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Senior Centers Help to Combat Loneliness

Posted by Mark Johnson on Jan 31, 2019 10:57:00 AM

 

In today’s world full of digital platforms that make it easy to keep up with friends, apps specially designed to find new ones, and video calling features that allow us to feel part of almost any moment, it may come as a surprise that research reports we are lonelier than we have ever been. Some findings show that superficial relationships could play a part, while other information points to the rise in screen time, but what might be equally troubling is who is being affected the most; with one of the highest reported age groups being Baby Boomers.

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Topics: Aging Well, Senior Health

Senior Centers Help Baby Boomers to Engage with Technology

Posted by Kenn LoBianco, Jr. on Jan 24, 2019 10:34:00 AM

This is part two of a four part series on socialization for older adults and attracting baby boomers to senior centers.

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Topics: Aging Well, Senior Health

Rethinking Senior Centers to Attract Baby Boomers

Posted by Mary McAleer on Jan 16, 2019 11:39:00 AM

 

This is part one of a four part series on socialization for older adults and attracting baby boomers to senior centers.

Like all forms of activity, socialization becomes increasingly more important as we age. From stress levels and self-esteem to fitness and overall health, an active social life directly affects an older adults’ mental, physical, and emotional state, making it key to a longer life. But what’s more, are the cognitive benefits. Consistent social interactions and positive relationships don’t just keep seniors stimulated, they keep them mentally sharp and intellectually engaged, helping to prevent declines in memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease and various forms of dementia.

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Topics: Senior Nutrition

Eating Well Can Help Reduce Fall Risks

Posted by Yvette Plaza on Jan 9, 2019 10:22:00 AM

Most caregivers and healthcare professionals know how dangerous, and frequent falls are for older adults.  As we age, our bodies react differently, and a  fall can be life-threatening. Falls are the leading cause of both fatal and non-fatal injuries among older adults. Falls can lead to severe injuries and a rapid decline in health. As aging increases, the chances of falling also increases. One out of three people over 65 years old and one out of two people over 85 years old, experience a fall every year.  Falls are caused by many factors such as mobility problems, poor vision or hearing, conditions in the home, and malnutrition. 

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Topics: Senior Nutrition

Being Alone Doesn't Have To Be Lonely

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Nov 29, 2018 10:02:00 AM

 

Loneliness might mean something different to everyone, but one thing has become clear: it doesn’t just mean living alone. In fact, recent studies show loneliness is linked to social isolation and an experience of not fitting in or belonging. So while some people can live alone and feel completely fulfilled, others can live with or around many people and still feel isolated – and this is especially true for seniors.

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Topics: Aging Well, Senior Health

Medicare Advantage Plans Offer New Benefits to Members!

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Nov 7, 2018 11:01:00 AM

More than 20 million Americans are now choosing a Medicare Advantage Plan instead of Original Medicare, and the numbers are predicted to continue to grow. In fact, Medicare Advantage enrollment has increased 50 percent of over the past five years. It’s estimated by 2028 that 42 percent of enrollees will select a Medicare Advantage plan.

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Topics: Aging Well, Senior Health Plans, Medicare, Post Discharge, Home Delivered Meals

Is Medicare Advantage Right for Me?

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Oct 10, 2018 11:50:18 AM

It’s Medicare  open enrollment time! From October 15 to December 7, adults age 65 and over need to select the type of Medicare plan they want for 2019.  Since there are more choices than ever, it's  important to review your options carefully before making a decision.

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Topics: Senior Health Plans, Senior Health, Medicare, Home Delivered Meals, Post Discharge

Is Your Transitional Care Plan Missing an Important Piece?

Posted by Mary O'Hara on Oct 4, 2018 3:03:52 PM

While your patients are in your care, you provide them with quality nutrition care. But, what happens when they go home? 

Many transitional care plans may be missing an important piece – nutrition care. Providing access to food allows the frail and elderly to regain their strength and energy faster. Proper nutrition for those at risk improves patient outcomes following surgery or hospitalization.

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Topics: Healthcare Cost Reduction, Healthy Meals for Seniors, Home Delivered Meals, Malnutrition in Elderly, Post Discharge

Offering Choice to Older Adults Yields Positive Results

Posted by Maureen Garner, MS, RD, LD on Sep 26, 2018 11:07:14 AM

As people age, the ability to remain independent in their homes and make decisions regarding their care may diminish. The causes may be due to physical reasons such as medical conditions or cognitive dysfunction. Social determinants of health, like safety in the home, community support, or economic status, also impact an older person’s autonomy and quality of life.

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Topics: Baby Boomers, Senior Nutrition, Nutrition

National Senior Center Month

Posted by Sean LoBianco on Sep 20, 2018 4:38:58 PM

September is National Senior Center Month and this year's theme is "Building Momentum." Before we get into the importance of senior centers and giving them recognition, it is probably best to start out with some history.

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Topics: Senior Nutrition, aging in place

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