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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

 

 

2016 Aging in America National Summit

The State of Older People—Their Economic Security, Their Health

Wednesday, March 23 | 1:00–4:00 PM

Sponsored by CVS/Health

Beyond “Retirement”: Solutions for 21st-Century Aging

posted 10.24.2012

By Michael W. Hodin

It’s official! No longer is it impossibly uncool to be over the hill. Fifty years after they formed, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys continue to pack stadiums. If the ever-exclusive, always-chic preserves of the entertainment industry are open to “seniors” who should be “retired,” it’s time to hold up the mirror: with life spans a full three decades longer than they were a century ago, how should we plan for our own aging process?


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How to Tap the Potential of Adults 50+

Thursday, November 15, 2012

10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern

Sponsored by
Community Experience Partnership 

PLEASE NOTE: CEUs are not available for this session

Web Seminar: StoryCorps Legacy: Recording Conversations for Future Generations

Event Date: 
11.01.2012 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
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Presented by the Lifetime Education and Renewal Network (LEARN)

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This webinar will focus on StoryCorps Legacy, a program that provides people with life-threatening conditions and their families with the opportunity to record, preserve and share their stories. Legacy works closely with organizations such as outpatient and residential care programs, hospices, palliative care departments, and resource centers. You will receive a brief history of Legacy, tips to conducting supportive interviews and information on how organizations can record interviews with StoryCorps.

StoryCorps Legacy: Recording Conversations for Future Generations

Thursday, November 1, 2012

10:00 AM Pacific / 11:00 AM Mountain / 12:00 PM Central / 1:00 PM Eastern

Presented by the Lifetime Education and Renewal Network (LEARN)

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Quick Question: How important is creative self-expression to the well being older adults?

posted 08.28.2012

We wanted to know how important you thought creative self-expression is to the well being of older adults. The results are in and an overwhelming 88 percent of you think it's very important. One respondent offered a particularly compelling example of how creativity can make a vital difference:

Mary Andrada-Henley

Social Service Coordinator, ABHOW
Redlands, CA

What drew you to the field of aging or gerontology?
The appreciation of aging with dignity. I have learned so much from the seniors I work with on a daily basis. Their strong and enduring spirits are to be admired.

Webinar: Cognitive and Sensory Activities: Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Dementia

Event Date: 
12.04.2012 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
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Part Three of the Healthy Longevity Webinar Series, sponsored by Home Care Assistance

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There is significant evidence that cognitive decline can be delayed and quality of life improved by engaging older adults with dementia in activities that continue to exercise mental faculties. Cognitive interventions are easy to learn and don’t cause adverse effects, which are often associated with medications. This webinar covers activities designed to help individuals with retention and improvement of cognitive and sensory abilities throughout the course of Alzheimer’s disease. Methods include general use of cognitive games and puzzles, passive sensory stimulation, and direct cognitive training. This session will also present various cognitive and sensory strategies that can be implemented by general care providers or staff who work regularly with clients with dementia.

Webinar: Recreational and Social Activities: Non-Pharmacological Interventions for Dementia

Event Date: 
11.06.2012 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time
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Part Two of the Healthy Longevity Webinar Series, sponsored by Home Care Assistance

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This webinar covers activities that provide a sense of purpose and enjoyment along with emotional support for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Research suggests that physically and socially stimulating recreational activities can decrease problem behaviors, increase overall functioning, and slow the progression of cognitive decline; likewise, lack of pleasurable activities may further exacerbate the impairment associated with dementia. This webinar aims to improve attitude, mood, and quality of life for clients who have dementia, as well as provide for more meaningful engagement in life and a strengthened sense of dignity. It is crucial to avoid treating dementia clients as children; rather, we should listen to and respect them, and conversational stimulation can be part of all interactions you have with a client.

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