Weekly Roundup

This Week in Senior Living News

Aging News:

The Huffington Post features a great summary of the strides made in Alzheimer’s diagnosis and treatment over the past 30 years.

The Christian Science Monitor features an article covering new Census findings, which indicate that 1 in 8 Americans are now senior citizens, a figure that will continue to grow in the coming years.

1 in 8 Americans are senior citizens

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Senior Living News:

Architect Wid Chapman and gerontologist/builder Jeffrey P. Rosenfield talk with Julie Lasky of The New York Times on the launch of their new book, “Unassisted Living: Ageless Homes for Later Life” and how Baby Boomers are changing the way we think about senior living.

Caregiver Stories and Advice:

We’ve posted another great Silver Spotlight interview: This interview, with Catherine Arendt of Era Living, discusses challenges and solutions for downsizing an aging loved one. features an interesting commentary on caregiving styles, and the idea that they may be influenced by attachment styles. This article is an interesting read for caregivers and offers insight into how their own attachment styles could influence their evaluations of a loved one’s pain or care needs.

Tech Roundup:

Great mobile apps for caregivers: Use these apps to help keep track of caregiving duties, track medication dosages, remember scheduled appointments and even find recipes to suit your loved one’s dietary needs. The LifeFone blog has the details.

Operations and On the Political Beat:

With Medicare nursing home payments on the chopping block, providers are taking steps to curb labor costs. Modern Healthcare reports on a study, which finds that quality of care suffers as a result of cost-cutting efforts.

President and CEO of Emeritus Corp., Granger Cobb, talks about the assisted living industry and says a market rebound is underway. NuWire Investor has the details.

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

In other nursing home news, Bloomberg Businessweek says a recent report to Congress indicates that nursing homes are administering powerful anti-psychotic drugs to patients who truly don’t need them. Could your loved one be receiving an unnecessary anti-psychotic?

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