Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

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The signs are everywhere, from the Salvation Army bell ringers to the garland in the stores, Christmas is on its way. Hopefully we all take a little time to remember Thanksgiving and count the blessings in our lives. Leave your comments–do you think Thanksgiving is overlooked these days? Have you turned on your holiday tunes?

Here at Assisted Living Today, we’re busy scouring the web for tips and trends that might be of help or interest to you. We hope you enjoy, and please let us know of any interesting, relevant news you’ve encountered this week!

Weird but True

If you use a walker, this story will tell you that it doubles as a defense weapon. A 50 year-old-woman used her walker to defend herself against a home intruder who she thinks was after prescription medicine she had in her purse. In the article on MSN She says, “I was almost helpless. If I didn’t have the walker, I’d have nothing.”

Senior Lifestyles

My Ageing Parents talks about keeping parents in their own homes for as long as possible. Often it’s a crisis that sends us into panic mode over what to do next–a surprise illness or a fall. Consider these tips to avoiding panic mode.

Senior Health

Get your cholesterol tested regularly? Fasting may not be necessary any longer, according to a new Canadian study. Researchers found the blood tests showed similar average total cholesterol and “good” HDL cholesterol readings, in particular, regardless of whether patients had eaten recently or avoided food for more than eight hours, as is typically recommended. Read more on Medicine Plus.

November is National Family Caregiver Month and the American Society on Aging summarizes the impact of family caregivers. More than 65 million people in theUnited States provide care for chronically ill, disabled or aged family members or friends during any given year. Are you one of them?

Senior Living

Are you planning for long-term care costs? Genworth Financial offers an interactive map sharing the median cost of long-term care from state to state. Compare between states or get a general idea of what you can expect in your or your loved one’s area.

Trends in Technology

An article on ABC news highlights assistive technology that helps the elderly age in place, noting that the technology should fit the user’s lifestyle, rather than making the user tailor his or her lifestyle to the technology. Read their top four picks.