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The Journal on Active Aging brings articles of value to professionals dedicated to older-adult quality of life. Content sweeps across the active-aging landscape to focus on education and practice. Find articles of interest by searching the article archives in three ways: Enter a keyword in the articles search bar; click on search by topic; or type a keyword or phrase in the general search bar at the top of the page.

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Framing the value of wellness staff-5772

Framing the value of wellness staff

Every day, which staff members interact with clients and residents of all functional abilities, in all types of living situations? The staff members who make those daily contacts are likely in the café or dining room, and in the wellness lifestyle areas: activities/engagement, fitness, recreation. The wellness workforce has the capacity to inspire and help so many. Doesn’t it make sense that they are critical to realizing the organization’s mission? The publication of the International Council on Active Aging’s Return on Investment (ROI) in Wellness Staff report spotlights the important role staffing has in developing and maintaining an effective wellness program.

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Core values: What do they mean to your staff? by Karen Woodard-5689

Core values: What do they mean to your staff? by Karen Woodard

What do your company’s core values mean to your staff? Core values are the elements that support your organization’s integrity, vision, mission and promise. Regardless of the values you have created for your organization, the key point is whether your staff knows how to deliver them. If they don’t know how to deliver your core values, it makes no difference whether you have defined values or not: Those values are not the powerful tool they could be.

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Shawn Achor: Happiness is key to health, wellness and success by Marilynn Larkin, MA-5673

Shawn Achor: Happiness is key to health, wellness and success by Marilynn Larkin, MA

Before getting into the field of positive psychology, Shawn Achor studied Christian and Buddhist ethics while working towards a master’s degree at Harvard Divinity School, and there he discovered “how our beliefs change our actions in the world,” he recently told the Journal on Active Aging. In this interview, Achor explains how by becoming more positive in the present, “your intelligence rises, your creativity rises, and your energy levels rise, enabling you to perform better in virtually everything you do.” He also delves into the importance of social connection, the impact of mindset on aging, and the need for older-adult wellness programs to be more positive.

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From wellness to transformation: next steps for active-aging leaders by Marilynn Larkin, MA-5444

From wellness to transformation: next steps for active-aging leaders by Marilynn Larkin, MA

"While we can all celebrate the advance of wellness programs in our industry, creating programs for our constituencies isn’t enough," states Colin Milner, CEO of the International Council on Active Aging. "For those wellness programs to have greater meaning and authenticity, the people delivering them also must be committed to their own growth and to overcoming self-limiting stereotypes. If we truly want to help our clients and customers transform their lives, we must be actively transforming our own."

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How to tell if job candidates have what it takes - especially

How to tell if job candidates have what it takes - especially "soft skills" - to work with older adults by Marilynn Larkin, MA

The evolution of the wellness profession extends to the skills organizations are looking for in new hires. Loosely defined by our interviewees as "people skills" or "communication skills," soft skills must go beyond the ability to relate well to older adults. Today, these skills need to extend to working with colleagues and senior management - and they apply to people who apply for "wellness" positions and, in organizations that embrace a wellness culture, to any candidate, regardless of title or level.

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Person-centered approaches to connect with people with dementia in the moment by Marilynn Larkin, MA-4979

Person-centered approaches to connect with people with dementia in the moment by Marilynn Larkin, MA

Emerging research confirms the importance of "person-centered care" in maximizing quality of life and well-being for people with dementia. The Journal on Active Aging interviewed three experts who take a person-centered approach to dementia care. Their programs train staff to move beyond structured programming to include meaningful interactions-informed by deep knowledge of the individuals they work with-that take place in the moment, during unstructured time.

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