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Non-Family Relationships May Be Increasingly Important in Aging

Previous research presented in aging in action suggests that a diverse social network, one that includes non-family, is associated with improved health, well-being, and access to resources in later life. Multiple recent social changes in much of the industrialized world have increased the relevance and availability of non-family social networks for older adults. At the same time,...

Remarriage as Context for Dementia Caregiving

Due to the growing population of older adults and high, sustained rate of divorce, repartnering in later life is expected to increase. Repartnering in older adulthood yields complex marital and family histories, as repartnered older adults may be required to balance their time and attention toward the needs of what may appear like and function as two, separate families. At the same...

Caregiving: Married Couples in AL & Their Adult Children

Marriage has many protective factors, including greater insurance against having to relocate to a long-term care (LTC) setting. However, some older married couples do move to assisted living (AL) when the health care needs of one or both partners outweigh their collective ability to meet those needs. While the number of couples in LTC settings is small, some scholars predict that there...

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...

Positive Relationships That Support Older Adult Health and Well-being are Grounded in Midlife/Adolescent Family

Many studies conducted over the last 20 years demonstrate the importance of adult parent/child relationships on the health and well-being of parents in later life. The interpretation of these findings is limited by their cross-sectional design. To contextualize our understanding of the link between adult parent/child relationships and health, researchers from Indiana...

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...

Dietary Resilience: Eat Well to Age Well

Adequate nutrition is crucial for healthy aging. Older adulthood often brings many social and health changes that can make it difficult to sustain a healthy diet. A recent article identified strategies used by community-dwelling older adults who demonstrate dietary resilience—maintaining healthy nutrition in the face of dietary challenges. There are many changes associated with aging...

Well-being & Social Networks Among Older Americans

A published secondary analysis of the National Social Life, Health and Aging (NSHAP) project focused on the relationship of older Americans’ social networks with three indicators of well-being: happiness, loneliness, and anxiety. The study served at least two purposes: assessing whether or not a classification of social network types identified in earlier research is useful for this...

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