This Week in Senior Living News
Throughout our lives, it’s important to feel as though we belong to something or somewhere: a group, a family, a school, a home and so on. But as we age, those groups we’ve felt a part of our whole lives begin to dissolve. In Lewis Richmond’s book, Aging as a Spiritual Practice: A Contemplative Guide to Growing Older and Wiser, he addresses these challenges and offers up some insightful research into belonging as a critical factor of successful aging. Read Richmond’s post at the Huffington Post for the full story.
The Baby Boomer generation has re-written a lot of unwritten rule books throughout a lifetime, and retirement is yet another standard that’s quickly going out of style thanks to the Boomers. The Windsor Star discusses a new retirement trend: Encore careers, or moving beyond traditional careers to embark on a new journey post-retirement.
Senior Living News:
Lifestyle plays a huge role in successful and healthy aging. This Redding.com article addresses the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) list of ten recommended preventative care measures.
Are retirement resorts the wave of the future in senior living? The Wall Street Journal highlights the growing trend of fun and lively resort-style retirement.
Caregiver Stories and Advice:
Dr. Chill provides some great tips for coping when an aging loved one refuses to go to the doctor on ChicagoNow.com.
Time and time again, studies show that caregivers report higher levels of stress. But interestingly, despite these consistent differences in typical health risk factors between caregivers and non-caregivers, research by Dr. Lisa Fredman of Boston university found that caregivers experienced lower mortality rates across an eight-year follow up. Get the full story at Free Alzheimer’s Support.
More opposing views on the implementation of health IT: A new study published in the March issue of Health Affairs finds that physicians who view diagnostic images electronically (i.e., on a PC or tablet) are more likely to order follow-up tests. If this is true, it could mean a rise in costs. At the same time, it could mean that more patients are being appropriately diagnosed and cared for sooner, thus reducing care costs overtime. Read the story at HealthcareITNews.com and tell us your thoughts.
CIO Insight conducts an informative analysis of existing research on health IT, reporting that significant numbers of caregivers and family members believe health IT improves care delivery, saves time and money and reduces many frustrations common in healthcare settings today. Yet, a look at providers indicates that many lack the necessary infrastructure to implement many programs that would prove beneficial. For instance, nearly 60 percent of health IT pros report having to add storage, servers or other programs after complaints of slow systems from users.
Operations and On the Political Beat:
Skyrocketing Medicare costs are at the forefront of many political debates these days. The Obama Administration just took a hit on its health reform law, as the House voted Thursday to abolish the Medicare cost control board created under the law. The New York Times has the full story.
Can hospitalizations speed cognitive decline in the elderly? A new study says yes. Researchers at Chicago’s Rush University Medical Center found that cognitive abilities can decrease at twice the normal rate after a hospital stay. Chicago Sun Times has the details.
By 2030, the number of senior citizens identifying themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transsexual is expected to reach 3 million. Because the LGBT population is aging right along with the rest of the world, providers are seeing increasing numbers of LGBT adults within their communities. SAGE has released an informative guide aimed at helping providers offer more effective services through an understanding of the difference in the overall experience of aging and the need for acceptance.
ALFA’s Senior Living Executive Magazine has released its annual roundup of the top ten largest senior living providers.
Things that make you say, “Huh?” and our favorite unexpected news of the week:
Want to know what it feels like to be old? Well, now you can, and sooner than you may think. The staff at AgingCare.com participated in an Older Adult Sensitivity Program (wearing special glasses to impair vision and other clothing modifications to emulate the experience of being old) and offered up their own first-person perspectives of the experience.