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Afraid to fall? You’re not alone

"Since falls are the leading cause of injury-related deaths and third leading cause of poor health among older adults, it makes perfect sense that basiphobia - otherwise known as the fear of falling — is at the top of many people’s phobia list."

The importance of telling your doctor about a fall

"About a mile into my morning run, I tripped on a crack in the sidewalk and went down hard. It was a good fall, as falls go.Despite the sore shoulder, skinned elbows and good-sized bruise on my behind, nothing broke and I counted myself lucky. But not every older adult who hits the pavement will be able to say the same."

Making the case for sociality

"We live in a world that operates on time. Aging is the name we have given our personal relationship with time. After centuries of personal experience and scientific observation, humanity has defined social norms that explain aging trends and establish expectations."

Setting the nutrition agenda for the "Decade of healthy aging"

"Between 2015 and 2030, the UN predicts that the number of people over 60 years old is globally projected to grow to 1.4 billion. To prepare for the rising aging population, the World Health Organization issued a called to action to change the mindset around aging"

Is "good" enough?

'Some years ago I asked a candidate for a job what kind of employee she would be. "I will be a good employee who does a good job for you," she replied. Reflecting on the interview after she left, I realized I would not hire her because all her answers led back to "good," not "great." '

Why you should have hack-a-thons, maker meet-ups and train-Ins

"My grandmother used to keep the soap in her tub on a discarded kitchen sponge. That way,the soap didn’t slide off the tub edge, and the soap residue absorbed in the sponge was put to good use when the tub needed a quick cleaning after a grimy grandchild (or two!) "

Five things my grandmother taught me about aging well

"My 102-year-old grandmother, aka Granny, has beaten the odds: She has lived 56 years past average life expectancy, which was 47 years of age at the turn of the 20th century. Because of her long life, she has seen two global wars change the world."

“Age be damned”

"There is a growing sentiment in society today that age is just a number. As our expectations for growing old change, a new mantra is emerging to support this view: “Age be damned.”"

A "Decade of Healthy Aging": Are you ready?

"There are now more than 840 million people ages 60 and older in the world, and that number will jump to two billion by 2050, the World Health Organization predicts."

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