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Senior News and Resources for July 2021

Released: 7/1/2021

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Resources to meet the needs of older adults, their families, caregivers and other service providers within the community, health and elder care network.

 1.)  Humans Could Live up to 150 Years, New Research Suggests

A study counts blood cells and footsteps to predict a hard limit to our longevity. They are asking the question, 'What's the longest life that could be lived by a human complex system if everything else went really well, and it lived in a stressor-free environment?' Learn more:

 2.)  Op-Ed: In An Aging Ohio, Policymakers Must Do More To Get Ready Even As They Rebuild From COVID

The pandemic has been devastating to the state health system, the economy, and the public's trust. But some of the most tragic human consequences of COVID-19 have been in the long-term care and aging services sector. Learn more:

 3.)  Op-Ed: Ohio Lawmakers Need To Support Funding For Senior In Home Care

Guest columnist Duana Patton, CEO, Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging, Inc. urges that the demand for in home services and supports isn't going away. In fact, it is becoming increasingly more apparent that home is where older Ohioans want to be. Our state is at a critical impasse, as legislators are currently deliberating the opportunity to invest key dollars in home and community-based services through the state budget so that aging at home is a real option for all of us. Learn more:

 4.)  Health Challenges For American Seniors Go Far Beyond COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic was a unique threat to seniors all over the globe, and subsequent health initiatives focused early and hard on shielding people over the age of 65 from severe illness and death connected to the novel coronavirus. But, as pandemic restrictions ease and end, many more challenges remain for the oldest Americans. Learn more:

 5.)  Kendal at Home Unveils Expansion Plans as 'CCRC Without Walls' Gains Momentum

Launched in 2004, Kendal at Home is one of the oldest, largest and most well-known "CCRC without walls" in the U.S. The aging-in-place pioneer is now getting even bigger, thanks to a statewide expansion in Ohio and a new push into Massachusetts. Learn more:

 6.)  Summer Crisis Program Opens July 1st 2021 to Help Ohioans

The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging has announced its 2021 Summer Crisis Program, which is meant to provide eligible households with a one-time benefit to assist with electric utility bills, central air conditioning repairs and air conditioning unit and/or fan purchases. Learn more:

 7.)  Op-Ed: As Millennials Hit 40, It Is Clear They And Older Ohioans Want And Need High-Speed Internet

The pandemic opened our eyes to our reliance on high-speed internet, also called broadband. Internet access sustained our communities. This was especially true for Ohio's 50+ population, who used high-speed internet to stay connected to family and friends, access health care and maintain employment. Learn more:

 8.)  Amazing "Silver Lining" for Alzheimer's Disease Patients During a Pandemic

If a pandemic could have a silver lining, those who love and care for those who live with Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia have found it. Learn more:

 9.)  Ohioans Encouraged to Watch for Signs of Financial Exploitation of Older Adults

In recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15th 2021, the Ohio Department of Commerce's Division of Securities is asking Ohioans to keep a watchful eye for signs of financial exploitation of older adults and promptly report suspicions of abuse to appropriate officials:

 10.)  5 Benefits of Technology to Share with Seniors and Their Caregivers

Technology has come a long way over the course of older adults' lifetimes. They have witnessed everything from men landing on the moon to dramatic medical advances and the rise of an Internet-dependent society. Seniors also bear witness to the ways technology is changing the face of aging. Impact your clients' quality of life by sharing these five tech solutions that may help to keep older adults healthy, safe and socially connected while making caregiving tasks less stressful for their family members:

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