Reach out to the older adults in your life during the COVID-19 pandemic
While Philadelphia remains under stay-at-home orders, it is important to stay connected to older adults as it is estimated that between 36% and 42% of all people age 60 and older live alone in the city. During this time, PCA is urging family members and friends to check in with older adults regularly.
Latest technology brings families together
By Mary Anna Rodabaugh
Smartphones, computer tablets and even “smart” speakers make it easier than ever to connect “face-to-face” with loved ones across the country and the world. Technology can bring generations together in surprising ways. By learning how to operate tablets and smart devices, seniors can connect with younger people who might intuitively use the technology.
‘Your favorite grandson’ helps seniors with computer technology
By Linda L. Riley
Lev Saunders is working on becoming everyone’s favorite grandson – the one they can call on when they need help with computers, printers, cell phones or other electronic gadgets.
App helps seniors get online
Generations on Line (GoL), a nonprofit dedicated to helping seniors tackle the digital divide, has launched a free application, or “app,” that’s designed to get older adults online more easily by using small, portable computer “tablets.” The app is called Easy Tablet Help for Seniors. It is available both in the Apple App Store and in Google Play. Philadelphia Corporation for Aging (PCA) is collaborating with GoL on behalf of seniors citywide to expand computer tablet training through this new app.
Aging Research & Issues: Nov. 20-22, 2017
- Personality and Survival in Older Age: The Role of Lifestyle Behaviors and Health Status. Debora Rizzuto, Enrico Mossello, Laura Fratiglioni, Giola Santoni, Hui-Xin Wang. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, December 2017 ,Volume 25, Issue 12, Pages 1363–1372. Published online: June 8, 2017. Conclusions: Extroverted people, who are characterized by higher optimism and high self-efficacy, are prone to healthier behaviors and better health, which may result in longer survival.
- Long-Term Services and Supports Scorecard – Emerging Innovations in Managed Long-Term Services and Supports for Family Caregivers. Susan C. Reinhard, Wendy Fox-Grage, Lynn Friss Feinberg (AARP Public Policy Institute), Barbara Coulter Edwards, Jim Downie, Debra Moscardino (Health Management Associates). November 2017.
Aging Research & Issues: September 11-15, 2017
- Precipitation and Physical Activity in Older Adults: The Moderating Role of Functional Mobility and Physical Activity Intentions. Christiane A Hoppmann, Jessica Chak Man Lee, Jochen P Ziegelmann, Peter Graf, Karim M Khan, Maureen C Ashe. The Journals of Gerontology: Series B, Volume 72, Issue 5, September 1, 2017, Pages 792–800. Published online: December 26, 2015.
- Space, the final frontier: outdoor access for people living with dementia. Elaine Argyle, Tom Dening & Peter Bartlett. Aging & Mental Health, Volume 21, 2017 – Issue 10, Pages 1005-1006. Published online: October 19, 2016.