Aging & Wellness

Women & the Meaning of “Age” in Bhubaneswar, India
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Research Methodology & Theory

The meaning of “old age” can vary tremendously across time and across cultures, profoundly influencing how we order our lives. It can even vary within…

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Exercise May Reduce Falls Risk Via Cognitive Benefits
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Research has shown that falls reduction programs that include exercise are most effective for reducing falls risk. It is often assumed that these programs are…

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Generativity: Contributing to Others May Enhance Well-Being
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Research Methodology & Theory

Scholars of the life course have long hypothesized that generativity, or constructive activity that benefits others, is important to mid- and later-life human development. (Examples…

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Hospitalization & Cognitive Decline
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Hospitalization of individuals is often necessary, but it can be associated with several risks. For example, among older adults, hospitalization has been linked to an…

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Air Pollution & Cognitive Decline
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Social/Environmental/Economic Determinants of Health

Researchers who study cognitive decline are working to identify modifiable risk factors and other ways of reducing or delaying dementia. Epidemiological research has suggested that…

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Aging in (a Nice New) Place
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Social/Environmental/Economic Determinants of Health

A truism has developed within the senior housing industry over the last couple of decades: older adults want to age in place. This is a…

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Defining “Healthy Aging”
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Research Methodology & Theory

The concept of “successful aging,” as coined by gerontologists Rowe and Kahn, has been influential in gerontology and has advanced scholarly understanding of healthy aging.…

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Early Life Experience & Successful Aging
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Social/Environmental/Economic Determinants of Health

Proponents of the “successful aging” model argue that later-life aging should be viewed as more than a process of physical and cognitive decline. The successful…

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Building Evidence for Dementia Prevention
, Aging & Wellness, Operational Resources, Research Methodology & Theory, Senior Housing

As was the case in 2010 when the National Institutes of Health issued a consensus statement on the prevention of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, there…

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Gait, Cognition, & Falls Risk
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Gait performance—the ability to walk steadily at a useful pace—is a strong predictor of falls. Because gait involves the incorporation of multiple cognitive and physical…

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Is Strength Training or Power Training More Effective Against Frailty?
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Demographic Influences

Frailty is a common risk associated with aging and is predictive of many poor outcomes. Much research exists that demonstrates the utility of physical exercise…

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Can Physical Activity Halt Decline in Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)?
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Health & Wellness

Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) is a diagnosis of cognitive decline that is greater than would be expected based on age and education, but which does…

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