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Expert Consensus on the Benefits of Physical Activity

It’s clear that being physically active has a variety of benefits for older adults, however, it’s less clear which specific types of activity are most beneficial, and which subgroups of older adults have the most to gain from different forms of exercise. There is a good deal of research regarding physical activity and aging, but how does this inform policy and clinical practice?...

The Go4Life Campaign: Encouraging Daily Physical Activity

The health benefits of daily physical activity are well-established, however, less than a quarter of older adults in the US regularly engage in it. For many, it can be difficult to find or consistently participate in enjoyable, rewarding activities due to time, resources, or health concerns. In response to this, on October 19, 2011, the National Institute on Aging (NIA) kicked off its...

Using YouTube for Reminiscence Therapy (RT)

Reminiscence Therapy (RT) is a popular psychosocial intervention used with dementia patients enacted in a group setting. RT involves discussion of past experiences, often facilitated by pictures and other mementos. Although there is limited evidence of RT’s efficacy when used for specific cognitive issues, previous studies have found some benefit of RT for patient mood and caregiver...

Self-Efficacy & Healthy Weight Loss

Healthy weight loss is one of the best ways that overweight adults can reduce their risk for cardiovascular disease and other illness. Many factors influence our ability to lose weight, such as psychological influences, social resources, and neighborhood influences, and our genes. A group of researchers in North Carolina hypothesized that one such psychological influence, one that can...

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...

Current research on falls prevention: what are the influences and consequences of falls?

November provided abundant information about falls and falls reduction. Following is an overview of some recent publications on the prevalence, correlates, and consequences of falls. These articles look at person-centered factors such as balance confidence, falls history, and individuals’ perspectives on falls, and provide broader perspectives on the prevalence of falls and their...

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