Startling Statistics Concerning Suicide among Elderly Men

Studies have shown a startling trend in the increase of suicides among older adults, which has brought the subject of elderly mental health into the spotlight. Statistics from the National Institute of Mental Health show that suicide among older adults is more common than most realize and more disproportionate to suicides committed by any other …

Reader’s Night Stand Review

Piles by the bedside are both unsightly and potentially dangerous. The more that books and magazines pile up, the better the chances everything will topple over. Plus, with all of those reading materials stacked alongside a bed, there’s little space available for a clock, glass of water, tissue box, lip balm, pills, the T.V. remote …

Interview with Carol Bradley Bursack

Carol Bradley Bursack has devoted much of her professional career to educating caregivers, both professional and non, on the importance of caring for their loved ones and themselves. She is a regular contributor to various industry leading blogs including HealthCentral/Alzheimer’s, and the forum moderator and a regular contributor to AgingCare.com. She is also the author of “Minding …

What are Residents’ Rights?

Promoting Awareness through Residents’ Rights Awareness Month in October  Seniors living in assisted living facilities, nursing homes and other long-term care facilities are entitled to the same rights as everyone else–those of dignity, choice and self-determination. The Federal 1987 Nursing Home Reform Law was enacted to ensure that facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid are …

For Seniors, Staying Fit Can Lead to Happiness

Keeping fit by implementing a daily exercise routine is not only a healthy way to live, it can also a happy one. Research shows that seniors who maintain a daily exercise routine are more productive and, in general, feel good about life. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) offers some suggestions on how to …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

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, …

Top 20 Assisted Living Facilities in Connecticut

Choosing an assisted living community for yourself or a loved one can prove to be an overwhelming task. There are many noteworthy assisted living facilities in the state of Connecticut.The majority of these facilities have virtual tours or photographs so you can visualize what daily life would be like as a resident, including views of …

Senior Hunger — What to do if you are Food Insecure

Can you imagine not knowing where your next meal is coming from? More than 3.4 million older Americans can identify with food insecurity, and it’s a growing issue. What is food insecurity? A somewhat broader term for hunger, the issue of food insecurity includes availability, access and use. First, do you have consistent and adequate …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

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 …

October 11, National Depression Screening Day

For one week in October–Mental Illness Awareness Week–organizations like Screening for Mental Health (SMH) enter the spotlight to raise awareness for mental health issues like depression. October 11 is National Depression Screening Day, a day to remind and encourage those who are concerned about depression and other related mood and anxiety disorders to think about …

7 Tech Gadgets for Seniors

Maybe it’s getting a little more difficult to run the vacuum or uncork a bottle of your favorite wine, but every day, developers are working to make tasks easier, life safer and just a little more fun for seniors. Here are seven gadgets that can enable seniors to be independent and active for longer. 1. …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

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 …

Great Gifts for At-Home Seniors Who Have Everything

It won’t be long before we start making our holiday gift lists. Inevitably, we will all have someone who is hard to shop for either because they don’t ask for anything or they already have everything. Although it is the thought that counts, we all want to make sure the gifts we give are not …

Keeping Your Elderly Parents and Relatives Safe in Their Homes

As people continue to live longer through advances in medicine and increased adoption of healthy lifestyles, many middle-aged adults are finding themselves concerned with the well-being of their elderly parents and relatives. This often comes after they have finished raising their children and are looking forward to having more time to travel or devote to …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

Fall is here. The leaves are beginning to change and the air is crisp (unless of course you’re living in the south and enjoying a late season heat wave!) Pumpkins and mums are beginning to decorate landscapes and apples are ripe for the picking. Before long we’ll be counting down the days till Thanksgiving. But …

What To Expect in A Skilled Nursing Facility

Affordable Service Tailored to One’s Budget Skilled nursing homes have provided an opportunity for senior citizens to have a lifestyle they often dreamed of and envied. With annual expense at some in-house senior care centers approaching close to the entire pension these people draw after their retirement and some living facilities charging more than they …

10 Great Gift Ideas for Residents of a Senior Living Community

Giving a gift to a friend or family member who has moved into a Senior Living Community can be a bit tricky.  The “usual” gifts – such as perfumes, flowers, or food – can actually impact the medical conditions of your loved one or their neighbors. And with space at a premium, any new knick …

How to Deal with Anxiety as a Senior

Although some cases of anxiety are classified as abnormal regardless of age, much of the anxiety that seniors commonly feel is a natural response to life transitions and stems from legitimate concerns. In a personal interview, retired psychologist Dr. Ron Masa, now a senior himself, offered his views on common causes of anxiety in seniors …

Aluminum Rollator with 8” Casters Review

Going to church, out to restaurants or just for rides in the country often times becomes difficult with limited mobility. Walkers and scooters can be difficult to transport, leaving seniors with balance impairments sacrificing their safety to enjoy afternoon out on the town. Weighing around 19 pounds, the Aluminum Rollator with 8” Casters provides safety, …

Tips to Remember for Improving Communication with Elderly or Aging Parents

Let’s face it.  We’ve all had difficult patches with our parents now and again.  Most likely, the worst of it was during those “rebellious teen” years when we all struggled to make our own way and assert our own independence.And in a strange (and perhaps ironic) twist of fate and aging – in many ways …

Gardening an Activity for Seniors

Gardening can be a rewarding and fun activity for senior citizens. Since, many seniors are retirees, gardening gives them an activity to occupy their free time. The elderly population is most at risk for developing depression due to the following reasons: body changes, not having the same level of energy in youth, living alone, death …

Spotlight on Adagio Adult Family Home

The Adagio Adult Family Home, a unique assisted living home geared toward the needs of residents living with dementia stemming from stroke or other vascular disorders. Run by resident providers Maxine and Harvey Brink, residents are cared for as if they are a member of the family. You will find that this facility provides an …

Common Myths and Assumptions About Assisted Living

Assisted living is often the most attractive option for the elderly. Yet many elderly people, or the younger relatives on whom they depend, are afraid to try it because of the many myths that surround it, which often focus on negative aspects of this form of elderly care. In this article we will dispel many …

What To Look For In An Assisted Living Facility

Deciding that your loved one may need to be placed in an assisted living facility can be a difficult decision. However, an assisted living facility can provide your loved one with a safe place where she can receive assistance from certified staff members for basic activities, such as bathing, household chores and attending medical appointments …

Announcing the Alzheimer’s Action Day Guide

A Comprehensive Resource for Caregivers, Loved Ones and Alzheimer’s Patients Today, September 21, 2012, is Alzheimer’s Action Day. This nationally recognized event aims to raise awareness of the need for continued education and research to combat this devastating illness. The Alzheimer’s Association notes that Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia, accounting for 50 to …

Different Options for Retirement Living

After you have worked pretty much your whole life you deserve to enjoy the rest of it. The one important rule about retirement is that you enjoy every second of it. This is the time when you get to do what you want when you want. You can officially celebrate not having to work crazy …

4 Wheel Rolling Walker with Shopping Basket, Padded Seat Review

Ease of use is often one of the most important characteristics of any tool. But, it’s even more important when mobility is compromised. With the 4 Wheel Rolling Walker with Shopping Basket, Padded Seat by American Bantax, users not only get a durable and reliable walker, but get one that is easy to use and …

The Role of Nurses in a Nursing Home

A nurse in a nursing home facility has many responsibilities. They have the task of not only caring for the elderly residents, they are also in charge of other employees and have to make sure the operation runs smoothly. Caring for the elderly in a nursing home is a huge responsibility as many of the …

Best Tablets For Seniors

In keeping up with the times, more and more seniors are looking to purchase tablet devices. Why? Simply put, they have technological needs and uses as well. These needs range from searching for local senior events and activities, shopping or reading, to connecting with loved ones via email or video chat.   Introduction to Tablets …

10 Essential Tips for Caregivers

Caring for a loved one or employer should not make you forget about taking care of yourself daily. Caregivers have a stressful strenuous rewarding job that seems to go on forever. Having help and support, while taking care of yourself will make you a better caregiver and allow you to be a better caregiver for …

What is the ideal living setting for Alzheimer’s Patients

Caring for an Alzheimer’s patient is extremely challenging. The Alzheimer’s patient’s mood and levels of ability will change each day. They forget the basic concept of caring for themselves in such things as dressing, bathing and feeding themselves. Caregivers will find that if they have a daily plan for the patient, they can cope with …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

As we look back and remember that fateful day in September, we remember those who have lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks and those who have fallen protecting our freedoms. We also honor those who have pledged to continue fighting to keep us safe. To all the veterans and current military men and women, …

What Happens To Your Body As You Age

If there is one certainty in life (outside of taxes, of course) it is your body ages. Often times, it ages so gracefully and slowly you just never see it, until one day you look in the mirror and realize you’re not as young as you once were. Of course, you may still feel as …

Recognizing Depression in the Elderly

  The Golden Years of retirement are supposed to be enjoyed, but it’s a sad reality that many seniors spend their retirement yeas battling the demons associated with mental health disorders. What’s worse is the fact that Americans over 65 have the highest rate of suicide than any other age group. Statistically, the percentage increases …

Assisted Living Today’s Weekly Roundup

Labor Day has come and gone, signifying the unofficial end to summer. Many of us enjoyed the extended weekend with picnics surrounded by family and friends as we say goodbye to the sweltering heat and begin anticipating the cooler days of September. Football season is full force and the political arena is heating up. We …

10 Tips for Aging Gracefully

Graceful aging is obviously something most people want to do. Not only to look fantastic later in life, but also to feel good, and still be vibrant at any age. Of course, we cannot stop the march of time, but there are things that can be done to age more gracefully. 1. Healthy Diet A …

Elderly Abuse: Is Your Loved One is at Risk?

When you think of child abuse or even domestic abuse, you often think of images of bruises and black eyes. Most abuse, however, goes undetected as perpetrators find alternative ways to tear down and abuse their victims. The same holds true for those who are victims of elder abuse. Although laws vary from state to …

Using the Internet for Locating Caregiving Information Caring for the Elderly

As our family members age it’s important for us to take care of them in their time of need. They are wise, they’re experienced, they’re the ones who truly lived. It’s important not to neglect the elderly just because of their age. We shouldn’t just put our grandparents in homes unless it’s necessary. They’re a …

DRIVE Patient Alarm Review

Caring for or living with a senior citizen who has trouble functioning or getting around can be an involving and difficult process. In many cases these seniors, even those with no mental or health risks beyond age, require nearly constant supervision to avoid tragedy. They are often too physically impaired to walk on their own …

LogicMark Guardian Alert Emergency Phone: Review

The LogicMark Guardian Alert Emergency Phone system is not just an emergency phone system for the home, but it is peace of mind that you cannot get anywhere else. The features of the phone system are such that you can use it for any purpose and with any person. What to Expect When you purchase …

Top 25 Assisted Living Facilities in California

California is the largest U.S. state by population, and offers something for everyone. Southern California is home to Disneyland, Hollywood and the beaches in Malibu boast glitz, glamor and gorgeous seascapes, while the northern part of the Golden State has the hills of San Francisco and the lush vineyards of Napa Valley. Outside California’s major …

How to Create Retirement Plan With Assisted Living in Mind

Planning for retirement can be difficult. There are many variables to consider and many things that can change as you age. When planning for retirement it is important to make sure that you plan for a normal standard of living but it is also important to include some extras. Most people do not like to …

How to Budget For Assisted Living Costs

As we grow old, the need for senior care approaches. While it is possible to stay home with family, relatives or close friends, most seniors and retirees choose to live by themselves either for independence or to avoid burdening their loved ones. However, what most people are not prepared for is the cost of senior …

How To Prepare Grandchildren For a Visit To An Assisted Living Facility

It’s important to have granchildren and great-grandchildren visit their loved ones in an assisted living facility. Although it can be challenging at times, having children around can brighten the days of not only their own relatives, but of everyone at the facility. A visit from grandkids can completely alter the mood of their struggling grandparents …

Subsidized Senior Housing – 5 Tips for Securing Safe, Affordable Subsidized Senior Housing in a Down Economy

Securing safe and affordable subsidized senior housing can feel daunting. Here are five subsidized senior housing tips to help you find the right match: 1. Plan In Advance Of Senior Housing Needs The most important tip for seniors looking for affordable subsidized senior housing is to plan in advance of your housing needs. Current homeowners …

Benefits for Veterans – Assisted Living Costs and Expenses for Veterans

According to the most recent census, there are approximately 21.8 million veterans in the United States, 9 million of which are over the age of 65. For elderly veterans, finding the resources to continue to live in their own home, or provide for veterans assisted living can be a challenge. It is important to realize …

Announcing the “Gaming with Granny” Infographic

We’ve just released our latest infographic, titled “Gaming with Granny,” which takes a look at the growing trend of senior gaming. Did you know that senior citizens and Baby Boomers make up 38% of all social game players? And that number is only going to continue to rise in coming years. The infographic also looks …

5 Tips for Finding the Best Senior Living Properties for Your Lifestyle

Senior living properties are designed to be diverse to meet the needs of any senior and his or her family. Although many seniors need highly specialized medical care or help with daily tasks, some simply need activities and events to keep them connected or the opportunity to communicate with others on a daily basis. The …

The Three Most Common Types of Dementia and Their Differences

For anyone who is responsible for the care of someone suffering from dementia it is important to know about the different types of dementia, and what particular form of the disease he or she is dealing with. Whether a healthcare professional or a family member, the more that is known about the disease the better …