Weekly Roundup

This Week in Senior Living News

Aging News:

Can being overweight actually be good for your health? Only if you’re over 85, according to It turns out that the same extra weight that can contribute to early death and risk factors like diabetes and heart disease can actually help stave off death in the elderly. Read more to find out exactly why overweight 85-plus-ers tend to live longer.

Now this is lifelong learning! Marilyn Zorn is the oldest student at CMU, at the age of 84. Zorn has taken 29 classes at CMU since 1996, as part of the university’s senior citizen audit program, which provides free classes (for no credits) for adults over 60. Read more at Central Michigan Life.

Senior Living News:

The first full-service senior center dedicated to LGBT aging adults celebrated its grand opening on Thursday. The SAGE Innovative Center caters to specific needs faced by this community during the aging process, such as the loss of a partner. Read more at the Huffington Post.

Many seniors are ready to make the move to senior housing, yet they’re stuck where they’re at due to less than ideal real estate market conditions. Our own Joan London reports on her latest stint in her search for senior housing and tells us why she’s feeling stuck in Baltimore.

Caregiver Stories and Advice:

Social media can provide a way for caregivers to cope with the daily challenges they face, particularly the element of feeling alone in their plight. Naples News points out that caregivers are free to be themselves and share their emotions when they connect with others via social channels. Read the full story.

Night stand reveals a lot about a person

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Anthony Cirillo, a member of our panel of expert judges for the 2012 Best of the Web contest, has an informative guest post on McKnight’s Long-Term Care News. Cirillo speaks to caregivers, noting its time to come out of the closet in the workforce. He points out that employers must do a better job of readily accepting caregiving situations and providing support for employees in these situations.

Tech Roundup:

They say electronic health records (EHRs) will save healthcare millions, but implementation isn’t so cut-and-dry. CMS has issued Stage 2 guidelines for meaningful use in a document published in the Federal Register. Get the details from

Operations and On the Political Beat:

So when will ICD-10 come into play? According to Seattlepi, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is considering a delayed compliance deadline for some entities. However, an implementation delay could increase costs and wouldn’t prove beneficial in terms of readiness, according to the article.

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

Is the nightstand the window to the soul? An article at McKnight’s says you can tell a lot about a person just by looking at their nightstand. The same holds true after the passing of a loved one, when family members are forced to go through a loved one’s belongings. The article is an incredibly insightful read about the many things that can be discovered and questions that can arise just from looking at a person’s nightstand.

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