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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.

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Should your facility have an AED? by Marilynn Larkin, MA-541

Should your facility have an AED? by Marilynn Larkin, MA

Interest in installing an automated external defibrillator (AED) has escalated in recent years among managers of health clubs, community centers, club houses within active adult communities, and in congregate living facilities such as continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) and assisted living. The reasons are two-fold:

• Evidence is growing that, when used properly, AEDs save lives; and
• States increasingly are mandating that fitness centers have AEDs on site.

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Decrease the risk of heat-related illness By Patricia Ryan, MS-488

Decrease the risk of heat-related illness By Patricia Ryan, MS

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Emergency preparedness: planning, communication & cooperation are key by Marilynn Larkin, MA-441

Emergency preparedness: planning, communication & cooperation are key by Marilynn Larkin, MA

Each year, anywhere from 30 to 60 or more natural disasters and/or major emergencies affect the United States and its territories “with such devastation that they exceed local capacity to respond,” according to the US Administration on Aging. And although state and federal organizations are in place to help, their responses may also fall short.

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Are you prepared for an emergency?  by Ronda Gates, M.S.-260

Are you prepared for an emergency? by Ronda Gates, M.S.

Whether you manage or teach programming for the active aging, you take the health and safety of your "guests" seriously. You are well-prepared to work one on one with older clients, or to manage or instruct your classes. You understand safety issues, encourage functional fitness and know emergency protocol. This includes CPR certification and contact numbers for fire, emergency medical technicians

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The hypothermia hazard-188

The hypothermia hazard

Cold weather can pose special risks for older adults. Most people know about dangers such as broken bones from falls on ice or breathing problems caused by cold air. But the winter chill can also cause a dangerous drop in body temperature, a condition called hypothermia, which can prove deadly if not treated quickly.

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Hyperthermia: a hot weather hazard for older people-134

Hyperthermia: a hot weather hazard for older people

Warm weather and outdoor activity generally go hand in hand. However, it is important for older people to take action to avoid the severe health problems often caused by hot weather. Hyperthermia is the general name given to a variety of heat- related illnesses. The two most common forms of hyperthermia are heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Of the two, heat stroke is especially dangerous and requires immediate medical attention (see “Definitions and symptoms of heat-related illnesses” on page 16).

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