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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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Only nine states in the continental U.S. are without snow and for many in the northern states, white is the predominant color outside our windows. Do you tend to pick up your books, tablet or remote control more often in the winter and snuggle into the couch?

Here at Assisted Living Today, (perhaps from the comfort of the couch) we’ve combed 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!

Weird But True

A 99 year-old-woman recently found something that was lost to her more than 50 years ago. She and her son identified a bicycle that went missing, recently found swallowed up by a tree trunk, nearly 5 feet off the ground. What’s amazing is that the wheel still turns! Read more on HuffingtonPost.com.

Senior Lifestyles

“At every age we think we’re having the last laugh, and at every age, we’re wrong,” says Harvard psychologist Daniel T. Gilbert. New research shows that people of all ages tend to underestimate how much they will change in the future, an illusion that persists from the teenage years well into retirement. The New York Times explains Why You Won’t Be the Person You Expect to Be.

Senior Health

Gene mutations are often the deciding factor in not only who gets Alzheimer’s, but when a person shows signs of the disease. Typically a person begins to show symptoms around age 65, but early onset of the disease can begin in a person as young as 30. This early onset always runs in families, according to an article on Dementia Today. Brush up on the latest in Alzheimer’s genetic research.

Senior Living

Will the fiscal cliff deal spell bad news for diabetes patients on Medicare? Legislation in the new fiscal cliff deal, some are saying, will change the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ competitive bidding program, making mail order prices on diabetes testing equipment equal to pharmacy prices. Read more on MedCity News.

Maybe a new question to put on your list when you’re searching for assisted living should be, “is there gender diversity on the company’s corporate board?” Reported in Senior Housing News, results of a 2012 report on gender diversity acknowledged that companies with women on their boards were more likely to have clear policies to avoid corrupt business dealings, have strong partnerships with local communities and have high levels of disclosure and transparency.

Trends in Technology

The handy little device in most people’s grasp these days, including seniors, is enabling more than phone calls. Apps developed for the iPhone and android help seniors manage wellness, find entertainment and connect in emergencies. Read Best Mobile Apps for Seniors 2012 on The Senior List.

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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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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.

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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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Halloween isn’t just for kids! A Halloween superstore in Winston-Salem, NC, notes the number of customers in their 60s and 70s this year buying costume supplies. Popular themes include hippie clothes, accessories and other nostalgic items. Do you have a costume picked out for the big day?

Assisted Living Today watches the trends and topics that matter to older adults and caregivers. We hope you find something of interest or just enjoy, and please tell us about any interesting news you’ve heard or read this week!

Weird but True

Do you believe there’s a place where people never die? Ok, that’s extreme, but the New York Times magazine excerpts a piece from National Geographic writer Dan Buettner about places where people live the longest. Read Stamatis Moraitis’s amazing story, and consider relocating!

Senior Lifestyles

Ever heard of the “boomerang” child? Baby boomers are increasingly making room for their adult children in their lives, and in their houses. Do you have a grown child living at home with you? A recent report in Realty Biz News describes the trend of both boomerang children and aging parents moving in with baby boomer parents.

Senior Health

The recent outbreak of spinal meningitis has many people on edge. Those who have received a spinal shot within the last six weeks could be at larger risk and should be monitored, even if no symptoms present, says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Read more on the NY Times well blog.

Senior Living

Check your Assisted Living facility for low-impact yoga classes for seniors, they do exist! A recent article in the Huffington Post connects yoga practice with easing insomnia, a problem that seems to grow in an adult as he or she grows older.

Trends in Technology

Move over dogs, robots could be our next best friend. iRobot co-founder, Rodney Brooks, said this week that “a natural next frontier for Rethink’s human-like robot Baxter would be in care for the elderly.” Will you have a Rethink’s robot bustling around your kitchen soon? Mass High Tech tells more.

MedGaget interviews BeClose president Liddy Manson about her company’s products, including sensors for beds, chairs, doors and toilets, as well as general motion detectors and “panic pendants” for emergency situations. A way for caregivers and elderly patients to “be closer.”