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TRENDING NOW: Making Cities Smarter for Older Adults

Making a city smarter means using new technology and better design to help make things run more efficiently and to provide the most benefit to its residents. As a model, Georgia Tech has focused on increasing the efficiency of public transportation, smarter energy use, and better engineering, among other areas. While smart city initiatives are important for people of all ages, older...

Mind over Matter: Self-Control Keeps Social Activity High in Older Adults with Functional Limitations

For many older adults, functional limitations such as limited mobility or even a moratorium of driving have been shown to lead to decreased social activity. However, not everyone reacts to decreased functional abilities in the same way. One important factor in how older adults react to limitations is their sense of self-control, or their perceived ability to produce desired outcomes. A...

Neighborhood Watch: Older Adults’ Neighborhood, Household Environment Impact Cognition

A number of studies have associated the impact of physical environment on health outcomes, but one area that has received little attention is how characteristics of place can potentially impact cognition. A recent study looked at neighborhood characteristics, home characteristics, and older adults’ perceptions of these environments in relation to cognitive tests. To document...

Stay in Senior Living Residence & Stay Out of the Hospital

Many people begin to develop multiple health conditions as they age, making hospitalization more likely. Researchers have investigated various factors that increase one’s chances of being hospitalized, but little research has focused on characteristics of one’s environment that may help prevent hospitalization. To this end, a recent study investigated the role senior housing plays...

Glass Half Empty: Negative Stereotypes of Aging Persist against All Odds

Holding negative stereotypes about aging has been associated with poorer cognitive function and increased risk of disability in later life, as well as decreased longevity. While it would seem that a variety of age-related trends should be reducing these negative stereotypes about aging and replacing them with more positive stereotypes, data shows the opposite: Negative age-related...

Exercise Classes Work Out for Older Adults in Surprising Ways

A recent study of four different exercise classes showed that physical fitness isn’t the only benefit that such courses can provide. Participant surveys and brain scans showed significant psychosocial impacts. Although social benefits may not be the main motivation for engaging in exercise classes, a recent study of four different exercise classes showed that physical fitness isn’t...

Re-Examining Retirement: A Look at 7 Pressing Issues with Retiring Today

As the landscape of retirement is rapidly changing, a group of researchers and public officials recently outlined seven pressing retirement issues and questions surrounding them that require answers to successfully address the challenges posed by an aging society. The first topic is the changing meaning of retirement. Instead of looking to retirement as a goal at the end of one’s...

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...

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