This Week in Senior Living News

Aging News:

Twitter isn’t just for the younger generation. Aging blogger and author Holly Robinson takes a look at how she became a Twitter addict. She was reluctant to try it but found that it’s a great way to get news, drive traffic to sites that are important to her and support others in her network.  Read more about Holly’s love of Twitter at HuffingtonPost’s The Blog.

No Regrets.  A new study in the journal Science reports that letting go of regrets may have be beneficial for maintaining emotional health as we age. A similar study showed that regret has a negative effect on the immune system and hormones. Check out the full story here.

Senior Living News:

In an effort to provide its residents with exceptional care, an assisted living facility in California has partnered with a premier geriatrician. Belmont Vista assisted living community now provides onsite medical care ranging from physical examinations to x-rays and EKGs. Check out the full details here.

The cost of skilled nursing is rising at a much higher rate than that of assisted living. According to a new report released by Genworth Financial, the yearly cost of assisted living is less than half that of a private room in a skilled nursing facility. Check out the full details at Assisted Living Federation of America.

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Caregiver Stories and Advice:

Seniors aren’t just concerned with caring for their aging loved ones, but many are stepping up to care for their young grandchildren. Many are facing financial and emotional difficulties that come with raising children on limited incomes. But, most say they wouldn’t have it any other way. To read more about these loving grandparents check out this story.

A new Canadian report examines the breakdown in the country’s support for caregivers and elderly needing in-home support. Many people with complex diagnoses, like Alzheimer’s disease, are only receiving a few hours more care than those with moderate diagnosis. Read more about the consequences of the limited support at The Globe and Mail.

Tech Roundup:

According to a recently released report, 40 percent of consumers are turning to social networks to find reviews of doctors and learn about treatments and procedure. But, many health care organizations are slow to adopt social media into their practices. Read more on how individuals are using social media to revolutionize their healthcare.

Operations and On the Political Beat:

The Obama administration announced this week that they are expanding the use of competitive bidding for medical equipment. The test program saved money for taxpayers and patients without compromising quality of care. Medicare reports the most common equipment purchased in the program include diabetes testing supplies and oxygen. To learn more, check out The New York Times for the full story.

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

Have you noticed your wife isn’t speaking to you as often as she used to? You’re not alone. According to a new study, women tend to shift their focus to younger females after their child-bearing years, in what some believe is a shift in thinking from bearing their own children to grandchildren. Read more about this shift in contact at the Ottawa Citizen.