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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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Making Better Brain Fitness Programming Decisions

Thursday, July 25, 2013

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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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Asking for Help as we Age Actually Fosters Autonomy

posted 06.19.2013

By Meika Loe

When I met Elizabeth, a former teacher and Navy WAVE veteran, she was in her late 80s and living alone in a suburban neighborhood in New York. Elizabeth didn’t love to ask for help. In fact, she made it known to children and friends that she wanted to be independent until the end.

During Hurricane Irene, Elizabeth went to check her flooded basement and drowned. Her neighbor found her a few days later.

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

Thursday, July 18, 2013

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5 Ways YOU Can Take a Stand Against Elder Abuse

posted 06.12.2013

By working collaboratively and raising our voices together, everyone can make a difference in the fight against elder abuse. The following are some actions to take a stand against abuse.



In-the-moment connecting with dementia patients reaps rewards

posted 05.30.2013
While much money is being spent on Alzheimer's research, there is no cure in sight. We can either succumb to dread and fear, or we can begin a journey of understanding these dementias and create a new story of hope.
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Workplace Wellness Programs: Who Really Benefits?

posted 05.15.2013

By Lydia Mitts

The baby boom generation is aging, as is America’s workforce. By 2018, one in every four workers in the nation will be at least 55 years old. Developing effective health promotion interventions for these workers will be crucial to maintaining a healthy and productive workforce. 

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A Healthy Lifestyle Can Build a Healthy Brain

posted 05.14.2013

By Paul D. Nussbaum

We know a healthy lifestyle is beneficial to our overall health and longevity. Recent research reaffirms the basic importance of healthy living, and a 2010 study by Kvaavik et al., published in the Archives of Internal Medicine (14; doi: 10.1001/archinternmed. 2010.76), found that regular physical activity, not smoking, eating a diet filled with fruits and vegetables and mild alcohol intake helped to increase longevity.

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