Issue 36
Sleeping Well Should Never Get Old
by Bradley Dixon
Wayne State University PhD Student
Institute of Gerontology Trainee
     Sleep matters. Although it takes much less effort than regular physical activity and careful attention to diet and nutrition, sleep is an unsung hero in maintaining and improving health. Sleep is crucial in repairing the body, controlling stress, supporting the immune system and forming memories.
Sleep Changes with Age
       Healthy sleep looks different as we age. Just as newborns sleep differently than teenagers, younger adults sleep differently than older adults. Research shows that older adults typically require less than the 8 hours of sleep recommended for younger adults; older adults average 5-7 hours per night. Nighttime waking due to a decline in deep sleep and difficulty falling back asleep is more common in older adults. As a result, sleep disruptions due to loud or sudden noise, light or temperature changes may disrupt sleep more easily.

Studies suggest, though, that older adults are relatively resilient to sleep disruptions and to getting less sleep. Daytime napping is more common which helps offset nighttime sleep difficulties. While natural changes in sleep often occur with age, some older adults experience more serious sleep disorders including insomnia, sleep apnea, and restless leg syndrome.

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Detroit's Urban Aging News Annual Caregiver Issue is Here!!
The annual Caregiver Issue is here with resources, self-care tips, and information about how to get the support you need as a caregiver. We’re highlighting caregivers, providing legal tips for managing your loved ones’ affairs, and sharing invaluable information for the upcoming Medicare open enrollment season. Read Full Issue
Events & Activities
helps caregivers manage the social, spiritual, emotional and practical needs of loved ones with dementia. Their Caregiver Boot Camps are known throughout Detroit. Other Services & Workshops
Services & Info
The death of a spouse or partner can be one of life’s most stressful events. We have information and resources to help you take control of your finances, navigate critical financial moments, and understand your rights. Tools & resources for surviving spouses
Find University of Michigan events for persons with dementia and their caregivers in this Calendar List. Click on the name of the event listed to learn more or to register.
Taking Care: The Lives of Caregivers
No two families look and function quite the same, including their approach to elder care. By choice or circumstance, Americans find themselves in crucial support roles for parents, aunts, uncles, grandparents or friends — weathering grief, stress, physical and financial strain. And there's no how-to guide. This series illuminates the lives of family caregivers across America.
Participate in Research
Pfizer is developing an influenza vaccine based on the mRNA platform and is seeking 25,000 volunteers to participate in the Phase 3 trial to help learn if the vaccine is safe and can help the body produce antibodies that can help fight off the flu.

All participants will receive either the Pfizer investigational mRNA flu vaccine or the current standard dose quadrivalent flu vaccine.

The trial lasts approximately 6 months and requires 3 visits to our clinic. Enrollment for those 65 years of age and older has begun. Enrollment for those age 18-64 begins in November.

Eligible participants are compensated for their time: $150 stipend for visits and $5 for weekly e-diary completion for a total of approximately $500.

Your participation in this research study will help advance a potential mRNA flu vaccine and also support vaccine development for other infectious disease. Learn more.
Safety & Health
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SAFE Can Help
Successful Aging thru Financial Empowerment (SAFE) provides free financial coaching to older adults and caregivers to help them manage money securely and accurately. If you've been a victim of fraud or exploitation, let SAFE work with you to recover your money. Help is safe, confidential and free.
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AARP's Caregiving News
One in 6 Americans provide unpaid caregiving for a loved one. Are you one of them? Read advice on:
  • Dementia caregiving
  • Options for in-home care
  • Setting boundaries