• How To Redefine the Role of Nurses in Aged Care

    By Geralyn Magan Aging services organizations should stop defining the role of the registered nurse (RN) in terms of the physical labor involved in clinical tasks, or the emotional labor involved in keeping residents and family members happy. Instead, says Christine M. Merzeder, clinical coordinator at Paracelsus Recovery in Zurich, Switzerland, RNs should be encouraged […]

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  • IAHSA Forum Explores the Role of Nurses in Aging Services

    By Geralyn Magan The role of nurses in the field of long-term care was the topic for discussion in late September when the IAHSA held a Global Ageing Applied Research Forum in Lyon, France. The forum took place in conjunction with the annual meeting of the European Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing. Julienne […]

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  • NEW RESOURCE! International Journal on Ageing in Developing Countries

    The International Institute on Ageing, United Nations – Malta (INIA) has released its 2016 International Journal on Ageing in Developing Countries. The Journal focuses on those aspects relating to population ageing in developing countries, including biological, psychological, economic, social, political, medical, historical and spiritual dimensions. It includes five objectives namely:  drawing experts from various disciplines related to […]

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  • Community-based Model Fosters Resilience and Stakeholder Engagement

    By Dr. Taryn Patterson, LeadingAge Center for Applied Research The Red Cross Global Disaster Preparedness Center funds IAHSA/CFAR researchers to conduct case study on community-based model that fosters resilience and stakeholder engagement Researchers with the International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing (IAHSA) and the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research (CFAR) received a […]

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  • U.S. Census Bureau and WHO Releases New Report: An Aging World 2015

    New Resource! The U.S. Census Bureau and the World Health Organization (WHO) recently released An Aging World 2015. This report covers demographic, health, and economic aspects of global population aging, and is the fifth in the Aging World series – with other reports published in 1987, 1993, 2001, and 2008. A unique and invaluable aspect […]

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  • Dementia: Gender Disparity

    A recent study by the Milken Institute entitled “The Price Women Pay for Dementia” pointed out the “pernicious gender-based health disparity” presented by dementia in the United States.There is an indisputable disproportionate burden on women as both patients and caregivers. A few facts: Women account for two-thirds of the 6.4 million Americans with dementia. Women make […]

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  • My Home Life: Research and Reflection On The Role of Care Providers

    How should we think about our roles as providers vis a vis the people we serve? Professor Julienne Meyer of City University of London reflects on My Home Life, a research-based initiative focused on what older people want and what it demands of us as providers: “Developing best practice together comprises 8 themes: two link […]

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  • Art-viewing Improves Cognition & Well-being in Dementia Patients and Caregivers

    A recent study conducted by the Canterbury Christ Church University in the UK shows that regular art-viewing sessions via touchscreen tablets may cause significant cognitive improvement and boost the overall wellbeing of dementia patients and their caregivers. The study was published online in the December issue of the Journal of Applied Gerontology. 12 volunteer pairs […]

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  • How to Combat Loneliness in Residential Care Settings

    By Geralyn Magan Resident engagement and peer support can be more effective than traditional activities programs in addressing loneliness and depression among residents of nursing homes, assisted living settings, and retirement communities. That’s the conclusion of a new paper co-authored by Robyn Stone, executive director of the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research. “The Need for […]

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  • Looking Beyond the Earthquake to Empower Elders in Nepal

    By Geralyn Magan Many still associate Nepal with the heartbreaking images of death and destruction that dominated television news programs after a devastating earthquake hit the Asian nation in April 2015. Despite its long struggle to recover from that natural disaster, Nepal still has plenty to teach the rest of the world about how to empower […]

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