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Avoiding “Elderspeak”: Respectful Communication with Older Adults

A nurse comes into a senior patient’s room and says, “Are we ready for a shower?” “How are you today, young lady?” says a senior care aide says to a 90-year-old resident. A volunteer at an adult day center watches participants at a Senior Prom event and exclaims, “Aren’t they just adorable?” If you’re a… Continue Reading

Do Your Brain a Favor—Spend More Time with Others

Much recent research has shed light on what’s been called an “epidemic” of loneliness among seniors. A recent study from the University of Michigan found that 25% of older adults reported feeling lonely. We know that loneliness is a health problem—experts have called it “as bad for our health as smoking or obesity.” In particular,… Continue Reading