New programs in England are paving the way for better health for seniors. One program involves a paradigm shift: instead of prescribing medication, medical practitioners can prescribe dance lessons, cooking clubs and art classes. Called “social prescriptions,” these funded programs are aimed at reducing loneliness among seniors. Another innovative program will allow postal workers from…

Story from UAE on students teaching senior citizens how to be tech savvy. A person may claim they don’t need a phone – that they don’t need to call anyone and this may well be the case. But everyone needs to be contactable – especially senior citizens. Did you get there okay? What time can…

On Tuesday, millions around the country voted in the mid-term elections. This photo of an elderly couple shielded from the rain by firefighters as they went to vote went viral. Election campaigns can be bitterly fought and what can get lost in it all is that the politicians are there to serve the voters and…

Great to see some elderly in Singapore gaining exercise and working out. Staying active is critical for the elderly and having a modified gym program is a great way to go about it.  

Interested in improving your cognitive skills? For seniors experiencing mild memory lapses, brain training games can help. Brain training games, or activities designed to strengthen cognitive, processing, and memory skills have proven benefits. Until recently, these games have required tangible tools, such as pen and paper. Crossword puzzles, chess and sudoku are examples of classic…

Interesting article about a bunch of senior citizens learning how to live safer, happier lives. Important that the elderly keep finding ways to stay active – not just physically, but mentally as well. Board games, TV shows, and other such activities are a great way to do this.

Owning a pet can be a positive experience at any age. Pets provide companionship, comfort and support. For seniors, owning a pet can help reduce feelings of loneliness and isolation. For mobile seniors, owning a dog can be particularly beneficial. Studies have demonstrated that dog ownership leads to increased exercise, an important preventative healthcare tool….

Interesting article about the use of robots to aid the elderly exercise as well as detect health problems. Technology is evolving all the time and it seems as though life is becoming closer to resembling a science-fiction movie. While robots can fulfill the role of a carer, they won’t have the emotional connection that is…

In Tokyo, efforts are being made to improve transportation for the elderly.  One way of doing this is via self-driving buses in some of its rural communities, where it is a particular challenge for seniors to get around due to a lack of bus and taxi services. This is having a trickle down effect on…

If seniors want to fend off falling, then tai chi might be the best way to do it, according to a new study. Researchers in Oregon compared the benefits of strength training and aerobics to tai chi and found that the oriental martial art prevented falls about 30% better in a one to one comparison….

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