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

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

Thank You, Dear Caregiver

November is National Caregiver Month. It also happens to be the month where we all give thanks. So, for this Thanksgiving, we want to say: Thank you, dear Caregiver! We know there are an estimated 43.5 million of you providing care for your loved one(s) in the U.S. (1). Nearly 14% of you are caring for … Continue reading Thank You, Dear Caregiver