Health & Wellness

Health and wellness can be achieved in many ways, including using creativity to work the mind and body. Research has shown that mental activity stimulated by arts activities can be especially beneficial to people with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Cases of cognitive disabilities increase with age, so as the population lives longer more people will be diagnosed. By bringing arts programs to people with cognitive disabilities, you can create more opportunities for people with cognitive loss and their caregivers. In this section you'll find information about Health and Wellness programming, research, events, news and more.

The Institute of Aging  (IOA), in San Francisco, is presenting the collages, photo montages and other works of retired artist Medford Todd.

A new study finds that older adults who report feeling happy and content live longer than others.  While the study of 3,850 older adults did not prove a direct causal relationship, the findings found those older adults who had reported feeling happy were less likely to die over the next five yea

The University of Regina’s art gallery, in Canada, now hosts an installation created by veterans of World War II.  The display shows the room of an aging veteran, complete with an empty wheel chair and pieces of advice hanging from the ceiling.  The exhibition is a way for veterans to share thei

America’s Brain Health Index, a study on how the people of each state incorporate the four dimensions of brain health, was recently released.

The Luella Hannan Memorial Foundation in Detroit has developed programs like the Hannan Majestic Poets, the Detroit Writers Journal and oral history projects to engage the local older adults.  Citing the Dr.

This month’s far-reaching AARP Bulletin featured an article on creative aging, both where it is today and where it might go tomorrow.

Writer and cultural anthropologist Mary Catherine Bateson has received the Lifetime Achievement Award in Social Change and Positive Aging from Fielding Graduate University.

Mattias Hollwich is a community designer who has taken a keen interest in building communities for aging adults.

The Poetics of Aging Conference occurred in San Francisco from November 16 through November 19 and was by this account a resounding success.

Laurie Lunsford has personally experienced the power of arts in aging facilities, and has the stories to prove it.  For the last two years she has gone to four Alzheimer’s units, bringing with her easels, water paints and brushes.

The University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging has launched the “Memory Café” a new concept for memory care support in Lexington.

An experiment in Ireland found that young men who bicycled for half an hour improved their ability to recall names and faces. Scientists are attributing this to the increased amount of the protein BDNF found in the blood of those who had exercised.

Slidell Adult Day Care has been utilizing creative programs for the past two years and loving the results. The older adults are happier, more social and more interested.

Daily exercise may alter the risk of developing Alzheimer’s or change the course of the disease once it begins according to a study from The Archives of Neurology.

Two super centenarians, living past the age of 110, are teaching scientists that living a long life is not just about good genes. The male and female subjects had many bad genes, or variants, that should have destroyed their health or killed them long before their death.

Scientists have determined three skills that play a significant role in a long, happy life: resilience, belonging and interdependence. Resilience allows people to handle stress well and turn their misfortune into optimism and energy.

Research shows that older adults are happier because they focus and remember positive events and leave behind negative ones. This process helps them control their emotions and see life in a more positive light.

Karma Kitaj discovered her creative nature after taking up artist and creativity coach Sandra Shurman’s offer to play in her art studio. Since then, Kitaj has continued making art, held an art show and even sold paintings. Kitaj uses her own experiences to reaffirm research done by Dr. Gene D.

Education is a key ingredient to keeping the brain fit as it ages and a college degree can slow the brain’s aging process by up to a decade. “Education seems to be an elixir that can bring us a healthy body and mind throughout adulthood and even a longer life” says Margie E.

Living to 100 is a major feat, a feat that has doubled in frequency in the United States in the past 20 years. There is no single magic ingredient, says Dr. Richard Boyd, intern at Yakima Herald-Republic.

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