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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.

Topic- Mental health

 

Making the mind matter by Lawrence Biscontini, MA-5964

Making the mind matter by Lawrence Biscontini, MA

As we continue to unlock the power of the mind, the concept of mindfulness grows as a hot topic of research in the active-aging industry. Our mental outlook truly sets our tone about, and attitude towards, what we can achieve in our lives, because a positive outlook includes making positive choices. Since the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that our very choices are more important than pharmacology and exercise combined, the right mindful approach to each day proves key to aging positively.

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Jeff Nachtigall: Enabling older adults to unleash their creativity through art by Marilynn Larkin, MA-5492

Jeff Nachtigall: Enabling older adults to unleash their creativity through art by Marilynn Larkin, MA

Jeff Nachtigall is an established artist whose work has been exhibited in North America, Europe and China over the past 25 years. He is also a facilitator, speaker and social entrepreneur who has led dozens of artist residencies and workshops, lectured in communities across Canada and the United States, and keynoted at national conferences on the arts and aging. Importantly for readers of the Journal on Active Aging, Nachtigall also worked for eight years as a full-time artist-in-residence at Sherbrooke Community Centre, an assisted living residence in Saskatoon, Canada. There, he founded and developed Open Studio Projects, a model of artistic engagement that challenges traditional clinical and activity-based approaches to art in older-adult and long-term care settings.

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Eating disorders: the other side of the obesity epidemic by Marge Coalman, EdD-1186

Eating disorders: the other side of the obesity epidemic by Marge Coalman, EdD

In recent years, headlines and health news have often focused on the obesity epidemic in developed countries around the world. With the associated risks of diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, sleep apnea and multiple other factors, obesity is a major health risk. However, there is a less visible population—women, in particular—dealing with eating disorders that result in less-than-optimal weight and associated health problems.

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Extending roadtime: Techniques to maintain driving wellness by Jennifer L. Womack, MS, OTR/L and Michaela Mangrum, OTS-666

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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Is laughter really the best medicine? by Marge Coalman-355

Is laughter really the best medicine? by Marge Coalman

The health and wellness industry boasts an arsenal of tools to help us deal with the stresses of daily life. These tools include breathing exercises, time management techniques, aerobic exercise regimens, and muscle relaxation, to name a few. But we often forget to take advantage of 2 coping mechanisms we have available to us—humor and laughter.

Although used interchangeably by most people, the words humor and laughter represent different facets of well-being and refer to separate phenomena. This article looks at the differences, research findings, positive qualities and benefits of both, and how to apply them in the world of physical activity programming for older adults.

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Aging with spirit: perspectives on suffering by Donald R. Koepke-247

Aging with spirit: perspectives on suffering by Donald R. Koepke

Why do some people age gracefully, while others do not? Why do individuals differ so greatly when it comes to their ability to roll with the punches? How is it possible for one client to be content and engaging despite significant physical challenges, while another in relatively good health is constantly grumpy and discouraged? One essential reason is the way each person deals with the reality of suffering in life.

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