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Is hospice on your bucket list? by Kimberly Baumgarten, RN, FCN, with Mary E. Sanders, PhD, CDE, ACSM-RCEP, FACSM-5966

Is hospice on your bucket list? by Kimberly Baumgarten, RN, FCN, with Mary E. Sanders, PhD, CDE, ACSM-RCEP, FACSM

When the call came for me to fly home to Indiana, I knew things were critical. My father had contracted Legionnaires pneumonia. He was 77 years old, in poor health and on a ventilator in a hospital's intensive care unit. When I arrived, I instantly went into nursing mode, praying that logic might win over a daughter's fear. I sat down next to my father, watching the monitors--but I knew he was in trouble. From what I was seeing, this man was going to die. At best, he might stay alive a month or two while remaining on a ventilator. As I talked to the doctor about what I was seeing and thinking, he responded in the truest nature of an ICU physician, beginning with all that had been done for my father and what the next step was. I stopped him and asked, "Will this save my father's life or just prolong the inevitable?" The doctor hung his head and said, "Prolong" ... My father made the choice [to remove the ventilator] and we honored it by changing to hospice-based care. ... Trauma or peace? In facing end-of-life experiences, we all may plan the memory we want to leave and support others in planning their own.

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Dr. John Ratey offers a lucid look at brain health by Colin Milner-5780

Dr. John Ratey offers a lucid look at brain health by Colin Milner

Who would have thought that mice running on a wheel for about 4 kilometers per night—roughly 2.5 miles—would awaken modern science to the connection between exercise and its effects on the brain? Yet, an experiment with these rodents did precisely that, according to author and Harvard Medical School professor John J. Ratey, MD.

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Why muscle mass matters by Ashley Bronston, MS, RDN, and Menghua Luo, MD, PhD-5699

Why muscle mass matters by Ashley Bronston, MS, RDN, and Menghua Luo, MD, PhD

We know that aging causes changes in body composition; a decrease in muscle and an increase in fat tissue. This loss of muscle mass and strength is referred to as sarcopenia, the Greek term meaning “poverty of the flesh.” This article offers a review (or refresher) on muscle, body composition and the older adult for active-aging professionals. The older adults with whom these professionals work cover the functional spectrum--from frail individuals who need ongoing assistance, to athletes who challenge themselves to improve their performance. While their fitness levels and functional abilities will differ, clients or residents can all take steps to enhance muscle health. The question is: Why does muscle matter?

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Dr. Linda Fried illuminates aging research by Marilynn Larkin, MA-5636

Dr. Linda Fried illuminates aging research by Marilynn Larkin, MA

"We’ve added 30 years to human life expectancy [over the past century], in part through intentional human investment, including through science," says geriatrician and epidemiologist Linda P. Fried, MD, MPH, dean of the Mailman School of Public Health at New York’s Columbia University. "We’ve also demonstrated that many of our expectations about those 30 years, such as ‘They’ll be a disaster,’ don’t have to be true." ... Fried states, "The purpose of research and science is to have a formal process to pose the big questions that could lead to a better future--questions that matter, but to which we don’t know the answers."

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Why better care of aging skin matters by Warren J. Winkelman, MD, MBA, PhD, FRCPC, FAAD; Staci Brandt, MBA, MSMR, PA-C; and S. Jay Olshansky, PhD-5618

Why better care of aging skin matters by Warren J. Winkelman, MD, MBA, PhD, FRCPC, FAAD; Staci Brandt, MBA, MSMR, PA-C; and S. Jay Olshansky, PhD

Our skin is the largest organ-an elastic and durable, yet soft and supple, covering known as the integumentary system. The skin serves as a bacterial shield, a thermal regulator and a window into our health. Thus, the level at which skin is restored, maintained and rejuvenated throughout the aging process may correlate to the longevity, health and happiness of the person enveloped within it.

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Successful aging: the critical ingredients by Michael R. Mantell, PhD-4342

Successful aging: the critical ingredients by Michael R. Mantell, PhD

In the words of Walter M. Bortz, II, MD, “Longevity is neither an accident nor an isolated phenomenon. It is a product of specific healthy behaviors, a direct consequence of health maintenance.” How do you help clients—and yourself—live to age 100? The formula Bortz and his followers suggest is consistent with age-old wisdom and contemporary science.

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