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An older adult and young teen on a walk together

Four Benefits of Intergenerational Programming

With the widespread independent lifestyle of many American families, older loved ones are becoming increasingly separated from their families and other support systems. The COVID-19 pandemic has only increased these challenges. An estimated 27 percent of older adults age 60 years and older live alone in the U.S. and would benefit greatly from social interaction. According to Generations United, a national organization that focuses on intergenerational collaboration, two in three Americans would like to spend more time with others outside of their age group.

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By Ashlee Cordell | 12/15/2021

Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research

For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to make lifestyle choices that may help you keep your brain and body healthy as you age. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity, social engagement, pharmacological treatments, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. Lastly, you will learn from Benjamin Rose Institute on Aging about an evidence-based care-coaching program, BRI Care Consultation™, that is available for free in Cuyahoga, Athens and Washington Counties to support individuals with, or at risk of, dementia, including individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, and their caregivers.

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By Polly Mytinger | 09/23/2021

An older adult creating colorful artwork

Creative Arts Programming for Older Adults

Finding meaningful ways to engage with an older loved one can be a challenge, especially during the pandemic. For those looking for an activity to do together with a loved one—whether indoors or outdoors—creative arts may be a good place to start! Helping a loved one get in touch with their creative side can offer many benefits and may be easier to do than we think. 

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By Ashlee Cordell | 09/15/2021

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Exercise Your Brain as an Older Adult with These 20 Memory Boosting Activities

There are a variety of techniques and strategies older adults can use to maintain and even improve memories. These memory boosters are mentally challenging and often fun, and they don’t involve medications that may have side effects that could potentially exhaust mental focus.

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07/15/2021

Chen, L., Ye, M., & Wu, Y. (2020). Shaping identity: Older adults’ perceived community volunteering experiences in Shanghai. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. https://doi.org/10.1177/0899764020911205