This Week in Senior Living News
Happy New Year and welcome to 2012! The final week of 2011 brought some informative and entertaining news from the senior living industry. As more Baby Boomers reach the age of 65, 2012 is sure to be a year full of change as the industry prepares to meet the needs of the rapidly increasing senior population. That said, Boomers are reshaping the way we think about aging, with shifting perceptions about what “old” really means and a desire to live longer.
AnnArbor.com says that aging is nothing more than “the start of something new,” encouraging the aging to learn new skills, pursue goals and dreams.
Just how old is old? Radio New Zealand talks about the perception of age.
Memory loss could be linked to silent strokes in adults. ABCNews reports on findings that indicate that many adults have asymptomatic strokes.
Seniors may take longer to make decisions, but that doesn’t mean their mental capacities are fading. Instead, they often just prefer to think things through before opening their mouths — a lesson learned through years of experience. Get the details at MSNBC.
Senior Living News:
How old do you want to be when you grow up? Most Americans say they want to live to be 90. Get the details of the survey at UPI.com.
Retirement? Today’s seniors are laughing in the face of retirement, as many are opting to continue working, either out of need or pleasure. Read more at DelawareOnline.com.
Caregiver Stories and Advice:
The AARP blog has a fabulous New Year’s-oriented post for caregivers. If you’re a caregiver, consider mindfulness as a New Year’s resolution this year. Amy Goyer writes a compelling piece on the topic.
Rita Altman suggests a few other New Year’s Resolutions for caregivers for the Huffington Post.
Whether caregivers are juggling aging parents with toddlers, busy teenagers or adult children who have returned home thanks to their own family or economic challenges, the Sandwich Generation seems to face an endless road of obstacles. The Washington Post touches on the issue and points out that the next generation of sandwich-ers, children of the current Baby Boomers, may find themselves even more pressed as Baby Boomers tended to have fewer children. That means there will be many families without the support of siblings to ease some of the caregiving burden.
MIT has developed a suit, AGNES, that aids designers in creating livable infrastructure for aging adults. The suit is designed to impose physical limitations similar to that of a 75-year-old person. Check it out at Geekosystem.com.
ICD coding is moving from ICD-9 to ICD-10. Some changes to medical coding are being implemented in order to accommodate increasing complexities in diagnosis and treatment. The current coding system, ICD-9, will grow from about 18,000 codes to about 140,000 codes with ICD-10. Medical billing clerks will have some learning to do. Janet Dillione describes the update for the Huffington Post.
OneMedPlace hosts an informative interview with John Milad, an investor with NBGI Ventures, on advances in medical device technology that enable the transfer of data in real time.
Operations and On the Political Beat:
Medical real estate is a growing industry, thanks to increasing needs, a growing elderly population and a shift towards outpatient and patient-centered care. Healthcare Finance News reports on the subject.
More patients are exiting nursing homes, opting to return to their home communities. This is due in part to a rule requiring nursing homes to ask residents quarterly if they’re interested in returning to the community — and following up with relevant information if the answer is yes. The New York Times reports on the subject and we also covered the topic in a recent blog post.
Things that make you say, “Huh?” and our favorite unexpected news of the week:
Eating less could prevent or delay the onset of Alzheimer’s disease. A group of Italian researchers found that strict, lean diets can contribute to keeping the mind young. It seems counter-intuitive; after all, food is the body’s nourishment for both the body and brain. What do you think? True or a fluke? Check out the International News Network and give us your vote in the comments!