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Home care leaps in priority for not-for-profit communities-5194

Home care leaps in priority for not-for-profit communities

As communities designed for older adults continue to reinvent themselves for the next generations, the development and amenities they offer reflect a perspective on what future customers will seek—or need. The annual listing of the largest not-for-profit providers in the United States is one approach to sharing their visions.

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Winter weather keeps older adults indoors and lonely-5178

Winter weather keeps older adults indoors and lonely

Interviews with 848 people living in communities in Finland who were 75-90 years old gathered information about environmental barriers that prevented them from going outdoors, their ability to walk two kilometers (about 1.2 miles) and feelings of loneliness.

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Some cities better than others for successful aging-5176

Some cities better than others for successful aging

A ranking 352 metropolitan areas in the United States included factors that contribute to an older adult’s well-being as well as measures of cost of living, availability of health care, employment and educational opportunities. In smaller metropolitan areas, Iowa City, Iowa;

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Community design

City or suburb? Location matters for older adults-5158

City or suburb? Location matters for older adults

To track movement among residences in six major metropolitan areas in Canada (Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver), a research team used census data to define urban and suburban areas, and compared these with another classification based on the age of the housing.

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Is that retirement community really age-friendly?-5102

Is that retirement community really age-friendly?

To anchor an analysis, the authors of a new paper defined an age-friendly community as one that “is engaged in a strategic and ongoing process to facilitate active aging by optimizing the community's physical and social environments and its supporting infrastructure.”

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Gardens improve life for people with dementia-5048

Gardens improve life for people with dementia

The environmental dimension of wellness covers many topics, including the importance of older adults being outdoors. Research and practice for being outdoors, often in garden areas, was detailed in the ICAA white paper, “Practical strategies for providing wellness in outdoor environments.”

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