News & Events

Welcome to the JCA News and Events page. Here you will find all news updates as well as post from the general blog and the KC (Kensington Clubs) Blog. Use the search function on the right side of the page to find news and posts about any particular category or key term that interests you.

Making Your Home Dementia Friendly

KC Blog / By JCA / September 5, 2023

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by Kathleen Allen, LCSW, C-ASWCM for Bright Focus Foundation As a caregiver for someone with dementia or Alzheimer’s, you know the challenges. One such challenge may be adapting your living space to better accommodate your loved one’s changing needs. This month we thought we would look around the house, room by room, and see how …

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The Best Practices of “Cognitive SuperAgers”

Blog / By JCA / August 29, 2023

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by Tanner Garrity for Inside Hook They’re 80, but they can remember things like they’re 50. How do they do it? The average 80-year-old remembers half as much as they did when they were 50. But “SuperAgers” experience no such decline. Their memory can actually improve in that 30-year span. How is that possible? Well, the …

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Should People With No Symptoms Get A Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Blog, KC Blog / By JCA / August 14, 2023

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by Howard Gleckman, immediate past president of JCA, an Urban Institute Fellow, journalist, and the author of Caring for Our Parents The National Institute on Aging and the Alzheimer’s Association have proposed revised clinical guidelines that would designate seven major stages of the brain disease. The first two would be for people who have no symptoms but may …

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Medicare to Pay for At-Home Dementia Care Coordination

KC Blog / By JCA / August 10, 2023

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by Alicia Ault for Under a new Medicare pilot program that will begin in 2024, the federal government will pay clinicians to coordinate at-home dementia support services, including respite care for family members. A Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) initiative, part of the aim of the Guiding an Improved Dementia Experience (GUIDE) program is …

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Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Cannabis is Having a Senior Moment

Blog / By JCA / August 9, 2023

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by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Seniors — people over the age of 65 — are now the fastest growing group of cannabis users in the United States. Right now, we are witnessing a sort of “senior moment.” Honestly, it blows my mind. People who grew up during the war on drugs and were in the …

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How Older Workers Can Crush Skills Gaps and Soar to Career Success!

Blog / By JCA / August 9, 2023

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from the Center for Workforce Inclusion As an older worker, staying competitive in the job market can be challenging, especially with rapidly evolving technology and industry trends. Identifying skills gaps and creating a personalized learning plan is essential to enhance your employability and career prospects. In this article, we will explore 7 effective strategies to …

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August ’23 Senior Resources Guide: Ready for the Next Adventure

Blog / By JCA / August 3, 2023

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by Suzanne Pollak, senior writer for JCA, for the Washington Jewish Week There was a time not so long ago when working past the age of 66 was uncommon. That was the age when people dusted off their golf clubs, visited their grandchildren, and started thinking about the next phase of life. Fast forward to …

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Enhancing Memory in Older Adults Through Nightly Aromatherapy

KC Blog / By JCA / August 2, 2023

from Neuroscience A new study demonstrates how nightly aromatherapy can enhance memory in older adults. Over six months, subjects were exposed to various natural oil fragrances for two hours each night, leading to a remarkable 226% increase in cognitive capacity. This innovative approach leverages the known connection between olfaction and memory, offering a potential …

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Social Contact May Help Prevent Dementia

KC Blog / By JCA / August 1, 2023

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from A new study “Impact of social isolation on grey matter structure and cognitive functions: A population-based longitudinal neuroimaging study” by Laurenz Lammer et al. eLife, indicates a lack of quality social interaction can lead to a decrease in the hippocampus’s volume, crucial for memory formation and retrieval, and poorer cognitive performance. However, maintaining …

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‘Hospital-at-home’ Trend Leans Heavily on Family Caregivers

Blog, KC Blog / By JCA / August 1, 2023

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by Kat McGowan for GBH News Hospital-at-home programs are for people sick enough to need the attention a hospital provides, but stable enough to be cared for at home. Research on outcomes is not conclusive, yet, but shows promise that it can provide good care and save health care dollars. But a big question looms: …

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