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Active aging: Multiple dimensions contribute to health in older adults

Growing awareness of the importance of remaining active throughout life has given rise to an “active-aging industry.” General contractors now build houses with aging in mind; designs include elevators, lower counters, wide doorways and other amenities that enable seniors to remain living safely in their homes. And many communities have active senior centers, while private and public health centers, gyms and YMCAs offer programs specially geared toward older adults.

Reporters can use information in this tip sheet as a springboard for many potential stories — from local community initiatives that encourage seniors to get up and move, to policy debates in state houses and Congress on issues like transportation, long-term care, food and nutrition, housing and safety net programs.

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