Today’s senior community centers promote healthy living, active aging
By Marcia Z. Siegal
With sophisticated fitness centers and wellness programs, computer and Zumba classes, intergenerational collaborations, and a focus on active living, today’s senior community centers are a far cry from the centers previous generations were accustomed to.
National Senior Center Month, observed in September, provides an opportunity to celebrate the vibrant programming featured at senior centers supported by Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA), which is engaging members ranging from baby boomers to centenarians.
Aging Research & Issues: February 5-9, 2018
Aging News & Research: January 22-26, 2018
- Conceptual and Empirical Approaches to Financial Decision-making by Older Adults: Results from a Financial Decision-making Rating Scale. Peter A. Lichtenberg, Ph.D., A.B.P.P.; Katja Ocepek-Welikson, M.Phil.; Lisa J. Ficker, Ph.D.; Evan Gross, M.A.; Analise Rahman-Filipiak, Ph.D.; and Jeanne A. Teresi, Ed.D., Ph.D. Clinical Gerontologist, Volume 41, 2018 – Issue 1, pages 42-65. Published online: October 27, 2017. The LFDRS thus offers clinicians and researchers alike a novel way to assess capacity for financial decision-making.
- Risk Profiles for Injurious Falls in People Over 60: A Population-Based Cohort Study. Stina Ek, M.Sc.; Debora Rizzuto, Ph.D.; Laura Fratiglioni, M.D., Ph.D.; Kristina Johnell, Ph.D.; Weili Xu, M.D., Ph.D.; Anna-Karin Welmer, Ph.D. The Journals of Gerontology: Series A, Medical Sciences, Volume 73, Issue 2, January 16, 2018, pages 233-239. Published online: June 9, 2017. Five clusters were identified including: a “healthy,” a “well-functioning with multimorbidity,” a “well-functioning, with multimorbidity and high FRID consumption,” a “physically and cognitively impaired,” and a “disabled” cluster. The risk of injurious falls for all groups was significantly higher than for the first cluster of healthy individuals.
Aging Research & Issues: January 16-19, 2018
- Applying a Treatment Effects Model to Investigate Public Amenity Effect on Physical Activity of the Elderly. Chia-Yu Yeh, PhD, Chen-Kang Chang, PhD & Feng-An Yang, MS. Journal of Aging & Social Policy, Volume 30, 2018 – Issue 1, Pages 72-86 . Published online: October 11, 2017. Providing sufficient and accessible parks in metropolitan residential neighborhoods could be one of the most cost-effective ways to promote physical activity for the elderly living in midsize Asian cities.
- Psychosocial Mechanisms Underlying Older Black Men’s Health. Tyson H Brown PhD, Taylor W Hargrove PhD. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B – Psychological and Social Sciences, Volume 73, Issue 2, January 11, 2018, Pages 188–197. Published online: August 3, 2017. Conventional measures of stressors and coping resources—originally developed to account for variance in health outcomes among predominantly white samples—may not capture psychosocial factors most salient for older Black men’s health.
Aging Research & Issues: January 3-6, 2018
- Fusing Biodiversity Metrics into Investigations of Daily Life: Illustrations and Recommendations With Emodiversity. Lizbeth Benson, Nilam Ram, David M Almeida, Alex J Zautra, Anthony D Ong. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 73, Issue 1, January 2018, Pages 75–86. Published online: March 30, 2017. Functionalist emotion and ecological systems theories suggest emodiversity—the variety and relative abundance of individuals’ emotion experiences—is beneficial for psychological and physical health and may change with age.
- Evaluation of Rewind Yoga on Physical Function Outcomes in Older Adults: A Preliminary Study. Andrew I. Miller, Cheryl Der Ananian, Carrie Hensley & Heidi Ungar. Activities, Adaptation & Aging, Volume 41, 2017 – Issue 4, Pages 291-300. Published online: July 6, 2017. Few yoga programs tailored to the unique needs of older adults exist. Rewind Yoga™ was created to address this gap and a pilot study was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of the program on physical function parameters.
Aging Research & Issues: December 5-8, 2017
- Measurement of Fall Prevention Awareness and Behaviours among Older Adults at Home. Katherine Russell, Darcie Taing, Jacqueline Roy. Canadian Journal of Aging, Volume 36, Issue 4, December 2017 , pp. 522-535. Open access. Published online: September 14, 2017.
- A Social Model of Loneliness: The Roles of Disability, Social Resources, and Cognitive Impairment. Vanessa Burholt, BSc, PhD; Gill Windle, BSc, MSc, PhD; Deborah J Morgan, BA, MSc, PhD. The Gerontologist, Volume 57, Issue 6, November 10, 2017, Pages 1020–1030, https://doi.org/10.1093/geront/gnw125
Horitculture provides therapy
By Marcia Z. Siegal
Flowers bloom year-round at the Cathedral Village continuing care retirement community in Roxborough. And for many residents, joy blossoms with the tomatoes, herbs, cacti and other plants they help to cultivate.
Campira class helps mind, body
By Linda L. Riley
Carmen Perez has short-cropped white hair, and she had a big smile for everyone when she arrived at Norris Square Senior Community Center on a recent Monday morning wearing a red shirt with “CAMPIRA: Camina Y Respira” on the back. True to her shirt, she was there for the campira class, which she said she likes “because it makes me stronger in the morning.”