Did you know many older adults may lose their sense of feeling thirsty? By the time they do feel thirst, they may be severely dehydrated. Did you know dehydration can be linked to confusion and falls in an older person? Making sure that older adults drink enough fluids is critical to keeping them safe, especially during the summer when older adults have trouble responding to changes in temperature.

By Alexandra Black, Health Promotion Manager at IHRSA

 

Regular physical activity can reduce the likelihood of developing dementia. Physical activity can also help improve cognition in adults with some mild cognitive decline. Some research has also found benefits for people with fully progressed Alzheimer’s disease – in one study cardiorespiratory fitness was associated with reduced brain atrophy.…

Written by Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging

What would happen if we were able to eliminate all the barriers to physical activity adoption and participation for older adults? Would more of them become physically active, reducing the burden that physical inactivity places on governments, societies, families and individuals?…

Written by Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging

In its World Report on Ageing and Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) “outlines a framework for action to foster Healthy Ageing built around the new concept of functional ability. Making these investments,” WHO says, “will have valuable social and economic returns, both in terms of health and wellbeing of older people and in enabling their on-going participation in society.”

Is improved function (physical, cognitive and social) now the Holy Grail for older adults?…

September is Healthy Aging month. Share this quiz with tips on how to keep older adults healthy and feeling great in their 60s, 70s, and beyond, including information about preventive services, diet and exercise, fall prevention, oral health, cardiovascular disease, and caregivers.

Healthfinder.gov offers many resources and tools for older adults to learn how to stay healthy.…

In collaboration with the White House Conference on Aging, the National Institute on Aging at NIH and more than 230 Federal, State, and local partners nationwide will celebrate the first annual Go4Life Month this September. We hope you will join us!

Go4Life® — based on research showing that exercise reduces the risk of many of the chronic conditions and disability associated with aging — is a national health campaign designed to help adults 50+ fit exercise and physical activity into their daily life.…

Written by Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging

It has been a year of milestones for America’s aging services. In 2015, we have seen the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act, the 50th anniversary of Medicare, the 80thanniversary of Social Security, and a White House Conference on Aging (WHCOA) that fully embraced healthy aging as a pillar.…

Written by Colin Milner, CEO, International Council on Active Aging

I’ve traveled in the aging-services world for more than 20 years and visited a lot of organizations that provide physical activity and exercise opportunities for older adults. Many organizations grasp why it’s important to offer these opportunities to residents or members.…

Written by Colin Milner, Chief Executive Officer of the International Council on Active Aging (ICAA)

Advertisers in America spent $171 billion in 2013 to market their products and services. Of this amount, 95% was dedicated to building their brand and gaining the business of adults ages 35 years and younger, a number that remains unchanged since 2002.…

Post by Colin Milner, Founder and CEO of the International Council on Active Aging®

Does your center or community have a yoga studio or personal-training area? If so, odds are that you offer these programs because of growing demand or as a new way to meet your clients’ needs. With the youngest Boomers celebrating their 50th birthday this year—and exponential growth in older age groups for many years to come—many new opportunities are available to support health and wellness.…