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Should we recommend clients do crossword puzzles or walk briskly for 3 miles when trying to preserve brain health? What about falls—what are hospitals doing to prevent falls in the hospital or upon a patient’s return? Do nutrition supplements actually work? And why do most physicians shy away from addressing sexual issues with patients? Do insurance company wellness programs reward or punish employees? Stories about elder health and wellness appear often in the mainstream media, but this content doesn’t always offer in-depth and constructive information about how to forge strategies, solutions and models that would best serve older adults. When you browse the stories on AgeBlog, you’ll find a wealth of ideas and—best yet—people to connect up with who can discuss their first-hand experience in this topic area. 

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Healthcare and Aging NetworkThe Healthcare and Aging (HAN) is a professional community of individuals and organizations working to promote innovative, high-quality approaches to meeting the healthcare needs of older adults. The network facilitates information exchange and collaboration among policymakers, researchers and service providers.

 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

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

Part of the Aging and Disability Business Institute Series—a Collaboration of n4a and ASA.

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Includes complimentary CEUs*

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

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

Part of the National Alzheimer's and Dementia Resource Center webinar series sponsored by the Administration for Community Living.

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Includes complimentary CEUs*

*This web seminar is approved for AoTA contact hours in addition to CEUs approved for all ASA web seminars

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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The Perils of Climate Change: A Growing Threat to Older People

posted 04.09.2018

By Kathy Sykes

Carmen McReynolds, 82, was a motorcycle-riding septuagenarian cruising down the back roads of Sonoma County, based at her longtime home on Kilarney Circle [in Santa Rosa]. … Her nephew, Gabriel Coke of San Jose, said she was a trailblazer—who knew her way around a rifle and gave him his first pocket knife—who once considered Joan Baez among her friends,” reported an Oct. 10 article in The Mercury News.
 

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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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The 2018 Diversity Summit and Data

posted 03.29.2018

By Ty Johnson

Bringing the Aging in America Conference to San Francisco, just a train ride from Silicon Valley, was a deliberate move to enhance the focus on technology this year, which led to a handful of tech experts talking about predictive analytics, or data that can tell the future.

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.

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