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Senior Living: National Therapeutic Week in Review

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenJuly 13, 2012

Get the latest news, trends and tips in senior living for the week of July 9th…

This week marks National Therapeutic Recreation Week; a good week for families with aging loved ones and elders to reflect on senior fitness, health and overall quality of life. Remember that a healthy senior diet and fitness are important to nourish the body, and that entertainment and socialization are important for nourishing and engaging the mind. According to Jeanne Segal, Ph.D. and Gina Kemp, M.A., seniors have different dietary and fitness needs. Learn some helpful nutrition tips for seniors to keep your loved ones healthy in their golden years.

Swimming, low-impact walking and even trips to the mall are all excellent forms of exercise for seniors. And if your loved one is going through physical therapy, make sure to be supportive as it can be especially challenging for this age to recuperate from falls and surgery.

Take the London 2012 Olympics trials as inspiration for what our bodies are capable of—even in our autumn of life. And let’s do a quick ‘shout out’ to Diana Gould, the oldest torchbearer in Olympic history at 99, as well as, Japanese Hiroshi Hoketsu, who at age 70 competes in dressage competition.

And here are the weekly posts on A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Blog:

Social Involvement Is the ‘Bee’s Knees’ of Treating Dementia

When older honeybees take on tasks usually handled by younger bees, aging of their brains is effectively reversed, an Arizona State University study finds. This discovery suggests that maybe humans should learn from the bees—and maybe, just maybe, we should use social intervention to help treat age-related dementia. Currently dementia is being primarily treated using drugs, but finding an effective social treatment method is at the forefront of research… Read the full article.

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New Study Finds that Nearly 40 Million Americans Spent Time As Caregivers in 2011

Caregiving is a tough job. And it turns out that many Americans are spending time as caregivers on a daily basis. In fact, according to a new survey on how Americans spend their time, it was discovered that there are approximately 39.8 million eldercare providers in the U.S., and about 20 percent of these caregivers provide unpaid care daily… Read the full article.

Collective Wisdom: Priceless Advice from Older Americans

Our elders have decades of knowledge and wisdom to pass on to future generations, but will we listen? Professor Karl Pillemer of Cornell University is on a mission to make sure we heed our elders’ sagely advice.

Professor Pillemer, who specializes in gerontology and human development, has made it his life’s goal to document seniors’ advice to younger people. He founded the Legacy Project to gather elders’ responses to the question, “What are the most important lessons you have learned over the course of your life?”… Read the full article.

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