Tips for Adopting a Blue Zones Lifestyle

Blue Zones are the names given to geographic locations in the world where people typically live past 100. The benchmark for becoming a Blue Zone is having a centenarian rate that is an astonishing three times higher than the national average. Ikaria in Greece,...

Yoga Practice for Seniors

  Getting older comes with some fringe benefits — experience, wisdom, perspective, maturity, composure, and dignity of manner, among others. Even so, the aging process can also usher in many challenges. The likelihood of developing a life-threatening...

Exploring Housing Alternatives for Seniors

In 1998, Shirley Meredeen was in her late 60s and together with Madeleine Lewis had founded Growing Old Disgracefully, a network established to challenge preconceptions of older women as passive and redundant. In the summer of that year, Meredeen attended a workshop...

Raging Grannies

  The first group of Raging Grannies came together in a loosely knit fashion as anti-nuclear activists calling themselves “NERT — Nuclear Emergency Response Team.” When they began in 1987, they were eleven white, nearly all middle-class,...

Artistic Expression – It Belongs to Us All

A number of studies suggest that participatory arts activities within aging populations help to maintain the health and quality of life of older adults. These benefits include improvements in subjective wellbeing, tactile and cognitive abilities and dementia risk...

Creativity and the Aging Brain

You can use the powers of the aging brain to heighten creativity. The aging brain takes after the creative brain in a number of ways. For example, the aging brain is more easily sidetracked and uninhibited than the younger brain, making it fairly akin to the creative...

Playgrounds for Seniors

  Playgrounds designed for seniors are growing in popularity worldwide. In 1995, the first playground for older adults is believed to have been built in China in anticipation of the 2008 Beijing Olympics. China adopted a national law that resulted in a nationwide...

The Importance of Play for Seniors

Play is especially important for seniors. As we grow older, many of us become more vulnerable to issues that can affect our health and contentment. Any activities, therefore, that help us to restore or prolong our vigour are essential. Play and fun are powerful...

A Home That Fits

With housing costs rising to impossible heights across Europe and North America, and with governments cutting back on healthcare spending, intergenerational retirement homes are starting to emerge to help fill the gap. “Oman Muotoinen Koti (A Home That Fits) is...