Should nursing home residents with dementia have sex? Are they capable of consenting to? The following articles represent two responses to similar situations. At the Hebrew Home in New York, where a four-page policy that encourages intimacy among its residents was adopted in 1996, the belief is that residents have the right to seek out and engage in sexual expression. But at the Windhill Manor nursing home in Iowa, when two residents (a divorced man and a married woman) were discovered having sex, no policy was in place to guide the actions of staff and ultimately careers were ruined. Discuss.
“Whenever I feel the need to exercise, I lie down until it goes away.”
― Paul Terry
We know that exercise is good for us-- it increases metabolism, lowers weight, and improves mood and brain power-– yet some of us still struggle to get motivated. Here's some news that may help you get moving! A new study indicates exercise may improve cognitive function for those at risk for Alzheimers. And several other new studies report on how exercise changes fat and muscle cells. Walking has been connected to decreasing the risk for diabetes and peripheral artery disease. Pilates versus Yoga? If you want to strengthen your midsection, do Pilates. Try yoga to strengthen larger areas of the body. Even shopping can have a positive effect as long as you’re a “happy hedonist.”
Although some antioxidants may be good, more may not be better. New research suggests that resveratrol, a natural antioxidant found in red grapes and products derived from them -- such as red wine -- could offset the health benefits of exercise in older men. And faced with more reports of illness outbreaks linked to imported foods, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently proposed new rules that would have these products meet the same safety standards as food grown in the United States.
The bulk of the news on personal debt and student loans has revolved around the Millennials and Generation Y. However, people 60+ need to be included in that picture as many still have college debt too, totaling a whopping $43 billion, according to data from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Add medical bills to this growing problem and it is easy to see the mounting debt challenges which face many older adults. Because of this, it is even more important that we older adults review our retirement plans and other sources of future income to ensure that we will be able to take care of our bills.
It’s a thought that crosses many a middle-aged mind when a word is forgotten or a set of keys misplaced: Is this a fluke or the first sign of dementia? More and more, physical exercise rather than vitamins and supplements, is being seen as a way to improve and/or retain memory. One research publication shows that reading and solving everyday problems—daily mental activities— also can help ward off forms of dementia. A recent Princeton study focused on the number of different exercises and their effect on the body. The study suggests that physical activity “reorganizes the brain so that its response to stress is reduced and anxiety is less likely to interfere with normal brain function.” We like the sound of that. We’d write more, but the treadmill is calling.
Our network of community initiatives and strategic partners (organizations that present Coming of Age programs) is growing. Earlier this summer we announced that there would soon be a Coming of Age Tampa Bay. We’re also setting up shop in Anne Arundel County, MD; and training trainers for our Explore Your Future workshop series throughout Illinois. A little closer to home (as in the state of Pennsylvania), we’re going to be working with Area Agencies on Aging (the counterparts to the Philadelphia Corporation for Aging that are in each Pennsylvania county) to help them do more by forming dynamic community collaborations.
See and hear inspiring stories about local folks who are living transformative lives after 50, learning new things, having real impact on the community, and more. Check out the Coming of Age Stories, produced by Coming of Age partner WHYY. here. There are 70 of them!
Want to join our next Encore Men’s Group? “What IS an Encore Men’s Group,” you ask. If you’re male, between middle age and true old age, then you’re in your "encore stage.” Working? Retired? Doesn’t matter. Our first group, which is now oversubscribed, has been meeting this spring and summer. We’re looking for 4 more men so we will have a dozen for our second group. What will you do? Get together to talk about whatever feels right--sports, kids, grandkids, work, dreams, doubts-- all based on the notion that you’re in a new stage of life that really didn’t exist before. Click here and fill out this short form. We’ll get back to you as soon we have 12 (hopefully not angry) men.
The Philadelphia Foundation-underwritten “Capturing the Energy and Expertise of People Age 50+” Learning Lab was so successful last spring, the foundation is sponsoring a return engagement of this 2-day workshop. Learn who people 50+ are today, what motivates them, how to craft an opportunity that marries their passions, talents, and skills to your mission, and more! Email us at info@ComingofAge.org, put “Learning Lab” in the subject line and we’ll be in touch as soon as we have the dates, time, and place.
Want to know when the next Coming of AgeExplore Your Future four session workshop series will be held in Philadelphia? Email us at info@ComingofAge.org, put “Explore Your Future” in the subject line and we’ll be in touch as soon as the next series is scheduled. This program will give you a unique opportunity to consider "what's next" in your life-- a hands-on learning experience that focuses on helping you create a vision for making your future satisfying and rewarding.