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Aging Well Magazine - eNewsletter
December 2009
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Technology to Track Patients With Alzheimer’s
Technology allows families and caregivers to monitor the movements and locations of Alzheimer’s patients, enhancing their independence, according to an article at

Doctors Urge Geriatrics Focus
In an effort to bolster the number of geriatricians, the American Geriatrics Society and the Association of American Medical Colleges have taken steps to foster the integration of geriatrics into American medical school curricula, according to an article in The Boston Globe.

Seniors Enjoy Stress-Free Learning
Older adults welcome opportunities to broaden their learning experiences, according to an article inThe Philadelphia Inquirer.

Conflicting Advice on Cancer Tests
Experts express varying opinions regarding the benefits vs. risks of cancer screening among adults over the age of 80, according to an article in the Chicago Tribune.

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The Future of Long-Term Care
As boomers age, the need for modifications and improvements in long-term care takes on an increasing sense of urgency. Read more

Home Safe Home — Creating a Dementia-Friendly Environment
Specialized preparations and technological advances can enhance dementia patients’ mobility and safety in the home environment. Read more

Gout’s Resurgence
While many people have heard of gout, the idea that it’s a “disease of the past” has made it one of those ailments about which most know very little. But older adults who suffer from this excruciating form of inflammatory arthritis know it’s a condition that warrants attention. Read more

Editor’s E-Note
Choose the Perfect Fit.

Naturally, older adults want to age in place. And baby boomers, more so than previous generations, have become fiercely determined to remain in their homes and maintain their active lifestyles. As the years come and go and bring with them the inevitable deterioration and potentially debilitating conditions that often accompany aging, finding resources will become critical for boomers looking to put off institutional care.

One such resource is the National Aging in Place Council, an elder support network. The group offers assistance in solving the myriad problems older adults are likely to face as they age. The organization offers advice on independence in the home, transportation resources, aging in place with chronic conditions, and understanding the risks of remaining in the home, to name just a few.

With chapters throughout the United States, the council has developed a forum for older adults to access information related to healthcare, in-home care, financial planning, elder law, lifestyle transition services, real estate services, and even specialized products designed to facilitate elders aging in place.

You’re ideally positioned to be a positive and proactive force in the lives of your patients and clients. Take advantage of this unique forum to encourage them to anticipate the future and plan realistic living arrangements. And share your knowledge of organizations equipped to answer the questions that will undoubtedly arise. Taking steps to put thoroughly analyzed plans in place is far superior to making such weighty decisions under the pressure of unexpected adverse events.

We welcome your comments at Visit Aging Wells Web site at for news, articles, and information important to professionals in the field of aging, as well as to subscribe to our print issues.

— Barbara Worthington, editor

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Boomers’ Housing Preferences
By Barbara Worthington

As the years breeze by for baby boomers, numerous aging considerations loom on the horizon: when to retire, when to apply for Social Security, where to live. For boomers, ruminations about such concerns as financial security and healthcare options remain closely aligned with those of previous generations. But boomers’ avant garde tendencies and affinity for the unconventional find this demographic carving out a distinctive niche in housing preferences.

Not surprisingly, this plugged-in, computer-savvy generation values high-speed Internet access among the highest-rated amenities for retirement living, according to a recent survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders and the MetLife Mature Market Institute. The survey questioned homeowners and renters about the types of homes, communities, and features they prefer as they age. Findings from “55+ Housing: Builders, Buyers, and Beyond” indicate that boomers would prefer suburban living in single-story homes with a variety of amenities.


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