What you say can change older adult brain functioning

Photo via firstlighthomecare This week's trivia question asked whether the way people talk to older adults can change brain functioning of an older adult. The answer is yes! A myth associated with aging is that there is, in general, rapid incline in function from childhood to adulthood to middle-age but then a rapid decline after … Continue reading What you say can change older adult brain functioning

Older Americans Act: Services that keep older Americans healthy, safe, and in their community

President Lyndon Johnson after signing the Older Americans Act, 1965. For over fifty years, the Older Americans Act (OAA) has resulted in helping older Americans remain in their communities-of-choice for as long as possible through local services. Signed in 1965, the OAA was established out of concern for the lack of community social services for … Continue reading Older Americans Act: Services that keep older Americans healthy, safe, and in their community

Exercises of Endurance, Resistance, and Flexibility Combat Affects of Aging Body

Image via Houston Chronicle This week's trivia question asked what types of exercises help compensate for age-related changes of the body and mind. Do endurance exercises, such as walking and swimming help? Does resistance training, such as through weights or even body weight exercise help? Does stretching, such as through yoga, help? The answer is yes!  … Continue reading Exercises of Endurance, Resistance, and Flexibility Combat Affects of Aging Body

Older adults with cell phones reduce falls risk

This week's trivia question was whether older adults with access to phones were at a lower risk for falls. The answer is, true! Normal aging processes can have a negative affect on a person's muscle strength, bones, and balance. Each year there are over 800,000 people hospitalized due to fall injuries (CDC, 2016) and millions … Continue reading Older adults with cell phones reduce falls risk

Iowa’s Area Agencies on Aging 2019 Policy Agenda: Family Caregivers, Elder Justice, and Services

Iowa Capitol (c) WHO Radio On January 14, 2019, Iowa’s 88th General Assembly will begin the 2019 legislative session. Iowa’s GOP remains in control of the executive and legislative branch of Iowa’s government. Republican Governor Kim Reynolds, Iowa’s first female governor, will be joined by a record 44 female legislators (33 in the House, 11 … Continue reading Iowa’s Area Agencies on Aging 2019 Policy Agenda: Family Caregivers, Elder Justice, and Services

How Social Networks Reduce Negative Health Effects of Aging

Photo via Apple Tree Dental This week's trivia question asks whether social interactions and friendships help reduce the negative health effects of aging. The answer is yes! Many human development and gerontology researchers have determined that our biology (i.e., genetics, physical health), our psychology (i.e., cognitive functioning and health), and social influences each play a … Continue reading How Social Networks Reduce Negative Health Effects of Aging