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The Challenges of Aging in Rural America

Posted: 08/08/2017 by | 94 Comments

Rural America is aging faster than the rest of the country. And while rural folks are known for their sense of independence and resilience, aging well in rural areas means staying connected to the community — which sometimes means relying on other people. The Challenges of Rural Aging Seniors in rural areas face many challenges […]

One Word for a New Year: The Power of “Connect”

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Posted: 01/11/2017 by | Comments Off on One Word for a New Year: The Power of “Connect”

The new year is a time to reflect and set goals. Instead of making New Year’s resolutions, I have decided to choose one word to live by in 2017 — a word that will inform my thinking both personally and professionally and serve as my mantra for the year. “Connect.” It’s a word with broad […]

Greet the Neighbors: Practical Tips for Making Connections Close to Home

Posted: 01/06/2017 by | No Comments

Old-fashioned social networks — person to person, not virtual or anonymous — are more valuable than we may have realized. Studies show that staying socially connected can boost the immune system, reduce anxiety and depression, and even increase lifespan. Conversely, for older adults prolonged isolation can be as bad for you as smoking 15 cigarettes […]