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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

 

 

Music and Memory: Spreading Happiness Through Headphones

posted 07.13.2017

By Alison Biggar

Dan Cohen, founder and executive director of Music & Memory in Mineola, New York, originally thought managers of nursing homes and other institutions housing older adults would take his simple idea—having people with advanced dementia listen to personalized sets of music via iPod—and run with it. After all, Cohen had found that this activity clearly brought happiness to the listeners, with an immediate effect not seen with medication or other activities.


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Keeping Up the Fight: A Conversation with Our Bodies, Ourselves Co-Founder Norma Swenson

posted 06.16.2017

By Alison Biggar

Norma Swenson embodies values of the quintessential baby boomer—she’s steeped in activism, especially around women’s rights and equality—but, at age 85, she belongs to the Silent Generation. Her childhood years, set in a time when girls’ education was valued and of superior quality, formed what is a key part of her lifelong message and current belief: that education determines a person’s place in life and, through education, we can help break down walls of inequality.


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Call for Proposals to Present at the 2018 Aging in America Conference

AiA18 Proposal Submission Is Now Closed

Thank you for your interest in submitting a proposal for the 2018 Aging in America Conference, the session submission process is now closed. Please consider submitting a proposal for AiA19, the call for proposal opens Spring 2018.

The Beauty that Compels Us

posted 04.13.2017

By Holly Nelson-Becker

All of us appreciate beauty in our lives. Some of us search for it, expecting to find it in objects, a painting, photo, nature, or what we observe outside ourselves. Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī was a 13th-century Persian Sunni Muslim poet who was able to see clearly what many of us do not. Rumi suggested, Let the beauty we love, be what we do; there are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.

#AIA17: Day Four

posted 03.24.2017

The fourth and final full day of the 2017 Aging in America Conference kicked off at 7:00 AM with a yoga session in Plaza AB led by Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Senior Activity Center Director Douglas Paulsen. At 8:00 AM the 14th Annual What’s Next Boomer Business Summit got underway in the Regency Ballroom and nearby meeting rooms.

#AIA17: Day Three

posted 03.23.2017

The third day of the 2017 Aging in America conference continued the unique learning and community-building experience, and our attendees and faculty are not slowing down.

#AiA17: Day Two

posted 03.22.2017

From the morning exercise and morning buzz with the Students and Emerging Professionals (STEP) Group to the Exhibit Hall Grand Opening Reception and Chicago dine-around, the 2017 Aging in America Conference was fully underway on Tuesday with nearly 2,500 participants.

Every year, this conference heralds an extraordinary creation and sustaining of community and commitment. Between individuals who are just meeting for the first time, or who have worked together for decades, thousands of moments of learning, sharing, renewal and discovery take place.

2017 NASW Virtual Conference "Aging Through the Social Work Lens"

Event Date: 
06.14.2017 12:30 PM - 06.15.2017 05:30 PM
Time Zone: 
(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time
Event Location
Address 1: 
750 First Street NE, Suite 800
City: 
Washington
State: 
DISTRICTOFCOLUMBIA
Zip: 
20002
Short Description: 

REGISTER TODAY for the 2017 NASW Virtual Conference, "Aging Through the Social Work Lens!"

Full Description: 

Join 1,000 of your social work colleagues from across the country for two days of unparalled professional development, networking, and continuing education opportunities.

By participating in the 2017 NASW Virtual Conference, you will:

  • Gain access to 4 plenary sessions and 8 breakout sessions
  • Earn up to 8 CE contact hours, including ethics credits
  • Use a chat feature to connect with other virtual participants around the globe
  • Explore a virtual exhibit hall to meet with exhibitors and view the latest social work–related products and services
  • Learn about the following topics as they relate to aging: assessment, HIV/AIDS, interdisciplinary collaboration, the LGBTQ landscape, palliative care, self-neglect, trauma-informed services, mental and behavioral health, and social work in health care
Don’t miss out!

Access cutting-edge presentations by recognized thought leaders to enhance your knowledge of practice trends, policy, and research findings related to aging. REGISTER TODAY!

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