Housing, Accessibility and Technology
ASA’s professional education and training services and programs use 10 main topics to structure our knowledge offerings; these ten topics form the basis for the subject-matter organization of our annual conference and webinars, and of our web site. You can most quickly locate articles and other resources relating to these specific topics by selecting one from the main Education or side navigation menus.
This is the starting page for topics related to Housing, Accessibility and Technology which covers such areas as Aging in Place; Assisted Living; Disabilities/Accessibility; Functional Ability and Rehabilitation Housing; Livable Communities; Shared Residential Settings; Technology: Environmental and Health; and Transportation.
Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars.
Network on Environments, Services and Technologies for Maximizing Independence: The Network on Environments, Services and Technologies for Maximizing Independence (NEST) brings together professionals working with older adults who have lifelong and late-life physical, sensory and/or cognitive disabilities and whose ability to function independently is threatened or compromised.
11:00 AM Pacific / 12:00 PM Mountain / 1:00 PM Central / 2:00 PM Eastern
Thank you to everyone who presented at the 2013 Aging in America Conference!
The 2014 Aging in America Conference will be held in San Diego at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel
More than 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) live in the United States, with a projected three-and-a-half-fold increase between 2010 and 2050 of AI/ANs ages 65 years or older. Much of what we think about aging among AI/ANs is largely based on anecdotal information and cultural stereotypes.
This past June, San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance establishing a task force on issues affecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elders; LGBT Supervisors Scott Wiener, David Campos and Christine Olague sponsored the bill. The task force will address housing, legal equity, research and demographics, social services and inclusion of elders within the community. The Board selects the 15 task-force members in September, and they will have 18 months to investigate the issues and report back with their recommendations.
On Jan. 1 2011, an article in The New York Times announced the coming of age of the oldest Baby Boomers who, over the next two decades, will be a cohort of 79 million looking to the industry for care and services. Many were children of the ’60s who crusaded for peace and love, and launched a cultural and sexual revolution. We now look with interest to the next step in their sexual evolution—their search for rights and sexual happiness as they make their way onto the healthcare scene.
It seems like only yesterday we were debating whether or not older adults would use email and the Internet. New research shows that Americans ages 65 and older are online and engaged.
For the first time, more than half of people ages 65 and older are online, according to the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project. While the aging of the baby boomers has a significant impact on that growth, it’s more than just the boomer effect.
Part Three of the Healthy Longevity Webinar Series, sponsored by Home Care Assistance
There is significant evidence that cognitive decline can be delayed and quality of life improved by engaging older adults with dementia in activities that continue to exercise mental faculties. Cognitive interventions are easy to learn and don’t cause adverse effects, which are often associated with medications. This webinar covers activities designed to help individuals with retention and improvement of cognitive and sensory abilities throughout the course of Alzheimer’s disease. Methods include general use of cognitive games and puzzles, passive sensory stimulation, and direct cognitive training. This session will also present various cognitive and sensory strategies that can be implemented by general care providers or staff who work regularly with clients with dementia.
Part Two of the Healthy Longevity Webinar Series, sponsored by Home Care Assistance
This webinar covers activities that provide a sense of purpose and enjoyment along with emotional support for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Research suggests that physically and socially stimulating recreational activities can decrease problem behaviors, increase overall functioning, and slow the progression of cognitive decline; likewise, lack of pleasurable activities may further exacerbate the impairment associated with dementia. This webinar aims to improve attitude, mood, and quality of life for clients who have dementia, as well as provide for more meaningful engagement in life and a strengthened sense of dignity. It is crucial to avoid treating dementia clients as children; rather, we should listen to and respect them, and conversational stimulation can be part of all interactions you have with a client.