In a recent study, the National Council on Aging estimated that 17% of all Americans over the age of 65 are isolated because they live alone and face one or more barriers related to geographic location, language, or disability. According to the findings in the report, the most prominent individual-level risk factors for older adults who become isolated are living alone, having a physical impairment, losing a partner and/or close friend, and losing an important role such as employment.
Shared housing is a growing trend and movement that can prolong living at home and in one’s community. One reason is that the demand for affordable housing that meets the needs of elders far outweighs the supply, and the services provided are limited in their ability to keep residents in their homes as health care needs change.
Positive Thinking: A Vital Role in Achieving Health and Happiness
Positive thinking does not necessarily mean avoiding difficult situations. Instead, positive thinking means making the most of potential obstacles, trying to see the best in other people, and viewing ourselves and our abilities in a positive light.
Valentine’s Day has long been one of the most widely celebrated holidays in the United States. In the second half of the 1800s, particularly after the Civil War, the celebration was a major event in the United States, surpassed only by the popularity of Christmas.
Since it is the season of giving, one of the most valuable ways to give is to volunteer. Volunteers help their neighbors, serve their communities, and provide their expertise at no cost. No matter what kind of volunteer work you do, you are contributing in invaluable ways.
Ageism is a popular term which is a specific pathological fear (or phobia) of aging. In his original formulation of ageism Dr. Butler noted that, with respect to age, prejudice could move in other directions. For example, prejudice of the old toward the young. On the one hand, age as a social construct conveys power and authority, and on the other hand, it often means powerlessness and loss of authority.
Telehealth is the distribution of health-related services and information via electronic information and telecommunication technologies. It allows for a long-distance patient and clinician to have contact, care, advice, reminders, education, […]
Lawrence J. Weiss and Lynda Hascheff Families—not institutions—provide the majority of care to chronically ill and disabled persons. These families know the enormity of the burden in caring for someone […]
Teach Me To Grow Healthy: The Intergenerational Community Garden and Indigenous Foods Program
This month’s article describes a program that was developed by three very innovative and industrious people who currently work on it and contributed significantly to writing this article: Augustin Jorquez, […]