Assisted Living Today Weekly Roundup

We’re two weeks into the New Year–have you been sticking with your resolutions? According to StatisticBrain, nearly half of all Americans (45%) make resolutions and only about 8% successfully live those resolutions. But just two weeks in, about 71% are still working at them! You can do it!

Here at Assisted Living Today, we resolve to scour the web for relevant news headlines, tips and trends to share them here with you. If you’ve come across any interesting news in the past week, feel free to share!

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Weird But True

If you saw a lion walking down the street, would you call 9-1-1? That’s what one Virginia man did after seeing a bushy-maned creature strolling the streets. Not a lion, though, it was just a Labradoodle named Charles The Monarch, shaved to resemble Big Blue, the mascot of Old Dominion University. See pictures of this cutie on Huff Post Weird News!

Senior Lifestyles

Hurricane Sandy revealed many things to the people living on the East coast, including the “uncomfortable truth” to one resident who found herself seeking assisted living after her Long Island waterfront condominium was destroyed. The storm has changed the direction of many lives. AARP reports on how extreme weather plays a part in seniors’ decisions to make the move.

Senior Health

The Centers for Disease Control are reporting that the flu virus is picking up steam, reporting widespread influenza activity in 41 states. CNN reports on the impact state-by-state with a color-coded graphing to give readers a good idea of where the virus seems to be at its worst.

Senior Living

According to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance, rates are going to change for seniors based on gender. The industry is reported to have gathered enough data that shows that women have a far greater chance of using their coverage and sex-distinct pricing, they say, makes logical sense. Read more from their news release.

Trends in Technology

What makes the face of your smartphone, tablet or laptop so strong? It’s Gorilla Glass, installed on over 1 billion devices each year. For those of us who occasionally drop, sit on or otherwise beat up our devices, Gorilla Glass is designed to be increasingly damage resistant. Check out a live demonstration on the latest version of Gorilla Glass version 3, or GG3, as the techies call it on CNET.

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For many, the holidays bring back memories of waiting for Santa as a child; sitting by the window or fireplace, wondering what treasures he might bring. Do you cherish memories of family gatherings? Did you re-hash celebrations of years past? Eat turkey or cookies or both to excess with friends or family around the table? Visit your synagogue, church or other place of worship? However you spent your holiday, we wish you fond memories and happy tomorrows.

Here at Assisted Living Today, we’ve watched the news headlines, tips and trends jingling around the web, and share them here with you. If you found any relevant or interesting news in the past week, feel free to share!

Weird But True

Visit your parents, or else they’ll sue! Seriously? In China, a new law allows elderly parents to sue their children if they fail to visit. The law doesn’t specify how often “often” is, but gives parents the right to claim neglect. From the Beijing AP, discussed on AARP, read about how the Chinese elderly are getting noticed.

Senior Lifestyles

Financial problems–especially if ignored–can spiral out of control if an elderly person chooses to hide the problems from a caregiver. For caregivers, it’s wise to recognize hints that may point to financial issues in the near future for their loved ones. Read more at Caring.com.

Senior Health

A recent study conducted at the University of Leicester in England found that it’s not necessarily cognitive issues that keep elderly from reading, it could be the type format. The study found that young adults found lines of text easier to read when fine visual detail was present, but seniors found it easier to read more blurred text. The study could help in extending the reading skills of seniors. Read more on Cincinnati.com.

Senior Living

All his life, Norman Shepherd wanted to ride alongside an engineer and fireman in a coal-fired steam engine. His wish came true through Brookdale Senior Living‘s Wish of a Lifetime program, which has granted over 300 wishes for residents of Brookdale Senior Living. The assisted living company partners with Wish of a Lifetime to help remind their residents that life is a journey with fulfillment at every stage. Read more about Norman and other wishes granted.

Trends in Technology

Senior Housing News recaps the most accessed technology of 2012, stating that federally-backed technology has seen a big boost in usage over the past year. Service providers of electronic health and medical records have seen an upswing as hospitals and healthcare providers look to improve patient relationships. Read more about the top technology trends of 2012.

 

 

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It’s been a long and difficult week to be reading news headlines, which makes it impossible to go on without acknowledging our friends in Newtown, CT. All the love, strength and peace in our hearts goes to you. May you find it in the days to come. Wishing all of our readers a humble and joyful holiday season. Reach out and hug the ones you love.

Here at Assisted Living Today, we’ve been quietly browsing the blog posts, headlines and noteworthy trends happening in the world of senior living. We hope you are enlightened, or at least entertained, and please let us know of any relevant news you’ve encountered in the past week.

Weird But True

“Old school” bakers wanted! Eschew technology and modern trends in favor of hand-rolling dough at a bakery in Providence, Rhode Island, where they’re having trouble filling positions. The nearly 100-year-old bakery is hoping to find that perfect employee–perhaps someone a little older?–who likes doing things the traditional way. Never mind the want ads, read The Huffington Post’s report on the Scialo Bakery!

Senior Lifestyles

What’s your impression of aging? Do you approach the years with a positive attitude, or mark each birthday as another year gone? Senior Homes blog covers some new research that explains why some age well while others falter.

Senior Health

The America Psychiatric Association is printing a fifth edition of the Diagnosis and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders in May 2013. Within those pages, they are planning to discontinue use of the term dementia in favor of the broader classifications of minor and major neurocognitive disorders, citing a stigma with the term “dementia.” Do you believe it’s possible–and a good idea–to remove a word from daily use? An article in Aging Well discusses the pros and cons and may help you form an opinion about the change.

Senior Living

Planning to downsize in your retirement? Many people consider trading in their larger houses and decades’ worth of possessions in for smaller quarters and fewer things once the kids move out or they become widowed. An article in the Wall Street Journal cautions that the swap is not for everyone, and to consider carefully what will or won’t suit your needs.

Trends in Technology

Could your next prescription be an app? Doctors taking note of the increasing number of smartphones walking into their offices have been searching for good downloadable applications to help their patients–specifically apps that help them track medications, weight and cholesterol. Read why your smartphone may become an essential tool in health management in American Medical News.

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With black Friday and cyber Monday just past, you may have been spending a lot of time online shopping for the holidays. Do you brave the stores or stay in your pajamas with a steaming cup of coffee to shop online?

Here at Assisted Living Today, we’ve stayed away from the shops, and kept to the news and trends for interesting articles and posts from the cyber world. We hope you enjoy, and please let us know of any interesting, relevant news you’ve encountered in the past week.

Senior Lifestyles

You’re never too old to start a business, reports Reuters. One South Carolina grandmother of three proves it with an inspiring solution-turned-business. Searching for a lipstick tube in the bottom of her purse, she began to think of a better way to organize. What came was an idea and, this year, nearly $2 million in revenues from a business she started out of her house.

Senior Health

A new study published in Population Health Management shows that a cancer diagnosis trumps type 2 diabetes when it comes to patients seeking treatment. The study says that people with type 2 diabetes who are diagnosed with cancer ignore the diabetes in favor of treating the cancer. The problem is, uncontrolled high blood pressure can be more detrimental than cancer because it weakens their immune system. Read more on WebProNews.

Looking for a great gift for a caregiver of a loved one with Alzheimer’s? The first of its kind from a major publisher, The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook: Recipes to Boost Brain Health, offers more than 100 brain-boosting recipes rich in the B-complex vitamins, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and omega-3s. Read more on abc News.

Senior Living

Revived discussion about the CLASS act, the Community Living Assistance Services and Supports Act, by a gerontology expert who feels the act, which was shelved by the Obama administration in 2011, should be revived. The act supports a voluntary insurance program that offers a range of long-term care benefits. Do you think it should be revived? Read about it on Kaiser Health News.

Trends in Technology

Are you making your lists, checking them twice? Seniors want technology as much as the kids do. The Senior Care Corner blog offers a list of technology gifts for the seniors in your life.

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Happy Thanksgiving! By now, maybe you’ve loosened your belt buckle or switched to the elastic waistbands. We hope you all had reasons to give thanks, friends or family around the table and a hearty Thanksgiving meal to enjoy.

Here at Assisted Living Today, we’ve come out of our tryptophan coma to search the web for interesting and tasty bites that don’t add calories! We hope you enjoy, and please let us know of any interesting, relevant news you’ve encountered in the past week.

Weird but True

Is it really the L-tryptophan that makes people sleepy after eating a full, hearty holiday meal? The experts on About.com Chemistry take a look at what role the amino acid has on inducing the post-feast lethargy so many people feel. Can you blame the turkey for that long Thanksgiving nap?

Senior Lifestyles

Moving soon? If so, your to-do list is long. Make sure you don’t leave your handling of Medicaid off the list. ElderOptions of Texas offers a comprehensive guide on what to do about Medicaid when you move. Not just for residents of Texas!

Senior Health

A study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) shows that mental activities like reading, writing and playing games can preserve structural integrity in the brains of older people. Maybe not a huge surprise, but worth the reminder. Read and engage your brain at PsychCentral.

Where do you stand on the line between legal and illegal medicinal drugs? Now 18 states across the U.S.have legalized medicinal marijuana. Some say we’re missing out on the vast array of health benefits the plant can offer. Check out this article on AlterNet summarizing the healing power of medicinal marijuana and weigh in if you feel inclined.

Senior Living

An article in CBS Moneywatch summarized why now is a good time to be aging, despite obstacles in the financial system and worries about Medicare and Social Security. Here’s a positive take on growing older in today’s world with a nice reference list for further reading.

Trends in Technology

What’s the next exploding trend? Joseph Prentiss, President of Yankee Electrical Co. in Shrewsbury, Ma., says smart technology is the rage with his company. As more boomers get smartphones and tablets, they’re taking it further to turn their homes into smart homes–controlling heat, garage doors, electronics and more. Read about it on Boston.com. Looking for ideas for senior-friendly tablets? See our in-depth report on the best tablet for seniors.

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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.

 

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It seems all eyes were pointed East, as the nation watched Superstorm Sandy bear down on the Eastern coast. In its wake, millions without power, tremendous loss of property, loss of life and rescues up and down the coast. Naturally, the web was abuzz with storm coverage.

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Many of the stories in our Weekly Roundup are storm-related, with some great information about creating preparedness plans and helping those affected. If you have news to share, let us know!

Senior Lifestyles

The worry and destruction that Hurricane Sandy brought reminds us all of the need for emergency plans, especially for the elderly. Read about how a New Jersey woman who has Alzheimer’s refused to evacuate, and how difficulties arise keeping older patients safe on NBC News.

Also offering information on creating an emergency plan for caregivers and the elderly, Caregiving.com hosted a dementia care expert on their weekly podcast, Your Caregiving Journey, to talk about specific actions to towards emergency preparedness.

Senior Health

During this presidential campaign, Mitt Romney has called for repeal of the 2010 health law while President Barack Obama has vowed to implement it. AARP outlines how health laws for seniors might change depending on who is elected president. Read a clear, complete and objective look at possible changes based on interviews with health policy experts.

The National Council on Aging reported on Twitter this week that Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) income limits have been updated. Check their SNAP Map for your state’s new limits. Assisted Living Today recently reported about senior food insecurity issues and the importance for balanced nutrition. Find it on our blog if you missed it.

Senior Living

The Huffington Post reports on the nursing homes and assisted living facilities in Rockaway Beach that were told not to evacuate before Hurricane Sandy. Happily, there were no nursing home deaths or injuries attributed to the storm, but decisions by officials are sure to spark debate.

In response to the great need post-hurricane, Goodwill has mobilized to help, listing local Goodwill locations plus a comprehensive list of charities that are helping storm victims. Find help, or lend help, depending on your situation.

Trends in Technology

Are you ready to order via tablet on your next outing to your favorite steakhouse? Studies are showing more restaurants are offering technology options to their customers, including table-side touch-screen options for ordering and payment, mobile rewards plans and table-side technology charging stations. Will it affect you? Read about it on Nation’s Restaurant News.

Weird but True

All around the country, people are worried about property values due to the up and down market. In a Clearwater, Fl, neighborhood, however, neighbors are blaming their decreasing values on a foreclosed mansion because of the new residents: a pack of wolves! Read this and more strangely true stories in this week’s NY Post.

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It’s the time of year that everything is pumpkin flavored! From coffee and doughnuts to candles and potpourri, the taste and smell of spiced pumpkin is everywhere. Did you know there are more than 700 types of gourds grown in the world? Chances are you’re seeing a variety in harvest decorations at assisted living facilities, adorning people’s doorsteps and in stores.

Assisted Living Today has noted some interesting tips, trends and topics buzzing on the web for older adults. We hope you learn something or just enjoy, and please tell us about any interesting news you’ve heard or read this week!

Weird but True

Bring on the insults! British actor and comedian Rowan Atkinson is speaking out about a “creeping culture of censoriousness” which is limiting people’s free expression and free protest. Britain’s The Telegraph reports on Atkinson’s latest pro-insult campaign for change.

Senior Lifestyles

The Social Security Administration announced this week that Social Security retirement benefits will go up 1.7 percent for 62 million Americans, but it may not be enough to offset rising premiums for Medicare. Will the increase help you? Yahoo News reports.

Senior Health

Don’t shrug off sleep apnea! A new study has shown how sleep apnea can lead to other health issues down the road, especially in women. DementiaToday covers how sleep apnea in older women has been linked to dementia.

Senior Living

The earliest uses of pet therapy were documented in the 1860s, and connection between people and animals in regards to improved health are still being studied and hailed today. Alz.org talks about how to bring pet therapy into your life, or the lives of those who could benefit from it.

Trends in Technology

What effects more than 2.5 million people and fetches a good $10 billion each year in healthcare costs? Bedsores! Newly developed “Smart-e-pants” electric underwear help prevent bedsores through electric shock. How does it work? Read about it on abc News.

 

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Television airwaves, Facebook statuses, Twitter feeds and online news agencies are heating up with political coverage and opinions as we come closer to election day. No doubt the news will become almost entirely political before too long. In the meantime, there are new developments in health and medicine, technology, and living life as an older adult.

Here at Assisted Living Today, we’ve put together relevant clips, political and otherwise, 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!

Weird but True

What do you do in an emergency? Call 9-1-1, of course! Dispatchers at emergency call centers are saying they are overwhelmed these days. Not because the numbers of emergencies have risen, but because of the “butt dial.” An article in the Huffington Post notes that out of every 100 calls, 40 are accidental, leading to 100 million illegitimate 9-1-1 calls last year.

Senior Lifestyles

The outcome of the presidential election will, of course, effect every American, including seniors. Did you have a chance to watch the Vice President Joe Biden and Paul Ryan square off Thursday night? ABC News covers a few top quotes from the evening debate.

Senior Health

Should you be tested for hepatitis C? The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has urged all Americans born from 1945 through 1965 to get a hepatitis C test, seeing as how baby boomers account for 75 percent of the nearly three million hepatitis C cases in the U.S. Read why on the Richmond-Times Dispatch Savvy Senior blog.

MedicalXpress.com summarizes a new study by researches at the University of Toronto and Georgia Institute of Technology suggesting that Alzheimer patients might function better when they’re surrounded by less visual clutter.

Senior Living

What’s important in an assisted living facility? A new National Research Corporation report rates residents’ and their families’ satisfaction with assisted living facilities and indicates what is important for high satisfaction, according to the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA).

Trends in Technology

It’s somewhat curious that one of the biggest trends in technology, E-health for seniors, is not being used by the demographic that could benefit from it most. Read an engaging article in The New York Times about connecting the elderly to the various E-health resources that are widely available today.

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Children are likely picking out costumes off the racks or, if they’re creative, cutting and gluing masks or assembling costumes from their parent’s closets! Soon the pumpkins sitting around will become jack-o-lanterns with faces carved to elicit smiles or shrieks. It’s a ghoulish time of year.

Here at Assisted Living Today, we’ve scoured the headlines for the latest hair-raising, or at least interest-piquing treats from around the web. We hope you enjoy, and please give us a shout with any interesting or hair-raising news you’ve encountered this week!

Weird but True

Would you have room in your home for 13,000 new items? That’s what a South Florida man had to consider when he inherited 13,000 clown items, ranging from dolls to books to costumes, from his father-in-law and business partner. No question what he’ll be for Halloween! Read about it on Sun Sentinel.

Senior Lifestyles

New proposed voting laws may make it more difficult to vote in the upcoming election. An estimated 18 percent of Americans aged 65 and older lack a state-issued photo ID. Based on census data, that means more than 6 million eligible seniors would be kept from voting. Make sure that’s not you! Read more on ThisisMyVote.org.

Senior Health

This past week’s first presidential debate certainly stirred up controversy as the race to election day tightens. The Medicare Newsgroup discusses the truths and untruths about what was said regarding Obama’s Affordable Care Act which cuts $716 billion from the program.

In his blog, Dr. McCleary summarized a new study recently release in Neuroscience showing a link between fasting and increased brain function, leading researchers to question the effect of fasting on degenerative diseases such as dementia, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.

Senior Living

Retirement brings so many options. Retirement Media gives some suggestions on why renting your retirement home might carry more benefits than buying. If you’re thinking about a new property, read more on SmallTownRetirement.com.

Trends in Technology

Last week, California became the third state to legalize driverless cars, joining Florida and Nevada. What does that mean for seniors? Above all else, it means the chance for lengthened independence. Read more about it on US News & World Report.