SeniorHomes.com Weekly Roundup

This Week in Senior Living News

Aging News:

What’s aging really about? Learning life’s lessons? Working hard, enjoying retirement? Quality time with our grandchildren? According to Dr. Laura Mosqueda, head of geriatrics at the University of California-Irvine, aging is about adapting. As we strive to enjoy life’s blessings, maintain good health and happiness in our elder years, adaptation is the key, Mosqueda says, and the foundation for successfully achieving all those golden desires. Read the full report at SunHerald.com.

Senior Living News:

As Joan London moves painstakingly through the process of attempting to sell her condo so that she can move Westward and closer to family, she finds herself considering a short sale or foreclosure to get out from under her condo in the stalled real estate market. But suddenly, a new option appears: What’s a DIL, and is it the right move for Joan? Read Joan’s latest blog on her search for senior housing and weigh in with your advice.

Stay tuned for a unique look at living with dementia. “You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here, and I Don’t,” is a new film by Scott Kirschenbaum which aired on select PBS stations at the end of March. (A final airing date is set for April 6th in Washington.) Kirschenbaum initially intended to cast actors for the film, but fate brought him to his unlikely star: Lee Gorewitz, 78, a resident in the dementia unit at Reutlinger Community for Jewish Living in Danville, California. In the end, Kirschenbaum provides an insightful look at living with dementia through the eyes of Gorewitz as she makes her way through her daily routine. The New York Times’ Jane Gross takes a look at the  backstory.

Caregiver Stories and Advice:

Cindy Laverty offers some wise advice for caregivers: Create a plan in order to maintain balance. With proper planning, undue stress and anxiety can be minimized, reducing the overall adverse effects that can come from being overwhelmed. Read the rest of Laverty’s tips at EzineArticles.com.

Remote-based care monitoring

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Tech Roundup:

Long-Term Living Magazine has released a white paper on the use of technology to improve quality of life. Specifically, the report covers technology provided by “It’s Never 2 Late” and its impact on core elder outcomes related to quality of life through The Green House Project, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Live independently with LivIndependa, a new tablet-based remote care service for aging adults launched by LivHOME, a national provider of professional in-home care services. Part of the growing trend of remote-based care services, LivIndependa connects seniors with care managers for medication reminders, check-ins for activities of daily living and a personal emergency response system. The service is ideal for seniors who could benefit from some level of assistance yet don’t require hands-on care.

Operations and On the Political Beat:

The pay-for-performance Medicare test run was a failure, according to a report by Boston.com. The results are disappointing, as the pilot program was the first step in an attempt at redefining the current Medicare payment system in hopes of improving patient outcomes. Despite increased pay for the administration of certain vaccinations and medications and improved counseling for patients with heart failure, the program did not reduce the number of patients who died within 30 days of admission.

Competition isn’t always a good thing, at least when it comes to large-scale hospital systems and health insurance providers. Forbes.com reports on the latest in the continued struggle to reduce healthcare costs by taking aim at insurance providers, discussing the contract negotiations between Highmark, one of Pennsylvania’s largest health insurance providers, and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). The contract between the two entities is set to expire in June, and as both insurers and hospital systems scurry to secure a large proportion of the patient population to boost revenues, experts say patients will be the ones losing out in this battle.

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

Seniors hit the slopes

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Too healthy for a senior discount on a ski pass? Purgatory at Durango Mountain in Colorado thinks so. The resort has scaled back its senior passes in response to increases usage, thanks of course to the growing numbers of active seniors who are still enjoying their love of the slopes. While there was once a silver pass for those aged 62 to 69 and a golden pass for those over 70, Purgatory is now offering only one senior discount pass for those 65 and older. The price tag? About $400.

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