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How Older Adults can Engage in Lifelong Learning

Receiving a diploma doesn’t have to mean the end of education. Lifelong learning is a concept that upholds continuous and self-motivated personal and professional development throughout one's life, long after graduating from compulsory education. There’s no age that doesn’t benefit from a little extra knowledge, but older adults in particular should remember that it’s never too late to learn something they never knew before. Engaging in lifelong learning has many benefits for older adults, including enhancing cognitive function, improving quality of life and encouraging self-growth. Here are some ways you can engage in lifelong learning, and why it matters for older adults to keep expanding their minds no matter how many years pass!

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By Julie Hayes | 04/15/2024

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Free Online Directory Helps Caregivers in Underserved Populations Access Dementia Support Programs

Best Programs for Caregiving, a newly-introduced online directory of evidence-based dementia caregiver support programs is making big strides in helping to expand both awareness and availability of top-rated programming in underserved rural and remote areas across the country. Difficult-to-access geographies are a real concern to the medical and social service organizations, and many recent initiatives have been devoted to addressing these underserved areas of the aging population. This is particularly true in the case of people living with dementia and their family and friend caregivers for a number of reasons.

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By Michelle Palmer | 04/15/2024

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The Impact of Alcohol Consumption on Older Adults and How Caregivers Can Help

In many cultures, alcohol consumption is so engrained in social rituals that not drinking seems much stranger to people than frequently drinking. However, alcohol is never without its risks, and this is especially true for older people. Older adults are much more vulnerable to the adverse effects of alcohol than younger people due to age-related changes to their bodies, medication interactions and other health conditions. And though reckless drinking is an issue most people associate with younger people, older adults, especially those in the 55-64 range, are more at risk of alcohol-induced deaths than any other age category, according to data from the CDC. 

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By Julie Hayes | 04/15/2024

The Way of the Future? Healthcare Investment in Medically Tailored Meals

Learn about medically tailored meals (MTMs) with Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging and the Elder Justice Coalition. Join us for a virtual discussion on the Collaborative Approach to Public Goods Investment (CAPGI) model. As part of this project, 11 investors in the Cleveland, Ohio area came together to expand the MTMs program offered through Benjamin Rose’s Rose Centers for Aging Well. Dr. Len Nichols will lead the discussion on how the model can address food insecurity and serve as a tool to finance, govern and evaluate interventions in social determinants of health.


By Bob Blancato, Dabney Conwell, Dr. Len Nichols, Jennifer Kons | 03/21/2024

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Practical Tips for Aging in Place with Mobility Aids

Aging in place with the support of mobility aids requires a holistic approach that encompasses understanding the challenges, selecting the right aids, making essential home modifications, creating a age-friendly living space, and utilizing caregiver assistance along with financial and community resources. By implementing these practical tips, older adults can maintain their independence and quality of life in the comfort of their own homes.

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