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NBC News

Jaclyn Jeffrey-Wilensky

3 April 2019

Santa Clarita, California, United States

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Providing senior citizens with animal-assisted therapy has been known to lessen rates of loneliness while also aiding in brain health by reducing cases as dementia. Because taking care of a living animal is not always...

The Philadelphia Citizen

Celeste Hamilton Dennis

27 February 2019

Portland, Oregon, United States

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Producing art has a positive influence on the health of senior citizens. In addition to promoting the work of artists aged sixty and above in galleries and exhibitions, the Geezer Galley in Portland, Oregon, leads art...

Richland Source

Carl Hunnell

26 February 2019

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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Assistive technology meant to support senior citizens looking to age in place is getting better at responding to senior needs. Security systems, health monitors, and more advances are helping seniors live independentl...

Yes! Magazine

Julia Hotz

25 February 2019

Cambridge, United Kingdom

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In the United Kingdom, loneliness is an epidemic. Those who feel chronically lonely may have weaker immune systems, an increased risk of cancer, and shorter life spans. These afflictions and risks associated with lone...

Wall Street Journal

Christopher Mims

23 February 2019

Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States

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Research shows that prolonged feelings of loneliness can have unhealthy outcomes, and the likelihood of experiencing loneliness increases as a person ages. To combat this, many technology companies are trying a host o...

La Voz de Guanacaste

Noelia Esquivel

21 February 2019

Cañas, Guanacaste, Costa Rica

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It is not uncommon for senior citizens to face mobility issues, but a clinic in Guanacaste is working to "boost mobility for senior citizens and, along with it, their independence and safety." The program, which atten...

CBC

Kas Roussy

18 February 2019

Niagara, Ontario, Canada

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A pilot program in Niagara, Ontario, dispatches first responders to help seniors get up after a fall. The program also works with researchers around the city to test how and when seniors are likely to fall, what can b...

TVO

Dylan Klempner

11 February 2019

Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada

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The inclusion of music makes for a more healthful long-term care environment. The nonprofit organization, the Room 217 Foundation, helps lessen the effects of isolation suffered by seniors living in nursing facilities...

NPR

Patty Wight

20 January 2019

Maine, United States

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For America's aging population, loneliness is a serious concern and a public health issue; a national program for Senior Companions relies on volunteers, who must be at least 55 years old and commit to at least 15 hou...

The Guardian

Tom Wall

15 January 2019

Bracknell, United Kingdom

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In the UK, where loneliness amongst senior residents has been declared a public health issue, councils, churches, and local charities are working to ensure that people are provided opportunities to connect with others...

Maine Public

Patty Wight

7 January 2019

Maine, United States

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The Senior Companion Program is a federal program that connects homebound or isolated seniors in 12 Maine counties with someone who can visit them each week. Companions can receive a small stipend, which works out to ...

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Kristen Adaway

6 January 2019

Athens, Georgia, United States

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In Athens, Georgia, an ombudsman program for long-term care residents at senior and nursing homes is holding institutions accountable and ensuring that residents' complaints are heard. The program comes from a require...

Richland Source

Courtney McNaull

14 December 2018

Sacramento, California, United States

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As part of the city of West Sacramento's process to be more friendly to their aging population, they partnered with the organization AARP to implement their age-friendly framework and received funding to fund their ob...

Richland Source

Courtney McNaull

13 December 2018

Sacramento, California, United States

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As part of a larger effort to make the city of West Sacramento more friendly to their aging population, an on-demand ride-sharing app was developed to make transportation more accessible for seniors who cannot easily ...

Minneapolis Star Tribune

Gail Rosenblum

8 December 2018

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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To address concerns about loneliness and isolation amongst retired men, organizations like Men's Sheds are gathering to give people a safe space to convey and process emotions while building the personal relationships...

Model D

Estelle Slootmaker

4 December 2018

Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States

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Throughout the Untied States there are many rural areas that do not have quick access to hospitals or other means of healthcare, so some providers are turning to repurposing abandoned buildings into clinics. Focusing ...

The Guardian

Angelique Chrisafis

23 November 2018

France

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France's postal office is combatting declining letter-writing by using their services to tackle another problem: the increasing number of elderly people living alone. With the new service "Watch Over my Parents," post...

Richland Source

Emily Dech

12 October 2018

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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In cases of exploration and scamming, particularly of senior citizens, Richland County, Ohio has found that teamwork and collaboration between local agencies is key. Those agencies include Adult Protective Service, th...

Colorado Public Radio

Andrea Dukakis

9 October 2018

Lakewood, Colorado, United States

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Companion robots are making their way into Colorado senior living communities with the goal of providing meaningful company to residents. Equipped with a "soft human face," the companion robots mitigate against depres...

KCRW

Jenny Hamel

25 September 2018

Los Angeles, California, United States

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In Los Angeles, seniors finding themselves unable to pay rising rents on fixed incomes and those attempting to age in place in need of some extra help are being paired together in a new home share program. Organizatio...

KNME-PBS

Sarah Gustavus Lim

14 September 2018

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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A new program connects tech savvy teens with seniors to help them learn how to use their phones, computers, and other devices. Seniors are provided with patient, knowledgeable support while teens learn job skills and ...

The Huffington Post

Lindsay Fendt

6 September 2018

Costa Rica

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Costa Rico consistently places on lists of the happiest countries in the world; the levels of satisfaction, along with longevity of the citizens, has been attributed to its consistently high levels of investment in so...

Richland Source

Noah Jones

23 August 2018

Ohio, United States

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As our loved ones age, their driving skills can change. Through expert opinions from the Area Agency on Aging and the Alzheimer's Association, several measures can improve this transition for caregivers and their love...

The New York Times

Christopher F. Schuetze

22 August 2018

Netherlands

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The Netherlands is trying an alternative strategy to hospitalization for dementia patients. Instead of home care and hospitalization, patients live in group care facilities, which use stress-reduction techniques and c...

Richland Source

Emily Dech

23 July 2018

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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The Ohio District 5 Area Agency on Aging and their community partners are working together to ensure that eligible senior citizens have an option for their next meal, whether they prefer to have it delivered to their ...

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