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Strange bedfellows unite to help older adults

April 14, 2014

Strange bedfellows unite to help older adults

In the near future, successful care for older adults will depend on bold and creative collaborations.

That’s the message aging pioneer Ken Dychtwald gave last month’s Aging in America conference. Dychtwald, CEO of the consulting group Age Wave, might as well have been describing the “strange bedfellows” collaboration between two organizations often considered mortal enemies – a county aging services agency and a managed health care plan

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Aging in the East

April 4, 2014

Aging in the East

By Pamela K. Johnson

When Misao Okawa recently blew out her 116th candle, she also nabbed the bragging rights as the oldest person in the world. She, like the previous world’s oldest person, who died last year at 116, is of Japanese descent.

The island of Okinawa, Japan, is home to world’s largest population of healthy older adults.

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Activism: A Complete Workout for the Aging Body and Brain

March 31, 2014

Activism:  A Complete Workout for the Aging Body and Brain

By Matt Perry

Activism among the aging can help the brain and the body stay young.

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The iPad Therapist: Mental Health for the Aging

March 17, 2014

The iPad Therapist: Mental Health for the Aging

By Matt Perry

Telemental health — offering computer-based therapy sessions — has a promising future for older ethnic adults who face an uphill battle accessing services for common problems like depression and anxiety.

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A Leg to Stand On

March 12, 2014

A Leg to Stand On

By Pamela K. Johnson

With an aging, active population, demands for knee-replacement surgery are projected to climb to 4 million a year by 2030.

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Taking AIM at End-of-Life Care: Kinder, Gentler, and More Cost-Effective

March 3, 2014

Taking AIM at End-of-Life Care: Kinder, Gentler, and More Cost-Effective

By Matt Perry

Northern California’s Sutter Health has developed an Advanced Illness Management program (AIM) to make the last 6-18 months of life more personal, caring, and economical.

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Aging Senior Roommates: Saving Money and Odd Couples

February 17, 2014

Aging Senior Roommates: Saving Money and Odd Couples

By Matt Perry

A growing national movement pairs older adult homeowners and renters with roommates who assist with finances, companionship, light housework, or transportation. For some it’s been a salvation.

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Elder Abuse Awaits Its Tipping Point

February 2, 2014

Elder Abuse Awaits Its Tipping Point

By Matt Perry

As shootings and school-related torment reach new and frightening levels, the dialogue over bullying has taken center stage in American culture. Yet the same cannot be said of a similar, silent epidemic with shocking statistics and brutal realities: elder bullying and abuse.

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ONEgeneration Combats Ageism Right From the Start

January 19, 2014

ONEgeneration Combats Ageism Right From the Start

By Matt Perry

ONEgeneration successfully cross-pollinates two distinct day care programs – one for children, the other for older adults – to inject a youthful spark into senior activities while offering children a heightened appreciation for elders at least two generations apart.

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A Passage to India – Life, Death and the Healing Power of Ritual

January 5, 2014

A Passage to India – Life, Death and the Healing Power of Ritual

By Matt Perry

Matru peered out from our perch high above the Ganges and looked down at the spectacle below – five separate fires burning near the river’s edge. His family had overseen this site for generations, and over five decades he’d seen this ritual repeated thousands of times.

I looked at the burning corpses below, and asked him if he was afraid of dying.

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