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Topic- Environmental wellness

 

Visiting natural settings influences well-being in older adults-5478

Visiting natural settings influences well-being in older adults

Just as research has been focusing on the big picture of transforming cities to encourage active living (Active Living Research) and constructing buildings to lessen environmental impact, so have researchers looked at the relationship between nature and health. This work has linked time spent in the natural world to stress reduction, lowering blood pressure and inspiring a positive mood (University of Minnesota).

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Neighborhood environment can increase risk of diabetes-5464

Neighborhood environment can increase risk of diabetes

Between 2000-2012, a group of 5,124 individuals ages 45-84 years participating in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis who did not have type 2 diabetes at baseline had five clinical examinations. Their access to neighborhood resources, including food stores more likely to sell healthier foods and recreational facilities, along with the walking environment and the social environment for safety and social cohesion, was identified using surveys and GIS (geographic information system) technologies.

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Privacy and honesty most important to residents in long-term care-5378

Privacy and honesty most important to residents in long-term care

To discover what leads to quality of life among residents in long-term care residences in Canada, 928 residents were surveyed. Positive ratings of their quality of life were based on factors such as privacy during visits (76.9%)

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Special issue examines impact of age-friendly communities-5304

Special issue examines impact of age-friendly communities

A special issue of the Public Policy & Aging Report features eight articles on age-friendly communities and aging-in-place. Articles include evaluations of the current states of the Age-Friendly community movement, the Village model, service-enriched Naturally Occurring Retirement Community programs, and the “livability” program of a national organization.

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Walking outdoors in a group has definite health benefits-5229

Walking outdoors in a group has definite health benefits

Walking is a frequent recommendation for people to start becoming more physically active, and maintain their activity. Joining a walking group may aid individuals in staying motivated and forging social connections.

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What makes a community attractive to older adults?-4718

What makes a community attractive to older adults?

When asked where they wish to age, most adults choose their current homes. A new survey asked this question again, and found the same theme. But, what are the elements they want in their neighborhoods that make them attractive?

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