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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- NIH Evaluating Online resources – https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/finding-and-evaluating-online-resources
- Evaluating Internet Resources Georgetown University Library – https://www.library.georgetown.edu/tutorials/research-guides/evaluating-internet-content
- Evaluating Internet Resources Lydia M. Olsen Library, Northern Michigan University Library – https://lib.nmu.edu/help/resource-guides/subject-guide/evaluating-internet-sources#tab-337-1
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 beautiful way of looking at dementia and how it effects your loved ones. Click to read a NYT article – “Dementia Is a Place Where My Mother Lives. It Is Not Who She Is.” https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/08/opinion/dementia-elder-care.html?referringSource=articleShare
- Keys to Successful Aging – “Knowable Magazine” – https://knowablemagazine.org/article/health-disease/2021/keys-successful-aging-event
- Emotions get better with age – “Knowable Magazine” – https://knowablemagazine.org/article/mind/2021/emotions-get-better-age?utm_source=email
- Ageism: a social determinant of health that has come of age – The Lancet March 17, 2021- https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(21)00524-9/fulltext
- A new audio report from the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health regarding a “public health approach to an aging world.”
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!
- Sarcopenia, a decline in skeletal muscle in older people, contributes to loss of independence.
- 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.
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.