Promoting Safe Driving Among Seniors

As a group, seniors generally practice safe driving behaviors: they’re more likely to wear seat belts and less likely to speed or drive while under the influence of alcohol. However, despite these commendable driving habits, seniors are at greater risk than most age groups of being seriously injured while driving. See what you can do to help educate your senior population in safe driving……

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Enriching Seniors’ Lives through Mobile Apps

In this past, we’ve talked about how activity directors can help seniors engage with technology for better well-being (http://myeventconnect.wpengine.com/helping-seniors-engage-technology-well-being/). Today, we’re proving some suggestions for specific tablet and smartphone apps that can enrich and enliven your seniors’ lives.
As we become more aware of the myriad of useful applications of touch-screen technologies, many assisted living facilities are making technology such as iPads or other similar tablets available to seniors. In addition to increasing options for entertainment, or staying in contact with friends and family, tablet use has been found to boost seniors’ memory, mobility, social skills, and health. Whether you’re able to provide this technology to your residents, or you know a couple tech-savvy seniors who own their own tablet or smartphone, here are some suggestions for apps to get them excited about technology….

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Helping Seniors Engage with Technology for Better Well-Being

In a world where many people are separated from loved ones by great distances, people are increasingly relying on technology to stay in touch with friends and family. This poses a special challenge for the senior community, as only 53% of seniors today actively engage with the internet. This means that nearly half of seniors are missing out on a huge opportunity to enrich their lives and stay connected with family and friends. See great ideas to make this happen……

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FUNdamental 1: Exercising the Full Lung Capacity

With a New Year comes the opportunity to get creative. So…let’s go for it! The 1st myEventConnect-FitXpress blog provided an overview of what we call the FUNdamentals of FUNctional FITness. If you missed it…please look back in an effort to familiarize yourself. Consider introducing these fundamentals to your residents/patients (R/Ps) as you come to understand them yourself…1-at-a-time in the coming months. A building block approach such as this will allow R/Ps to gradually incorporate healthy habits that will work together serve to not only improve functional fitness, but quality of life….

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FITness IS FUNdamental

FITness IS FUNdamental
with Nikki Carrion MA
“Health is Wealth…Invest in Yourself with Exercise.” That’s something Jack LaLLane said many, many years ago. Jack was an amazing example of the level of health that results from an active lifestyle. Some of us remember Jack for his amazing feats of physical fitness in the 1950’s and 60’s, some us are more familiar with the Power Juicer Jack and his wife Elaine advertise and we can all be awed by the fact that Jack lived a healthy and active life until he passed in 2011 at the age of 96. However, what very few of us know is that Jack had a multitude of health issues in his younger years. He reports having overcome them by making healthy lifestyle choices. Find out how we as Activity Professionals improve our residents functional fitness……

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Social Connections: Living a Longer, Better Life.

If we take a moment to think about all of the change and new experiences our seniors have gone through since the times they have lived before us, it’s remarkable. Not only have most of them experienced the loss of a spouse or loved one, but they have also left the comfort and reality of their own home and most of their precious belongings. Most of us spend our whole lives collecting wonderful things and memories, building great relationships and creating meaning out of our lives. Often times, we aren’t prepared to face phases of change. FInd out how to face those changes while staying connected……

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Sex Education for Our Senior Population

We know. You never thought you’d have to sit through another sex education class after you survived high school. It’s time again to revisit a little of that education with our maturity in mind. Recently, we have seen a rapid rise of sexually transmitted diseases in our senior population. What is more concerning than this fact, is the lack of education, awareness and conversation around this new trend….

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Boosting our Seniors’ Cognition with YouTube, the Wii, and Google

Many of us are now embracing technology and using it to interact with our seniors. In some cases we are focusing on technology for facilitating activity groups. We are using the Wii, Xbox Kinect, and our own computers. For the most part, our senior population is embracing this new way of interacting together. They get excited about participating in things that they see their families and grandkids doing. I think it makes them feel like they are in the loop- a good place to be! Let’s boost our seniors’ cognition with YouTube, the Wii and Google! Here are some examples of how to make that work….

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Pet and Animal Therapy with the Elderly

We all know that having a pet therapy or animal therapy program benefits residents. But do you know how and why? Tanya Bailey of Natural Connections came to speak at a MAPA seminar on Animal- Assisted Interactions. It was a wonderful presentation full of great information. We will pass on a few highlights for those of you that did not make it to the session. Read more to see what the latest research is……

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