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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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AgeBlog Articles from the 2017 Aging in America Conference

posted 02.24.2017

Each year we invite contributions to AgeBlog from members of the Aging in America Conference community who will be making a presentation at the conference. For 2017, we received a rich series of contributions covering issues ranging from use of acupuncture for pain remediation to the impact of aging on the workforce, and many other topics.

Below is a list of AgeBlog articles from 2017 Aging in America Conference presenters. 

Sky Above Clouds: Finding our Way Through Creativity, Aging, and Illness

posted 02.21.2017

By Wendy L. Miller and Gene D. Cohen (with Teresa H. Barker)

The following is an excerpt from Sky Above Clouds: Finding Our Way Through Creativity, Aging and Illness. Oxford University Press; $27.95; ISBN 9780199371419, 352 pages, reproduced by permission of Oxford University Press.

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Practicing Words: Writing Activities to Strengthen Older Adult Communication

posted 02.12.2017

By Karen Sheriff LeVan

“Anyhow, it’s fun. . . Even when I was sitting in the dentist’s chair on Monday getting some teeth pulled, I was counting syllables,” replied Helen, a leader in our small writing group. I’d asked her why she participated and was surprised when she continued with, “It’s a pleasure. I’m eighty years old, and I’m still perking. I’m not just sitting in a chair in front of a TV waiting for the pills. That terrifies me.”

Intergenerational Success Stories: Tech-Savvy Millennial Volunteers in Aging

posted 02.07.2017

By Debby Dodds

We are nearly two decades into the 21st Century and the social consequences of aging still regularly include feeling isolated or depressed. The World Health Organization recently stated that, “Older people who feel they are a burden perceive their lives to be less valuable, putting them at risk of depression and social isolation.”

Issues, Impacts, and Implications of an Aging Workforce

posted 02.06.2017

by Jeffrey Tamburo

Differences Challenge Assumptions.
—Anne Wilson Schaef

What comes to mind when you think about getting older? Often it is assumed that with aging comes a host of health problems and limitations. Yet, according to the National Center for Health Statistics (2014), less than one quarter of U.S. adults over the age of 65 identified as having only “fair” or “poor” health.

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Evidence for Action in an Aging World

Event Date: 
10.19.2017 08:00 AM - 10.21.2017 05:00 PM
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(GMT-06:00) Central Time
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Fairmont Winnipeg
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2 Lombard Place
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46th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting, Canadian Association on Gerontology

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CAG2017: Evidence for Action in an Aging World
46th Annual Scientific and Educational Meeting
Canadian Association on Gerontology
October 19-21, 2017
Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
The Canadian Association on Gerontology is pleased to announce the Call for Abstracts for CAG2017: Evidence for Action in an Aging World, October 19-21, 2017 in exciting Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.    
Join us for Canada’s premier multidisciplinary conference for those interested in individual and population aging.  Abstracts are welcomed from all disciplines and all interests in aging, including research, practice, policy and related work.  International submissions are encouraged.  We are also pleased to offer the CIHR-IA Student Poster Competition and student travel assistance grants.  
Abstracts are due by April 14, 2017.
For more information, including discounted room rates at the Fairmont Winnipeg, please visit
CAG2017 is hosted by the University of Manitoba Centre on Aging (
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ASA's Aging in America Conference

Event Date: 
03.20.2017 11:00 AM - 03.24.2017 01:00 PM
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(GMT-06:00) Central Time
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Hyatt Regency Chicago
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151 E. Wacker Dr.
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Over 3,000 professionals attend AiA17 to learn, network and participate in the largest multidisciplinary conference covering issues of aging and quality of life for older adults.

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The focus of AiA17 is innovation, including innovative policies, programs, practices, models, businesses, technologies, learning and more from across the field of aging. Register now to join this conference community of nearly 3,000 multidisciplinary professionals who, like you, are working to improve the lives of older adults.

The Aging in America Conference is recognized for its 360-degree view of the multidisciplinary issues, challenges and opportunities in aging. In addition to programs organized within 11 professional program categories, our 2017 conference will feature several "conferences within the conference" that run each day throughout the week, including the Managed Care Academy series of programs.

Don't miss this opportunity to network and learn from the experts on multiple topics and earn up to 26 CEUs at no additional cost! 

Design for All

posted 01.08.2017

An update from ASA’s Network on Environments, Services and Technologies (NEST)

By Philip B. Stafford, PhD, Chair, NEST

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