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Never Stop Dancing: Breaking Stereotypes of Disability in Older Adults One Step at a Time



We have written a lot about disability in older adults here on GeriPal.  Here are just a couple of examples:
If I had to sum these posts up in a couple words, it would be that successful aging does not equal aging without disability.   If I had to sum these posts in a video, it would be this:



by: Eric Widera (@ewidera)

Comments

Sara Himelstein said…
Hi,
This posting was a thought provoking addition to my morning that I really enjoyed. It accords with a social work way of looking at the pople we work with in a fuller way.
As an aside, i'd love to see some info on issues like hearing and sight loss and how this affects folks as they age. Especially as the major age group now is the baby boomers who are hitting the big 65 and more.

Crossing a university being blind or finding your way being deaf or hard of hearing has its challenges and socialization optiosn can be really affected as well as ADLs and IADLs.
Sara Himesltein MSW RSW
Lynn said…
Here's another one for your entertainment:
http://youtu.be/ryJBmwzYfaM

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