As longer life becomes a reality for more and more individuals in the US, finding ways to improve quality of life throughout a lifetime is becoming increasingly important. This section highlights the many ways people can strive for overall well-being.
LeadingAge has been active in participating in a series of workshops held by the Institute of Medicine (IOM) on elder abuse and its prevention. On April 17-18, 2013, the IOM Forum on Global Violence Prevention held a
workshop on elder abuse and its prevention to shed light on this
underappreciated and often overlooked form of violence. A recently released workshop summary provides more detailed information on the content of the workshop.
At 109 years old, Alice Herz-Sommer is the oldest living pianist and Holocaust survivor.
Ryan Harrison is the Director of Resident Life & Wellness at Hillcrest. His position is a new one, created in alignment with a new wellness model
that Hillcrest recently adopted. He is currently finishing his doctorate in Psychology with an emphasis in Health and Wellness and has worked as a private practitioner and educator in the health and wellness field for 12 years.LeadingAge spoke with him about his
position, what health and wellness means at Hillcrest, and what he
recommends that people look for with regard to health and wellness when
they begin researching retirement communities for themselves or a loved
Technology has broken down barriers to communication for seniors across the country. Recent reports
have noted an increase in social media use among seniors, and mobile
devices like cell phones and tablets are gaining popularity. Part of
this growing trend, and a shining example of the many benefits that
technology can offer seniors, is Selfhelp's Virtual Senior Center.
The use of social media sites
by Internet users 65 and older has tripled in the last 4 years, according to
a new report released on Aug. 5 by the Pew Research Center. While seniors are
less likely than other age groups to adopt social media, adoption rates have
increased from 13% in the spring of 2009 to 43% in May 2013.