As we look back and remember that fateful day in September, we remember those who have lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks and those who have fallen protecting our freedoms. We also honor those who have pledged to continue fighting to keep us safe. To all the veterans and current military men and women, we at Assisted Living Today salute and thank you.
In case you missed the news of the week, we have put together some of the best and most interesting bits from around the web, some will warm your hearts, others with just make you think a bit. We hope you enjoy and please let us know if you have come across anything interesting or noteworthy this week!
Weird but True
At 86 years old, Johanna Quaas of Germany is still competing regularly in amateur gymnastics competitions. She is now being recognized by the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s oldest gymnast. You can see her extreme strength at The Telegraph.
Baby Boomers aren’t just settling for retirement anymore. Instead, more than 9 million people between the ages of 44 and 70 are reinventing themselves and finding purpose with their lives, beginning careers in the public service industry. To learn more about the latest trend, check out the story in The Daily Journal.
Is it possible to age gracefully? Of course it is. The Sunrise Senior Living Blog takes a look at three great ways to age with grace. Providing three great lifestyle tips, this blog post gives seniors new ways of thinking about their lives including living fully, ignoring stereotypes and accepting realities.
End of life care doesn’t come cheap. In fact, according to a new survey, Medicare beneficiaries will spend an average of $38,888; however, there is significant variances based upon marital status. Nearly 25 percent wills deplete all of their assets including housing and real-estate to pay for their car. To see the survey results, check out Ezra Klein’s Wonkblog.
If you live in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, stop by your local Dunkin Donuts next week (Sept. 16-22) to purchase their special-edition donut with proceeds going to support the Alzheimer’s Association. To learn more how Dunkin Donuts is going “Purple for a Purpose” read the full story at The Sacramento Bee.
ROADTRIP! What used to be the call of wild and free young adults, is now a reality for residents of a few nursing homes near Denver. Residents are taking road trips to the ocean, Cheyenne, Wyoming and even to popular fishing holes. The Denver Post has a great write-up on the experiences of these wild and free seniors.
Trends in Technology
A new study shows that seniors are willing to accept help from robots if it means they cans stay at home longer. What do you think? Would you let a robot help you with daily tasks such as laundry and housekeeping if it meant staying independent longer? Check out the survey results at SeniorJournal.com.
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