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 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day | June 15
Elder abuse is a global social issue which affects the health and human rights of millions of older persons around the world, and an issue which deserves the attention of the international community.

Facts About Elder Abuse From The World Health Organization
1 in 6 older adults worldwide have been abused in the past year.
 As many as 2 out of 3 people with dementia have been abused.
Victims of elder abuse were twice as likely to die compared to older people who did not report abuse.
 The United States spends $5.3 billion each year in medical costs from violent injuries to older people.
Elder Abuse Infographic

Top Stories in Aging

Understanding a Senior's Changing Relationship with Alcohol
A majority of Americans ages 65 and older drink alcohol, and those who do are drinking more than older Americans in previous years, according to a study.

Let's End Ageism - TED Talk
It's not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It's ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves and each other. Ashton Applewhite urges us to dismantle the dread and mobilize against the last socially acceptable prejudice.

Multidisciplinary Team Approach & The Educated Consumer
Professionals in aging would serve their consumers better by bringing together a multidisciplinary team.

Clearing the Smoke on Medical Marijuana: A Focus on Older Adults
Medical marijuana can relieve pain and symptoms of certain age-related diseases, but misconceptions about it are preventing further research.

13 Fun Activities for Older Adults
Staying active doesn't have to take place in a gym. Not only are these activities fun and fulfilling, but they can be seriously beneficial to your health and wellbeing.

This Chart Shows Why You Should Never Worry About Getting Older
Some of life’s biggest peaks come in later years.

Creating the Ideal Home for Retirement
When planning for retirement, a client’s home should be a topic of discussion. Does the client believe that they can stay in the current home for the next 10-20 years? An in depth look at universal design for aging.

What Older Adults Need to Know About Prescription Drug Risks
Older adults are twice as likely to suffer a side effect serious enough to require a trip to an ER, yet only half of the older adults in a recent Consumer Reports survey talked with their doctor about drug side effect concerns.

Over-The-Counter Devices Hold Their Own Against Costly Hearing Aids
Hearing aids that can cost more than $2,000 apiece are only slightly more effective than some over-the-counter sound-amplification devices that sell for just a few hundred dollars, according to a recent study.

Many Still Sidestep End-Of-Life Care Planning, Study Finds
Only 36.7% of the 800,000 people studied had completed some kind of advance directive. Of those, 29.3% completed living wills, 33.4% health care proxies and 32.2% were “undefined.”

Baby Boomers Look to Senior Concierge Services to Raise Income
Elder concierge, as the industry is known, is a way for the semi- and fully retired to continue to work, and, from a business standpoint, the opportunities look as if they will keep growing.

Workplace Accident Death Rate Higher for Older Workers
The number of deaths among all workers dropped from 5,480 in 2005 to 4,836 in 2015. By contrast, on-the-job fatalities among older workers increased slightly, from 1,562 to 1,681. During that time period, the number of older people in the workplace increased by 37%.

Simple Tips for Better Balance
Recent studies point to balance as an indicator for longevity. As we age, our balance and coordination begin to diminish, leading to a higher risk of falls. Four simple exercises to improve balance.

How to Have Crucial Conversations When Your Aging Loved One Is Resistant
If you are concerned about your loved one being resistant to having crucial conversations with you about end-of-life issues, you might hesitate to bring up the subject.

Are You Intruding If You Monitor Your Aging Parent's Finances?
For most adult children with aging parents, there is that dilemma. You want to honor their independence, but what if they show signs of slipping?

Demand Increasing for Private Caregivers in High-Hour Cases
In-home care is delivered predominantly by home care agencies who employ caregivers and dispatch them to homes, however, the rising cost has some families privately employing caregivers to save money.

Tech Revolution Benefits the Aging
Aging-in-place technology is helping to improve the aging experience for seniors and family caregivers. "Connected" health technology is a godsend for people who want to grow old in their homes and retain their independence.

As Rural America Faces an Onslaught of Alzheimer's Disease, States Look to Radical Ways to Help
A recent report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture predicts a significant swelling of the retirement-age population in rural America.

A Look at America's Aging Future
Over the next few decades Baby Boomers will transform aging in the United States, presenting both opportunities and adversities.

The following articles are available in the Senior Spirit October 2017 e-newsletter by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors.

Proven Best Way to Decrease Your Risk for Alzheimer’s and Dementia
The most recent comprehensive research analysis from hundreds of studies finds three practices may reduce cognitive decline.

Five Best Places to Live Well on Social Security Alone
Retirees can find quality of life on a fixed income by relocating outside the United States.

RV Insurance: Is Auto Insurance Company Coverage Enough?
Evaluate the pros and cons of insurance through an RV insurance company versus your auto insurer.

Virtual Reality Puts Seniors Behind the Lenses
VR is going after the Baby Boomer market and it’s worth taking a look.

Colorado Peaches
Senior women find a sense of community and competition as members of the Colorado Peaches, a team that is only open to those 70 years of age or older.

The following articles are available in the Senior Spirit  September  2017 e-newsletter by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors.

Busting the Top Five Medicare Myths
Avoid becoming a victim of what you think you know about Medicare.

Smart Banking for Seniors
A few changes to your banking habits can net you more money than you think.

Best Five Tips for Aging Alone: How Elder Orphans Can Live Well
Five ideas you need to consider for becoming a happy single retiree.

 Take Away the Keys, Not the Mobility
New features of rideshare services let Mom and Dad keep their independence.


The following articles are available in the Senior Spirit  August 2017 e-newsletter by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors.

The Benefits of Yoga for Older Adults
Many older adults are afraid that yoga is dangerous or convinced they can’t perform the moves, but research shows that yoga is a great choice for Baby Boomers and beyond.

Paying Off Credit Card Debt on a Fixed Income
When you’re robbing Peter to pay Paul on a fixed income, it might seem impossible to pay off existing credit card debts, but there may be ways to manage that debt.

Roommates Aren’t Just for College Students
When you think of roommates, you probably think of people in their 20s and 30s, but there’s a growing trend among Baby Boomers and beyond to find roommates for their golden years.

How Virtual Reality Could Change Your Life
Virtual reality is all the rage in gaming circles, but did you know that it can have some practical uses for your daily life as well?

Five Facts You Might Not Know About Labor Day
If you can answer these five questions about Labor Day without looking them up, you are a Senior Spirit Genius!

The following articles are available in the Senior Spirit July 2017 e-newsletter by the Society of Certified Senior Advisors.

Understanding and Preventing Knee Replacement Surgeries
More - and younger - Americans are getting knee replacements today than ever before. It’s an alarming trend, so it’s important to learn why this is happening and how you can prevent knee problems that require surgery.

Aging in Place: Does It Make Sense to Plan to Stay at Home?
It’s a common choice to stay in your own home through the later years of life. But does it make sense to age in place, or is assisted living a better option?

When A Lifelong Friend Comes Out
Among the difficulties that many older Americans will face – beyond disproportionate levels of poverty and depression – is LGBTQ acceptance.

E-Readers Can Bring Back Your Reading Habit
E-readers offer a host of benefits to those who suffer from low-vision or arthritis issues, but many older Americans still prefer an old-fashioned paperback.

Secrets To A Long Life
Richard Arvin Overton, the oldest living WWII veteran in America, shares his tips for longevity.