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Empowering Residents to Educate

Recently, a collaboration between a university and a Life Plan Community has created a unique educational program that builds on the life experience and knowledge of older adults to educate undergraduates on aging, in a course that provides both groups intergenerational contact, combats stereotypes about aging and hopefully attracts more people to the fields of geronotology and aging...

Rich Man, Poor Man: How Does a Positive Attitude toward Aging Affect Different Economic Groups?

Previous research on aging has shown that positive attitudes toward aging can have multiple benefits for health and well-being, but it has not been clear whether these benefits extend to older adults in precarious economic situations. Having a low income and little security for retirement has been associated with poorer health outcomes as individuals age. A recent study looked more...

Tickled Pink: How Pink Noise Improves Older Adults’ Sleep & Memory

Researchers are continuing to explore the relationship between sleep and cognition in older adults. (For example, see here.) Recently, researchers examined one potential technology for improving the quality of older adults’ sleep: pink noise. Of particular importance for memory and cognition is slow wave sleep, or deep sleep. Disruption or lack of slow wave sleep has been shown to...

TRENDING NOW: Common Technology Use within Senior Living

The most widely used resident care technologies in the senior living industry, according to the recent ASHA Senior Living Technology Report, are emergency response systems and electronic medication administration records. These technologies were in use by 97 and 84 percent, respectively, of surveyed communities. Electronic medication administration records had the highest rating of...

When Volunteers Vamoose: Why Older Adults Stop Volunteering

Volunteering by older adults not only provides important societal benefits, but has also been shown to have positive impacts on the health of those who volunteer. (For example, see  here.) In light of the numerous benefits of volunteering and an ongoing need for volunteers, it is important to look at why individuals cease volunteering. A recent study measured a number of aspects of...

Setting the Record Straight: Debunking Harmful Myths about Aging

Ageism, inaccurate media portrayals, and lack of adequate education on aging all combine to produce a number of misconceptions about aging. In light of the negative impacts that such misconceptions can have, it is increasingly important to take steps to dispel these misconceptions. In order to combat such misconceptions, the AARP has launched the #DisruptAging public education...

An Apple a Day Keeps Distress at Bay: Psychological Benefits of Eating Fruits & Veggies

There is growing evidence that nutrition not only plays a role in disease prevention, it can also impact mental health. A recent study of more than 50,000 middle-aged and older adults (average age of 62) examined the relationship between fruit and vegetable consumption and psychological distress, or symptoms associated with depression and anxiety. This study looked at how reported...

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