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Topic- Social wellness

 

Social networks promote engagement, reduce isolation, boost health by Marilynn Larkin, MA-961

Social networks promote engagement, reduce isolation, boost health by Marilynn Larkin, MA

Professionals who serve older adults know from personal experience that their members and residents feel better when they’re socially active. Now, emerging evidence shows conclusively that this is, in fact, the case. Recent studies suggest that loneliness contributes to a range of ills, from high blood pressure to pain, depression and dementia; by contrast, social interaction boosts health and quality of life.

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Using the Wii to foster social wellness by Andrew D. Lachman-960

Using the Wii to foster social wellness by Andrew D. Lachman

Diane Savard, executive director of Aegis of Aptos, thinks she has found an activity that should keep the residents of this assisted-living community in Aptos, California, a bit more engaged and challenged—and best of all, connected to one another as well as to their relatives.

Aegis residents can no longer field grounders or serve and volley, but many are still competitive and long for the camaraderie that sports generates. Savard has set up Nintendo’s Wii Sports in the community’s activities room to give the residents a new and meaningful way to express themselves and relate to others.

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Extending roadtime: Techniques to maintain driving wellness by Jennifer L. Womack, MS, OTR/L and Michaela Mangrum, OTS-667

Extending roadtime: Techniques to maintain driving wellness by Jennifer L. Womack, MS, OTR/L and Michaela Mangrum, OTS

Each year, more than one million Americans ages 70 and older stop driving and turn to other means to meet their transportation needs (Foley, 2002). Given that the United States is an automobile-dependent society, retirement from driving is often viewed negatively as a loss of independence rather than simply a transition to other forms of transportation. In our experience, older adults frequently report they dread the day when they are no longer able to drive due to the broader implications for their lives.

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Bringing the generations together through arts activities by Jenifer Milner-603

Bringing the generations together through arts activities by Jenifer Milner

University students who write the life stories of retirement community residents. Young musicians who play in an orchestra with retired professionals. High school youth who partner with elders in art classes at a continuing care retirement community. And adults in their 20s who study digital photography in a group that crosses cultures and generations. These are examples of how participants of all ages can share in creative experiences that bridge the generations and foster enriching relationships.

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Senior theater offers something for everyone by Bonnie L. Vorenberg-452

Senior theater offers something for everyone by Bonnie L. Vorenberg

I’ll never forget when the theater bug hit me. I was in my first play in college and all I wanted to do was to rehearse and be around those weird theater people, so I hung out in the theater lobby and left only for meals, quick trips to classes and short nights in the dorm. In the years since, I’ve spent a career helping mature men and women find this same exhilaration. My 28 years as a teacher and director, and now as a speaker and writer, have shown me that by using proven techniques and reliable materials, older adults can fall in love with theater, just like I did.

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Creating lasting legacies through life story writing by June C. Hussey-435

Creating lasting legacies through life story writing by June C. Hussey

As the Baby Boomers age, interest in creating lasting legacies is heating up, spawning a boutique industry that offers you creative ways to help older individuals and groups share their life stories, as well as new avenues to expand your programming and business.

When people hear the word legacy, they often think of the work of world leaders. But individuals don’t have to be world leaders to have a story worth sharing; everybody has one. Nor is it necessary for them to go to the expense of hiring a professional biographer or to struggle from scratch to record life stories. Today, the tools and support needed to write and self-publish a life story are as close as a few clicks on the keyboard.

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