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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

 

 

Baby Boomers: From Great Expectations to a Crisis of Meaning

posted 08.10.2017

By Harry R. Moody

A few years ago, I had what seemed like a great idea. I began to think seriously about disillusionment, both my own and what it might mean about aging. So I did a bit of research, and put together a poster session on the subject for the Gerontological Society of America’s annual conference. I was excited and eager to share with others my thinking on this subject.


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Love, in Retrospect

posted 08.07.2017

By Amanda Smith Barusch

I was 12 years old during the Summer of Love, with a pixie haircut, a best friend, and a horse that I rode in the hills. My parents, my brother, and I watched the 6 p.m. news on television. Flower children kissed and danced in the streets of San Francisco, while Walter Cronkite’s deep voice explained what it all meant. Five decades later, we still wonder what it all meant—and whether the Summer of Love changed anything. (Author’s personal reflections)


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The Age of Anti-Aging: Media Hype and the Myth of the Ageless Baby Boomer

posted 08.07.2017

By Paul Kleyman

As a journalist, my perspective on aging is somewhat unusual, in that in 1972, when I began writing my book, Senior Power: Growing Old Rebelliously (1974), I believed I’d somehow found my way to the cutting edge of a new frontier in the movement for social justice. Opposing ageism was a cause I was sure everyone would see manifest in their morning mirrors. Until that period, few in the “Movement” had taken old age very seriously, especially as a looming issue of inequality.


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Thursday, September 7, 2017

Start : 10:00 AM (Pacific)
End : 11:00 AM (Pacific)

Presented by ASA’s Mental Health and Aging Network (MHAN)

ASA Members: Register now for FREE

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Start : 10:00 AM (Pacific)
End : 11:00 AM (Pacific)

Presented by ASA’s Lifetime Education and Renewal Network (LEARN)

ASA Members: Register now for FREE

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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