Aging & Social Factors

Aging in (a Nice New) Place

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”

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

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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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?

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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Measuring Physical Resilience

Resilience is the ability to adaptively respond to challenges and adverse events. There are many types of resilience—emotional resilience, for example, is one form of…

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Significant Findings from First-Ever National Survey of CCRC Residents’ Families
, Aging & Social Factors, Aging & Wellness, Senior Housing, Supply & Demand

In 2011, Mather LifeWays Institute on Aging, Ziegler, and Brecht Associates, Inc. partnered to conduct the first-ever national survey of family members of residents living…

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Masters Athletes Retain Muscle Mass

There is a common assumption that muscle mass is naturally lost with aging. Indeed, research shows that individuals lose an average of eight percent of…

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Neighborhood Walkability, Income and Physical Activity

Low physical activity is a risk factor for a variety of functional impairments and health problems. Older adults are at particular risk for physical inactivity…

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Understanding Developmental Time’s Effects on Biological & Cognitive Aging

When we use the word “age” in common speech, we are usually referring to our chronological age, or the number of years since our birth.…

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Sense of Personal Control and Physical Well-Being: A Cross-national Study

Researchers have hypothesized that older adults who have a strong sense of personal control may likely live healthier and longer lives. More specifically, older adults…

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