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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.

 

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!

Quick Question: Do you have questions or comments about the 2014 Aging in America Call for Proposals?

posted 07.01.2013

Last week we asked if you had questions or comments about the 2014 Aging in America Call for Proposals and if you needed more time to complete your proposal. The big news first: 70% of those responding said they needed more time. We aim to please, so the new deadline for your presentation proposals is July 10!

EWA Releases Issue Brief on LTC / LTSS

The Eldercare Workforce Alliance, a national coaltion of 28 organizations including ASA, has released an issue brief (PDF) to address the activity of the Congressional Commission on Long Term Care. ASA supports the EWA’s efforts to advocate for a national strategy to address long‐term care challenges.

Web Seminar: From Paper and Pencil to iPads: Cutting Edge Ideas for Activities and Cognitive Stimulation

Event Date: 
07.18.2013 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Short Description: 

Part of the MetLife MindAlert Series. Free for everyone.

Full Description: 

In this webinar, numerous cognitive stimulation programs designed to improve memory and cognition in older adults will be detailed. You will learn about what part of the brain and the cognitive abilities each activity exercises, as well tips on resources to start or reinvigorate your own brain exercise program. Simple pen and paper activities will be covered, along with tips and instructions on how to employ iPads and other tablet devices to maximize cognitive stimulation and quality of life.

Web Seminar: Making Better Brain Fitness Programming Decisions

Event Date: 
07.25.2013 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
Short Description: 

Part of the MetLife MindAlert Series. Free for everyone.

Full Description: 

Unfortunately, most organizations are forced to select brain fitness activities and products without any real data about the specific needs of their client population. This session will present a practical framework for better understanding the full range of your population’s potential needs. We will also present novel benchmarking data about the relative importance of various brain fitness interventions across different population types. Taken together, these new tools will provide practical, data-driven guidance for those seeking to improve the impact of their brain fitness programming.

Making Better Brain Fitness Programming Decisions

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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

Friendship and Conscious Community-Building: Secrets to a Happier, Longer Life?

posted 06.24.2013

By Barbara Meltzer

I am a single woman without children, journeying through what author Mary Catherine Bateson refers to as a “second adulthood.” I live alone. And I am doing my best to gracefully grapple with the vicissitudes of getting older. Depending upon health and finances, more years can mean more trips, more books to read and more people to meet.


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