Choose those words carefully!

Written by Ellen C. Boone, PhD, Co-facilitator, OLLI Memoir Class Last week, the director of our Osher Lifelong Learning Institute handed me a paper that began with the sentence, “May is Older Americans Month and the theme this year is Connect, Create, Contribute.” It went on to say that OLLI students are invited by the […]

Connect, create, contribute: Reflections during Older Americans Month 

Written by Leonard Adreon, Washington University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) participant I am a lucky 92-year-old guy who retired from an active career a decade and a half ago. Lucky, because not long after retirement I found Washington University’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), where I have been an attendee of classes and now […]

Transition of care for older adults

Written by Behnaz Sarrami, MS, PharmD, TL1 predoctoral clinical research program alumnus As we celebrate Older Americans Month, it is important to be reminded of those who struggle in an aging society with a health care system that is complex. Imagine a 69-year-old woman admitted to the emergency room for the first time for a […]

Taking steps to end ageism

Written by Gloria C. Gordon, PhD, psychologist and co-founder of STL Village This year, Older Americans Month urges us to take part in activities that enrich our physical, mental, and emotional well-being. The theme brings to mind tried-and-true activities such as physical exercise, learning new skills, doing creative work, and socializing with others. I suggest […]

Exercise your body, exercise your brain!

Written by Elyse Murrell, MSW, education and outreach manager of the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Missouri Chapter “What can I do to protect myself from Alzheimer’s?” This powerful question is a common one among aging individuals and the loved ones of people who have the disease. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s latest Facts and Figures, more […]

Promoting quality of life through art

Written by Lynn Friedman Hamilton, Maturity and Its Muse The 2018 theme for Older Americans Month, Engage at Every Age, emphasizes that you are never too old (or young) to take part in activities that can enrich your physical, mental, and emotional well-being. I engage in my community by sharing my passion for art — and […]

Finding purpose through volunteering

At the time of publishing, Jeanie Bryant worked with the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at Institute for Public Health As we celebrate Older Americans Month, I have been thinking about what it means to be an older person. In 2017, when I retired at the age of 65, I did not think of […]

Older Americans Month 2018: Engage at every age

Written by the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging team It’s time to celebrate the many ways in which older adults make a difference in our communities.  Across the country, older Americans are taking part in activities that promote wellness and social connection. They are sharing their wisdom and experience with future generations, and they […]

Older Americans Month: age out loud

Written by Stephanie Herbers, MSW/MPH, manager of the Harvey A. Friedman Center for Aging at the Institute for Public Health Getting older doesn’t mean what it used to. Many aging Americans are finding ways to re-think traditional phases of life and give their interests, goals, and dreams a new or second start. Today, older adults […]