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Massachusetts Tech, Innovation, and Aging Service Leaders Launch Global Competition to Improve Healthy Aging and Social Isolation

A global innovation challenge for the improvement of well-being in aging populations was announced today by a group of industry, academic and government partners affiliated with Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Council to Address Aging.

The In Good Company: The 2018 Optimal Aging Challenge seeks to develop breakthrough technologies, community resources and solutions that reduce social isolation and loneliness among older adults. Continue reading

How to Identify Depression, and the Strength Behind the Pain

By Kathy Kuhn, Center for Aging and Disability Resource (CADER), BU School of Social Work

Marianne_Gontarz_How_to_Identify_Depression_BlogIn my last blog post on mental health and aging, I described Ms. McKay, an older woman who was coping with multiple losses. She had significant hypertension, diabetes, and arthritis. She had been active in her church but was spending more and more time alone in her apartment and not even collecting her mail. Her closest relative had recently moved away. She felt that nobody really cared if she even showed up. Despite the clear signs of depression, Ms. McKay’s provider did not notice them during her last doctor’s visit. Continue reading

The Pets for the Elderly Foundation

Pets for the Elderly Foundation works to provide companionship to seniors through pet ownership, while also saving animals from shelters.