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Pacific Standard

Charlee Catherine Dyroff

17 July 2018

Kotzebue, Alaska, United States

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In the northernmost nursing home in the U.S.,the Hunter Support Program has existed for more than two decades in an attempt to provide traditional foods to Kotzebue, Alaska's elders. While the program has faced roadbl...

The Washington Post

Tara Bahrampour

20 June 2018

Miami, Florida, United States

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Papa is a new business that started in Miami, Florida to connect senior citizens with college-students who are willing to provide companionship, combat loneliness, and help with services. The service helps seniors, b...

Toronto Star

Moira Welsh

20 June 2018

Peel, Ontario, Canada

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Dementia units and long-term care homes for the elderly are often desolate and lonely places, with harried workers attempting to meet the needs of their patients while also meeting government-set metrics of success. F...

New Hampshire Union Leader

Roberta Baker

17 June 2018

Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

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In states like New Hampshire, the rising senior population is highlighting a different issue - a lack of caregivers and home health aids. The Registered Apprenticeship Program for Home Health Aides at Great Bay Commun...

BBC

Sam Judah

10 April 2018

Frome, Somerset, England

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To combat the growing epidemic of loneliness among senior citizens, Frome, England is utilizing a network of family physicians, community volunteers, and social clubs. The multi-pronged approach involves multiple refe...

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Shiho Fukada

5 February 2018

Tokyo, Japan

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With a rapidly aging population, Japanese senior services are turning to innovative technology to expand the capacity to care for seniors as well as increase quality of life. VR technology takes seniors on trips to lo...

The New York Times

Christopher F. Schuetze

2 January 2018

Leusden, Netherlands

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Slightly more than eighteen percent of the Dutch population is sixty-five or older and with this aging demographic comes new challenges. To combat the very serious risks that living alone and aging poses to seniors, t...

Politico

Kate Francis

27 September 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The way cities are built in the United States makes getting around without driving a car difficult. This means that, for an increasingly aging population, mobility can be a significant issue, leading to challenges suc...

The Washington Post

Tara Bahrampour

4 May 2017

Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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The National Gallery of Art’s “Just Us” program brings seniors with memory loss symptoms to the museum for ‘meditation’ on paintings. Using the paintings as prompts, visitors are encouraged to react to and interpret w...

Government Technology

Jenni Bergal

21 March 2017

United States

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Living alone can be tough for seniors, for those without family nearby to check on them no one will know if they suffer a medical emergency. Hundreds of suburban and rural police agencies in the US are offering senior...

The Bay State Banner

Sandra Larson

18 January 2017

Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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Memory cafes are places were seniors with cognitive challenges can gather for a meal, enjoy entertainment, and share their thoughts and ideas. Through these gatherings, the cafe addresses the isolation and loneliness ...

AFP

Natsuko Fukue

14 January 2017

Japan

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In Japan more services are becoming available to help elderly offenders return to society and find work so they can be financially secure. The country is seeing increasing numbers of older people entering prison and b...

The Washington Post

Tara Bahrampour

18 October 2016

Palo Alto, California, United States

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LinkAges is a program by Palo Alto Medical Foundation focused on building a community of individuals from different generations to prevent social isolation. This program connects elders with social engagement at the e...

Next Avenue

Linda Bernstein

20 April 2016

New York, New York, United States

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Prime Time is a series of programs put on by the Museum of Modern Art for older adults to foster social interaction and the joy of creation. Programming includes lectures, film screenings, and hands on studio classes.

Bloomberg CityLab

Amy Crawford

12 October 2015

Swampscott, Massachusetts, United States

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A Boston suburb combined its high school and senior center to create a hub for the community. The result has saved space and forged interesting friendships.

Richland Source

Emily Dech

5 May 2015

Mansfield, Ohio, United States

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In Ohio, the Liberty Center of Nursing of Mansfield is using personal iPods and music to help senior residents dealing with dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Evidence has shown that music can help patients recall memo...

Politico

Debra Bruno

13 January 2015

New York, New York, United States

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Cities tend to be dangerous and difficult places to live for older residents. A private public partnership in New York is catering to seniors through small changes in the city such as para-transit options and seniors-...

The New York Times

Kerry Hannon

21 November 2014

Bainbridge Island, Washington, United States

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Not all seniors need the various discounts they receive. The Boomerang Giving project allows them to donate back the difference of the discounts on things like movie tickets to a charity of their choice, benefiting no...

Deseret News

Lois M. Collins

22 December 2013

Salt Lake City, Utah, United States

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A choir for singers aged 55-plus serves as a "hedge against loneliness," with weekly practices that give its members an activity combining creativity and socializing. The Encore Chorale is part of a network nationwide...

NPR

Ina Jaffe

5 July 2013

Los Angeles, California, United States

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Dissatisfied with the opportunities for residents of assisted living facilities to engage in creative pursuits, Tim Carpenter developed senior ‘art colonies’ that provided writing, performance, and visual arts classes...

The New Yorker

Rebecca Mead

20 May 2013

Phoenix, Arizona, United States

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More than five million Americans have Alzheimer’s or similar illnesses, and that number is growing as the population ages - without any immediate prospect of a cure, advocacy groups have begun promoting ways to offer ...

The New York Times

Tina Rosenberg

5 January 2012

New York, New York, United States

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Some inner city schools, nonprofits, and businesses in New York lack the staff to make their organizations function for the people they serve. ReServe is a program that links retired professionals with part-time jobs ...

AARP Magazine

Sally Abrahms

31 October 2011

Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

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Rather than having assisted living facility residents passively appreciate the arts, many programs are creating opportunities for residents to pursue creative expression. These programs include dance and physical expr...

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