MyPlate for Older Adults Adjusts Eating Guidelines
U.S. News & World Report
By Lisa Esposito | Staff Writer
May 25, 2016, at 9:00 a.m.
Last week, the revamped MyPlate for Older Adults icon was unveiled at a Capitol Hill luncheon featuring healthy foods straight from the plate. As the audience dined on lean fish or poultry, berries, grains and leafy greens, the panel – including a congressman, a senior USDA scientist and the head of the AARP Foundation – talked about good nutrition for seniors . MyPlate for Older Adults is based on the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Most guidelines apply to adults of any age, while the new MyPlate offers adjustments to meet the needs of older Americans. Read More...
Elder registry expansion targets in-home nurses to weed out abuse
By Joshua Silavent
May 21, 2016 12:30 a.m.
Georgia is expanding its nurse aide registry, which catalogues incidents of abuse and neglect of elderly patients, to include home health care providers.
“This is the first step in our efforts to provide information on abusers to providers and families hiring caregivers,” Kathy Floyd, executive director of the Georgia Council on Aging , said. “This registry is a critical step in providing a safe living environment for elderly and disabled Georgians receiving long-term care services.” Read More...
Wins, losses for older Georgians in legislative session
Athens Banner Herald
Updated Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 10:01pm
Advocates for aging scored nearly $7 million in new money for services in the latest legislative session after working for improved services and protections for older Georgians. Read More...
Girls And Older Adults Are Missing Out On Parks For Recreation
By Katherine Hobson
May 18, 2016 5:01 AM ET
Before I had a child, I only occasionally set foot in the many parks in our neighborhood. Now I spend so much time in them that I can tell you about every swing set, picnic table and unfenced patch of grass within a two-mile radius. Also the location and cleanliness quotient of every park restroom.
A study published Wednesday finds my own relationship with parks is part of a larger trend: Urban parks in the U.S. are largely geared toward the young, with far less appeal for adults, especially older ones. And that leaves on the table a big opportunity to use parks as a way to increase physical activity. Read More...
Atlanta Named The Nation's Fastest Aging City
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By Denis O'Hayer
May 9, 2016
For years, we have heard that Atlanta is one of the nation's top destinations for young professionals, who are transforming the planning done by political and economic leaders.
But now, the business publication Forbes published a list that ranks Atlanta as the American city with the fastest aging population , according to data from the 2014 American Community Survey. The article states that Atlanta's senior population, those 65 and older, grew by 20 percent from 2010 to 2014. Read More...