This week in Senior Living News

We at hope everyone had a safe, happy Thanksgiving with family, friends and loved ones near and far. The holiday season is officially upon us, and it's time to build happy, lifelong memories with those near and dear to us. Recently on our blog we've shared some caregiving tips and advice on monitoring the status of your aging loved ones, as this time of year is often one of the few times distant relatives and adult children have the opportunity to visit. Keep checking our blog as we'll be offering more holiday ideas and caregiving advice over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, we've rounded up some of the best senior living news and information of the past week. Tell us what you think in the comments below!

Aging News:

The New York Times Caring and Coping blog discusses a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment. Sometimes this diagnosis is a precursor to Alzheimer's disease; others, it's an unwanted side effect of aging or a component of another disease. In any case, it's a good read for those recently diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, with a discussion of recent related research. provides some useful tips for coping with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease.

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It's a new reality: HIV and AIDS patients are living longer thanks to advancements in treatments. It's now common to see an HIV-positive resident in an assisted living facility or nursing home. Fortunately, our society has evolved and the stigma associated with HIV has decreased. It's common knowledge that simple things like sharing silverware don't place a person at risk of contracting the virus. However, there's a debate among the medical community about who should be caring for HIV-infected persons. Is it the primary care practitioner, or don't these professionals have enough knowledge of the disease to treat it adequately? Check out for an intriguing discussion on the topic.

Senior Living News: features an interesting story about the use of baking as cognitive therapy for Alzheimer's patients.

Caregiver Stories and Advice:

More on Alzheimer's behaviors: Are behavior issues the patient's or caregiver's problem? has the story.

A recent study finds that caring for a loved one with Alzheimer's disease can result in impacts to your personal health. Many of these can be avoided through proper self-care and a willingness to reach out for help. Get the details at

The Wall Street Journal also weighs in on this topic, outlining the hidden costs of Alzheimer's.

Tech Roundup:

No one is perfect. Not even highly-trained medical professionals. In fact, human error accounts for a significant chunk of hospital errors: Medical errors are the 5th leading cause of death. Pro-IV aims to reduce the frequency of these errors using technology which ensures caregivers follow the standard operating procedures for administering treatments and medications. Get the details at

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The FDA recently approved i-glucose, a wireless diabetes management system that alerts family and caregivers when a patient checks his blood glucose levels. Caregivers noticing a sudden shift can ensure their loved one receives immediate care. The press release is published at

Operations and On the Political Beat: reports that the senior housing market is booming. No big surprise, considering longevity continues to increase in the U.S. and our population overall is aging.

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

The Washington Times features an interesting opinion piece outlining how Medicare/Medicaid can fail aging loved ones. Politics and recent cuts are at the forefront of the issue.