Lawmakers back bills providing dental care for poor, elderly in Ga.
By Kristina Torres
February 10, 2017
Both chambers of the Georgia Legislature easily passed legislation Friday to provide basic dental care to hundreds of thousands of children and elderly Georgians who have limited access to a dentist. The challenge now may be how quickly they can come to final agreement. Read More...
Fit older adults more likely to remain independent longer
By SPARC Athens
February 7, 2017
There can be no argument when it comes to discussing the benefits of exercise for adults, especially seniors. Put simply, its a must. A National Bioethics Committee in Iceland study indicated that older adults who follow a fitness regimen are more likely to remain independent (and out of institutions, like hospitals and personal-care facilities) and enjoy a better quality of life. Read More...
Bill targets ‘license to steal' from elderly, disabled adults
By Maggie Lee
February 7, 2017
The director of the GBI says a legal maneuver is being used as a “license to steal” from vulnerable Georgians, and he's looking for passage of a bill in the state Legislature to change that. “We want to stop the elderly and disabled adults having their assets stolen by family members and others who get that power of attorney,” Vernon Keenan said at the state Capitol on Tuesday. “When … they steal all the assets and they're confronted by law enforcement, they pull out that power of attorney and wave it around like it's their defense.” Read More...
Adopt-A-Grandparent builds beloved relationships through generations
By Inga Masic
February 7, 2017
Adopt-A-Grandparent (AGP) allows students and elder individuals living in retirement homes to connect on a deeper level through activities and programs. Calina Clark, Adopt-A-Grandparent President at Georgia State, and faculty advisor Jennifer Craft Morgan, provided The Signal with insight on how AGP functions and develops intergenerational bonds. Read More...
Deal announces Georgia's Older Adults Cabinet
WGCL Digital Team
February 4, 2017
Gov. Nathan Deal announced the creation of Georgia's Older Adults Cabinet, a committee working to enhance the state's capacity to serve older adults. The Older Adults Cabinet seeks to identify ways for Georgia to improve the well-being of its older residents by bringing together state agency heads whose work supports older Georgians, as well as stakeholders in the business, philanthropic and education communities. Read More...
Why More Encore Entrepreneurs Would Help Aging In America
By Mary Furlong
February 9, 2017
“You build companies the way other people bake cakes" is a compliment a fellow professor shared with me a few years back. Maybe it's partly because I'm the daughter of an entrepreneur — the founder of a paint company (even though my dad wanted me to have a "secure job" by becoming a teacher and then a professor, which I've done). But I loved, and still love, the adventure of building companies. Read More...
New study gives clues to aging in LGBT Americans
By Amy Wallace
February 9, 2017
Researchers from the University of Washington used data from the first national survey on aging and health in lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender, or LGBT, adults. The study examined data from the first national study of more than 2,400 LGBT adults ages 50 to 100 in 2014. Read More...
Sorting out what happens in the aging brains of bilinguals
By Cathleen O'Grady
February 2, 2017
Bilingualism is a surprisingly fraught topic of research. For a long time, exciting results have been pouring out of the field, suggesting that bilingual children have a cognitive advantage over monolingual kids. But many of those results haven't replicated, leaving a confusing picture—and it's going to take a lot of research to unravel the knot. There are also findings that suggest bilingualism could delay the onset of Alzheimer's. A paper published in PNAS this week, led by Daniela Perani at the Vita-Salute San Raffaele University in Italy, reports underlying changes in the brain that seem to be connected to the delay. Again, the evidence for this is on the murky side, but it provides a great starting point for figuring out where to look for more robust evidence, says Jon Andoni Duñabeitia, a bilingualism researcher not involved with the paper. Read More...
Brain games linked to delayed cognitive decline in elderly
By Lisa Rapaport
January 31, 2017
Older people who engage in mentally stimulating activities later in life may have a lower risk of developing mild cognitive impairment than their peers who don't challenge their minds, a study suggests. For adults 70 and older without cognitive problems, playing games was associated with a 22 percent reduced risk of what's known as new-onset mild cognitive impairment, a condition that can happen before age-related declines in brain function give way to full-blown dementia. Read More...
A Housing Crisis for Seniors
By Allison Arieff
January 28, 2017
Last fall, I had to take the car keys away from an elderly relative who lives alone. This intervention should have happened much earlier, but when the day came it was one of the more emotionally wrenching things I've ever done. “Don't take my car away,” he pleaded. “Without my car I don't have a life.” Read More...