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Prevention in active aging by Mark Liponis, MD-6512

Prevention in active aging by Mark Liponis, MD

All too often, people feel they don't need to keep up with prevention after they reach a certain age, or once they've attained their "golden years." I've heard from many of my patients, "I don't need a colonoscopy any more," or "I made it to 75, so why do I need to watch my diet now?" There are some prevailing feelings that we might as well do what we do and let nature take its course once we've arrived at "retirement" age, or that "prevention" is something we do when we're younger to reach those later years. ... Of course, as active-aging professionals know, it's not just about the quantity of life, but also the quality. Who wants to spend their final 10 years unable to enjoy life, or being highly dependent on others? The best way that aging adults can assure a better quality of life is by taking an active role in prevention.

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Happiness and health, part one: How positive emotions affect physical well-being by Shirley Archer, JD, MA-6502

Happiness and health, part one: How positive emotions affect physical well-being by Shirley Archer, JD, MA

How happy are you? The answer to this question may predict how healthy you are or how long you'll live. "Happiness science" offers strong and growing evidence, particularly over the past decade, that positive emotions impact mental and physical health, resulting not only in a better quality of life, but also a longer and healthier life. ... Today, compelled by research findings, leading health professionals look at ways to integrate efforts to promote positive well-being into healthcare and public health policy. So, how might this benefit you as an individual and as a professional who works in an active-aging setting? Here's a look at what the latest research tells us about the significant relationship between happiness and health.

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HomeLab: A real-life testing ground for older-adult products and services by Marilynn Larkin, MA-6225

HomeLab: A real-life testing ground for older-adult products and services by Marilynn Larkin, MA

From home health care to government agencies to senior living, organizations are looking for effective ways to promote health, wellness, quality of life and safety for older adults where they live--whether in family homes in the community or in cottages and apartments on a senior living campus. Products, services and, increasingly, technologies are part of the answer. But to ensure that offerings meet the needs and goals of older adults and organizations today, plus shape future possibilities, the active-aging industry needs to assist those who design, manufacture and supply them. Many Journal on Active Aging readers express a desire to have their organizations participate in research, and so I'm focusing this column on the Georgia Institute of Technology's HomeLab. An initiative of Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), HomeLab brings together an interdisciplinary team of scientists and engineers to do research with older adults. The program is exciting, and expanding, so there's an opportunity to get involved!

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Research writes the business case for wellness. With: The National Benchmarks Report 2017: Executive Summary-6221

Research writes the business case for wellness. With: The National Benchmarks Report 2017: Executive Summary

Animated discussion heats up a conference room as the value of the wellness lifestyle program is questioned by residents, board members, and a weary chief financial officer who burnt the midnight oil to balance the community's budget for the next six months. In a different office, architects and builders balancing square footage with revenue debate the quantity of lifestyle programming and staff needed to attract residents to a new development (after all, there's already a clubhouse). Are staffed wellness programs with lots of variety worth the money? Three years of data from the ICAA/ProMatura Wellness Benchmarks answer that question with a simple--and loud--yes!

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Overcoming fear of technology: 5 points to put you at ease by Marilynn Larkin, MA-5974

Overcoming fear of technology: 5 points to put you at ease by Marilynn Larkin, MA

If you're afraid of technology, you have plenty of company. A couple of years ago, The Atlantic magazine published an article entitled "Americans are more afraid of robots than death." The author reported on a national survey from Chapman University in Orange, California, that found that three tech-related fears--"cyberterrorism," "corporate tracking of personal information" and "government tracking of personal information"--were among Americans' top five fears in 2015. ..Christopher Bader, PhD, a sociology professor at Chapman and a coauthor of the fear survey, is quoted as saying, "People tend to express the highest level of fear for things they're dependent on but that they don't have any control over, and that's almost a perfect definition of technology."

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Trends in technology purchases by Patricia Ryan, MS-5894

Trends in technology purchases by Patricia Ryan, MS

In the active-aging industry, there are two sides to every story. One point of view is that of 50+ consumers who seek the products and services that are compatible with their lifestyles or needs. The other side of the story is voiced by professionals who provide those products and services in all types of locations--senior living communities and private homes, apartments and parks, community centers and clubs. Awareness of the interests of the 50+ consumer was high among the professionals who answered the ICAA Active-Aging Industry Development Survey earlier this year. The consensus, when the ICAA team looked at trends, was that Boomers and technology are top of mind.

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