The Wall Street Journal recently reported about the first revision of mortality assumptions since 2000 by the Society of Actuaries. This new report demonstrates that people are going to live longer – if a man is 65 today he will live to be 86.6 years old. Whereas a woman who is 65 today will live to be 88.8 years of age. With this new information it makes it even more important to age successfully and keep our minds actively stimulated to maintain our brain health.
Archive | March, 2015
Learn Something New
In order to keep your brain stimulated learn something new. It has been documented that this will enhance your brainpower by rebuilding connections in your brain. There are numerous ways to do this, it all depends on what you are interested in. One way is to join a book club and find out about new and interesting topics. Not only do you stimulate your brain, but you connect with others which means you are actively engaging in life (another element of the Successful Aging model.
As discussed with successful aging, high mental functioning is a key factor. Lifelong Learning is a great way to maintain high mental functioning. Don’t be afraid to learn to play the piano or join a community recreational sports team. Learning new information and skills can improve the brains functioning.
Examples of Lifelong Learning:
Learning a new instrument
Taking community college classes
Starting a garden-challenge yourself with new plants and vegetation
Learning new games/sports
Joining a club or recreation center
Learning different arts-painting, ceramics, etc.
Resources for Lifelong Learning:
Chamber of Commerce
Clubs & Organizations near you
March is the month that the health care field recognizes Social Workers. Social workers sometimes go unnoticed to the public. However, they work diligently to help individuals obtain needed health care and other services. Social workers work in all kinds of settings. For those working with the older population they can be encountered at hospitals, rehabilitation centers, mental health clinics, hospice organizations, doctors offices and other types of health care organizations serving the senior population.
Here is a list of what a social worker may help a client with:
Social workers typically do the following:
- Identify people who need help
- Assess clients’ needs, situations, strengths, and support networks to determine their goals
- Develop plans to improve their client’s well-being
- Help clients adjust to changes and challenges in their lives, such as illness, divorce, or unemployment
- Research and refer clients to community resources, such as food stamps, childcare, and healthcare
- Help clients work with government agencies to apply for and receive benefits such as Medicare
- Respond to crisis situations, such as natural disasters or child abuse
- Advocate for and help clients get resources that would improve their well-being
- Follow up with clients to ensure that their situations have improved
- Evaluate services provided to ensure that they are effective