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Leaders in Brain Fitness

February 15, 2009

More than 400 senior living communities nationwide offer comprehensive brain fitness programs, according to The Chicago Tribune, making them the leaders in this technology-based workout that has been found to fend off memory loss and improve mental functi

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Research Sheds Light on Residents’ Emotional Needs

February 15, 2009

Adults 65 and older are more likely than adults age 50-64 to report they “rarely” or “never” receive the social and emotional support they need, according to a recent study. Such findings complement providers’ focus on residents’ emotional health, as it c

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Vital New Checklist for Flu Pandemic

November 5, 2008

The effects of the next flu pandemic, according to a new preparedness guide, will be “unlike anything witnessed in our human history, estimating that even a mild pandemic could kill seven to 10 million people.

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New Tool Identifies Stress in Alzheimer’s Caregivers

November 5, 2008

Alzheimer’s disease poses special challenges and increasing levels of care that can be taxing on caregivers as well as those living with the disease. Such stress can lead to caregivers’ inability to care for their loved ones.

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Circadian Rhythm Problems May Lead to Memory Loss Among Seniors

October 21, 2008

Even seniors who get enough sleep may be affected by circadian rhythm problems, which can then lead to short-term memory loss and a decline in overall memory function. Stanford University researchers have concluded that when an individual’s natural body c

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Resident “Flourishers” May Live Longer

October 21, 2008

Senior living providers have yet another reason to make the active engagement of their residents a priority—not only will residents feel happier, they’ll also live longer. According to recent research published in American Psychologist, about 17 percent o

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Overweight Seniors Need More ADL Help

October 21, 2008

A new study highlights an increasing challenge for assisted living providers—caring for overweight and obese seniors. Researchers used to think that obesity increased the risk of death in all age groups, but a new study by The Peninsula Medical School in

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Gay Seniors Worry About Health-Care Discrimination, Advocacy Groups Say

October 7, 2008

Many gay seniors fear anti-gay bias at senior centers, in nursing homes, and from health-care providers, according to advocacy groups AARP and SAGE (Service and Advocacy for GLBT Elders). An estimated 2.5 million gay seniors in America are twice as likely

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Robot Helps Comfort Seniors With Dementia

October 7, 2008

Paro, a fur-covered robot that looks like a seal pup, has become a popular therapeutic toy for seniors with dementia—giving providers another way of addressing behavioral disturbances among assisted living residents with Alzheimer’s disease. The robot, wh

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Honoring Final Wishes: How to Respect America’s Choices at the End of Life

September 24, 2008

Written Testimony submitted to the Senate Special Committee on Aging

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Providers Help Educate Residents, Family Members About LTC Insurance

September 23, 2008

In November, senior living providers nationwide will participate in an important public service—educating residents, families, prospective residents, and the communities served by their residences about the benefits of long-term care insurance.

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CMS Releases Tip Sheet for Prescription Drug Assistance in Disaster & Emergency Areas

September 23, 2008

In response to the recent tropical storms and hurricanes that have affected much of the southern United States, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an updated tip sheet about getting medical care and prescription drugs in a dis

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