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Intimate and Social Relationships Important for Older Adults in Assisted Living, Study Finds

Source Newsroom: Georgia State University
December 7, 2016

Intimate and social relationships remain important for older adults residing in assisted-living facilities, according to a recent study. In a study examining the intimate and social relationships of married and unmarried couples in assisted living, researchers found benefits of late-life couplehood included companionship, support and affection. However, there were some detrimental outcomes, such as feeling the burden of caregiving, feeling defined by one's spouse and having limited choices. Read More...

Older Americans are happiest in Hawaii, least happy in West Virginia, according to new Gallup ranking

By Tara Bahrampour
December 6, 2016

Despite the creaky knees and reading glasses that come with old age, Americans tend to get happier as they grow older, a new analysis finds. Based on phone surveys that are part of the annual Gallup-Healthways State of American Well-Being series, the report found people 55 and older doing better than younger people across five parameters. Read More…

Health and Community Supports Can Lower Health Costs for Older Americans, but Funding Remains a Challenge, AIR Study Finds

Washington, DC (PRWEB)
November 30, 2016

Community-based services and programs aiming to improve older Americans' social engagement and quality of life promote health at a fraction of the cost of medical interventions, according to two new briefs by the American Institutes for Research's (AIR) Center on Aging. These models suggest a win-win pathway to addressing soaring healthcare costs and improving the well-being of the nation's rapidly growing older population. Read More...

Cognitive Aging not a Barrier to Working Longer

By Alicia H. Munnell
November 30, 2016

The Center for Retirement Research just released its second brief on cognitive aging.  This one does a deeper dive into cognitive aging and ability to work.  Working longer is an effective way to boost individuals' retirement security.  Thus, understanding who can work longer and who may struggle is a key issue for researchers and policymakers. Read More...  

Dementia Rate Declines but Aging America may Halt the Trend

By Associated Press
November 25, 2016

New research documents another decline in dementia rates, but experts say the rising numbers of older Americans may halt that trend unless better ways are found to keep brains healthy. The study shows the rate of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias in people 65 and older dropped to about 9 percent in 2012 from nearly 12 percent in 2000, continuing a decline noted in earlier research. Read More...


Why Ageism is Adland's Next Frontier

By Nicola Kemp
November 24, 2016

If youth is wasted on the young, then age and experience are in danger of being wasted on the advertising industry. Diversity may top the marketing agenda but age is the final taboo at a time when, all too often, youth is mistaken for a shortcut to digital expertise. From actively hiding their age to investing in costly and invasive cosmetic procedures, those in the creative industries often view the passing years not through the accumulation of skills and experience but as a source of fear and potential rejection. Read more...

SOWEGA Council on Aging Executive Director Kay Hind to retire

By Jennifer Parks
November 15, 2016

The agency began with an $8,000 budget, one employee and one volunteer. Under Hind's direction, the agency has been designated as an Area Agency on Aging by the state and expanded into a $6 million operation with more than 20 programs serving more than 25,000 seniors per year while offering information and resources to 67,000 seniors living in Southwest Georgia. Read More...

Professor's interdisciplinary research strives to answer age-old questions

By Cal Powell
November 14, 2016

Heidi Harriman Ewen splits her time between research and teaching housing for aging populations and family demographics within FACS and on the biopsychosocial aspects of aging and health in the Institute of Gerontology. Read More...

Athens Community Council on Aging appoints new CEO

By Staff Reports
November 12, 2016

The board of directors of the Athens Community Council on Aging is pleased to announce the selection of Eve Anthony as its new chief executive officer. The selection was made after a nationwide search process, during which Eve served as interim chief executive officer for the organization. Read More...




2017 GGS Annual Conference
July 24-26 , 2017
Chateau Elan

Adult Day Care Director
Athens Community Council on Aging, Inc.
Athens, GA

Intake and Referral Specialist
River Valley Regional Commission/Area Agency on Agency
Columbus, GA

Program Manager - Area Agency on Aging
River Valley Regional Commission/Area Agency on Agency
Columbus, GA

Long-Term Care Ombudsman Volunteers Needed

Program Manager - Area Agency on Aging
Southern Georgia Regional Commission
Waycross, GA



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