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Reasons to be Cheerful

Lily Bernheimer

11 December 2020

United States

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An alternative model to nursing homes is offering an innovative option that provides a comfortable, warm, and inviting environment to residents while also minimizing the spread of coronavirus. Green House Project (GHP...

The National

Priti Salian

7 January 2020

Duisburg, Germany

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Connecting with art enriches the lives of patients struggling with dementia and Alzheimers. Across Germany, several programs are using art to stimulate the minds of an aging population. At the Lehmbruck Museum in Duis...

The New York Times

Andrea Petersen

8 December 2019

New York, New York, United States

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Providing patents with manageable, meaningful activities helps address issues of depression and cognitive impairment. The approach of Problem Adaptation Therapy (PATH) focuses on giving patients tools and small activi...

Christian Science Monitor

Peter Ford

4 November 2019

France

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Chagrined by its lack of planning that contributed to many deaths in a 2003 heat wave, France developed a coordinated national response that in 2019 cut the death toll by 90% despite even higher temperatures. By payin...

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Maria Serrano

25 February 2019

Amarillo, Texas, United States

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A program called Live Well Fit in Amarillo, Texas runs a fitness and exercise class for senior citizens, whom they call golden girls. The women in the class, whose ages range from 50 to 85, can work out using bikes, w...

World Economic Forum

Alex Gray

21 January 2019

Kamikatsu, Shikoku, Japan

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Kamikatsu, a small Japanese village on an island, is on track to become a zero-waste village. The community is made up of only 1,700 residents and—through a combination of community conversations and sorting the waste...

CBC

Thomas Daigle

16 January 2019

Liverpool, England, United Kingdom

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Lonliness is a huge health risk in senior citizens. To address this, the U.K. is killing two birds with one stone by assigning mail carriers a couple of seniors to check in on once a week. Mail carriers already know t...

Richland Source

Courtney McNaull

14 December 2018

Sacramento, California, United States

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As part of the city of West Sacramento's process to be more friendly to their aging population, they partnered with the organization AARP to implement their age-friendly framework and received funding to fund their ob...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Gretchen M. Grosky

29 October 2018

Maine, United States

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Through the use of virtual reality, medical students in Maine are experiencing what it is like to live with aliments common to older adults such as hearing and vision loss. These visceral experiences will help student...

The New York Times

Paula Span

12 October 2018

Ithaca, New York, United States

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Some medical schools are now incorporating interviews with healthy seniors into their curriculum. These interactions help young medical students combat ageist stereotypes they may unconsciously develop through treatin...

Richland Source

Noah Jones

23 August 2018

Ohio, United States

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As our loved ones age, their driving skills can change. Through expert opinions from the Area Agency on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association, several measures can improve this transition for caregivers and their love...

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Jennifer Guay

26 June 2018

Aarhus, Denmark

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Loneliness and social isolation are on the rise globally, and feelings of loneliness can be extremely detrimental to health and longevity. In Denmark, the "National Movement Against Loneliness" and GENLYD train commun...

Reuters

Sharon Bernstein

20 June 2018

California, United States

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In California, about 18,400 inmates are over the age of 55. In order to properly treat them the state is building a dementia unit. Other states like New York might follow suit, in order to properly care for their ag...

WFPL News

Elizabeth Kramer

11 February 2018

Louisville, Kentucky, United States

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A program called Time Slips is aiming to make nursing homes in Kentucky hubs for artistic expression and creativity. They are tracking how expressing creativity and engaging in art therapy improves residents' health o...

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Odette Chalaby

19 January 2018

Honolulu, Hawaii, United States

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Many people, often women, spend large amounts of their lives engaging in unpaid care work, dropping out of the labor market or taking a pay cut to care for their families. Hawaii has launched the Kupuna Caregivers Pr...

Politico

Ethan Epstein

18 January 2018

Riverside, California, United States

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Riverside County is maintaining its college graduates and instilling them with community spirit. University of California at Riverside has a new medical school that provides free education to young adults, who agree t...

The New York Times

Christopher F. Schuetze

2 January 2018

Leusden, Netherlands

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Slightly more than eighteen percent of the Dutch population is sixty-five or older and with this aging demographic comes new challenges. To combat the very serious risks that living alone and aging poses to seniors, t...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Gretchen M. Grosky

17 December 2017

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

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Portsmouth, New Hampshire has become the state’s first ‘dementia friendly’ community by training first responders, bank tellers, and professionals to recognize the signs of dementia and effectively assist that person....

Japan for Sustainability

Yuka Kume

30 June 2017

Date, Fukushima, Japan

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Japan is a rapidly aging country. To help combat present and future ramifications it has implemented "Smart Wellness City Comprehensive Special Zones to Achieve Health and Longevity" to encourage and reward healthy li...

Quartz

Andrew North

6 April 2017

Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

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Mongolia, under the influence of Dr. Odontuya Davaasuren, has become very advanced in its palliative care. Patients are given full information about their diagnosis, are provided with the proper pain medications, fami...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Gretchen M. Grosky

29 October 2016

Concord, New Hampshire, United States

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Emergency room visits cost money and are not the most comfortable places to be. The Massachusetts-based Medicare program called Independence at Home gives doctors incentives to visit frail patients at home and receive...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Gretchen M. Grosky

29 September 2016

New Hampshire, United States

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center geriatrician Dr. John Batsis has obtained a $796,500 grant to develop a home-based system of helping obese seniors lose weight, build muscle, and improve their strength using technol...

CityLab

Linda Poon

16 September 2016

San Diego, California, United States

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What can you do to enjoy time with Alzheimer’s patients? A suburb near San Diego has recently opened a new town square with architecture designed to look like it is from the 1950s. The space offers aging baby boomers...

The New York Times

Paula Span

4 January 2016

Baltimore, Maryland, United States

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A few adult children have found that the simplest arrangement can be found in an apartment at the same retirement community, as it enables them to care for their elderly parents efficiently.

The Marshall Project

Maura Ewing

27 August 2015

New York, New York, United States

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The U.S. prison population is aging, which is costly because older inmates need more care. Some states have responded by creating special wards, having the young inmates care for the old, or building nursing homes.

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