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Tag: Aging in Place

When Does an Older Adult’s Minor Injury Predict Functional Decline?

For older adults, the potential for decline in the ability to carry out daily tasks after even minor injuries is a concern. Knowing what might predict a functional decline after a minor injury could help identify those older individuals at greatest risk, and enable efforts aimed at decreasing the likelihood of such decline, or at least ensure that individuals likely to experience such...

Technology & Social Connections for Rural Older Adults

Researchers are exploring the use of laptop and table computers to enhance the social connectedness of older adults in rural South Australia. The researchers are interested in the intersection of three sociological trends: population aging, the ongoing urbanization of the world’s populations, and the increasing use of computer technology as a medium of communication. A report of...

In-Home, Coordinated Care Management for Aging in Place

Many older adults prefer to age in place even in the face of frailty or other serious health concerns. A forthcoming article reports on a meta-analysis of three independent randomized controlled trials (RCTs) in New Zealand that tested the effectiveness of intensive, in-home care management for frail older adults wishing to age in place. The three studies were conducted in three...

How Can Villages & Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities Support Aging in Place?

A recent article in the Journal of Aging Studies draws from the available research on the two most prominent community-focused models to promote aging in place in the US: the so-called Village model, and Naturally Occurring Retirement Community (NORC) Supportive Service Programs. In contrast to other, individual-focused models of aging in place, such as in-home personal assistance or...

Building Evidence for the “Village” Model of Aging in Place

The so-called “Village” model is a promising approach to aging in place. Based on Boston’s Beacon Hill Village, which began in 2001, these co-operative, consumer-driven programs have appeared in dozens of areas around the US, primarily in cities. Generally, they are autonomous organizations of older adults who seek to support one another as they attempt to age-in-place in their...

Neighborhood Walkability, Income, & Physical Activity

Numerous studies show that physical inactivity causes a variety of health problems, and older adults are particularly at risk. Literature has recently emerged regarding the relationship between neighborhood environment and physical activity; however, little of this has focused on older adults. A forthcoming article in Social Science & Medicine suggests that neighborhood design has...

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