This is a great audio clip from NPR’s science Friday on how to adapt technology for older adults. It has great tips things we can do to make the experience more enjoyable and easier to maneuver!
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Taken from the positive aging newsletter July/Aug 2009
CELEBRATING POETS OVER 70: Call for Poems
Tower Poetry Society and the McMaster Centre for Gerontological Studies are soliciting poems written after the age of 70. Selected poems will be published in a jointly sponsored anthology. “Celebrating Poets over 70” will be the tenth volume in the Writing Down Our Years series published by MCGS.
A maximum of four typed poems may be submitted. Send poems and a 50-word biography by email to Ellen Ryan (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by mail to: “Celebrating Poets over 70,” Tower Poetry Society, c/o McMaster University, 1280 Main St. W., Box 1021, Hamilton, Ontario L8S 1C0.
Individuals with poems selected will receive a free copy of the anthology. Due date is November 15, 2009.
Taken from the positive aging newsletter July/Aug 2009
* TAI CHI: A NEW ROUTE TO BALANCE
Tai Chi, (pronounced “tie chee”), a form of Chinese martial arts, involves slow, rhythmic movements that are circular, flowing and low impact. Often called “moving meditation,” tai chi helps to develop balance and a sense of tranquility. Research done at the University of Illinois, Chicago, found that people who learned tai chi after having a stroke showed significant improvements when tested on their ability to maintain balance while shifting weight, leaning in different directions, and standing on a moving vehicle, such as a bus. The benefits from tai chi were evident after only six weeks of training with a physical therapist in weekly tai chi classes, and practicing at home alone.
Besides the benefits of improving balance, tai chi is also credited with improving circulation, flexibility, posture, blood pressure and heart rate, as well as easing pain and restrictions from joints. Tai chi is also simple and fun, regardless of one’s physical condition and age. Check out the local community center, Y, or health club for classes. U-Tube has short films illustrating this graceful practice.
From: Better Balance with Tai Chi by Michael O’Shea. Parade, May 3, 2009, pg. 13.
Check out the new links we have posted to help you in your day to day programming:
Rec Therapy Ideas (listed on the right hand side of the blog under Activity Links) http://www.rec-therapy.com/ideas.htm
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Welcome to our blog. This blog is for you! We wanted to create a better way to communicate to all of you and for you to start communicating with each other. So here is how you do it.
1. Check for new posts. Kami and I will make new posts monthly. They will include: articles, activity ideas, and general info we need to pass on.
2. Comment on the posts. Scroll down to the bottom right hand side of menu bar and click on login. Enter your username and password. Click visit site next to TR Connections at the top of the page. Click on the word comments after the post you wish to comment on. Enter your comment and make sure to include your name and facility. (unnamed comments will be deleted) Then click submit
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We hope you will use this blog to connect with your fellow TRT/recreation therapy providers
Leisure Activities Help the Brain Stay Sharp
Source: Tufts University
February 25, 2002
Research has shown that keeping your brain intellectually “active” may provide some protection against Alzheimer’s disease. But what about less intellectual pursuits, like taking a walk or visiting with friends? Could they also protect your brain? It’s possible, according to a study published recently in the journal Neurology.
Focusing on the leisurely life
While previous studies have found intellectual activities, such as career-related and educational work, to be associated with a lower risk for Alzheimer’s disease, few studies have looked at the potential effect of leisurely pursuits on brain health. So researchers in New York set out to do just that. They recruited a group of 1,772 older men and women with no clinical signs of dementia, and asked them how often they participated in any one of 13 leisure activities. The choices ranged from physical activities such as walking and participating in an exercise class, to social activities such as playing cards, listening to music, and going to movies. The researchers then tracked the participants for up to 7 years, noting those who developed dementia during that time.
The results showed that those with a high participation in leisure activities were 38% less likely than others in the study to develop dementia. This effect held even after the researchers factored in other things, like occupation and health limitations, known to affect risk of dementia. The activities most strongly associated with lower risk were walking, visiting with friends, and going to movies or restaurants.
It can’t be said for sure why high participation in leisure activities was associated with a lower risk for dementia in this study. The researchers speculate that participating in leisure activities may give people a “reserve” that allows their brain to stay sharp for a longer period of time before symptoms of dementia set in. It’s also possible, say the authors, that the constant thought that goes into all kinds of activity, even leisure pursuits, helps the brain to function properly.
It’s important to note that low participation in leisure activities may not reflect increased risk of dementia. These people may perhaps have already had the beginnings of dementia, and that impeded their ability to participate in leisure activities.
While further research is needed to confirm and expand upon these results, this study is evidence that living a life rich in both intellectual and leisurely pursuits may be good for both physical and mental well being.
- Influence of leisure activity on the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease. N. Scarmeas, G. Levy, M-X. Tang, et al., Neurology, 2001, vol. 57, pp. 2236–2242