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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.

Seeking change: A vision from the past points the way to the future by Colin Milner-8540

Seeking change: A vision from the past points the way to the future by Colin Milner

When the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA) launched nearly 20 years ago (October 1, 2001), I envisioned a professional association that would bring people together across sectors to foster active, productive, healthy aging. I never imagined that in the years to follow I would have the opportunity to collaborate with many of the most innovative and influential minds of our times. From prime ministers to surgeons general, best-selling authors to titans of industry, and Nobel Laureates to a Pulitzer Prize winner, each in their own right has been a visionary thought leader, futurist, activist or change-maker who has dedicated their life to helping society reimagine its response to rapidly aging populations. So, I felt intrigued when an advance reading copy arrived of Dr. Ken Dychtwald's "sort-of-memoir," due to be published in April 2021. This book promised glimpses of how the author, researcher, active-aging guiding light, and CEO of the San Francisco-based consultancy Age Wave went from working-class roots in New Jersey to working with people like Senator John McCain and US Presidents Reagan, Carter and Clinton. Yet, in the end, what really captured my attention was a chapter featuring his 1978 interview with then-septuagenarian Maggie Kuhn. It turns out she was far ahead of her time. To me, the interview could have been done yesterday. It left me with an obvious question: Have we really changed the way we approach and respond to population aging, aging itself or the way we view aging?

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How to develop a successful podcast by Colin Milner-8537

How to develop a successful podcast by Colin Milner

Many organizations have reduced or frozen their marketing spend in 2020, and this trend may continue for some or all of 2021. Repercussions can come with that response. Research company Nielsen suggests that "long-term revenue can take a 2% hit for every [financial] quarter" that a brand doesn't advertise. Further, equity lost due to halted advertising will require three to five years to recover. What can you do if your marketing is curtailed? With podcast listening rising among all age groups last year, marketers can take advantage of numerous opportunities to connect with customers, potential and current [by creating a podcast]. Making it successful is job one. To provide you with guidance, I reached out to Kristen Meinzer, "one of the 22 most influential women in podcasting...."

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Marketing

Genes and the effects of lifestyle on genetic expression by Stephen C. Brewer, MD, ABFM-8534

Genes and the effects of lifestyle on genetic expression by Stephen C. Brewer, MD, ABFM

Genetics is one of the most expanding and growing areas in science today. Almost 20 years ago the Human Genome Project was completed in which scientists sequenced the deoxyribonucleic acid, or DNA, of humans. It took over 10 years to complete that project. Now with many commercial genetic products available to the public, such as 23andMe, a person's DNA sequence can be determined in a matter of days. It is one thing, however, to know your DNA code and another to interpret what the code means. This is where a significant amount of research is being done today. Genes, the basic physical and functional unit of heredity, are the blueprints for how our bodies form and how they operate. ... How we treat our bodies often affects our genes. This is called epigenetics. It's an area of genetics that connects directly with the messages and efforts of active-aging professionals to promote healthy aging.

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Gerontology

Living well, pandemic style: How a Dallas community adapts to a new norm by Deana Lisenby, BS-8528

Living well, pandemic style: How a Dallas community adapts to a new norm by Deana Lisenby, BS

Most of us probably remember the exact moment we realized life would no longer look the same. At Presbyterian Village North (PVN), the announcement came on Friday, March 13, 2020. We had just competed in a 48-hour "March Madness" CyberCycle challenge, and our community was still celebrating placing third overall as well as having three residents in the top 20 riders worldwide. At that moment, it seemed as though 2020 was shaping up to be an exciting year for our wellness program. None of us anticipated the chaos waiting to boil over into our daily lives. Fast forward to 2021, we're still navigating our way through a global pandemic. A "new normal" has become precedent: face masks, social distancing, and persistent handwashing and sanitation. Guidelines and compliance regulations change daily. As turbulence continues to reign during the COVID crisis, traditional resident programming has taken an unprecedented hiatus. Instead of focusing on what cannot be done, however, our wellness and life enrichment teams have embraced thinking outside of the box. The result is an innovative twist on the traditional lifestyle residents know and love.

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Motivation

Boosting resident engagement, supporting staff with data-driven technology by Marilynn Larkin, MA-8524

Boosting resident engagement, supporting staff with data-driven technology by Marilynn Larkin, MA

A June 2020 article in the journal Global Health Research and Policy highlighted the "unprecedented challenge" of the current coronavirus pandemic, particularly for older adults. According to author Bei Wu, PhD, of New York University's Aging Incubator and Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, "The outbreak of COVID-19 will have a long-term and profound impact on older adults' health and well-being. Social isolation and loneliness are likely to be one of the most affected health outcomes," she writes. "[They] are major risk factors that have been linked with poor physical and mental health status." ... Many active-aging organizations have embraced technological solutions to deal with pandemic-related restrictions that dampen social connections and engagement. ... For communities such as Juniper Village at Brookline, an award-winning continuing care retirement community in State College, Pennsylvania, Linked Senior technology is helping to bridge the gap.

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Management

Spas: Embracing wellness through the pandemic and beyond by Marilynn Larkin, MA-8521

Spas: Embracing wellness through the pandemic and beyond by Marilynn Larkin, MA

Spas have long been a wellness hub both in senior living communities and in the community at large. International Spa Association (ISPA) data from before the coronavirus pandemic showed the industry was growing overall, with total revenues over USD$18 billion, and average revenue per spa reaching $826,000 in 2018. Notably, among 6 spa types, 80% were day spas and 8.2%, medical. These are the types of facilities most likely to serve older adults, and to operate as part of an active-aging community. The pandemic forced 99% of spas to close in the first quarter of 2020, according to ISPA. However, by October, most spas had navigated the reopening process, with 90% reporting opening and receiving guests. The turnaround has been "impressive and gratifying," according to Wendy Bosalavage, spa and wellness/chief revenue officer and president of New York City-based LIVunLtd, a consultancy, amenity/spa management company and concierge company. Yet, reopening has come with "some significant transformations," she acknowledges. ... The Journal on Active Aging recently interviewed Bosalavage about where spas are heading and why they remain a necessity for the active-aging industry.

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