News About Aging

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging News & Research: January 22-26, 2018

  • Conceptual and Empirical Approaches to Financial Decision-making by Older Adults: Results from a Financial Decision-making Rating Scale. Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.; Katja Ocepek-Welikson, M.Phil.; Lisa J. Ficker,  Ph.D.; Evan Gross, M.A.; Analise Rahman-Filipiak, Ph.D.; and Jeanne A. Teresi, Ed.D., Ph.D. Clinical Gerontologist, Volume 41, 2018 – Issue 1, pages 42-65. Published online: October 27, 2017. The LFDRS thus offers clinicians and researchers alike a novel way to assess capacity for financial decision-making.
  • Risk Profiles for Injurious Falls in People Over 60: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Stina Ek, M.Sc.; Debora Rizzuto, Ph.D.; Laura Fratiglioni, M.D., Ph.D.; Kristina Johnell, Ph.D.; Weili Xu, M.D., Ph.D.; Anna-Karin Welmer, Ph.D. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Medical Sciences, Volume 73, Issue 2, January 16, 2018, pages 233-239. Published online: June 9, 2017. Five clusters were identified including: a “healthy,” a “well-functioning with multimorbidity,” a “well-functioning, with multimorbidity and high FRID consumption,” a “physically and cognitively impaired,” and a “disabled” cluster. The risk of injurious falls for all groups was significantly higher than for the first cluster of healthy individuals.
Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: January 16-19, 2018

  • Applying a Treatment Effects Model to Investigate Public Amenity Effect on Physical Activity of the Elderly.  Chia-Yu Yeh, PhD, Chen-Kang Chang, PhD & Feng-An Yang, MS.  Journal of Aging & Social Policy, Volume 30, 2018 – Issue 1, Pages 72-86 . Published online:  October 11, 2017.  Providing sufficient and accessible parks in metropolitan residential neighborhoods could be one of the most cost-effective ways to promote physical activity for the elderly living in midsize Asian cities.
  • Psychosocial Mechanisms Underlying Older Black Men’s Health.  Tyson H Brown PhD, Taylor W Hargrove PhD.  The Journals of Gerontology: Series B – Psychological and Social Sciences, Volume 73, Issue 2, January 11, 2018, Pages 188–197.  Published online: August 3, 2017.  Conventional measures of stressors and coping resources—originally developed to account for variance in health outcomes among predominantly white samples—may not capture psychosocial factors most salient for older Black men’s health.
Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: January 3-6, 2018

  • Fusing Biodiversity Metrics into Investigations of Daily Life: Illustrations and Recommendations With Emodiversity.  Lizbeth Benson, Nilam Ram, David M Almeida, Alex J Zautra, Anthony D Ong.  The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 73, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages 75–86.  Published online: March 30, 2017.  Functionalist emotion and ecological systems theories suggest emodiversity—the variety and relative abundance of individuals’ emotion experiences—is beneficial for psychological and physical health and may change with age.
  • Evaluation of Rewind Yoga on Physical Function Outcomes in Older Adults: A Preliminary Study.  Andrew I. Miller, Cheryl Der Ananian, Carrie Hensley  & Heidi Ungar.  Activities, Adaptation & Aging,  Volume 41, 2017 – Issue 4, Pages 291-300.  Published online:  July 6, 2017.  Few yoga programs tailored to the unique needs of older adults exist. Rewind Yoga™ was created to address this gap and a pilot study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the program on physical function parameters.
Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: December 5-8, 2017

Sarah West, a resident of Cathedral Village continuing care retirement community, enjoys horticultural pursuits there. (Photo courtesy of Presbyterian Senior Living)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Horitculture provides therapy

By Marcia Z. Siegal

Flowers bloom year-round at the Cathedral Village continuing care retirement community in Roxborough. And for many residents, joy blossoms with the tomatoes, herbs, cacti and other plants they help to cultivate.

The campira class at Norris Square Senior Center helps mind and body. (Photo by Linda L. Riley)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Campira class helps mind, body

By Linda L. Riley

Carmen Perez has short-cropped white hair, and she had a big smile for everyone when she arrived at Norris Square Senior Community Center on a recent Monday morning wearing a red shirt with “CAMPIRA: Camina Y Respira” on the back. True to her shirt, she was there for the campira class, which she said she likes “because it makes me stronger in the morning.”

Posted By Christine Hoffman

Aging Research & Issues: September 25-29, 2017

Senior center exercise programs offers great benefits. (iStock)
Posted By Alicia Colombo

Senior centers promote health

Senior centers offer a variety of health and wellness programs. Older adults can visit centers to participate in exercise and fitness activities, nutrition and cooking classes, blood pressure checks and other health screenings, and seminars on a variety of health-related topics. In addition to each center’s daily wellness programs, Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) provides evidence-based health education programs developed with older adults’ specific needs in mind.

Members of exercise instructor Marvin Dismuke's class pose for a photo. (Photo courtesy of KleinLife)
Posted By Marcia Siegal

Exercise instructor inspires

One of the challenges seniors face is keeping their minds and bodies strong as they age. That can be especially true post-retirement. There are classes and workshops around the city to keep older adults stimulated and gyms to keep them limber. But the bottom line when it comes to getting underway is motivation. Such motivation can be found at KleinLife: Northeast Philadelphia, an intergenerational community center, where personal trainer and fitness instructor Marvin Dismuke teaches exercise classes for seniors.

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