Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

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This past week was one for the history books: the re-election of President Barak Obama and the Dow’s 313-point plunge. Look to hear more about the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank and how we’ll wade through the post-election divide. One thing we’d likely all vote yes on: hurrah to no more political ads!

Here at Assisted Living Today, we’ve assembled relevant clips from things happening around the web. We hope you enjoy, and please let us know of any interesting, relevant news you’ve encountered this week!

Senior Health

EPAP is the Emergency Prescription Assistance Program, activated during emergency situations, like the latest caused by Hurricane Sandy. For individuals living in certain zip codes within New York and New Jersey, the program provides medications and limited durable medical equipment to people with no insurance. Need to know if you or someone you care about is eligible? Check out the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services website.

Sunrise Senior living shared their Ten Warning Signs of Alzheimer’s checklist, a simple guideline for knowing when you might seek help for your loved one if he or she begins to display certain characteristics that may cause concern. A good resource to differentiate general forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s-like memory loss.

Senior Lifestyles

Just what are seniors looking for in post-retirement living communities? The traditional senior living community ranks lower on their lists according to an article on MSN Real Estate. But many cite wanting to age in place or the inability to sell their current property as reasons for staying put instead of finding a community.

Senior Living

Just how much effect will Obama’s win have on the health law? An AARP blog post notes that individual states still have sway over the implementation of the law because the Supreme Court gave them power to reject the expansion of Medicaid. Read more at AARP.

Trends in Technology

Easy to use right out of the box, computers designed specifically for seniors are easier to find these days. The Savvy Senior covers a few computers marketed to older adults based on their simple touch-screen features, large screens, pre-loaded software for senior users and low-vision keyboards. In the market? Start here!

Weird but True

Unexplained itching, rashes or hives? You could be allergic to your cell phone! In a recent study posted on WebMd, researchers tested new and used mobile phones for metals including nickel and cobalt. Check out the list of phones that tested positive.