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Well-being metrics critical to social, policy decisions-6763

Well-being metrics critical to social, policy decisions

Income-based metrics that measure a country's economic growth don't tell the whole story about its population, argues Carol Graham of the Brookings Institution, Washington, DC, in an editorial in the journal Science and a Gallup blog post.

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Public policy

Stats: 13.4% of adults 65+ meditate-6754

Stats: 13.4% of adults 65+ meditate

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently studied changes in the use of yoga, meditation and chiropractors from 2012 to 2017.

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Social wellness

Watermark University: An initiative that fosters community and wellness-6750

Watermark University: An initiative that fosters community and wellness

A desire to foster authentic community and engaged living has long driven Watermark Retirement Communities and its founders. "Watermark was founded over 30 years ago in Tucson, Arizona, with its flagship community, The Fountains at La Cholla," says Managing Director Rich Howell. From the beginning, the goal was for each of its communities to be the kind of place that founders David Freshwater and David Barnes would want their parents to live. After the sale of the Fountains portfolio in 2005, the men teamed up again the next year with the goal "to create a new kind of senior living community," continues Howell, "one that meets the expanded expectations of a new generation of aging Americans who want to lead engaged, fulfilling and health-filled lives." Launched over a decade ago when the company shifted its philosophy on lifestyle and recreation programming from entertainment to engagement, Watermark University is "grounded in research showing that an engaged life brings a remarkable range of benefits in aging adults," Howell states ....

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Program profiles

'Telehealth program promotes older-adult health and well-being by Marilynn Larkin, MA-6747

'Telehealth program promotes older-adult health and well-being by Marilynn Larkin, MA

In 2013, while working with MetLife's Mature Market Institute as assistant vice-president and director of Gerontology and Research, John Migliaccio, PhD, consulted informally for Westchester County, New York, laying the groundwork for what would become the Telehealth Intervention Program for Seniors (TIPS). When MetLife decided to close the Institute, Migliaccio was hired by the County to help put the TIPS proposal together. And he was later named project director once the program started. "There was no program like [TIPS] in existence, which was part of the challenge and the excitement," Migliaccio recalls of those early days. "We knew we wanted to deliver health services to older adults in need, but we had to create all the policies, procedures, and operational protocols from scratch, and they had to be continually expanded and updated." Simply put, TIPS provides remote patient monitoring of vital signs as a preventive strategy to enable adults ages 60+ to remain in the community. The program also offers a range of "wraparound services" .... The Journal on Active Aging recently talked to Migliaccio to learn more about TIPS, the benefits to participants, and the outcomes achieved.

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Technology

Making business sense of wellness programs (with

Making business sense of wellness programs (with "The business case for wellness programs in senior living" by Patricia Ryan, MS)

In a time of increasing competition for senior living communities, comprehensive wellness programs can help organizations remain financially fit by enhancing resident health and happiness, reducing turnover and healthcare costs, and strengthening staff satisfaction. Those takeaways are among 11 points made in "The Business Case for Wellness Programs in Senior Living," an International Council on Active Aging white paper published earlier this year. The "Business Case" contains data and analysis that demonstrate the positive return on investment, or ROI, that communities can achieve when they develop and maintain high-quality wellness programs. "Everybody needs to lay the foundation for business in solid data," says Colin Milner, ICAA founder and CEO. "This white paper provides the data that active-aging professionals can use to justify wellness to staff, residents, owners and business partners."

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Industry development

'Bullying among older adults by Kathie C. Garbe, PhD, MCHES-6742

'Bullying among older adults by Kathie C. Garbe, PhD, MCHES

"Bullying behavior doesn't just happen on the playground or the school cafeteria anymore," shares Robin P. Bonifas, PhD, MSW. "Older-adult bullies really do exist in all types of communities." An associate professor in the University of Arizona's School of Social Work and the vice-president of the Association of Gerontology Education in Social Work, Bonifas has been studying resident-to-resident aggression among older adults, specifically bullying behavior, for a number of years. She also wrote a book on the topic .... Bonifas sees bullying behavior as a consequence of some concerns people have about getting older as well as some issues characteristic of living in communal settings. In this interview for the Journal on Active Aging, she provides an overview of peer-to-peer bullying among older adults, the impact it has on individuals as well as the living environment, and the issues that must be addressed to increase awareness and prevent bullying behavior.

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