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Research: One in 5 Elderly U.S. Patients Injured by Medical Care

posted Thu, May 29, 2014   by HealthDay

Nearly one in five Medicare patients are victims of medical injuries that often aren't related to their underlying disease or condition, according to new research conducted at Towson University in Maryland and published in the journal Injury Prevention. The injuries included: being given the wrong medication, having an allergic reaction to a medication, or receiving any treatment that led to more complications of an existing medical problem.

Meet the winners of GIA's age-friendly photo contest

posted Wed, May 21, 2014

Can a picture tell the age-friendly story? We are pleased to announce the winners of the GIA "Friendly Places, Friendly Faces" age-friendly photo contest. We received over 500 entries from 29 different countries, all of which express the heart of an age-friendly community in a unique way. Come explore them all!

Nora Moreno Cargie Appointed by Tufts Health Plan

posted Tue, May 20, 2014   by Tufts Health Plan Foundation

Tufts Health Plan today announced the appointment of Nora Moreno Cargie to executive director of Tufts Health Plan Foundation. Cargie will also serve as the vice president of corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan. As executive director of the foundation, Cargie will lead all activities to further the foundation’s position as a leader in education, coalition-building and policy work to advance healthy aging in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

Why more seniors are going back to college - to retire

posted Thu, May 15, 2014   by PBS NewsHour

Many Americans have strong and nostalgic ties to their colleges and universities. Some of those institutions are reviving those relationships by developing retirement communities for former students and others. NewsHour special correspondent Spencer Michels reports on one such development, and its residents.

Forbes: Why aging is the next big investment opportunity

posted Fri, May 9, 2014   by Forbes

As Forbes reports with Next Avenue: aging, they say, is the next big investment opportunity. Entrepreneurs, businesses and employees who hop on this trend, they believe, stand to profit enormously. That’s what I heard today at the Milken Institute Global Conference 2014 in Los Angeles, a massive gathering of Big Thinkers, Big Names and the journalists who cover them. Panelist Jody Holtzman, AARP senior vice president for Thought Leadership, said, “Older people and their consumer demand is the primary driver of economic growth, accounting for $7.1 trillion in economic activity.”

Getting and staying active good for older hearts: study

posted Wed, May 7, 2014   by Reuters

People in their 60s and 70s who regularly engaged in physical activity, such as walking, had the healthiest hearts in a new study according to Reuters. Compared to sedentary peers, the older adults in the study who were active had better heart-rate variability – a measure of the slight differences in time between each heartbeat that is influenced by the health of both the heart and the nervous system.

Age Wave in America: Meeting the Needs of Our Oldest Citizens

posted Tue, May 6, 2014

Those who live long enough to be “old old” face their own set of needs and challenges. Community-based services and supports in housing, nutrition, transportation, and consistent caregivers become essential to our frail elders. As a result the demand for programs that offer in-home supports and strategies to coordinate care is on the rise. Resources for family caregivers, community mobilization, and housing with services are essential to providing for our most senior citizens.

Eldercare Workforce Alliance Older Americans Month Toolkit released

posted Mon, May 5, 2014   by Eldercare Workforce Alliance

This toolkit, released by the Eldercare Workforce Alliance, includes research on how a well-trained and supported workforce can impact care for older adults and their family caregivers; resources for professionals, caregivers, family members, and consumers on how to keep older adults as safe and healthy as possible; stories of how the eldercare workforce has positively affected the lives of older adults and their families; and programs that help educate professionals, family caregivers, and consumers on how to be as safe and healthy as possible as we age.

Aging Baby Boomers Becoming the Roommate Generation

posted Mon, May 5, 2014   by ABC News.com

Roommate arrangements--adults living with adult roommates--are about to get less comic and more common, say experts on housing and on the aging of the Baby Boom on ABC News. One pair of roommates—Carol Loper, 69, and Gerry Venable, 74—recently was profiled on the front page of the L.A. Times. An executive of the non-profit agency that put the two of them together, tells ABC News she sees the number of such households growing. Rachel Caraviello, vice president of Affordable Living for the Aging (ALA), says that nationally there are about 130,000 households where the cohabiters are aged 50 or older, and where they have no familial relationship or romantic connection.

 

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