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Study after study has demonstrated that lifelong learning is highly instrumental in staving off dementia and cognitive decline. Picking up a brand-new, creative skill, like making music, is one of the more enjoyable approaches to lifelong learning. But can encouraging elders to join a community choir save money on healthcare? Does brain plasticity mean we can rebuild brains damaged by poor lifestyle choices? What about recreation in the form of intense physical exercise—how important is physicality to healthy aging? Land here for the latest research and answers you’ll need to help your clients enrich their Third Age.

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Online Learning: ASA members have free access to all web seminars. 

Lifetime Education and Renewal Network: Members of the Lifetime Education and Renewal Network (LEARN) are involved in all aspects of education for older adults. They represent the growing variety of settings and programs offering opportunities for lifetime learners

 

 

The Impacts of Climate Change Take a Heavier Toll on Older Women

posted 04.09.2018

By G. Adriana Perez

The outsize impact of climate change on older women should be a national health priority for clinicians, scientists and professionals working in public health. Women account for 56.7 percent of adults ages 65 and older in the United States, and at ages 85 and older, they outnumber men by a ratio of five to two. Because women continue to outlive men, most older women live alone and may depend upon their social and community networks for assistance.
 

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Disaster Preparedness & Elders: There’s Room for Improvement

posted 04.09.2018

By Lisa M. Brown

During 2017, 15 major natural disasters occurred in the United States. Differences exist be­tween these types of disasters in terms of extent (e.g., timing, duration) and impact (e.g., loss of life, loss of community). The interaction of extent and impact influences how peo­ple prepare for future disasters, how they evacuate and how they experience and recover from such events.
 

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Broke, But Not Broken: Baby Boomers & Their Not-So-Golden Years

posted 04.09.2018

By Elizabeth White

I know you, I know you,” he says, this man I have never seen before. “Aren’t you that woman who’s …” and his voice trails off. I can see he’s searching for just the right word. “Who’s broke,” I say, holding his gaze. His face lights up. “That’s it, that’s right,” he says,” heartily shaking my hand. “I saw you on TV.”
 

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Maximum Impact Programming: Lessons in Innovation from the AARP Foundation

posted 04.06.2018

By Alison Hood

For five decades, the AARP Foundation has worked to improve the lives of low-income older adults—to end senior poverty and improve well-being and quality of life. It addresses food insecurity, housing, income and social connections, and collaborates with individuals and organizations on innovative solutions and problem-solving.


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We Can't Wait.

posted 03.29.2018

By Ty Johnson

Wednesday’s General Session, titled “Ending Senior Poverty: Why We Can’t Wait,” included both a pointed call to action from ASA Chair Bob Blancato and a major announcement from Public Policy Chair Bill Benson, but AARP Foundation President Lisa Marsh Ryerson was the one who got everyone out of their seats.

She told a spellbound crowd exactly why #WeCantWait, and the Twitter storm that followed led at least one editor in Lower Manhattan to contact ASA to find out what all the fuss was about.

Engaging Through Fine Art

posted 03.22.2018

By Rebecca Ferrini and Linda Bounds

If you can scribble, you can paint! 

The art teacher/ambassador greets the class of  physically and cognitively impaired students,  parked  in wheelchairs and lounge chairs facing one large blank canvas. These nursing home residents, along with the colorful scrub-clad nurse’s aides are skeptical.

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Planners: Here's the Secret to Finding and Supporting Allies for Livable Communities

posted 03.05.2018

By Erin McAuliff

As planners and livable community advocates, we can always use help drumming up support for an important project or messaging proposed policies. While we know that engaging allies to assist can go a long way towards advancing these goals, more often than not we struggle to find these allusive supporters so ready to get involved and make a difference.

Falling Isn’t A Normal Part Of Aging

posted 03.05.2018

By Katharine Forth

What’s wrong with current balance testing and our understanding of balance?

Have you ever had a balance test? Do you know anyone who has?

I’ll predict that if you can answer yes, the person in question had a fall before they had the test. Isn’t that a bit like checking someone’s blood pressure only after they’ve had a heart attack?

That, in a nutshell is the problem. Balance testing can be analogous to blood pressure testing in many ways.

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