Category Archives: Senior Care Articles

"Aging in Place" Model Unrealistic

With the first of the 78 million Baby Boomers already reaching age 65 in 2011 and more on the way, the nation’s housing system will require new approaches to meet the “aging in place” demand of this swelling population.

Staying in one’s home not only reflects a “financially sensible housing option” for many seniors, but also helps give meaning to one’s life, says former Secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Henry Cisneros in an op-ed for The Miami Herald.

6 Healthy Habits for Seniors

Some healthy habits that seniors can follow include getting sufficient sleep, exercising, eating a healthy and nutritious diet, developing a positive circle of friends, visiting the doctor regularly, and managing stress properly.

If you’re a senior, you can still recapture the energy of your early days. As a matter of fact, there are many ways to help one accomplish this. GenF2O Plus is a supplement which seniors can take to improve health and their quality of life. Apart from using products which are good for one’s health, seniors should learn to watch their health and their lifestyle. Here are some healthy habits that seniors should follow:


ALFA, Partners To Tackle Elder Abuse

Those who work in care settings, have a unique opportunity to pick up on cues, elder advocates say, in the detection of abuse cases, with the Assisted Living Federation of America leading the charge toward this effort.

Despite hesitation to talk about elder abuse, it’s a growing problem that is plaguing older Americans and is gaining more attention in Washington on dual fronts-its causes and prevention.

Financial abuse alone amounts to $2.9 billion annually according to the Metlife Mature Market Institute, with other forms of fraud and abuse taking steep tolls as well.

“Elder abuse” can be many things, financial exploitation aside. It could be misuse of Power of Attorney, unsanitary living conditions, or lack of care when care is needed.


ALFA's Official Response to PBS Special

An investigative report delving into the assisted living industry and issues associated with staffing and training aired recently on PBS Frontline, with serious implications for the public’s view of senior care and assisted living communities in particular.

When rare and isolated accidents occur in assisted living, just as they may occur at home, it is a tragedy and we are heartsick. Our members are dedicated to their residents, families and team members and work tirelessly every day to maintain standards of care and integrity with zero tolerance for neglect, abuse or exploitation.

Assisted Living and Coming Technology Changes

Five Ways Robots Will Change Senior Housing

The Innovation Series is Brought to you by Care Innovations, a joint venture between Intel Corporation and GE, committed to creating technology-based solutions that give people confidence to live independently, wherever they are. With GE’s expertise in healthcare and Intel’s expertise in technology – we’re innovating to change the way care and solutions are delivered.

While you probably won’t see a fleet of robots staffing an independent or assisted living community in place of human caregivers in the near future, there are plenty of ways that robots are already making senior living more efficient-and are bound to do so in the coming years.

Considering the expected future capabilities of robots and the trajectory of their acceptance, here are a few key-and interrelated-areas robots will profoundly impact the senior housing industry.

Assisted Living Costs and the Recent Recession

The Great Recession can be considered assisted living’s turning point, marking a pronounced shift from being primarily a lifestyle choice to primarily a needs-driven decision for consumers.

“Ten to twelve years ago, assisted living was more lifestyle-driven,” says Allison Guthertz, Vice President, Quality Resident Services at Benchmark Senior Living. “These days when residents move in, they already need help with three to five activities of daily living (ADLs).”

Care Giver Supply to Drop as Boomers Age

AARP: Senior Caregiver Supply to Plummet as Boomers Age

Fewer older Americans will be able to remain living in their homes as they age, predicts AARP in a new report, as the number of potential caregivers shrinks dramatically compared to the coming boom in seniors at risk of needing long-term care.

“Family caregivers-including family members, partners, or close friends-are a key factor in the ability to remain in one’s home and in the community when disability strikes,” says the AARP Public Policy Institute in an Insight report. “More than two-thirds of Americans believe that they will be able to rely on their families to meet their [long-term services and supports] needs when they require help, but this belief may collide with the reality of dramatically shrinking availability of family caregivers.”

Caregiver stress: Tips For Taking Care of Yourself

It’s difficult enough for caregivers to manage their personal life without the added responsibilities of providing care and managing various aspects of someone else’s life as well. There is proven research showing caregivers are less healthy than non-caregivers, both physically and mentally. This research is based on higher hospitalization rates, higher death rates and higher levels of depression. Additionally, those who have other responsibilities, including being a spouse, parent and/or employee are likely to deal with more everyday stress.


Dementia and Your Diet - An Apple a Day...?

Nine Foods to Help Prevent Dementia

A new report from the Alzheimer’s Association says that one out of three seniors die with Alzheimer’s, although that is not necessarily the cause of death. While research is still ongoing about how to stave off Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, some research suggests that certain foods may help protect against mental decline and even prevent brain-wasting diseases. Alzheimer’s is identified with inflammation, so the thinking is that foods with anti-inflammatory properties may be able to delay age-related cognitive disorders. Nine commonly available foods could help prevent mental deterioration, and they even taste good.

Dementia Meltdowns - How to React Safely

“He just blew up at me!” “She threw a tantrum and lost it!” When someone with dementia seems to turn angry or aggressive in an instant — shouting, becoming upset, pushing you away — this meltdown behavior is known as a “catastrophic reaction.” It’s an emotional outburst borne of fear, stress, or other suddenly overwhelming emotions. And it’s not uncommon behavior for moderate-stage dementia.

How to deal with this scenario:

If it happens to you, don’t panic. Retreat. Wait a few minutes for the person to calm down — it’s harder for your loved one to process messages (even your kind, calm ones) when he or she is emotionally “hot.”