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.
Speak the Memory: Rose Villa's Storytelling Project
On an unseasonably pleasant March evening in Portland, Oregon, residents, staff, family and community members came together in the Rose Villa fellowship hall for an evening of stories called Speak the Memory. More
Medicare Prevention Benefits—are you taking advantage?
Beyond living a healthy lifestyle by eating well, exercising regularly, maintaining a healthy weight and avoiding smoking, Medicare offers prevention benefits including tests and screenings like diabetes screenings, depression screenings and bone density tests. More
How Facebook Improves Senior Cognition
A recent study from the University of Arizona shows that men and women over the age of 65 may see a boost in cognitive function if they start using Facebook. In the study, those who had learned to use Facebook performed about 25% better than they did at the start of the study on tasks designed to measure their mental updating abilities. More
Want to Quit Smoking? Medicare Can Help
Medicare beneficiaries are eligible for up to two smoking cessation counseling series per year. Prior to 2010, smoking cessation counseling was only available to beneficiaries who had already developed medical symptoms related to their smoking. More
The Science and Art of Healthy Aging: An OHSU Conference
On Oct. 10, the OHSU Healthy Aging Alliance presented The Science and Heart of Healthy Aging in Portland, OR. The event explored healthy aging from a variety of angles including music, dance, visual art, sleep and technology. More