Weekly Roundup, Fourth Edition

This Week in Senior Living News

Welcome to the fourth installment of the Weekly Roundup! This week we’ve received some incredible caregiver stories for the Caregiver Recognition Awards. Have you submitted your story yet? You can do so here, or if you don’t want to write it yourself, let us know, we’ll call you for an interview and write up your story for you! November is National Family Caregivers Month

On to this week’s top news!

Aging News:

Ever wonder why there’s so much hype about antioxidants? The Atlantic talks about the health benefits of antioxidants, including the truth about antioxidants and aging.

Managing multiple medications can be frustrating for seniors, according to the Duluth News Tribune. This informative article discusses stats about prescription drug usage in different age categories and how different verticals are addressing the issue of medication management. Caregivers, patients, physicians, pharmacists and home care providers are often all involved in prescribing and helping seniors organize medications, but a lack of communication often adds to the frustration.

Senior Living News:

More LGBT-focused senior living services. The latest: An 80-unit apartment building will become affordable housing for LGBT seniors. Senior Housing News reports on this latest development serving the LGBT senior population.

New York seniors might be paying more for prescription drugs. The Oneida Daily Dispatch has the scoop.

Caregiver Stories and Advice:

Upcoming Alzheimer’s study to focus on caregivers: The National Administration on Aging is sponsoring a new study entitled, “Counseling the Alzheimer’s Caregiver.” The study will place Alzheimer’s caregivers in support groups with the aim of providing coping strategies and techniques for meeting the needs of the Alzheimer’s patient.  Get the details from Standard Examiner.

AARP releases a list of the best car features for caregivers. Whether you’re caring for young children, aging loved ones or disabled adults, numerous features are available that can make the job of transporting loved ones simpler and safer.

Mindset launches a cool product line aimed at improving cognition in the elderly and those suffering from cognitive impairment through Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

On the Political Beat:

The White House releases its proclamation declaring November National Family Caregivers Month 2011.

The need for home health aide workers will blossom in the coming years, thanks to a number of factors, according to This is good news for the employment outlook, although experts doubt there will be enough willing workers to meet demands, as home health aide positions are generally low-paying.

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

November is National What Month? We all know that there are numerous recognition events and celebratory days that often overlap. November, actually, has a total of seven proclamations from the White House. Yes, seven. They include: National Diabetes Month, National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month, Military Family Month, National Native American Heritage Month, National Entrepreneurship Month, National Adoption Month and National Family Caregivers Month. If you’re looking for something to celebrate this month, you shouldn’t have trouble finding a reason! Reported by

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