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Disaster: HelpAge assisting older earthquake victims in Nepal

posted Wed, Apr 29, 2015   by HelpAge USA

Older people are disproportionately harmed in natural disasters. The recent earthquake in Nepal measured 7.8 on the Richter scale with a death toll over 5,000. HelpAge has always made a priority of helping older, vulnerable people in difficult situations. You may support their efforts to aid older people in Nepal by making a donation through this link.

Arizona Age-Friendly Art Show Calling artists of all ages

posted Wed, Apr 29, 2015

What does it feel like to be 60, 70, 80? In partnership with the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the Arizona Age-Friendly Network invited artists of all ages, mediums and skill-levels to share work in response to this question.Selected works will be presented at the Going Places Conference, May 6, 2015. One piece will be chosen for the People’s Choice Award.

NYTimes: Some Hospitals Try Treating Patients at Home

posted Tue, Apr 28, 2015

Profiling a program at Mt Sinai hospital in New York funded by the John A Hartford Foundation, the New York Times writes, "Under pressure to reduce costs while improving quality, a handful of hospital systems have embarked on an unusual experiment: They are taking the house call to the extreme, offering hospital-level treatment at home to patients who in the past would have been routinely placed in a hospital room. And as awareness spreads of the dangers that hospitalization may pose, particularly to older adults, patients are enthusiastically seizing the opportunity.

NPR: Drop-In Chefs Help Seniors Stay In Their Own Homes

posted Tue, Apr 28, 2015   by NPR

NPR's Ina Jaffee reports that, according to some estimates, there are hundreds of thousands, maybe even a million seniors living in their own homes who are malnourished. In long-term care facilities, up to 50 percent may suffer from malnutrition. This leads to increased risk for illness, frailty and falls. But a company called Chefs for Seniors has an alternative: They send professional cooks into seniors' homes. In a couple of hours they can whip up meals for the week.

Seniors turning to physicians for social connection

posted Wed, Apr 22, 2015   by SeniorJournal.com

Experiences of loneliness and social isolation can lead to increased health care use among seniors, according to new research from the University of Georgia College of Public Health. The study, published online in the American Journal of Public Health, found that the frequency of physician visits was particularly influenced by chronic loneliness. Like GIA's own #GenTogether Photo Campaign, these results call attention to the impact of loneliness and social isolation on mental and physical well being.

Eight nutrients to help protect the aging brain

posted Mon, Apr 20, 2015   by Science Daily

Brain health is the second most important component in maintaining a healthy lifestyle according to a 2014 AARP study. As people age they can experience a range of cognitive issues from decreased critical thinking to dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Read more to find out more about eight nutrients that may help keep the brain in shape.

Winners are In, #GenTogether Campaign

posted Tue, Apr 14, 2015

We are proud to announce the 2015 winners of the #GenTogether Photo contest, part of GIA and Community AGEnda’s efforts to increase awareness about how age-friendly communities can create social connections critical to people of all ages!

Are you living in an age-friendly city? How you can tell.

posted Mon, Apr 13, 2015   by Homecare Together

This infographic, sent to us by Homecare Together in Dublin, Ireland, details what makes up an Age-Friendly city. The graphic outlines forecasts of population swings in the plus-60 age category, the World Health Organization's (WHO) elements of an age-friendly city, and the factors that matter in age-friendly communities.

Healthy aging policy brief released by White House Conference on Aging

posted Mon, Apr 13, 2015   by 2015 White House Conference on Aging

The White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) recently released a policy brief on Healthy Aging, a key area for the 2015 Conference. The brief is part of the shifting focus from the limitations of aging and moving instead to the opportunities for older Americans. The Healthy Aging policy brief examines how Americans can enjoy long and healthy lives by maximizing their physical, mental, and social well-being. Additional briefs will be released in the coming weeks on other key topics for the Conference, including long-term services and supports, elder justice, and retirement security.

Gauging Aging: new research by the Frameworks Institute

posted Fri, Apr 10, 2015   by Frameworks Institute

Aging is often perceived by the public as depressing, too expensive, or simply not a priority. Important new research conducted by the Frameworks Institute, Gauging Aging: Mapping the Gaps between Expert and Public Understandings of Aging in America, evaluates the very different ways that the general public and the professional elite regard the issue of aging. The study was commissioned and funded by Leaders of Aging Organizations, a group administered by Grantmakers In Aging. The high level of cooperation between organizations on this project represents an important step forward in its own right.

New Program by AARP to Assess Technologies for 50-Plus Consumers

posted Wed, Apr 8, 2015   by PR Newswire

AARP has launched a new program, titled Project Catalyst, to give developers of popular and emerging products insight into how Americans 50-plus use technology in order to identify ways to improve the devices for mature consumers. In conjunction with UnitedHealthcare and Pfizer Inc., this is the first of several technology studies that AARP will conduct with the goal of accelerating innovation for aging Americans. Project Catalyst engages consumers in the innovation process by providing valuable feedback on product functionality and design – from the time users open the packaging and as they incorporate the technology into their daily lives. This initiative is the latest in a series of efforts led by AARP to raise awareness of the economic power of consumers who are 50-plus and conduct research about their wants and needs regarding innovative products. This influential demographic is comprised of over 100 million people responsible for at least $7.1 trillion in annual economic activity – a figure that is expected to reach well over $13.5 trillion in real terms by 2032, according to Oxford Economics.

 

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