The Power of Perspective: Embracing Aging for a Longer, Healthier Life

The science is clear: maintaining a positive, fact-based outlook on aging correlates with increased longevity, improved health outcomes, and higher levels of life satisfaction. This isn’t mere optimism—it’s a powerful truth backed by extensive research. Studies have consistently shown that individuals who view the aging process as a natural progression filled with new opportunities, rather…

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The Importance of Integrated, Age-Friendly Care for Older Adults’ Mental Health

20% of older adults have a mental health diagnosis, yet they underutilize vital behavioral health services. That’s why integrated, age-friendly care is CRUCIAL! No more silos separating physical and mental healthcare. Read more in a recent Gerontological Society of America paper.   As we observe Mental Health Awareness Month and Older Americans Month, it’s crucial…

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Ageism: The Hidden Threat to Mental Wellbeing in Older Adults

A growing body of research reveals a disturbing trend: ageism, discrimination based on age, can have a profound negative effect on the mental wellbeing of older adults. The article “The Impact of Ageism on Elders’ Mental Health” by Tracey Gendron, for SA Generations dives deep into this issue. They cite studies showing a clear link…

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Rhode Island Goes Big on Local Parks and Rec Upgrades

The State of Rhode Island is dedicating significant funding to enhance local recreation amenities across municipalities. Governor McKee and the Department of Environmental Management recently allocated $2 million in matching grants to 11 cities and towns. These funds will allow communities to construct new facilities like playgrounds, pickleball courts, dog parks, splash pads, and trails,…

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SACRI Advocates for Rhode Island’s Growing Older Adult Population

The Senior Agenda Coalition of RI (SACRI) held its annual legislative forum to advocate for the needs of Rhode Island’s growing older adult population. SACRI’s top priorities include economic security, with a focus on making healthcare more affordable for low-income older adults. They also want to see increased funding for home care services and senior…

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Expanding the Medicare Savings Program: A Potential Lifeline for Rhode Island’s Low-Income Older Adults

The high cost of healthcare can be a significant burden for many older adults, particularly those on fixed incomes. Medicare, the federal health insurance program for individuals aged 65 and older, helps cover some medical expenses, but it’s not always enough. Medicare Part B premiums, co-pays, and deductibles can create financial hardship, forcing tough choices…

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Affordability Crisis: Middle-Income Seniors Grapple with Housing and Care Burdens

In the United States, a silent crisis is unfolding as millions of older adults grapple with the daunting challenge of affording both housing and the essential long-term care (LTC) services they increasingly rely on as they age. This pressing issue is meticulously detailed in the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies 2023 report, “Housing America’s…

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The RI Budget proposal includes support for our fastest growing demographic but does it go far enough?

Herb Weiss covered the proposed state budget in an article for rinewstoday.com In it, he highlights that Governor Dan McKee has initiated the legislative debate on Rhode Island’s $13.68 billion FY 2025 Budget in his State of the State address. The proposed budget focuses on investments in education, small businesses, and healthcare without increasing broad-based…

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ADUs: A Creative Way to Address Housing Affordability and Equity

The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies recently published an article about the potential benefits of accessory dwelling units (ADUs). It discusses the challenges of building ADUs and the efforts that states and localities have made to encourage their construction. Accessory dwelling units (ADUs), also known as granny flats, in-law suites, or carriage houses, are…

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