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Tech Talk: Smart speakers can detect cardiac arrest, call 911-7254

Tech Talk: Smart speakers can detect cardiac arrest, call 911

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) have developed a contactless tool to monitor people for cardiac arrest while they're asleep.

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Trends

Telomeres: Are they the Fountain of Youth, or markers for the benefits of living well? by Cindy Geyer, MD, ABIM, ABOIM, ABLM-7136

Telomeres: Are they the Fountain of Youth, or markers for the benefits of living well? by Cindy Geyer, MD, ABIM, ABOIM, ABLM

Since ancient times, explorers have sought the restorative powers of the proverbial Fountain of Youth. In more recent times, clinical research on cellular longevity is targeting a genetic substance called the telomere, which is entering the spotlight as a potential key to slowing-or even preventing-the more common health challenges of aging. ... [T]elomere length could provide significant clues to healthy aging, not only helping to predict and forestall diseases such as cancers, but also motivating lifestyle changes that might delay senescence [or cell aging].

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Research

Dance fitness: Older adults give it a whirl by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, CDE, ACSM-RCEP, FACSM-7134

Dance fitness: Older adults give it a whirl by Mary E. Sanders, PhD, CDE, ACSM-RCEP, FACSM

We don't have to be on "Dancing with the Stars" or an elite athlete to have a great time getting in the groove. From simple to advanced choreography, social dance-type moves are being incorporated more and more into fitness programs for older adults, promoting popular and proven health benefits for mind, heart, body and soul. Dancing styles of all kinds-including waltz, tango, folk dance and salsa-along with physical fitness types of fun movement like Zumba are all providing opportunities for participants to reap the rewards of enjoyable activities that also promote balance, movement quality (like walking or stepping forward and backward) and better sensory and motor perceptions.

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Disruption-proof your senior housing business by Chip Conley, MBA-7131

Disruption-proof your senior housing business by Chip Conley, MBA

At a time when the "silver tsunami" should be a huge boon for senior housing developers in the United States and beyond, occupancy rates have trended downward for the past 10 quarters. There are countless examples of industries, from railroads to retail real estate, that fell into a slump exactly when consumer demand was spiking. Why? Often, they were too product or process oriented, and not enough consumer oriented, while their core customers' needs evolved over time. How does this rationale apply to the senior housing industry? Beyond well-known operational challenges like labor expenses and construction costs, even some newer, more innovative models may not be addressing the critical larger question: What do today's older customers really want in a housing environment? ... Maybe it's time we reimagine the senior housing model by using the lens of a serial disruptor in the hospitality industry.

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Management

MusicGlove: New robotics facilitate hand rehabilitation in stroke survivors by Marilynn Larkin, MA-7128

MusicGlove: New robotics facilitate hand rehabilitation in stroke survivors by Marilynn Larkin, MA

As authors of a recent editorial ... report, the increase in older adult numbers will be accompanied by an anticipated 55% increase in the total number of annual stroke cases by 2030. In the United States alone, more than 700,000 people sustain a stroke each year; importantly, about two-thirds of these individuals survive and require rehabilitation, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Yet six months after stroke, about 65% of patients still cannot incorporate the affected hand into their usual activities. Authors of a recent review of hand rehabilitation robotics for stroke survivors note that "recovery of hand function is one of the most challenging topics in stroke rehabilitation," largely because of the flexibility and complexity of the hand and the brain's motor cortex. ... [S]ome researchers are turning to technology for solutions, developing devices that motivate people to do the required exercises while helping to ensure that those exercises are performed correctly. One such device is MusicGlove.

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Technology

Teaching for eyes, ears and hearts: The multidimensional languages of fitness by Lawrence Biscontini, MA-7126

Teaching for eyes, ears and hearts: The multidimensional languages of fitness by Lawrence Biscontini, MA

As active-aging movement coaches, we communicate on three levels. Although our volume, style, language, demographics, culture and tone can change our meaning by the minute among various classes and clients, we can divide all of our communication strategies into visual, auditory and kinesthetic camps. Even though current research reveals that some people prefer one of these three types, we may wish to consider aspects of teaching for each of these strategies in order to be effective communicators in active-aging environments. Including all three languages of fitness offers a rich, dimensionalized approach to cueing, thereby helping us connect with a larger active-aging market.

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Leadership

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