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This Week in Senior Living News

Aging News:

Tips to start saving for retirement today

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Longevity is on the rise! More adults are living to age 90 and beyond, according to recent results from the U.S. Census Bureau. Check out the article at USAToday.com.

Are you missing the boat on saving for retirement? First Coast News has a report on 10 ways you can start saving for retirement now.

Senior Living News:

LGBT seniors tend to have higher rates of depression and loneliness as they age. The results of the study are published at LGBTQNation.com. As more members of this population begin to age, senior living experts must address these issues to adequately provide services.

ThroughLifeandDeath takes a look at a difficult situation in which a woman is denied access to hospice care because her husband (and primary caregiver) expresses grief as anger and was perceived as a threat to staff. Weigh in with your opinions on whether this is an ethical decision.

Tech offerings are quickly becoming a necessity among senior living residents — not a luxury! How tech-savvy is your facility? Senior Housing News reports.

Caregiver Stories and Advice:

This week, we wrapped up our Caregiver Recognition Awards! You can read our press release announcing our winners here. Or, visit our program page for full details and access to our winners’ stories!

The holidays are fast approaching. (Wait — wasn’t it just New Year’s Eve???) Thanksgiving is upon us later this week, and for many adult children, it serves as an opportunity to gauge the health of our aging parents. Memory loss is one factor that can indicate the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. Patch.com offers ten warning signs you can look for when you return home this holiday season.

In more memory-related news, a study conducted by Clionsky Neuro Systems (CNS) finds that elderly patients are often unable to recognize their own memory loss. Still need convincing that it’s your duty to check in on mom and dad this holiday season? Read the writeup at MarketWatch.

BusinessInsider takes a look at the future of family caregiving in light of recent statistical findings, including increased cost burdens thanks to possible cuts to government programs and a recessionary toll that leaves many families unable to afford nursing homes, assisted living or other long-term care options.

Caring for aging loved ones over the holidays

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Family Caregiver Newsletter has some additional tips for coping with caregiving duties over the holiday season.

Operations and On the Political Beat:

In the wake of its assisted living disaster, Florida lawmakers are now advocating for increased scrutiny of the industry, more state power to shut under-performing facilities down and stricter credentialing requirements for operators. TampaBay.com has the details.

Becker’s Hospital Review features a well thought-out piece for senior living executives. Healthcare leaders, ask yourselves these five questions to assess your leadership skills.

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

It’s not unexpected or unusual, but we’re highlighting this piece here because coping with anger among dementia patients is a very serious problem for many caregivers. Since we’re entering the holiday season, it’s extremely important to learn coping mechanisms if you have a loved one with dementia. Many times, adult children are taken off-guard when they return home to find their once loving parent suddenly angry and distraught. Don’t feel helpless when you visit home over the holidays. The Huffington Post offers advice on handling this difficult situation.

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