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Should we recommend clients do crossword puzzles or walk briskly for 3 miles when trying to preserve brain health? What about falls—what are hospitals doing to prevent falls in the hospital or upon a patient’s return? Do nutrition supplements actually work? And why do most physicians shy away from addressing sexual issues with patients? Do insurance company wellness programs reward or punish employees? Stories about elder health and wellness appear often in the mainstream media, but this content doesn’t always offer in-depth and constructive information about how to forge strategies, solutions and models that would best serve older adults. When you browse the stories on AgeBlog, you’ll find a wealth of ideas and—best yet—people to connect up with who can discuss their first-hand experience in this topic area. 

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

Healthcare and Aging NetworkThe Healthcare and Aging (HAN) is a professional community of individuals and organizations working to promote innovative, high-quality approaches to meeting the healthcare needs of older adults. The network facilitates information exchange and collaboration among policymakers, researchers and service providers.

 

Webinar: Healthy Brain, Healthy Decisions: Empowering Older Adults to be Smart Decision-Makers

Event Date: 
09.05.2013 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Short Description: 

Presented by MindAlert

Full Description: 

In partnership with the MetLife Mature Market Institute, researchers from the Center for BrainHealth at The University of Texas at Dallas and the University of California at San Francisco will present findings from a collaborative study on decision-making. Counter to the pervasively negative view of the aging brain, this seminar will present new evidence showing age does not significantly predict better decision-making, and cognitive control was a better predictor than age on ability to make good decisions. The aging mind, as implicated by this study, may retain strategic decision-making capacity from the fifties to the eighties, given cognitive brain health. This study demonstrates the ability of an older, healthy brain not only to make good decisions, but also to retain robust cognitive performance. Ultimately, efforts to elucidate the potential of the aging mind to maintain and improve sound decision-making capacity will have broad public health benefits to mitigate disadvantageous financial decisions and abuse. By empowering older adults to engage in healthy practices to keep their cognitive skills robust, our growing population of adults in later life will have the confidence to continue to make sound decisions and keep their minds engaged throughout their lifetime.

Webinar: Mental Fitness Training Programs for Leaders Using Dynamic Video and Other Tested Training Tools

Event Date: 
08.29.2013 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Short Description: 

Presented by MindAlert

Full Description: 

Mental Fitness Programs are proliferating at a rapid rate, but are they effective? The 5 R’s of whole brain fitness programming must be in place in order to achieve whole brain fitness for older adults, and those elements are: Right staff; Right programs; Right older adult group; Right training; and Right evaluation of the other four elements.  This seminar will touch on the 5 R’s with specific emphasis on how to create a successful training program for staff.

What Seniors Need During The Holidays

Wednesday, December 4, 2013 OR
Wednesday, December 11, 2013 

10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain
12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern

Practical Alzheimer’s Solutions For Caregivers

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 OR
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 

10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain
12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern

How to Find Senior Care Resources

Wednesday, October 9, 2013 OR
Wednesday, October 16, 2013

10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain
12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern

Healthy Brain, Healthy Decisions: Empowering Older Adults to be Smart Decision-Makers

Thursday, September 5, 2013

10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain
12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern

Mental Fitness Training Programs for Activity Leaders

Thursday, August 29, 2013

10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain
12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern

Moving Day Atlanta - Walk for Parkinson's

Event Date: 
11.09.2013 09:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
Georgia Tech
Address 2: 
North Avenue
City: 
Atlanta
State: 
GEORGIA
Zip: 
30332
Short Description: 

Moving Day is the National Parkinson Foundation's annual fundraising walk/run event.

Full Description: 

Moving Day® is the National Parkinson Foundation's annual fundraising walk/run event. It is a fun and inspiring fundraising event that unites families, friends and communities in the fight against Parkinson’s disease. This celebration of movement will feature a family-friendly walk course, a kids area, a caregivers relaxation tent and a special Movement Pavilion featuring yoga, dance, Tai Chi, Pilates, etc. all proven to help manage the symptoms of PD.

Register today at www.MovingDayAtlanta.org! People who move change the world.

Quick Question: What are your favorite creative and brain-stimulating activities for older adults?

posted 07.08.2013

Last week we asked about you your favorite creative and brain-stimulating activities for older adults. Here are some the most popular responses we received:

  • Puzzles (both jigsaw puzzles and word or number puzzles like Sudoku)
  • Games (ie Pictionary, charades, and scavenger hunts)
  • Exercise (such as Tai Chi)
  • Music and dance
  • Writing

Do you have an activity to suggest that isn't listed here? Tell us about it in the comments, below!

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