Assisted Living Today’s Week in Review

Have you been enjoying the festivities of the season?  Many schools are performing their annual winter shows with resounding choruses of “Let it Snow” and instrumental versions of “Jingle Bells.” Proud parents and even prouder grandparents beam with pride as their little angels shine on stage. Or, perhaps you’re showing off your talents, joining the chorus and performing for your family and friends.

We hear at Assisted Living Today are also working to provide you with the best senior news.  Keep your eyes open for continuing holiday tips for seniors and caregivers.  In the meantime, here’s a wrap up of some of the most interesting posts from around the web from the last week.

Senior Living:

Kudos go out to the employees of Emeritus Senior Living, who collectively raised over $400,000 for the Alzheimer’s Association’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s.  The group called on fundraising efforts from employees from its Seattle headquarters as well as from its 485 assisted living facilities and beat last year’s total by more than $130,000!                     

In disturbing news, two owners of a Houston mental-health-care company and the owner of an assisted living facility were arrested this week on charges of fraud.  It’s alleged that the trio bilked Medicare out of $90 million, according to the department of Justice.  You can read more about the charges here.

Senior Lifestyles

At 106-years-old Irving Kahn is the world’s oldest stock broker. Kahn reports to work every day at 10am and has even sat in on a meeting for a $10-million deal, by himself.  Kahn’s longevity may very well be part of his genes, with his siblings living past 100 years as well. Take a minute to check out Kahn’s secrets and to learn more about studies on “super agers.”

Everyone is looking to save a little money, but it’s even more important when you’re living on a fixed income.  Senior Money Memos provides a great list of 30 money saving tips geared specifically to seniors.  Check them out, maybe there’s something you can do to save a little cash this year!

Senior Health:

With medicinal marijuana gaining popularity in some states, nursing homes are finding this treatment options pose legal and ethical dilemmas.  Some patients are using the medicinal cannabis to increase appetite in dementia patients and easing nausea in those receiving cancer treatments, among other “indications.”  To read more about this debate, check out Patient’s Care Collective blog.

In other news, wealthy seniors may be in for a shock if the proposed Medicare rate hikes are approved.  If the bill passes, seniors making over $85,000 per year are likely to see an increase in their monthly premiums with those earning over 250,000 per year seeing a premium of around $315 per month.  To learn more, check out this post from Seniors Health Insurance.

Caregiver Corner:

Are you nervous about how the holidays are going to be now that your dad has been diagnosed with dementia?  Don’t fret.  Boomer Highway has put together a great list of tips and tricks to help get both of you through the hustle and bustle this year.

Are you still trying to find that perfect gift for your loved one? Have you considered a birdfeeder? Essential-Caregiver takes a close look at how bird watching can be a relaxing, yet stimulating activity for caregivers to share with their loved ones and creating an outdoor sanctuary can be easy!

As a caregiver, much of your attention is given to the person you are caring for. But, it’s vital to take time, especially throughout the craziness of the holidays, to take a minute to care for yourself too.  From turning off your telephone for just a few short minutes to enjoying a hot bath, there are several ideas to help destress and relax this season.  To learn more, check out the Janelle Bresse Biagioni’s Brain Injury Blog.

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