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[RELIEF] Digital platform delivers one-year improvement in pain, mood, function

"A digital musculoskeletal (MSK) program from Hinge Health showed that pain was reduced by more than half (51%) and sustained over 12 months among participants. Additionally, depression, anxiety, and medical utilization rates decreased after a year. The findings were published in the peer-reviewed journal, BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders."

[SIGN ‘EM UP] In-person gyms poised for comeback, onboarding new members

"Only 15% of exercises feel that digital fitness platforms have eliminated the need for gyms, signifying that in-person fitness will rebound, according to recently released data from market intelligence agency Mintel Group, Ltd."

[ZERO TOLERANCE] New guide aims to combat racism in the workplace

"McLean & Company has published a new guide to help organizations combat racism by actively identifying and removing barriers faced by racialized persons. The research blueprint aims to enable HR leaders and people managers to be more conscious of the lived experiences of all team members."

[REMEMBER THIS] New cognitive health platform targets adults with memory loss

"On April 6, digital therapeutics company Together Senior Health launched an evidence-based cognitive health platform aimed at reducing the impact of memory loss, Alzheimer's disease, and dementia for older adults while relieving stress for their caregivers. The platform features movement therapy programs that engage the brain and are backed by research developed with grants from the National Institutes of Health, Alzheimer’s Association and other donors in partnership with the University of California, San Francisco."

[NOT WORKING OUT] Mental health of US workers plummets

"One in four US workers show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); depression is up 87% and risk of addiction among men is up 80% since September. That's according to Total Brain's recently released Mental Health Index: US Worker Edition - Q4 2021 Update. The report includes graphs showing the rise in pandemic-fueled trauma, and climbing stress levels due to the omicron variant. It also notes that worker resilience is down 7% in the past three months, while social anxiety spiked in men - up 162% since September and up 167% versus pre-pandemic numbers."

[ZZZ POWER] Consumers increasingly connecting sleep and wellness

"Sleep is top of mind and closely linked to other consumer wellness goals, signaling opportunities for brands across the wellness spectrum, according to an article by Healthline Media's manager of corporate marketing and events, Max Leader. Leader reviewed articles on sleep science, spoke with partner companies and looked at Healthline readership data, and concluded that individuals want to learn more about sleep and wellness and that brands from across the wellness spectrum need to pay attention to this connection and help lead the way in meeting consumer enthusiasm for sleep and wellness. "

[HEARTENING] Spirituality boosts quality of life for people with heart failure

"Numerous studies have shown that spirituality can help improve quality of life for people with chronic diseases like cancer. This new study shows that spirituality can also have a positive impact on quality of life for those with heart failure."

[LIVING LONGER, BETTER] Healthspan increasing for almost everyone

"The healthspan - the number of healthy years a person lives - is, on average, increasing even for people with common chronic conditions, according to UK researchers. To determine whether this extension to life involves an increase in years with or without disability, the team analyzed data from two large population-based studies of people ages 65 or over in England. The studies involved baseline interviews with 7,635 people in 1991-1993 and 7,762 in 2008-2011, with two years of follow-up in each case."

[GET CONNECTED] Boomers propel TikTok growth: Trends report

"A global survey including 700,000 internet users ages 16-64 via an online questionnaire produced a number of insights relevant to the active-aging industry, including the fact that TikTok users have grown by 32% since 2020. The survey and resulting report, from advertising/marketing firm GWI, notes, Despite its youthful reputation, (TikTok) engagement has grown the most among Gen X and baby boomers. Its popularity doesn’t show any signs of slowing and older consumers have a hand in this trend. "

[GET SOCIAL] New community platform launches for older adults

"A new social platform created by nonprofit Older Adults Technology Services (OATS) from AARP aims to empower older adults to interact with each other virtually and cultivate deeper relationships. Senior Planet Community is designed specifically for older adults, with the help of older adults, to ensure an optimal user experience: simple layout, safe environment, and no advertisements."

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