Dental Health and Elder Care: The Mouth — Body Connection

No matter how old a person is, taking care of the teeth, gums and mouth is important for overall health. According to an article on the Mayo Clinic website, Oral Health: A window to your overall health, problems in your mouth can affect the rest of your body.

http://www.familyresourcehomecare.com/blog/dental-health-elder-care-the-mouth-body-connection

 

Posted by editor on Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:06 | Permalink

Writing program with student interaction creates sense of purpose for seniors

A unique program combining a life review writing workshop with conversations between seniors and college students enhances the sense of meaning in life for older adults living independently, finds a new study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The study is published in the July/August issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

Americans are living longer than ever. The majority of older adults in our aging population want to remain in their own home or "age in place," as opposed to moving to housing for seniors or moving in with family members. Although physical function is important for community-dwelling seniors, mental health and well-being are also critical to their health and wellness.

http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-06/nyu-wpw062415.php

 

Posted by editor on Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:06 | Permalink

Retirees: These gadgets will help you stay in your home longer

Maine is the oldest state in the nation with a median age of 43.9, meaning half our population is over this age. In addition, 17 percent of Mainers are age 65 and older, and this is expected to increase to 20 percent by 2020.

An overwhelming majority of our older adults are aging in their homes and communities as opposed to in facilities. How can we ensure that older Mainers continue to have that opportunity?

http://bangordailynews.com/2015/06/26/next/a-tech-friendly-future-for-seniors-from-smart-homes-to-an-app-that-lets-you-read-to-grandchildren-remotely/

 

Posted by editor on Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:06 | Permalink

Unique program enhances sense of purpose and meaning in life for seniors living independently

A unique program combining a life review writing workshop with conversations between seniors and college students enhances the sense of meaning in life for older adults living independently, finds a new study by NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. The study is published in the July/August issue of the American Journal of Occupational Therapy.

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20150626/Unique-program-enhances-sense-of-purpose-and-meaning-in-life-for-seniors-living-independently.aspx

 

Posted by editor on Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:06 | Permalink

The Importance of Creating a Will

A will is one of the most important documents you’ll ever create in your lifetime. Your will can clearly state who will be guardian of your minor children, who will inherit your assets, when they will inherit your assets, and any conditions that must be met for them to receive your assets. Yet, according to a legal services website RocketLawyer.com, almost 50% of Americans do not have a will.

If you die without a valid will, the court does not have your instructions to follow, and it has no way of knowing how you may have wanted to distribute your assets. The state where you lived steps in and makes the decisions for you, according to the distribution schedule set forth in its intestacy statutes. The state’s decisions may or may not conform to your wishes, or do what is best for the people closest to you. And your loved ones will likely have to hire an attorney and incur delays to determine who will receive your assets.

http://www.lehighvalleyaginginplace.org/news-and-articles/83-news-and-articles/92-the-importance-of-creating-a-will

 

Posted by editor on Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:06 | Permalink

The future of aging in place

What does the home of the future look like for America’s aging population?

Just like it does now, with some tweaks and technology.

Seventy-five percent of the nation’s 43 million people aged 65 and older are living in their own homes, and nearly all of them plan to stay right there.

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2015/jun/20/future-of-aging-in-place-ucsd/

 

Posted by editor on Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:06 | Permalink

Many Older Brains Have Plasticity, but in a Different Place

Brain scientists have long believed that older people have less of the neural flexibility (plasticity) required to learn new things. A new study shows that older people learned a visual task just as well as younger ones, but the seniors who showed a strong degree of learning exhibited plasticity in a different part of the brain than younger learners did.

http://neurosciencenews.com/neuroplasticity-aging-learning-1557/

 

Posted by editor on Tue, 30 Jun 2015 10:06 | Permalink

U.S. Senior Household ‘Explosion’ Demands More Aging in Place Supports

Senior households in the U.S. will see an “explosion” in the coming years, in turn making the need for more aging in place options and policies greater than ever before, a recent report suggests.

The U.S. is due for dramatic growth in the number of senior households over the coming years, with more than half of that growth driven by households over age-65, according to a recent report from the Urban Institute.

And much of this growth is projected to occur within the next 15 years, as the Urban Institute notes that by 2030 aging Baby Boomers will expand the number of senior households in the U.S. to 46 million.

http://homehealthcarenews.com/2015/06/u-s-senior-household-explosion-demands-more-aging-in-place-supports/

 

Posted by editor on Sat, 20 Jun 2015 14:06 | Permalink

Middle Age Now Lasts Until ... 74

"Seventy is the new 50," says Alan Walker, a social policy professor at the University of Sheffield, in response to new research that suggests that the upper limit for what falls under the "middle age" umbrella may extend all the way to 74—nine years longer than it's currently classified, the Telegraph reports.

http://www.newser.com/story/205538/middle-age-now-lasts-until-74.html

 

Posted by editor on Sat, 20 Jun 2015 14:06 | Permalink

More Older Americans Are Dying in Falls

More older Americans are dying in accidents, especially in falls, government researchers reported Wednesday.

But fewer are dying in fires or traffic accidents, the National Center for Health Statistics found.

"Age-adjusted death rates for all unintentional injuries have been increasing since 2000, although the rates for some causes have declined," the NCHS, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in a report. "In 2013, unintentional injuries were the eighth leading cause of death among U.S. adults aged 65 and over, resulting in nearly 46,000 deaths."

That's a rise of 15 percent since 2000.

http://www.nbcnews.com/health/aging/more-older-americans-are-dying-falls-n354736

 

Posted by editor on Sat, 20 Jun 2015 14:06 | Permalink

 
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