Yep, young people, who tweet and Instagram, like, 27 hours a day are technology whizzes from birth who adore their grandparents. This holiday season, for the third consecutive year, DoSomething.org's Grandparents Gone Wired campaign will activate thousands of 13- to 25-year-olds to plug their grandparents or other local seniors into social media, smartphone apps, and email.
It's Fall Prevention Awareness Week, a good time to reflect on how serious a problem falls are. As an older adult, you must be mindful in ways you've never been before, as folks in my NYC community-based fall prevention classes have illustrated over the years. I've developed some tips that you can share with your friends and family. I hope they prevent you or a loved one from experiencing a fall.
Sometime in the near future, our nation may not have enough qualified workers to serve every older American who needs services and supports. That's more than a little scary, especially for baby boomers who are turning 65 at the rate of about 10,000 a day. I am one of those baby boomers. But I'm not scared anymore.
In my work teaching older adults, I listen to their issues, guide them in living healthier lives, and build their confidence to keep them moving strong. I feel I have an honored role. Together we sort out what matters most in their lives, and find solutions to help them live full, enriched, independent lives. In return, I receive their joy and wisdom.
Six years after Mandela launched this group, with help from other leaders from South Africa and around the world, The Elders continue to promote the shared interests of humanity by working on issues ranging from climate justice to promoting equality between men and women to ending conflict in the Middle East to political reform and peace-building processes in Myanmar.
The fastest growing segment of the American population is adults over the age of 85, and when you carefully test that population you can detect some degree of cognitive impairment in 40 to 50 percent of them. That's not synonymous with loss of decision-making ability, but it places our older loved ones at greater risk!