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Here are the Editor's Picks articles for the Geriatrics Site! These are the top ten articles that your Geriatrics Editor feels are most important for you to read. Enjoy!
1. Centenarians as An Aging Model
Research shows that centenarians represent an excellent model of aging well, and some of the reasons are included here. The New England study results give us the predictors as to why people live to be age 100. Interviews with centenarians have fostered advice as to how they made it to 100 plus.
2. Aging in Place
Aging in place is perceived by many to be a good concept overall, but many new types of support systems are needed in the community for older persons to age in place successfully. This article provides an overview, challenges recommendations based on the latest studies.
3. An Older Brain Can Learn New Tricks
Some cognitive abilities continue to improve well into older age. We need to know a few tricks to keep our minds sharp and to keep up with the daily details of living. Read this article to learn a few of them!
4. Living Alone at 95
Living along as we age can be daunting, but when we have examples like Kathleen at age 95 delighted to have her own place, we realize it is "doable" to remain independent. This interview with Kathleen tells us about her support systems, memories and very positive attitude.
5. Late Life Remarriage
Remarrying in later years is not always easy since two people have to mesh their lifestyles, families, friends and interests. How to do it well? Read all about it!
6. Planning for a Healthy Trip
Many older persons love to travel but they make their plans as they did when they were younger, without "thinking it through." We forget that we may need different shoes, get our medications refilled , and more. Take a look at what we need to make our next trip safe and comfortable.
7. Bucket Lists
What is the value of preparing bucket lists/life lists? Making a "life list" is a great way to make positive plans for the future and give us reasons to look forward and not always back. Implementing our life lists also provide great memories for our older years.
8. Boomers are Fighting Ageism
Older persons encounter ageism in the workplace, the health care system, family settings, and in most other venues. By ignoring the existence of stereotyping, older persons in fact are encouraging discrimination against themselves. Let's learn how not to encourage these negative ageism behaviors.
9. Helping Others with Grief
Sometimes it is very difficult to know what to say to others when they have had an acute loss. Since losses become more common as we age, it is to our advantage to learn what we should and shouldn't say or do at these times. Learn the basics of helping others grieve.
10. Creativity in Later Life
Creativity can be a means of making a significant social contribution or can become a very personal addition to our life satisfaction. Learn how to enhance our later years by tapping into our creative side.
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