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Healthy Aging

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.


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IOM Releases Workshop Summary: Elder Abuse and Its Prevention

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.

Alice Herz-Sommer: Meet the Oldest Living Pianist

At 109 years old, Alice Herz-Sommer is the oldest living pianist and Holocaust survivor.

What to Look for When Researching Communities

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 one.

Seniors Using Technology: Selfhelp's Virtual Senior Center Engages and Inspires

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.

Social Media Use by Seniors Continues to Rise

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.