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Fears: how they affect older-adult wellness and how to overcome them by Marilynn Larkin, MA-591

Fears: how they affect older-adult wellness and how to overcome them by Marilynn Larkin, MA

What do older adults fear most? “Loss of independence” tops the list in a recent survey of Boomers and adults ages 65 and up.1 Commissioned by technology company Clarity and The EAR Foundation, which formed an alliance to educate the public about the needs of the growing older-adult population, Aging in Place in America is the third in a series of surveys aimed at better understanding the health and lifestyle needs of this group. Among its findings, the Aging in Place in America survey shows that 89% of respondents want to age in place—that is, grow older without having to move from their homes. Yet 53% of those surveyed are concerned about their ability to do so.

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Sexuality in older adults by Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP-569

Sexuality in older adults by Barbara Resnick, PhD, CRNP

Despite the fact that it is not often discussed and not something anyone wants to hear about, many older adults are interested in sex, and some lead active sex lives and enjoy sexual activity. Sexual activity is associated with health, and illness can have a major impact on both sexual activity and satisfaction. Also affecting sexual activity are the many physiological changes that occur in both men and women with age.

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Meditation and mindfulness: designing wellness programs for the mind, body and spirit by Jim Concotelli, PhD, MSW-540

Meditation and mindfulness: designing wellness programs for the mind, body and spirit by Jim Concotelli, PhD, MSW

Medical research continually reminds us of the many health benefits of exercise and shows us that physical activity can preserve function and enhance independence. But few of us realize that the wellness activities people choose can produce a host of unexpected benefits.

As millions of mature adults take a positive and active approach to their personal health, the most successful are those who adopt a whole-person wellness model, addressing the needs of the body, mind and spirit. Two practices that offer such multidimensional wellness benefits are meditation and mindfulness. By choosing mindfulness and integrating meditation into their lives, older adults can discover even greater health and vitality, as well as deeper spiritual awareness.

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Sharing the journey of forgiveness by Donald R. Koepke, MDiv, BCC-522

Sharing the journey of forgiveness by Donald R. Koepke, MDiv, BCC

To work in older adult fitness and wellness involves engaging people within all aspects of life. When clients confront their physical selves, often other issues come pouring out. As an active aging professional, you encounter individuals who feel happy and fulfilled, angry and frustrated, hurt and damaged. The goal, as always, is to encourage their growth. To say, “Yes, you can,” when people face obstacles. To look for strengths, rather than weaknesses. But how can you be of value to clients when the issue at hand is forgiveness?

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Add fun to exercise with a laughter club by Allison Clark and Catharine Sutherland-463

Add fun to exercise with a laughter club by Allison Clark and Catharine Sutherland

This program is successful because it is different, innovative, healthy, positive, uplifting and FUN! Who doesn’t want to do more laughing in their life? Our monthly Laughter Club sessions provide a warm, welcoming, nonjudgmental atmosphere where seniors and youngsters can gather to play and perform laughter exercises in a spirit of silliness and exploration.

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Valuing the spirit in clients with dementia by Donald R. Koeple, Mdiv-363

Valuing the spirit in clients with dementia by Donald R. Koeple, Mdiv

When contemplating how fitness and wellness professionals might encourage mental and cognitive health in older adults, it is important to explore the effects of dementia on these efforts. For, on its surface, dementia seems to remove the very characteristics of the person being encouraged and developed.

Instead of being able to judge what is best for the self, people with dementia lose the capacity to consider consequences of actions, because they often have little regard for the past or future. Many of these individuals have difficulty remembering the way to the bathroom, much less remembering more complex tasks. They truly live in the moment.

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