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No More Mr. Lonely: How Sense of Purpose Protects against Loneliness in Older Adults

Researchers have found evidence that, for older adults, having a sense of purpose in life can act as a barrier against loneliness and its detrimental effects.

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Solo agers present growing senior living demographic target
, In the News

A new report from the Mather Institute indicates that the number of solo agers, or “older adults who are not married, live alone, and do not have adult children…

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Mather Institute report details unique risks for ‘solo agers’
, In the News

A new report from the Mather Institute indicates that the number of solo agers, or “older adults who are not married, live alone, and do not have adult children…

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Virtual Reality, Real Benefits: Enhancing quality of life for cognitively impaired older adults
, Technology

Researchers from the University of California Santa Barbara found evidence that using virtual reality can help improve the quality of life for older adults who…

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Older adults on TikTok: Shattering stereotypes and taking names
, Technology

The use of TikTok as a social media platform has been increasing in popularity. Though most frequently used by younger adults, some older adults have…

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No Hard Feelings: An Emotion-Focused Communication Training Moves Online
, Senior Housing

Emotion-focused communication has been shown to improve the care of those who need it within healthcare settings. Emotion-focused healthcare is a component of person-centered healthcare…

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Assisted Living as Hospice: Emotional Impact on Direct Care Workers
, Senior Housing

Two-thirds of assisted living communities within the United States allow residents to enroll in hospice care in order to age in place. This means that…

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“It’s a Beautiful Day in This Neighborhood…”: Cognability in Older Adults
, Aging & Wellness

Prevention and mitigation of cognitive aging is a major concern for older adults. Several modifiable factors for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have been identified—many of which focus…

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It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! Oh Wait – It’s a SuperAger!
, Aging & Wellness

As we age, cognitive abilities, including memory, typically decline. However, SuperAgers defy this trend. SuperAgers are those who maintain memory function comparable to people much…

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Thriving in Retirement: Older Adults Embrace Post-Retirement Work
, Aging & Wellness

In a world where retirement often means slowing down, some individuals, despite not needing to work after retirement, are choosing to do so with enthusiasm.…

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Warm & Cozy: Optimal Sleep Conditions for Older Adults Questioned
, Aging & Wellness

A new study has found the perfect sleeping temperature for older adults. For a long time we have been told that sleeping in a colder…

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The Role of Healthy Eating in Alzheimer’s Risk Reduction among Black Americans
, Aging & Wellness

Alzheimer’s disease is a concern for aging adults, especially for Black Americans who are two to three times more likely to develop it. Specific eating…

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Conversation Starter: ChatGPT as a Communications Solution to Older Adult Isolation
, Technology

Social isolation and loneliness are pressing issues among older adults, particularly among those with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). One article considers how ChatGPT, an artificial…

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