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  • Blog Post: Don't Forget! National Memory Screening Day is Nov. 15

    Tomorrow, on Tuesday, November 15, communities across the country are offering free, confidential memory screenings at more than 2,500 sites in the U.S. If you know someone who is concerned about memory loss and wants to get the benefits of early detection and intervention, encourage them to participate...
  • Blog Post: It's Like Junior High, in the Nursing Home

    Thought bullying only happened on the playground? Think again. Older adults report instances of social bullying in assisted living facilities, nursing homes, and senior centers. In this week’s Productive Aging 1-Minute Update , we’re discussing bullying and older adults. ...
  • Blog Post: Supercomputers and overstuffed condos

    The 1-Minute Update goes out tomorrow and with it a new Pulse article. To hold you over until then, here a couple of interesting stories: Supercomputer Wins Jeopardy, Now Tackles Health Care This one is for all of you Jeopardy fans and computer geeks. Earlier this year IBM’s supercomputer “Watson”...
  • Blog Post: Helping older adults live full lives: Housing, mobility, activity

    Nursing homes can sometimes get a pretty bad rap, but they provide a very necessary service for older adults who need full time assistance and care. Some facilities are trying to give the nursing home a much better reputation with innovation and new ideas. Like this one—that was featured in...
  • Blog Post: Active Tips for Older Adults: From Your AOTA President

    As you are probably aware, your AOTA President Florence Clark is quite the busy OT. (Check out her blog post about her activities in the last couple of months - whew!). As a researcher, Clark recently published her Well Elderly II study , which found that small, healthy lifestyle changes—coupled...
  • Blog Post: Do you think insurance should pay for exercise programs?

    Should insurance companies reimburse for exercise programs? Over on the Wall Street Journal ’s Health Blog , readers are chatting about whether structured exercise programs, particularly for high-risk patients, should be reimbursed by health insurance plans. Research on exercise programs shows...
  • Blog Post: Put that cell phone away and look both ways

    Most people know to look both ways before crossing the street, but researchers wanted to know whether children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) cross the street safely. Children with ADHD displayed appropriate curbside behavior, but they had an increased risk of being struck by a...
  • Blog Post: A look at basketball coach's early onset Alzheimer's

    News broke this week that legendary women’s college basketball coach, Pat Summitt, has early onset Alzheimer’s disease . The 59 year old University of Tennessee coach said she will continue to work this season with the help of her coaching staff. The story prompted many news outlets to take...
  • Blog Post: How do disasters affect children and older adults?

    Two weeks ago, Hurricane Sandy hit the Northeast and its high winds and rain led to flooding, widespread and long-lasting power outages, and deaths. The power is still out for many residents in affected areas. Photo by The U.S. Army . In the first few days after the hurricane...
  • Blog Post: Celebrities deal with health issues

    We’re talking about celebrities today and I promise it’s not about the Royal Wedding. Discussing Alzheimer’s With Celebrities: Tune in! With 5.4 million Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s, it’s no wonder that the disease affects celebrities as well. This weekend,...
  • Blog Post: Tips to Remember to Take Your Meds (And Other Great Studies From AJOT!)

    Prescription drugs are ubiquitous—nearly two-thirds of Americans purchased one or more prescription drugs in 2006 ( source ). And we are often popping more than just one pill a day (more than half of adults older than 65 take at least three to four pills a day). Remembering...