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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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Benchmark’s Film Festival “builds community and engagement”-5687

Benchmark’s Film Festival “builds community and engagement”

“At Benchmark Senior Living, we help every resident stay well, live well and be well,” promises the company’s website. In 2015, the organization launched the Benchmark Film Festival, an initiative that captivated the imaginations of residents and associates, inspiring creativity while building a sense of community. “This is a program that made all who participated laugh, cry and smile, and filled everyone’s hearts with joy,” shares Corporate Director of Programs and Customer Engagement Krystee Knapic.

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Steady for Life's Steady & Sharp Brain Carnival educates participants about brain health-5650

Steady for Life's Steady & Sharp Brain Carnival educates participants about brain health

Building Blocks for Healthy, Graceful Aging”--that’s the tagline inscribed on the logo of Steady for Life Inc., a charitable nonprofit organization located in Huntsville, Alabama. Nurturing those building blocks is the driving passion of the organization’s founders. Steady for Life “was started by four senior-fitness instructors and a healthcare marketeer who wanted to make a difference in the lives of older adults in a physical, emotional and social way,” says Executive Director Kim Davis. Its primary mission involves “equipping mature adults with strength, flexibility and balance techniques to diminish the risk of falls." The company also offers “social activities, travel opportunities, health seminars, screenings and special programs to help clients maintain independence, happiness and lasting friendships.” One such offering is the Steady & Sharp Brain Carnival.

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Clermont College of Creative Life: Lifelong learning flourishes at Clermont Park-5590

Clermont College of Creative Life: Lifelong learning flourishes at Clermont Park

The Clermont College of Creative Life has invited Clermont Park residents, employees and family members for the past two years to share their knowledge and experience with each other by teaching courses. Begun in June 2014 "as a way to enhance our culture of inclusiveness, lifelong learning and successful aging," this educational initiative engages and empowers individuals across the continuum of care.

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Jeff Nachtigall: Enabling older adults to unleash their creativity through art by Marilynn Larkin, MA-5491

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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Training the brain to change the way we age, part 1: understanding neuroplasticity by Lawrence Biscontini, MA-5344

Training the brain to change the way we age, part 1: understanding neuroplasticity by Lawrence Biscontini, MA

As we try to enhance the way we train the body to improve the way we age, including the brain in our approaches can make a huge difference. Research reveals that since the brain controls the body, and not the other way around, brain training can serve as the best point of departure for training. Fitness and wellness professionals can help clients--and themselves--build mental "muscle" for everyday life by adding brain games to physical movement.

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Brain training: Views diverge in the scientific community-5262

Brain training: Views diverge in the scientific community

In October 2014, 69 leading neurologists and cognitive psychologists signaled a consensus from the scientific community on the brain training industry. The consensus statement was skeptical of claims made about "computer-based brain games" - particularly that they offer "consumers a scientifically grounded avenue to reduce or reverse cognitive decline" - and cited a lack of scientific evidence to support them. A group of more than 125 medical doctors and scientists responded in December with an open letter expressing "significant reservations" about the statement.

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