The Taboo That Still Surrounds The Aging Woman

Vintage wine is savored. Vintage cars exclaimed over. Vintage clothes coveted. Yet the vintage woman remains uncelebrated.

 From the moment we are born society sets expectations of us. We are expected to walk and talk by a certain time, predicted to have mastered literacy and numeracy at a certain age. Our worlds are pre-designed for us and we fit into the flow as best we can. Youth is a jumble of growth and learning and the space where dreams and ambition are sparked. Feelings of invincibility abound and we are frequently told that the world is our oyster.

Nobody tells the carefree 25-year-old female that in another 25 years she'll be invisible.


Posted by editor on Fri, 29 May 2015 11:05 | Permalink

8 Smart Ideas People Have Had About Aging In Place

Baby boomers have long proclaimed their desire to stay in their homes post-retirement, a practice known as aging in place. They want to stay in the communities where they have friends, know their way around and have a support network. Cities and communities have "heard" them and many places are preparing for the groundswell of what happens when their residents creep up in years. Building a senior citizen center is nice, but clearly there's more to it than having a place to play Bingo. Here are a few of the programs and trends that are making a difference in the lives of the nation's aging population.


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Study Says Meditation Could Protect The Brain From Signs Of Aging

Meditation is good for the brain. A new wave of research has connected the ancient practice to many cognitive benefits, from greater attention and focus  to reduced symptoms of anxiety and depression  to improved cognitive control  and executive functioning .

According to a new study from the UCLA Brain Mapping Center , meditation may also protect the aging brain. Researchers from the University of California at Los Angeles and Australian National University found that the brains of longtime meditators were less affected by aging than the brains of those who don't meditate.


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Boomer Retirees Aging at Home Must Be on Guard Against Scammers

Retirees often downsize or move to warmer states like Florida, New Mexico or Arizona. But many Boomers have an age-in-place agenda: They don't plan to leave their current homes until they are well into retirement -- and may never relocate at all -- according to a new survey from HomeServe USA, which provides home repair service plans.


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New tech lessons for seniors

Overcoming the technology generation gap

Some of you are tech-savvy and some of you are not.

The same goes for the older parents or grandparents in your life. If you know a senior who isn't up on the latest tech gadgets, it can be a challenge to get them up to speed. The first step is overcoming the fear factor.

"I can't keep up with these young people," said Teresa Anderson, a senior who was trying to learn new technology at a computer class for seniors.


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Occupational Therapy faculty, student interns improve mobility for stroke survivors

After just four sessions working with Paul Penoliar, an occupational therapy specialist and clinical instructor at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH), stroke survivor Tiufono Taliulu was able to return to Victoria Golf Course’s driving range to continue his rehabilitation while working on his golf swing.

Taliulu is just one of approximately 200 members at the Joseph B. Jr. and Mary Anne O’Neal Stroke Center, located in the Carson Center, who Penoliar and his student interns provide services for through CSUDH’s Department of Occupational Therapy.

Taliulu, a long-time regular at the golf course, felt “so good” near the end of the session there that he began teaching Penoliar and his students studying in CSUDH’s Master of Science in Occupational Therapy (MSOT) program how to improve their own golf swings.


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Salem Place residents 'dig in' to gardening

A group of occupational therapy students recently helped senior citizens get in touch with their roots.

Graduate OT students from the University of Central Arkansas reached out to Salem Place Nursing and Rehab Center on a project that allowed residents to take up a new hobby — gardening. Cassie Smith, spokesman for the group of students, said the “Seniors Digging Deep With Horticulture” program has several benefits for residents.

“We know seniors are living longer, and we want them to be able to enjoy their life to the fullest, whether they’re in a long-term care facility or not. We designed (the program) so that it exercises the body and the mind. Not only are they exercising, it promotes awareness, stimulates their thoughts, encourages social interactions. Instead of sitting and watching TV, it gets them cognitively active.”


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Hop on the Senior Care Bandwagon!

When you become a CertifiedCare Senior Care Auditor you become an important part of the long term care industry.

Most Senior Care Auditors are hired by the client (the person paying for the service, who may also be the elder who will be the subject of the audits) to provide services to the assignment (the Elder). Senior Care Auditors have scheduled visits with seniors in their private home or facility. The auditor completes an audit of the premises and individual, using their mobile device to automatically create their report. Senior Care Auditors travel to the senior(s) location, usually on a weekly or bi-weekly basis and evaluate the premises and person(s) condition (not necessarily health condition, but mood and appearance). While onsite, the Senior Care Auditor completes the comprehensive checklist, provides any comments and transmits the report to the client. Also, the Senior Care Auditor can give a helping hand, provide a few minutes of conversation and companionship, or provide more extensive service(s) as agreed.


Posted by editor on Mon, 25 May 2015 12:05 | Permalink

Why You Shouldn't Drop Your Landline Just Yet

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which regularly tracks telephone usage, says the number of U.S. households relying only on cellular devices for phone service jumped to more than 35 percent by the first half of 2012 from about 20 percent in 2008. But some telecommunications experts warn older people to put plans to drop their landlines on hold.


Posted by editor on Mon, 25 May 2015 12:05 | Permalink

Senior Malnutrition: A National Nutrition Crisis

March is National Nutrition Month, a "nutrition education and information campaign created annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics which focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits." All Americans should observe this month but one group of people that deserves special attention during this month are older adults, who are at higher risk for health issues related to poor nutrition.

A lot of appropriate attention is focused on hunger and food insecurity as well as obesity. However, malnutrition, also known as undernutrition, is a bigger threat because of the deeper health consequences it creates.


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