Aging & Wellness
The use of social media is significantly increasing among older adults with the 50 years and older group being the fastest growing demographic segment on the Internet. In fact, Internet users over the age of 55 are leading the growth in social network usage, according to a recent report from Nielsen, State of the Media: The Social Media Report. The infographic below indicates that seniors are joining Facebook, Twitter, and more, proving older adults are not too old for social media!
Tired of hearing about New Year’s resolutions lists by now? This can be especially true when the resolutions involve major changes or difficult adjustments in one’s life. While the New Year is a time to hope for better health, it does not have to be something dreaded or unattainable. It should be viewed as an opportunity to stay healthy as we age and to reduce the risks associated with chronic diseases common among older adults, such as heart disease, cancer, stroke, and diabetes.
The holidays are a special time for us to come together as families to re-connect, enjoy each other’s company and reflect on many good memories of the past. For older family members, it is especially important for them to have the opportunity to reminisce about earlier memories of holidays or family times that brought them joy and contentment.
Most Americans want to stay in their homes as they age, but most of us know very little about the home design and environment modifications needed to help us do this successfully. Fortunately, there are many good resources available to assist older adults and their family members in assuring their home will be a good fit for them as they age. One resource is the new NDSU Extension bulletin, Livable Homes. It provides information on universal design, home modification, home safety tips, and more. http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/pubs/yf/famsci/fs1683.pdf
Recently, the Aging and Health in America 2013 report was released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. The purpose of the report is to measure how well our country and communities are dealing with threats to the aging population. The report can be viewed as a report card of progress in public health.