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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.

Taking culture change and mission beyond our walls by Kelly A. Stranburg, MEd, EP-C, CSCS-5841

Taking culture change and mission beyond our walls by Kelly A. Stranburg, MEd, EP-C, CSCS

How do we cultivate a culture and integrate it throughout an organization to support vitality and well-being for older adults? At Sharon Towers in Charlotte, North Carolina, we set out on an extensive culture-change journey nearly two years ago, sharing our experiences with Journal on Active Aging readers throughout 2016. The culture-change process, as we discovered, takes time, collaboration, and being open to obstacles. Among the other things we've learned, there are many ways to impart our organization's goal and mission, both internally and externally. Today, our culture-change journey is impacting an operational requirement and thus community outreach to aid many older adults in aging well.

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Changing the Way We Age: ICAA supporters offer meaningful opportunities-5839

Changing the Way We Age: ICAA supporters offer meaningful opportunities

Through programming, environments, products and services, organizations that promote active aging make a difference in people's lives every day. Efforts to support older-adult wellness respond to needs, inspire action and address dreams and expectations of multiple generations-one person at a time. For its 15th anniversary celebrations in 2016, the International Council on Active Aging invited the ICAA Community-members, supporters and allies-to share memorable moments and achievements from their journeys of Changing the Way We Age. The Journal on Active Aging has spotlighted some of these submissions, including the three stories in this issue.

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ICAA initiatives

Menorah Park's Center 4 Brain Health supports cognitive wellness journeys-5838

Menorah Park's Center 4 Brain Health supports cognitive wellness journeys

Menorah Park has delivered premier senior care in northeast Ohio for more than 110 years. Located in Beachwood, a suburb of Cleveland, the organization serves more than 1,000 older adults each day who either live on the 42-acre campus or in their own homes "with excellence in caring guided by Jewish values," according to its marketing messages. The nonprofit today identifies itself as "a provider of health and wellness services to all people as they age." In addition to a full continuum of residential care, Menorah Park provides an array of support services, including the Center 4 Brain Health, "the first non-pharmacological, non-hospital based Brain Health Center located in a senior care community in the United States."

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Active Aging Week: Share your experiences for recognition and promotion-5836

Active Aging Week: Share your experiences for recognition and promotion

What would it take to ignite passion among your staff, residents and/or members? What about their families and friends? How about your management team or ownership? And your neighborhood or community at large? The answer may be staring you in the mirror. By igniting your passion, you may spark the desire in others to embrace their own, inspiring them to "do" more and enhance quality of life through active aging-for themselves and for others. Active aging is all about "being engaged in life." As a host site for Active Aging Week, the annual ICAA-led campaign highlighting people's ability to live fully at any age, you can inspire your community to come together and celebrate what it means to engage in life.

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The intergenerational imperative: Why we've never needed each other more by Lori K. Bitter, MS-5834

The intergenerational imperative: Why we've never needed each other more by Lori K. Bitter, MS

Intergenerational. It's the hot new buzzword in aging though it's been around for years. It's also steaming hot at a time when ageism is rampant and headlines report workplace warfare between Boomers and Millennials. To be sure, the unrest is real. Boomers lost jobs during the Great Recession and have struggled to earn again at the same rate. Millennials stayed in their parents' homes, not earning enough to launch into an independent adult life. Throw family caregiving for loved ones into the mix and a clear pattern of interdependency begins to be clear. How did we get here? The current picture starts with increases in longevity.

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Trends

A learning opportunity: What the Golden State Warriors can teach us by Sara Kyle, PhD-5832

A learning opportunity: What the Golden State Warriors can teach us by Sara Kyle, PhD

The relationship between the Golden State Warriors basketball team and Silicon Valley venture capitalists may be news to you. That is, unless you are a fan of the Oakland-based team or in the technology venture-capitalist world of Northern California. Interestingly, many fans know the players, the stats and the winning seasons, but they do not know the details of the Warriors' journey to become one of the best teams in the National Basketball Association. Given where the team is now-league champions in 2015 and 2017 and third most valuable NBA franchise this year-this backstory makes a great read for people who like to examine the business side of organizations.

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