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July 2010
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Trendy Elder Housing Option
Prefabricated homes, as freestanding or attached structures, offer ideal spaces for older adults to live near family members.
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Strength Training — Enhancing Elder Fitness
Enhancing older adults’ physical strength and endurance increases the potential for individuals to retain physical function and live independently. Read more »

What’s in a Name?
The author of this article discusses how the method of addressing older adults can convey a sense of dignity and respect. Read more »

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Stress, Worry Drop After 50
Do stress and worry ebb after we reach the age of 50? An article in USA Today suggests that is the case.

More Older Americans Starting Their Own Businesses
Mature entrepreneurs tackle the challenge of launching new businesses, frequently for financial reasons and often to fulfill a dream or satisfy a long-time passion, according to an article in
USA Today

Why Patients Aren’t Getting the Shingles Vaccine
A vaccine approved in 2006 by the FDA can be effective against older adults acquiring shingles. But prohibitive costs and reimbursement issues find only 2% to 7% of patients who should receive the immunization actually do, according to an article in The New York Times.

Why Centenarians Are So Content
Centenarians’ contentment with their lives reflects their satisfaction with their health and economic status, according to an article in SmartMoney magazine.

Editor’s E-Note

It’s not news that exercise contributes to longevity and to improved health status in general. That’s reason enough to encourage your patients and clients to find activities they enjoy and stick with them.

The study highlighted in this month’s E-News Exclusive outlines another interesting finding. Studies conducted in Portugal and Japan discovered correlations between older adults’ physical activity and perceived health, functional fitness, and mood. And, conversely, elders’ lack of activity tends to correlate with their poor balance, depression, and perceptions of diminished health.

Elders who engage in various activities rather than opt for sedentary lifestyles are likely to maintain their functional fitness and develop a more positive outlook on life and their own health situations. Elders don’t need to play tennis or go bowling to derive such benefits; a regular walking regimen can produce remarkable results.

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— Barbara Worthington, editor

E-News Exclusive

Click HereResearch Links Physical Activity, Functional Fitness, Mood in Seniors

People may have different notions of aging gracefully, but they all may involve higher levels of physical activity, according to two studies presented at the American College of Sports Medicine’s 57th annual meeting recently held in Baltimore. Scientists from Portugal and Japan found strong correlations between physical activity and perceived health, functional fitness, and mood. Lack of activity tended to correlate with poor balance, depression, and perceptions of poor health.

Maria Machado, MSc, led a study of 350 Portuguese older adults aged 65 to 96. Those who reported being more physically active had better perceived health. They also had greater functional fitness, giving them an improved ability to perform tasks of everyday living. “This association was stronger in Portuguese women, probably due to their daily living routines involving such tasks as housekeeping and shopping,” she said. “Living with others was also related to perceived health.”

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