Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

Fall is here. The leaves are beginning to change and the air is crisp (unless of course you’re living in the south and enjoying a late season heat wave!) Pumpkins and mums are beginning to decorate landscapes and apples are ripe for the picking. Before long we’ll be counting down the days till Thanksgiving. But for now, enjoy the cool days as September closes and October begins.

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 102, you’d expect Margaret Dunning of Michigan to be enjoying her days relaxing with family. Instead, she’s still out and about and even changing the oil in her 83-year-old car. That’s right Dunning is still doing the regular maintenance on her 1930 Packard 730 Roadster which she’s had for 63 years. Learn what’s kept Dunning feeling so young in this great piece from Today.

Senior Lifestyles

You’re never too old to make the record’s books. At nearly 101 years old Frenchman Robert Marchand is hoping to break into the record books as the fastest cyclist in his age range. He’s looking to complete 62-miles in less than five hours. To read more about Marchand’s quest, check it here.

In a report from Fox Business, Baby Boomers are looking for a few specific actions from the man who will lead the country. Boomers are concerned with issues that will affect their savings and retirement as well as those concerning their health.  As a key voting demographic, boomer will play a major role in the 2012 election.

Senior Health

If you’re about to turn 65, you undoubtedly have questions about Medicare. Daily Finance has put together a great primer with the top 5 things every senior should know about Medicare which covers everything from when you should enroll to the difference between regular Medicare and Medicare Advantage plans.

A British study is revealing that free mass transit and access to transportation for seniors encourages those 60 and over to be more physically active. Would a free ride help get you out of the house and into the city? Read more about the study at UPI.com

Senior Living

Former CEO of Sunwest Management Inc. was indicted on more than 50 counts of fraud after allegedly running a Ponzi scheme while in charge of the nation-wide senior living chain.  Jon Harder is accused of defrauding investors while he was at the helm of over 300 assisted living facilities with over 15,000 residents. To learn more about Harder’s case, check out the story on OregonLive.

Trends in Technology

Besides staying connected using technologies like Skype, social networking and surfing the net boosts confidence in seniors. The latest study also points to an increase in the desire to lean technology-based skills. To learn the details, check out the report on Counsel & Heal.

Photo via Mike Cardew of The Akron Beacon Journal