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Technology may help reduce social isolation-4752

Technology may help reduce social isolation

A small group of 17 people, average age 87, who lived in a residential care home due to physical limitations were introduced to software they could use for three different activities: leisure games, a journal editing tool and an intuitive emailing device.

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Social engagement improves life among residents in assisted living-4749

Social engagement improves life among residents in assisted living

Does it matter if social connections occur inside or outside an assisted living residence? An analysis of information from 150 residents in assisted living, average age 82.8 years, found that residents with more severe functional disability received significant psychological benefit from interpersonal contacts and social activity within the facility.

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Are families or friends more important for well-being?-4708

Are families or friends more important for well-being?

After acknowledging that social connections are considered a requirement for well-being at older ages, the authors of a recent study posed a question. Since relationships with family members are obligatory, and relationships with friends are voluntary, is there a difference in how each contributes to feelings of well-being?

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Good neighbors may lower risk of stroke-4338

Good neighbors may lower risk of stroke

Background to a new study explains that over three decades, research has shown that neighborhood factors such as violence, noise, traffic, litter and poor air quality can increase poor health. Would the opposite also occur? To explore if positive characteristics impact health, researchers looked at the effect of “neighborhood social cohesion,” the trust in and connection with neighbors, in relation to stroke.

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Physical and social activities need a boost in nursing homes-4280

Physical and social activities need a boost in nursing homes

In the state of Massachusetts, nursing home residents and their families completed surveys rating their satisfaction with the home on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning very dissatisfied and 5 meaning very satisfied. Analysis of data collected in 2005, 2007 and 2009 showed that overall satisfaction was consistently high, ranked at 4.09 to 4.16. However, 25% of homes received scores of “less than satisfactory.” Nursing homes with higher scores tended to have higher staffing levels, fewer citations for deficiencies, and be owned by non-profits or governments.

Family members gave a lower rating to the physical activities and social activities available in the nursing homes, and they also were less satisfied with the meals and food options.

SOURCE: Health Affairs, 32(8)1416-1425 (August 2013)

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Older adults not so happy when living with kids-4199

Older adults not so happy when living with kids

Independent researchers used data from the Gallup Healthways Wellbeing Index (1.8 million individuals in the United States) and the Gallup World Poll (1.1 million individuals in 161 countries).

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