60, Not 50, Is The New Middle Age, Study Says

Dreading the big 5-0? Fear not. A new study says that 60 -- not 50 -- is the new middle-aged.

Researchers from the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis and Stony Brook University say we've been thinking about old age all wrong, and that age is more than just the number of years you've been roaming the Earth.

"Age can be measured as the time already lived or it can be adjusted taking into account the time left to live," the study's lead author, the IIASA's Sergei Scherbov said in a release. Someone who is 60-years-old today, I would argue is middle-aged. Two hundred years ago, a 60-year-old would be a very old person."


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Occupational Therapy for older people

What is occupational therapy?

Occupational therapists (OTs) aim to enable older people to make the most of their abilities to perform daily activities and remain as independent as possible.OTs work with people who have physical and/or mental health problems. OTs work in a range of health care settings, as well as in the community.



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Approaches to Occupational Therapy for the Elderly

Serious injuries and diseases can have a major effect on one’s muscle strength and coordination. In some instances, this may require that the person learn how to walk on their own. As the name suggests, occupational therapy (OT) is also designed to assist individuals with valuable skills they can use to remain independent.

According to the American Occupational Therapy Association, occupational therapists help people participate in the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of everyday activities. Common occupational therapy interventions include helping people recovering from an injury or health event to regain skills, and providing support for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes.

Occupational therapy services typically include assisting the client/family, and occupational therapists determine what the person’s goals are – not just to follow a plan of care prescribed by a healthcare professional.



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How to Start Your Own Aging-in-Place Program

As the "aging in place" movement matures, what's become known as the "village" model is slowly gaining traction and foundation funding support. A village comprises like-minded seniors who join together in neighborhood-centric groups to benefit from shopping discounts, social activities, transportation, home repairs, and a variety of volunteer support activities.



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Aging In Place Made Safer & Easier

A recent Harris Poll released by HomeServe USA found some surprising facts about Americans 50 and over. 

Not Going Anywhere

For one thing, many have no intention of leaving their homes until well into retirement, if at all. Forty-one percent plan to stay where they live now until age 81 or older.

Feeling Safe At Home

The majority are confident about growing old in their homes, too. Only 37 percent expect they’ll need to make modifications so their homes are safer and easily accessible as they age.



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Louis Tenenbaum: 'Our Houses Are The Key To Aging Well'

Much of the attention on America's rapidly growing aging population is aptly focused on the need for professional, reliable caregivers to help the elderly age in place at home. What we might forget to consider, however, is the equally critical component of ensuring that the homes themselves are eldercare friendly, enabling seniors to live and move with ease despite the limited mobility they inevitably experience as part of the aging process.

Nobody appreciates the importance of elderly home preparedness more than Louis Tenenbaum. Founder of the grassroots advocacy groups HomesRenewed.org and the Aging in Place Institute, Tenenbaum works with individual families, builders, developers and communities to set the stage for elderly adults to remain safe and comfortable in their own homes.



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Is 'aging in place' better for seniors than retirement communities?

More than half of baby boomers say that they won’t move in retirement – and new programs have sprung up to help seniors stay in their neighborhoods longer.

Retirement communities may have their perks, but Beryl O'Connor says it would be tough to match the birthday surprise she got in her own backyard when she turned 80 this year.

She was tending her garden when two little girls from next door — "my buddies," she calls them — brought her a strawberry shortcake. It underscored why she wants to stay put in the housethat she and her husband, who died 18 years ago, purchased in the late 1970s.



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There's No Place Like Home - For Growing Old

As part of the Federal Government’s National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) funds and conducts research related to aging, including how older people can remain independent. This NIA tip sheet introduces you to the kinds of help that you might want to consider so you can continue to live on your own. Where possible, we give you suggestions for free or low-cost help and include ways to identify benefits that might be available to you. A list of groups to contact for more detailed information is included at the end of the tip sheet. You can share this tip sheet with others in your family, and you can use it to begin talking about your needs—now and in the future.



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Senior care startup Honor donating $1 million in free care

SAN FRANCISCO—Although most tech innovations tend to skew towards younger audiences, Honor hopes to start a trend of tech companies focusing on the needs of seniors.

The Bay Area startup, which raised $20 million in funding and launched its beta program in April, leverages technology to connect seniors and caregivers more efficiently. On Monday, Honor CEO Seth Sternberg is expected to announce that he will allocate $1 million toward free care in 10 U.S. cities. Honor is currently available throughout the Bay Area, and details about other metro areas—and the free-care program—are coming soon, he says.



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Senior Tech: A Tablet for Aging Hands Falls Short

A tablet can be the perfect gateway gadget when it comes to connecting an aging mom, dad or tech-reluctant grandparent with the rest of the wired world. Small, light and simple, a tablet requires less technical skill and manual dexterity than, say, a laptop or a smartphone.

If, that is, an older adult can figure out how to turn it on.



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