Weekly Roundup

This Week in Senior Living News

Aging News:

If you’ve ever wondered if yourself or a loved one is at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, a new questionnaire developed by doctors at the Banner Sun Health Research Institute in Arizona may offer some insight. The simple, 21-question quiz is designed to be answered by a caregiver or loved one and is said to be more than 90 percent effective at detecting Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). About 15 percent of patients with MCI will develop Alzheimer’s disease within one year.  Check out ABC Action News for more information.

Senior Living News:


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If you live in or are planning a visit to New York City, and you or a loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s disease, you should check out Meet Me at the MOMA, a unique monthly program geared towards memory-impaired individuals and their caregivers. Not in proximity to NYC? No worries: ARTZ (Artists for Alzheimer’s) is offering similar programs at museums around the world. Visit AARP to find out more.

Caregiver Stories and Advice:

Forbes contributor Carolyn Rosenblatt talks about placating an aging parent who resists moving. Is it safer to undertake home modifications that enable aging-in-place, or is it more cost-effective to move to a senior living community?

Falls are common among aging loved ones. This humorous (or not so much) first-perspective account of a fall is a helpful caregiver read. Galveston Daily News has the story.

Tech Roundup:

The Caregiver Partnership features an informative piece on information technology tools that can aid caregivers and health providers. Check out the article for the latest tech sites for caregivers, new mobile apps and services and great tools for long-distance caregivers.

Considered Skype as a tool to keep in touch with an aging parent or loved one? The Seattle Times talks about this and other struggles common to long-distance caregivers.

Operations and On the Political Beat:

The healthcare sector continues to grow in terms of employment, while other industries are struggling to maintain the status-quo. According to BusinessWeek, healthcare is expected to be the biggest job gainer by the year 2020.

So much for the CLASS Act: The section of the 2010 health reform law designed to provide long-term care insurance is on the chopping block, as the House voted to repeal it last week. However, the Obama Administration says it won’t implement a repeal. The future of the CLASS Act may just depend on the outcome of the upcoming presidential election. News Medical discusses the vote and what it may mean for consumers.

Uwe E. Reinhardt, a professor of economics at Princeton, tackles the rising cost of healthcare in a detailed analysis for The New York Times. Reinhardt criticizes the concept that Americans are “over-insured” and therefore opt for expensive, high-tech diagnostic tests as a driving factor behind health care costs. Is the problem that Americans have little to no valid information about what a procedure or test may cost prior to agreeing to it? Reinhardt takes a complex, yet very interesting look at the possible causes of skyrocketing health costs.

Sex offenders in nursing homes? As the population ages, more and more residents will be entering nursing homes with a checkered past. It’s an issue serious enough that the House subcommittee is taking notice, deliberating over a bill that would require nursing homes and assisted living communities to check the sex-offender registry against both current and new residents and provide proper notification in the event that a resident is on the registry. The bill is far from coming to fruition, as many amendments and modifications have been proposed, including some that would separate registered offenders from the mainstream long-term care population. Get the details from the Des Moines Register.

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

What’s the best cure for the winter blues? An assisted living community in upstate New York thinks it has the answer: A good, old-fashioned snowball fight, complete with hot soup to warm up. McKnight’s Long-Term Care News reports.
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