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World Kindness Day

November 13th is World Kindness Day, let’s spread the love and do something extra special for humanity today! Each of us has the potential to improve the lives of others through understanding and kindness.

How Urban Design Can Help People with Dementia

As waitlists for care facilities grow longer and more people with dementia are choosing to live within their own communities, urban planning and design will play an increasingly important role in helping them live safe, comfortable and independent lives. Exercise and social interaction are “incredibly important” for people living with dementia, says Samantha Biglieri, an…
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The Tokyo Rugby Club Keeping Elderly Players Healthy

In Japan, which hosted the Rugby World Cup last month, 150 clubs stage competitive matches for players above the age of 40 – and Tokyo’s Fuwaku Rugby Club has three over-90s. Of Japan’s 120,000 rugby players, about 10,000 are over the age of 40. Although these elderly players are putting themselves at risk for broken…
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Eating Nuts Regularly Can Improve Cognitive Function in Older Adults

A study suggests adults who consume 10 grams of nuts daily can improve their cognitive functioning as they get older, reports Consumer Affairs. More than 4,800 adults 55 and older participating in the China National Health Survey between 1991 and 2006 were assessed. Seventeen percent of participants reported eating nuts regularly at the outset, with food…
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Why Lifting Weights Can Be So Potent for Aging Well

A study published in the Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports on the emotional impact of lifting weights suggests this regimen could improve motivation and confidence in older adults, reports the New York Times. For the study, 81 men and women between the ages of 65 and 75 agreed to start twice-weekly, supervised, full-body resistance training. Three months…
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New Virtual Reality Program for Seniors

We’re delighted to share some exciting news from one of ActivityPro’s clients, Ontario Center in Canandaigua, who recently invested in virtual reality technology for their residents. So far the program has been well received by residents enjoying the 360-degree headset which comes with several programs where residents can visit different countries or go under the…
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Are You Protected From Movie Night Copyright Infringement?

The Motion Picture Licensing Corporation changed their rules in 2016 and a lot of nursing homes are finding out the hard way about the implications to an all-time favorite activity: showing movies. Under the previous rules organizations like libraries, schools, and senior living facilities were exempt from requiring a license to show movies. Now that…
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The Cruelty Of Calling Older Adults ‘Sweetie’ Or ‘Honey’

This article looks at how we can sometimes use age to define people and our tendency to associate stereotypes of incompetence, debilitation, and dependency. This can lead to one of the most damaging of the discriminating behaviors of ageism — we start treating older adults like children. One of the examples they use is calling…
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The promise and pitfalls of using robots to care for the elderly

The following article discusses an ad for France’s Society of St. Vincent de Paul charity, which questions whether technology can substitute real human contact and caregiving? The ad follows a long term care resident, Claudine, throughout her day while the robot (B.E.N.) prepares her meals, provides her medications, and entertains her. The article looks at…
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Canada’s first ‘dementia village’ set to open its doors

Inspired by a Dutch housing project known as Hogewyk, which is the world’s first “dementia village”, Canada’s first dementia village project is opening in Langley this July. These dementia villages create a safe, secure environment for wandering seniors that reduce their chance of becoming confused and overwhelmed. Seniors can move around freely, visit stores, neighbors,…
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