Weekly Roundup

This Week in Senior Living News

Aging News:

Are you a “Nevertiree?” It seems as if aging Americans with a high net worth are more likely to continue working, in some capacity, well after the traditional retirement age.  Will you continue working, either for economic reasons or personal satisfaction after 65? Check out Newsweek’s article on “Nevertirees.”

It can’t all be blamed on genetics! In fact, 60 to 70 percent of age-related maladies may be related to a person’s lifestyle and environment, according to a study released by the American Medical Association.  But, if you think it’s easy to control such factors,think again. Check out why changing our lifestyle is easier said than done at

Senior Living News:

Would you consider a senior living community where “quality of life precedes quantity?” Designer and writer David Wilson is hoping to open a community where boundaries are limited and the outdoors is actively utilized as part of the facility. Read more about David’s vision at HuffingtonPost’s The Blog.

Nearly 25 percent of assisted living facilities are now offering skilled services to their residents, according to a new article published by Forbes. The days of hotel-like living are over and many facilities now resemble nursing homes with residents requiring — and facilities providing — higher levels of care than ever before.

Caregiver Stories and Advice:

Have you ever considered yoga to relieve the stress of caregiving? In a new study, yoga has been proven to lower depression and increase cognitive functioning in the caregiving population.  In addition, it can help lower blood pressure and stress and relieve back pain. Read more about yoga for caregivers at HuffPost Healthy Living.

Nearly 7 million Americans are caring for their aging parents from hundreds or thousands of miles away.  Technology is helping caregivers and their parents cope with the distance, but it does not take away the guilt felt by many who are unable to be by their loved one’s side when it counts the most. Read more at The Daily News.

Seniors may get a break from airport security.

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Tech Roundup:

By 2013, it’s anticipated that 500,000 wireless blood pressure monitors are expected to be in the homes of cardiac patients. Technology advances have been hindered by reimbursement issues, but changes are being made by Medicare, Medicaid and private insurances to help bring life-saving technology to patients’ homes. Read more at DesignNews.

Operations and On the Political Beat:

Despite turning 65, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney is not enrolling in Medicare. He says the system is broken and he plans to continue to pay for private insurance until he is elected into office and can make commonsense reform for the federally funded program. Read more about Romney’s decision at

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

It looks like seniors are going to get a break at airports, or at least they won’t have to take off their shoes to get through security. According to New York Daily News, persons over the age of 75 will no longer be forced to remove their shoes when traveling by air. The TSA also says they will reduce the number of pat-downs. Read more and which airports are piloting the new program here.

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