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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

17th Annual Katz Policy Lecture: Safe, Affordable and Accessible Housing for Older Adults

This year, the 17th annual Katz Policy Lecture examines safe, affordable, and sustainable housing for older adults. Our keynote speaker, Diane Yentel, President and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, discusses new directions in national and state housing policies related to older adults and their family and friend caregivers. Following the keynote address, a reactor panel of industry experts offer their responses to the presentation and discuss how housing issues impact individuals and the communities they are a part of.

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By Diane Yentel, Barbara Johnson, Antoinette Smith, Sally Martin O'Toole, Frank Ford | 07/14/2023

Four older adults socializing over breakfast at a restaurant

Barriers to Older Adults Remaining Social: Lessons Learned From the Pandemic

Social isolation has always been a common issue for older adults, but became even more recognizable during the COVID-19 pandemic. Over the past few years, we have seen the negative effects of loved ones being kept alone. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, extended periods of social isolation have resulted in an uptick in hospitalization of older adults due to health concerns, and an increase in depression and anxiety disorders across all ages, especially in older adults. Pandemic restrictions contributed to stress level hitting an all-time high, while at the same time lowering access to the social supports older adults and caregivers rely on for respite and building social connections. 

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By Abbey Carney | 06/15/2023