Resources

The “Resource Page” for Optimize Aging will offer a variety or articles, videos, clinical assessments and approaches to assist ourselves in aging and assist us in caring for older adults.  This page is a work in process; please be patient as we grow!

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Links and Articles

  • As we all know sleep is important in many areas of our lives, including as we age.  As presented in a new resource  – Sleep.org:
It’s commonly known that getting a good night’s sleep is vital for one’s overall health and well-being, but most people are unaware of how aging affects sleep patterns and sleep quality. Recent health data shows that about 50% of adults 65 and older report having difficulty falling or maintaining sleep. As a result, this can have wide-ranging effects on the long-term health of older adults. 
 

For the full “sleep resource” website please go to: https://www.sleep.org/aging-and-sleep/

A public health approach to an aging world

  • Getting older is a given, below is a link from the New York Times that reviews some simple guidelines that we all can use!

https://www.nytimes.com/guides/well/how-to-age-well?utm_source=sharetools&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=website

  • Sarcopenia, a decline in skeletal muscle in older people, contributes to loss of independence.

https://nyti.ms/2CdChJ8?smid=nytcore-ios-share

  • According to recent data Canada  decreased their poverty rate between 2015 and 2017 by 20%… how did they do it?  Canadians organized their communities individually, meeting for a year communicating with the involved systems, providers and those residing in poverty.  Organizations did not attack the issues separately, they came together to discuss what each could bring to the table.  They pulled their funding and resources. The individual communities worked collaboratively to address their own specific issues.   Think how we could apply that to our communities caring for older adults.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/04/opinion/canada-poverty-record.html

As we look to care for an increasing population of older adults the systems we have used in the past are coming under scrutiny. The Green House Project gives a new approach to nursing home care.

https://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2015/04/a-better-nursing-home-exists/390936/

Many Patients Don’t Survive End-Stage Poverty
April 11, 2024 NYT

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/11/opinion/doctor-safety-net-hospital.html?unlocked_article_code=1.kE0.xWJA.Mrk0VZTtytyB&smid=url-share

Teaching Patients How to Heal – NYT Opinion Guest Essay
By Vidya Krishnan
Photographs by Gayatri Ganju
Ms. Krishnan, a journalist based in Goa, India, and Ms. Ganju, a photographer based in Bengaluru, India, reported from Bengaluru.
April 12, 2024

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/12/opinion/india-health-care-recovery.html?smid=em-share