September 26, 2017

Category Archives: Aging

Yoga Thoughts

Yoga Thoughts

An article, “Personal Wellness: It’s Not Too Late to Become a Yoga Believer,” appeared in the Science section of The New York Times recently. In it, the writer, Jane Brody, discusses her recent shift in attraction to yoga. An avid swimmer, Brody offers solid guidance to those who wish to consider the activity, especially older adults, including: Not all yoga poses are beneficial or safe for everyone, and enthusiasts are hard put to know whether the teacher and class they select are more likely to help than to hurt them. What many older adults especially need is yoga therapy. And…Continue Reading

An Elderly Animal Photo Project Yields Moving Images

An Elderly Animal Photo Project Yields Moving Images

Handsome One, Thoroughbred Horse, Age 33: Isa Leshko, photographer A powerful photographic exhibition, “Elderly Animals,” has been capturing an intimacy that is both beautiful and emotionally raw. Isa Leshko crisscrossed the country, visited sanctuaries and documented images of older animals. “I wanted the images to be unflinching in their detail,” she explains. “I’m looking at mortality and aging, and that’s not easy subject material.” Leshko began the project after she spent a year caring for her mother who has Alzheimer’s disease. Instead of photographing her family, she found an outlet for her experience in a series of portraits of aging farm animals. A 5-minute video documenting her work is a simple, straight forward and poignant rendering of her with…Continue Reading

Brains in Training–NeurExpand Brain Center

Brains in Training–NeurExpand Brain Center

By Christy Brudin Memorizing facts. Taking tests. Playing games. That’s what the attendees at NeurExpand Brain Center are doing. It may sound like they are in school, but they are in fact patients at a world-class brain fitness center that is putting scientific research into practice to improve memory and related brain functions. NeurExpand’s Brain Fitness Program helps middle-aged and older individuals increase their brain size and prolong mental clarity. The program enhances the brain’s ability to change and adapt, called neuroplasticity, which helps protect the organ from the negative impacts of aging and allows it to recover more quickly in the event of illness or injury. In particular, the medical program focuses on growing …Continue Reading

Solve Long-Term Care Issues

Solve Long-Term Care Issues

An Ombudsman Can Help ­The word “Ombudsman” is a Swedish term for a person who acts as a third party in resolving problems. A Long-Term Care Ombudsman can assist consumers who are choosing long-term care providers (nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, retirement communities, adult day care programs and home care agencies) by offering information on an individual provider’s services, history of complaints and their licensure status. Ombudsmen are advocates who work to improve the quality of life for seniors and other individuals receiving long-term care services. In addition to providing the information necessary to make an informed decision about a long-term care provider, an Ombudsman can also investigate and help resolve complaints against specific long-term care …Continue Reading

A Knead to Win… Finalists Vie for Bread Baking Crown in National Contest

A Knead to Win… Finalists Vie for Bread Baking Crown in National Contest

Eight finalists will vie for more than $10,000 in cash and prizes at the second National Festival of Breads in Wichita this June.After weeks of analyzing recipes, kneading, mixing, baking, and testing, a panel of judges selected the finalists’ recipes in a taste test on April 6 in Manhattan, Kan. Eight recipes emerged as clear-cut finalists, according to Cindy Falk, nutrition educator for the Kansas Wheat Commission and chair of the National Festival of Breads.“These eight recipes encompass an exciting array of flavor profiles, baking techniques and skill levels from amateur bakers across the country. We look forward to meeting these contestants in Kansas this summer when they participate in the National Festival of …Continue Reading

9 Ways To Save Money By Leaving Your Car in the Garage and Still Get Going

9 Ways To Save Money By Leaving Your Car in the Garage and Still Get Going

Despite recent hiring and economic growth in America, gas sales have fallen for five straight weeks, according to MasterCard SpendngPulse. Consumer demand increased for two months before the decline, but the change came when gas prices shot up above $3.50 in all but one state. Consumer Savings Expert, Andrea Woods has 9 tips to save money while gas prices are so high.About 70 percent of the nation’s major gas-station chains say sales have fallen, according to a March survey by the Oil Price Information Service. More than half reported a drop of 3 percent or more, the steepest decline since the summer of 2008, when gas soared past $4 a gallon. While some drivers have learned to …Continue Reading

Dance Those Cares Away!

Dance Those Cares Away!

Study of seniors shows decreased knee-hip pain and increased ability to walk among those who dance Source: HealthDayContinue Reading

NIH-Commissioned Census Bureau Report Highlights Effect of Aging Boomers

NIH-Commissioned Census Bureau Report Highlights Effect of Aging Boomers

Source: National Institute on Aging – Continue Reading

Brewster Place Joins COLLAGE

Brewster Place Joins COLLAGE

Brewster Place, a not-for-profit continuing care community based in Topeka, Kansas, has joined COLLAGE, The Art & Science of Healthy Aging®, a national consortium of aging services organizations using an evidence-based assessment system to improve healthy aging outcomes and quality of life. “We are excited to be a part of the COLLAGE consortium,” said David Beck, President and CEO of Brewster Place. “The COLLAGE program is an essential tool in Brewster’s plan to develop a culture of wellness on our campus, develop our at-home services in the larger community, and to develop a care transitions interventions…Continue Reading

Carroll Lutheran Village Receives "Promising Practices Award" for Wellness Programming

Carroll Lutheran Village Receives "Promising Practices Award" for Wellness Programming

Carroll Lutheran Village (CLV), a continuing care community in Westminster, Maryland, and COLLAGE member has received the Promising Practices Award from Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging for its Healthy Aging Open House Series. In the words of the Institute, “[we] are committed to recognizing organizations that strive to serve older adults in original and exciting ways” and especially communities “…which are moving away from conventional practices by developing and implementing new and innovative approaches in working with older adults.” CLV developed the Healthy Aging Open House Series to educate its residents and the greater community on topics of wellness. The series, offered four times per year, focuses on a single wellness topic. Key note speakers, vendors, and fun…Continue Reading