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Parkinson’s Disease and Aging in Agriculture

APRIL 2021 Parkinson’s disease impacts over one million people living in the United States, and rural or agricultural communities may encounter challenges and barriers to diagnosis or specialized care. UMASH partnered with AgriSafe Network to host Aging and Parkinson’s Disease in Agriculture. On April 13, over 100 attendees joined the webinar …

Aging on the Farm: Listening to North Dakota and Minnesota Communities

JULY 2020 On June 30th, UMASH hosted a community forum for the eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota region. This was the second of two community based forums addressing the many factors affecting farmers, who are currently or considering information to age in place safely on the farm. The forum was well attended with over 60 participants. Dr. …

First Online Community Forum a Success

JUNE 2020 On June 15, UMASH hosted a community forum for the western Wisconsin/eastern Minnesota region. The focus was aging on the farm, an important issue given the aging of America’s farmers. The turnout was terrific, with more than 80 participants. Professor and director of University of Minnesota Center for Healthy Aging and Innovation, Joe Gaugler …

SPOTLIGHT: How Old is Old? Aging in Agriculture

JUNE 2020 How old is old? Depending on who you ask, you may get a number of answers. 45? 55? 65? Is it when you are eligible for senior discounts, safe driving courses or Social Security benefits? What does one mean by “old?” The average age of farmers is 58, and many continue to work into later ages including 65 and older. Farming is a dangerous …

SPOTLIGHT: Aging is a Public Health Issue

JUNE 2020 The United States and many communities around the world are “growing older.” With the changes in demographics today and in the future, aging is an increasingly important public health issue. The average age of farmers is approaching 60. Many continue to live and work on the farm well beyond typical retirement age. How can we as a community …

SPOTLIGHT: Aging on the Farm – A Community Forum

JUNE 2020 Aging is part of life and if Benjamin Franklin had his way, none of us would grow old. But we do and with aging comes many changes – physiologically, mentally and sensory. Many of these changes can challenge our safety and health particularly when staying in one’s home. NDSU Extension Service is an educational leader in the area …

NORA Online Symposium: Creating an Age-Friendly Workplace

MAY 2020 With age comes wisdom but also an increased risk of injury. Creating an age-friendly workplace was the focus of this year’s National Occupational Research Agenda (NORA) Online Symposium, hosted by UMASH and the Midwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Education and Research Center (MCOHS). Presenters included Dr. James Grosch (Co-Director …

What Are Your Top Health & Safety Concerns for Aging Farmers? We’d Like to Know.

APRIL 2020 The average age of U.S. farmers is approaching 60 years old, making farmers vulnerable to health and safety risks. No matter your age or occupation, we’d like to hear your top health and safety concerns for aging farmers. Our new online tool allows you to easily vote between two options, choosing what matters most to you. You can vote as …