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TRENDING NOW: The Ruff Side of Pet Therapy Programs

Pet therapy programs are becoming more common in senior living and health care facilities, but a surprising number of facilities have safety concerns related to pet visitors. Pet therapy programs have been shown to provide health benefits to human participants, such as reduced blood pressure and improved mood, and have increased in prevalence in recent years. But while these programs...

Combining Home Care & Activity Coaching Improves Function in Care Recipients

As older adults come to need help from paid or informal caregivers, the health changes that necessitate this assistance often mean they have fewer opportunities for physical activity. This lack of activity can then contribute to increasing frailty and other negative health outcomes. A recent pilot study sought to address the problem by training paid home care aides (HCAs) to deliver...

Failed Taste Test: How Our Ability to Identify Flavor Declines with Age

A recent study investigated changes in how we taste flavors as we age. The authors found that not only do older adults find flavors less pleasant than younger adults, they also have more difficulty identifying specific flavors. For this study, individuals age 16 to 85 rated two different flavored drinks on pleasantness, sweetness, strength of flavor, and familiarity with the flavor. To...

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...

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