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The New York Times

Miriam Zoila Perez

10 March 2020

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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Horticultural therapy – a mix of art therapy, wellness activity, and a way to reuse viable flowers – is gaining popularity amongst hospitals and nursing homes due to its nature-centric therapeutic benefits. Although m...

BBC

Maddy Savage

21 February 2020

Helsingborg, Sweden

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To combat loneliness, a flat in Helsingborg rents only to retirees and people under 25, and their contract requires that they spend at least 2 hours a week socializing together. The building, a former retirement home ...

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Maddy Savage

18 February 2020

Helsingborg, Sweden

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To help young adults and seniors manage feelings of isolation, a retirement home was revamped into a housing project that caters to those under 25 and pensioners. Living in this new apartment complex comes with a prov...

Lithuanian Radio and Television (LRT)

Urtė Korsakovaitė

18 February 2020

Vilnius, Lithuania

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Independent living homes in Lithuania strike the balance between offering supporting and providing freedom and independence for their residents. The homes allow seniors to pay on a sliding scale - based on their month...

NPR

Megan Kamerick

20 January 2020

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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How does one Albuquerque organization address social isolation among senior citizens? It recruits teens to teach technologies 101. Teeniors creates intergenerational relationships by encouraging teens to spend time wi...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Sarah Taddeo

20 December 2019

Los Angeles, California, United States

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The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care program at UCLA in California is offering a new kind of patient-centered care that has helped bring relief to families in the region. The program, which creates a care plan "that buil...

Rochester Democrat and Chronicle

Meaghan M. McDermott

5 December 2019

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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A Chicago-based program called Caring Together, Living Better is aiming to increase support to family members acting as caregivers for the elderly in their lives by providing resources directly in their churches. Focu...

San Diego Union-Tribune

Lauren J. Mapp

19 November 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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Several San Diego organizations bring pets into senior-living facilities and hospitals to provide the scientifically proven benefits of a pet's companionship. The focus on elderly people, including those with dementia...

The New York Times

Paula Span

8 November 2019

Lewes, Delaware, United States

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Continuing care at-home programs are filling a gap for senior citizens that do not require around-the-clock care, but need someone to check in on their health on a regular basis. Using “care navigators,” to monitor th...

BBC

Vittoria Traverso

29 October 2019

Nanchang, Jiangxi, China

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In China, elderly people tend to exercise in groups in public parks which has lead to the formation of senior playgrounds. Promoting a "longstanding cultural tradition" as well as good health, these playgrounds are ga...

U.S. News & World Report

Kelly Davis

15 October 2019

San Diego, California, United States

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Hoarding can be a symptom of depression or an outlet for trauma, and was forcing low-income seniors out of housing in California. To address this, researchers collaborated with various agencies and organizations to of...

The New Yorker

Zoey Poll

9 October 2019

Revin, France

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Mail carriers in France are stepping in to provide health checks to the vulnerable and elderly as part of a program known as Veiller Sur Mes Parents – or “Watch Over My Parents.” Not only does this service help create...

IowaWatch

Chelsea Keenan

Sara Konrad Baranowski

Natalie Krebs

Mark Mahoney

Michaela Ramm

1 October 2019

Iowa Falls, Iowa, United States

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Rural hospitals throughout the midwest are struggling to stay open, but in Iowa, small successes have been found through partnerships and resourcefulness. From converting the OB-GYN department to an department that pr...

The New York Times

Paula Span

27 September 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Arrangements like home-sharing, co-housing, and the village movement are often associate with younger crowds, but older Americans are exploring alternative housing arrangements as well as they aim to decrease the isol...

CalMatters

Amita Sharma

27 August 2019

Santa Monica, California, United States

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Santa Monica, California piloted an experiment that sends rental checks to seniors in the city. After seeing positive results, the program now plans to expand 10-fold.

Durango Herald

Mary Shinn

7 August 2019

Colorado, United States

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Thanks to a two-year grant from Colorado’s Health Foundation, several food-centered nonprofit organizations are working to help residents of southwestern Colorado replace high-calorie, low nutrition food with seasonal...

Distractify

Robin Zlotnick

1 August 2019

London, England

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People suffering from Alzheimer's or dementia often struggle with drinking enough water, but an engineer in London developed Jelly Drops which serve to hydrate this population. Disguised as a chewable gummy, Jelly Dro...

The Conversation

Larissa Hjorth

1 July 2019

Badalona, Spain

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Pokemon Go may have faded from mainstream popularity after it peaked in 2016, but the game is finding new life in Spain, where older generations are using the game to be more socially engaged in their communities. Soc...

The New York Times

Nellie Bowles

31 May 2019

Burlingame, California, United States

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For millennials looking to gain a stronger sense of commitment to social justice and service work, religious traditions can provide a helpful framework. The Nuns and Nones program in Burlingame, California, places you...

Making Contact

JoAnn Mar

8 May 2019

San Francisco, California, United States

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Senior citizens can often face many barriers when trying to set up end of life care, and this is exacerbated for minorities due to language and cultural barriers. On Lok Senior Health Services, however, is a program n...

Pacific Standard

Alieza Durana

1 May 2019

New York, New York, United States

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House calls are not new to the medicine field, but they are becoming more predominant as doctors look for ways to expand access to those that aren't able to make it into an office. Focusing mostly on "disabled, chroni...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Jill Harkins

30 April 2019

Australia

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Senior centers often offer activities for senior citizens to choose from, but most of the options aren't centered around physical activity or fostering community. Men's Sheds, Australian concept that has recently caug...

WGME-TV

David Singer

30 April 2019

Portland, Maine, United States

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As more doctors move towards retirement than doctors entering the field, many states are facing the realities of an upcoming shortage. To combat this, Maine is trying to position primary care in rural areas as the bac...

NPR

Emily Corwin

27 April 2019

Vermont, United States

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Vermont is home to many senior patients with serious medical needs, but doesn't have enough nursing homes to accommodate. Now, some people are opening their homes to the elderly and providing necessary services - whil...

KNME-PBS

Gene Grant

Kevin McDonald

16 April 2019

New Mexico, United States

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A mobile voting unit in Bernalillo County helped 1,733 people vote in 2018. The county rented a large RV, customized it with voting stations, and sent it to public areas, including senior centers where people can have...

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