SeniorHomes.com Weekly Roundup

Aging News:

It seems that late bloomers may finally have their day in the sun. Vivian Diller, Ph.D., examines how the unique experiences of adolescents may parlay into a positive (or negative) aging experience. Those concerned with looks and status during their younger years may have a harder time accepting the aging process. Learn more at the Huffington Post.

Just because you’re getting older, doesn’t mean you have to give up the things you once loved doing, but you may need to modify them. Aging athletes are finding it’s still possible to compete, but they have to accept that they may not be able to do so in the same way they as when were in their physical prime. Check out more at the Bellingham Herald.

Senior Living News:

According to a Senior Housing News, it’s important that high-volume areas of the home are adapted to help seniors age-in-place. For example, the kitchen can easily be modified to help assist those with movement impairments. For great tips on how to transform your kitchen, read here.

Design modifications for aging in place

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The Harbor’s Edge retirement community in Norfolk, Va., reversed’ a policy that restricted its residents receiving skilled nursing or assisted living care from dining in portions of the independent living center. Now, anyone willing to sign a waiver and obtain doctor’s consent can eat anywhere within the building, allowing families and friends to enjoy meals together. Check out The New Old Age for the full story.

Caregiver Stories and Advice:

Are you finding yourself wishing for more hours in the day? If you are, consider designing your own caregiver blueprint to help you reflect on important caregiving tasks such as providing hand-on care, balancing work and life, providing safety adaptations and a nurturing environment. Read more from Dr. Chill at ChicagoNow.com.

Despite reporting high levels of stress, caregivers of veterans report being satisfied with their responsibilities. According to the University of Missouri study, only eight percent of caregivers report having high levels of depression. Caregivers who reported the highest levels of satisfaction tended to have the most outside help. Get the details from HealthCanal.com.

Tech Roundup:

In a new survey, 84 percent of caregivers feel that electronic medical records and other healthcare IT solutions are proving beneficial. Doctors and nurses say the availability of better information, the accuracy of care and the opportunity track follow-up care as the top three benefits. However, those providers requiring massive IT overhauls are not seeing the benefits as readily as their tech savvy counterparts. Get more details on the study from ThirdAge.com.

Operations and On the Political Beat:

The advantages and disadvantages of advanced health IT are regularly debated. Learn how one hospital improved efficiency, reduced waste and provided better patient outcomes by using its data in new ways and making important information more readily accessible.Forbes.com has the full story.

Things that make you say, “Huh?” and our favorite unexpected news of the week:

A 31-year old was killed after a portable meth lab exploded in a nursing home resident’s room. The three residents were not injured, according to MSNBC, but were hospitalized. The investigation into the meth lab is continuing and the Ohio Department of Health is investigating the nursing home, which was cited for multiple violations in its annual state survey. A meth lab in a nursing home? No, we’re not kidding.

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