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Disrupting the industry: Paul Irving calls on older-adult communities to embrace change by Marilynn Larkin, MA-6397

Disrupting the industry: Paul Irving calls on older-adult communities to embrace change by Marilynn Larkin, MA

Paul Irving is convinced that older-adult communities must undergo major changes to attract younger customers and healthy, vital older adults from ages 55 and up. "A major challenge to the industry is an emerging inclination not to move into these communities unless it's absolutely necessary," says Irving, who chairs the Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging. In this interview for the Journal on Active Aging, Irving talks about industry challenges that must be addressed, and how to disrupt the perceptions that have mostly characterized older-adult communities up to now.

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The expectations gap: A new opportunity and a new challenge by Colin Milner-5794

The expectations gap: A new opportunity and a new challenge by Colin Milner

At the Massachusetts Institute of Technology AgeLab, the prospect of "Life Tomorrow" engages a multidisciplinary research team. "The MIT AgeLab focuses not on aging"- as might be expected - "but on the future of living," according to a video overview. Director Joseph F. Coughlin, PhD, founded the research program "to invent new ideas and creatively translate technologies into practical solutions that improve people's health and enable them to 'do things' throughout the life span." Of equal importance "is the belief that innovations in how products are designed, services are delivered, or policies are implemented are (critical) to our quality of life tomorrow."

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Shawn Achor: Happiness is key to health, wellness and success by Marilynn Larkin, MA-5675

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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Dr. Linda Fried illuminates aging research by Marilynn Larkin, MA-5638

Dr. Linda Fried illuminates aging research by Marilynn Larkin, MA

"We’ve added 30 years to human life expectancy [over the past century], in part through intentional human investment, including through science," says geriatrician and epidemiologist Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at New York’s Columbia University. "We’ve also demonstrated that many of our expectations about those 30 years, such as ‘They’ll be a disaster,’ don’t have to be true." ... Fried states, "The purpose of research and science is to have a formal process to pose the big questions that could lead to a better future--questions that matter, but to which we don’t know the answers."

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"The most powerful medicine": Dr. Harry Lodge delves into brain science, lifestyle and healthy aging by Marilynn Larkin, MA

When it comes to healthy aging, Henry S. (“Harry”) Lodge, MD, FACP, is justifiably optimistic. Since he coauthored the New York Times’ bestselling Younger Next Year series of books in 2007, both research and clinical experience seem to support his contention that lifestyle changes can affect the brain as well as the body. Lodge provided insights into the future of brain science and its connection to lifestyle and healthy aging at the International Council on Active Aging Conference 2013. Discussing “the next generation of cognitive science,” he suggested that “the key to optimal brain health at all ages turns out to be the way we structure and live our lives.”

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Welltower's Thomas DeRosa speaks: Is the investor community listening?-5564

Welltower's Thomas DeRosa speaks: Is the investor community listening?

The wellness movement is in full swing. Recent research conducted by the International Council on Active Aging® (ICAA) shows that wellness is now widely accepted and adopted by ICAA member organizations. Even with all this positive movement, staffing levels for wellness are lacking. So, too, is appropriate funding. Could it be that investors, equity partners and chief financial officers do not see the financial benefits of healthy, happy residents in a care-focused model? Visionaries know better. One such individual is Thomas J. DeRosa, MBA, chief executive officer and director of Welltower™ Inc., a company that "invests in the transformation of health care infrastructure."

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