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Sensor Monitoring: Sense of Safety or Invasion of Privacy?

A growing number of technologies are being developed for older adults to assist in their efforts to live independently and to assist in the early detection of declines in daily functioning. Among the most promising of these technologies is in-home sensor monitoring. These systems comprise unobtrusive sensors installed in a home that continuously track and record the movements of...

A Closer Examination of the Increased Risk for Coronary Heart Disease & Stroke among the Overweight & Obese

Being obese or overweight has been associated with greater risk of coronary heart disease and stroke compared to individuals of normal weight. It has not always been clear to what degree this greater risk is a result of medical conditions associated with obesity such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or diabetes, compared to the impact of being overweight or obese when the...

Researchers Uncover Biological Link between Gum Disease & Rheumatoid Arthritis

Recent research has shown surprising relationships between inflammatory diseases that at first glance may seem unrelated. Causes of an inflammatory response in one part of the body appear to be likely factors in the initiation and continuation of an inflammatory response elsewhere in the body. One of these surprising relationships of inflammatory diseases is between gum disease and...

Neighborhood Social Cohesion & Social Capital: Implications for Older Adult Well-Being

It has been well-established that singlehood and poverty in older adulthood are associated with lower subjective well-being. However, a recent study published in the Gerontologist suggests that various aspects of one’s social environment may attenuate the adverse effects of marital status and income on well-being. Namely, neighborhood services, social capital, and social cohesion may...

Do Policy Reports Affect Falls Reduction Practices? Evidence from England & Wales

Falls prevention research often leads to useful findings, many of which can be fairly simply implemented in home and long-term care settings to reduce falls incidence. Often, such findings are summarized in policy briefs and similar reports, in which experts draw from current research to present usable practices and guidelines for clinicians, administrators, and the lay population. Are...

Increase Visibility & Reach in Your Community with Café Plus

The Café Plus concept is modeled after Mather’s—More Than a Café, a successful Mather LifeWays community initiative. Implementing the concept is a proven way to strengthen your organization’s presence in your community and attract “younger” older adults (50 and better) to your neighborhood place. Whether you are building a new location or just updating your “senior...

It's Not Too Late to Register: 2011 Wellness Webinars

It’s not too late to register for our 2011 Wellness Webinar Series! Upcoming webinars include subjects like trends in wellness studies and programs, exercise, architecture, and going green in your workplace. Our webinars provide cutting-edge wellness information for professionals to use in their work with older adults and staff in a variety of settings. Click here to learn more:...

Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging 2011 Wellness Webinars Series

Senior living residences are focusing increasingly on resident and staff wellness as a way to not only improve the well-being of residents and staff but also to make their communities a more attractive place to live and work. In order to address this need, Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging developed an engaging wellness Webinar series designed to provide cutting-edge wellness...

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