of his bucket list. Jack’s jump represented his expanding mentality toward aging and retirement: do it now, do it fast and don’t spare the excitement and adventure.


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How Formerly Wild Horses Are Helping Weary Humans Recover

posted 11.21.2016

By Blaine Scott

Compassion fatigue, also called “vicarious traumatization”, is the emotional residue or strain of exposure to working with those in need and suffering. Symptoms of stress, distress, and burnout in caregivers, family members, and providers can occur without realizing it.

Book Review: Music for Life

posted 10.13.2016

Music for Life: Music Participation and Quality of Life of Senior Citizens.

By C. Victor Fung and Lisa J. Lehmberg. Oxford University Press, 2016. ISBN 978-0-19-937169-3.

Reviewed by Joshua Berrett

Understanding Aging as a Developmental Process. Is Life What You Make of It?

posted 10.13.2016

By Crystal McGaha

With aging comes inevitable change. I believe quality of life, well-being, level of satisfaction with life, positive health outcomes, and outcomes in several aspects heavily depend on individual ability to embrace and approach change in a positive, productive manner. I believe having a mental advantage—knowing how to maintain positive thinking above negative, challenging circumstances—improves likelihood for positive change and healing in life.

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