SeniorHomes.com Weekly Roundup, Installment Two

Welcome to the second edition of the SeniorHomes.com Weekly Roundup! Tons of news and great stories to share from around the web this week. As always, if we missed anything fantastic on our list, let us know in the comments!

This week in senior living news

Aging News:

Mayo Clinic researchers are studying ways to improve well-being as we age with a unique “living lab” set inside a senior housing facility, which is home to 400 residents. The Healthy Aging and Independent Living Lab (HAIL), part of the Charter House, a building adjacent to the Mayo Clinic, will investigate strategies for improving longevity. Check it out in the Wall Street Journal. Research needed on link between bipolar disorder and aging

PsychCentral.com raises some important questions regarding the connection between bipolar disorder and aging, pointing out that there’s little research in this area. Some studies indicate lithium, a common treatment for bipolar disorder, may offer some protection against dementia. But as a person with bipolar disorder (or other psychiatric diagnoses such as schizophrenia) ages, symptoms of the disease can overlap or be confused with signs of dementia.

Senior Living News:

The National Council on Aging (NCOA), in cooperation with the Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement (WISR) and the Bank of America Charitable Foundation have produced a toolkit to help seniors avoid falling victim to scams. Read more about “Savvy Savings Seniors: Steps to Avoid Scams” at MarketWatch.

The nation’s first-ever LGBT senior center is planned in Manhattan. The Huffington Post has the details on the latest initiative by SAGE, a LGBT advocacy group. We also covered the story in a recent blog post.

Caregiver Stories and Advice:

Barbara McVicker speaks on the impact of caregivers in the workforce in a YouTube video.

In a slump? Here are 18 boredom buster ideas for caregivers and their loved ones.

On the Political Beat:

The CLASS Act is dead in the water. Or is it? The Obama Administration officially nixes the CLASS Act last Friday after a report indicated that the program was unsustainable. Senior Housing News has the details.

CLASS Act supporters, in response, are making efforts to reinstate it. Their chances of success seem dubious at this point, according to The New York Times, which outlines the financial data behind the decision.

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

Consumer Reports reviews health insurance plans with interesting findings.

Moderate to high stress levels are linked to higher mortality rates, according to HealthCanal.com. Clearly, stress puts physical strain on the body as well as emotional strain on the mind. Clinicians have been telling us this for decades, but research continues to back it up.

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