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Virtually Yours: How People with Dementia Respond to Virtual Reality Programs

As virtual reality (VR) technology becomes more common and less expensive, the aging services industry and researchers are beginning to explore its potential uses with older adults. One report covered the use of a VR program with older adults with dementia. The VR program chosen was a virtual forest, which employs a large interactive screen and motion sensors to immerse an individual...

Re-Examining Lifestyle Redesign: A Closer Look at What Makes an Intervention Succeed

In order to design and implement successful lifestyle interventions for older adults, it’s important to understand the mechanisms that contribute to their success. A recent study took a closer look at Lifestyle Redesign, an evidence-based behavioral lifestyle intervention that has been shown to reduce depressive symptoms in older adults. This program involves weekly group sessions on...

BROs before Lows: How a Cost-Effective Befriending Intervention Combats Loneliness in Older Adults

Social isolation and loneliness are gaining attention globally through public awareness campaigns such as the UK’s Campaign to End Loneliness and AARP’s Connect2Affect. But which interventions are successful, and how cost-effective are they? One approach to combat loneliness and social isolation has been labelled befriending, which prior research suggests improves emotional and...

TRENDING NOW: Older Adults Living Apart Together

The nature of committed relationships is changing for many older adults. “Living Apart Together” is an increasingly common type of relationship in which couples do not share a residence, but have an intimate relationship. Higher divorce rates and increased longevity have left many older adults without a partner in later life, leading them to seek a deep connection with another...

Dollars & Sense: How Age Determines Monetary Decision-Making

A recent study attempted to identify differences in monetary decision-making behaviors between older and younger adults. The authors were interested in two factors: decision quality, which they defined as the frequency participants chose options associated with the greatest expected monetary value, and risk aversion, or participants’ propensity to choose options with lower...

TRENDING NOW: Hearing Aids Getting Smaller, Smarter, and—Soon—Cheaper

Hearing aid technology has undergone dramatic improvements to make the devices smaller and smarter than they used to be. These devices can now connect to a smartphone to not only allow users to make phone calls or receive audio from the phone, but also to interact with the phone to give the user better hearing quality depending on environmental conditions. With advances such as these,...

Tale of Two Countries: How Health Care Systems in US & Canada Burden Caregivers

When two researchers in Canada and the United States compared their experiences as caregivers, both were surprised by the “substantial burden of negotiating and managing long term care (LTC) services,” despite being in different health and social care systems. Based on their experiences and the available literature, they examined the features that characterize the structural burden...

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