Aging Research & Issues: December 5-8, 2017
- Measurement of Fall Prevention Awareness and Behaviours among Older Adults at Home. Katherine Russell, Darcie Taing, Jacqueline Roy. Canadian Journal of Aging, Volume 36, Issue 4, December 2017 , pp. 522-535. Open access. Published online: September 14, 2017.
- A Social Model of Loneliness: The Roles of Disability, Social Resources, and Cognitive Impairment. Vanessa Burholt, BSc, PhD; Gill Windle, BSc, MSc, PhD; Deborah J Morgan, BA, MSc, PhD. The Gerontologist, Volume 57, Issue 6, November 10, 2017, Pages 1020–1030, https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnw125
The aging brain: Myth vs. fact
Science has proven that brain health can be cultivated and nurtured over a lifetime and is not limited by age. Leading a mentally active lifestyle, which promotes brain resilience and encourages emotional, cognitive, spiritual and relational heath, can keep your brain functioning well throughout your lifetime. Learning about the difference between myth and fact when it comes to your brain’s functions and health will help to dispel the rumors and put your mind at ease.
Aging Research & Issues: Nov. 20-22, 2017
- Personality and Survival in Older Age: The Role of Lifestyle Behaviors and Health Status. Debora Rizzuto, Enrico Mossello, Laura Fratiglioni, Giola Santoni, Hui-Xin Wang. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, December 2017 ,Volume 25, Issue 12, Pages 1363–1372. Published online: June 8, 2017. Conclusions: Extroverted people, who are characterized by higher optimism and high self-efficacy, are prone to healthier behaviors and better health, which may result in longer survival.
- Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard – Emerging Innovations in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports for Family Caregivers. Susan C. Reinhard, Wendy Fox-Grage, Lynn Friss Feinberg (AARP Public Policy Institute), Barbara Coulter Edwards, Jim Downie, Debra Moscardino (Health Management Associates). November 2017.
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.
Aging Research & Issues: November 13-17, 2017
- Mindfulness-based forgiveness groups for older adults. Mariko A. Foulk, Berit Ingersoll-Dayton & James Fitzgerald. Journal of Gerontological Social Work, Volume 60, 2017 – Issue 8, Pages 661-675. Published online: September 1, 2017.
- Feeling younger and identifying with older adults: Testing two routes to maintaining well-being in the face of age discrimination. Bibiana M. Armenta , Katherine Stroebe, Susanne Scheibe, Tom Postmes, Nico W. Van Yperen. PLoS ONE 12(11) e0187805. Published: November 8, 2017.
Aging Research & Issues: Nov. 6-10, 2017
- Preferences and Predictors of Aging in Place: Longitudinal Evidence from Melbourne, Australia. Hal Kendig, Cathy Honge Gong, Lisa Cannon & Colette Browning. Journal of Housing For the Elderly, Volume 31, 2017 – Issue 3, Pages 259-271. Published online: March 2, 2017. Home ownership, socioeconomic resources, neighborhood satisfaction, and home modifications were positively associated with aging in place.
- Serving Individuals with Dementia Who Live Alone. Elizabeth Gould, Molly Knowles, Michael Lepore, and Katie Maslow. Generations, Fall 2017 supplement, Pages 83 – 90.
Opioid addiction in senior population is rising
Opioid addiction seems to have launched a stealth attack on seniors. Falls and forgetfulness, which are possible signs of addiction, may masquerade as normal issues of aging. Family and friends of an addicted person may chalk up the individual’s more negligent grooming and housekeeping to the decreased energy of advanced age. And a senior with an addiction may be seen as simply following the doctor’s orders by repeatedly refilling a prescription for pain medication.
Aging Research & Issues: Oct. 30-Nov. 3, 2017
- When Did Old Age Stop Being Depressing? Depression Trajectories of Older Americans and Britons 2002–2012. Gindo Tampubolon, M.S., Ph.D., Asri Maharani, M.D., Ph.D. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, November 2017, Volume 25, Issue 11, Pages 1187–1195. Open access. The trajectories of depression of older cohorts, particularly those of the prewar cohorts in both countries and the war cohort in England, followed a U-shape. Conversely, the trajectories of depression of the younger cohort, particularly those of the postwar cohorts in both countries and the war cohort in the United States, took an inverted U-shape.
- Evacuating People and Their Pets: Older Floridians’ Need for and Proximity to Pet-Friendly Shelters. Rachel Douglas MS PhD, Ayberk Kocatepe PhD, Anne E Barrett PhD, Eren Erman Ozguven PhD, Clayton Gumber, MS, PhD. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, gbx119. Advance article. Published: October 4, 2017. High pet shelter need coupled with low availability exacerbates older adults’ heightened vulnerability during Florida’s hurricane season.
Aging Research & Issues: October 23-27, 2017
- Caregiver Stressors and Depressive Symptoms among Older Husbands and Wives in the United States. Min Hee Kim, Ruth E. Dunkle, Amanda J. Lehning, Huei-Wern Shen, Sheila Feld & Angela K. Perone. Journal of Women & Aging, Volume 29, 2017 – Issue 6, Pages 494-504. Published online: September 27, 2016. To illuminate strategies for reducing the higher distress experienced by wife caregivers engaged in personal care assistance, further studies are needed incorporating couples’ relational dynamics and gendered experiences in personal care.
- Prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease: Lessons Learned and Applied. James E. Galvin MD, MPH. Special Article – Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, Volume 65, Issue 10, October 2017, Pages 2128–2133. First published: August 2, 2017. Dementia may be a disorder that develops over a lifetime, with individualized ways to build a better brain as we age.