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Senior Living: Week in Review August 6th

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenAugust 10, 2012

Get the latest news, trends and tips in senior living for the week of August 6th…

Senior living is continuing to make positive strides in both government initiatives and research. The next steps for the national Alzheimer’s plan are discussed by the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services. Goals include the following:

  • Better coordination of data and goal progress to track projects and streamline strategic planning.
  • Educating the public and connecting caregivers with existing resources.
  • Strengthening the direct care workforce by providing new resources, including person-centered care, abuse prevention and non-pharmacological interventions.
  • Continuing to use President Obama’s $50 million dedicated to Alzheimer’s research toward specific projects.
In other news, a study published in the journal Brain, Behavior and Immunity, shows that mindfulness meditation could help combat loneliness in the elderly. The study discusses how eight weeks of training in healthy thinking, projecting and meditation proves to be beneficial at helping keep lonely elders more content; which in turn can help reduce a multitude of health problems, including heart risks, mental disorders and immune disorders.
A Place for Mom also released helpful dementia care resources and information to help give caregivers insight into causes of dementia, stages of dementia and various treatment options.

And here are this weeks daily posts on A Place for Mom’s Senior Living blog:

Understanding The Myriad of Options in Today’s Senior Care

Finding senior living options is a complex and confusing process that has changed drastically over the years. There is now catered care, depending on your loved ones’ needs—which is why so many people are surprised to find a multitude of senior care and living options. The proportion of Americans 65+ will grow by 3 percent each year for the next 20 years…. Read the full article

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Olympics and Aging: Athletics Extending Past Your Prime

The oldest competitor of the London 2012 Olympics and second-oldest Olympian of all time, Hiroshi Hoketsu of Japan, competes in the Dressage Grand Prix competition. Most people would agree that a person’s prime of life generally falls in his/her 20s or 30s. But Hoketsu of Japan continues to defy the odds and is performing at not only an impressive, but also highly competitive, level—and all at age 72!… Read the full article

5 Amazing Elderly Athletes

“I sing the body electric…That of the male is perfect, and that of the female is perfect.” — Walt Whitman — Aging involves an inevitable deterioration of the body and loss of physical ability. But people aren’t born with expiration dates and there is truth to the old idiom, “Age is just a number.” There are people in their 70’s, 80′s and 90′s, even centenarians, who don’t let age keep them from singing the body electric…. Read the full article

Honda Makes Strides in Senior Health with Robotic Technology

Honda’s Stride Management Assist device, based in part on its ASIMO robot, helps wearers walk and opens up a world of new possibilities in senior health. The rate of mobility impairment among U.S. seniors is nearly 60%, but new developments in the world of  assistive technology have the potential to help millions of elderly adults get moving and get healthy…. Read the full article

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