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Aging in Place: Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities

Please join Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging for a virtual discussion presented in partnership with the Elder Justice Coalition. We will provide an overview of naturally occurring retirement communities, and how they can empower us to age in place. Orion H. Bell IV, President and Chief Executive Officer at Benjamin Rose will discuss the benefits and challenges of these communities and discuss models for future communities in Northeast Ohio and across the nation.

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09/01/2023

An older adult massaging their knee

Pain Management for Older Adults with Dementia

Just like most other older adults, people with Alzheimer’s and related types of dementia suffer from headaches, stomachaches, toothaches, muscle cramps and other painful conditions that are an uncomfortable part of the aging process. However, an older person with memory loss who suffers from chronic pain may not be able to tell their caregiver how they feel or ask for help to relieve their discomfort. Instead, they may communicate their distress through other means, such as becoming agitated or crying, which their caregiver may not understand how to interpret or address.

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By Julie Hayes | 08/15/2023

Most ageist stereotypes don't reflect the active and vibrant lives of older adults or view aging as a process we are all going through.

Combating Ageism: Understanding and Overcoming Negative Age Stereotypes

Ageism is discrimination against individuals or groups because of their age. It can be easy to make judgements based on someone’s perceived age but, like other forms of discrimination, negative stereotypes resulting from age prejudice can have very real consequences. While ageism can apply to individuals of any age, it is often directed towards older adults. It is important to note that even if one does not currently experience ageism, we are all inevitably aging. Therefore, if we don’t work to combat ageism now, all generations will experience ageism in the future. 

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By Emily Falk | 08/15/2023

An older adult driving his partner.

Medications and Driving: Safety Tips for Older Adults and their Families

With laws around THC use changing around the country, the subject of “drugged driving” has been appearing more and more in the national discourse. Most people are aware of the risks involved in driving under the influence of marijuana, but aren’t aware that prescription drugs can also fall under the umbrella of drugged driving—and that many older adults are unintentionally driving impaired, and contributing to the high statistics of drugged driving accidents.

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By Julie Hayes | 08/15/2023

Bridging Conversations Between Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and Dementia

Guest speaker Kathy Service, Nurse Practitioner Consultant for the Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services (DDS), explores difficulties in diagnosing and distinguishing dementia in the IDD population, how establishing a baseline for function and cognition can provide clarity, and what factors can contribute to the development of dementia for people with IDD. She provides practical, evidence-based considerations for ways that families and other care providers can better navigate and become more knowledgeable, effective advocates in healthcare settings to enhance the well-being of individuals with IDD living with dementia.

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By Kathy Service | 07/26/2023