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Category Archives: Senior Living

Senior Living Insurance: Elderly Safety on the Road

Senior Living Insurance Elderly Safety on the RoadSenior Living Insurance: Elderly Safety on the Road

There have been many debates in recent years, based on stories of elderly people getting into collisions and accidents as well as studies done pertaining to reaction times, on whether or not seniors should be required to stop driving at a certain age. The problem with this is, there are many seniors who are completely able bodied, minus a few ailments; perhaps an arthritic knee, or muscle stiffness. The fact is, seniors are entering community care..


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What do Families Expect of Your Memory Care Facility?

What do Families Expect of Your Memory Care FacilityWhat do Families Expect of Your Memory Care Facility?

In a blog post earlier this year, we explored the factors that families and potential residents look for when choosing a nursing home. Features included the home’s proximity to Dr.’s offices and shopping centers, status of the current residents, staffing, and facility condition among other things. When it comes to choosing a nursing home that will serve as a memory care facility, resident’s families are understandably pickier about their decision, given the specialized care..


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Senior Living Insurance: Alzheimer’s Focus of Care Moves to Prevention

Senior Living Insurance Alzheimer’s Focus of Care Moves to PreventionSenior Living Insurance: Alzheimer’s Focus of Care Moves to Prevention

The Alzheimer’s Association International Conference in Copenhagen in early July of 2014 revealed that there has been a shift in focus when it comes to Alzheimer’s care. While treatment of symptoms and effects on the brain is still important, scientists and healthcare providers have started approaching Alzheimer’s care in a more preventive way.

Reportedly, preventative interventions such as exercise, diet, and certain behavioral modifications have been improving cognitive functioning in patients according to

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How Can Staff Improve Resident Self-Esteem in Nursing Home Settings?

How Can Staff Improve Resident Self-Esteem in Nursing Home Settings?How Can Staff Improve Resident Self-Esteem in Nursing Home Settings?

In an article on senior living website McKnights.com, Occupational Therapist Shelly Mesure explored the idea of how the elderly may relate to today’s media and its focus on the importance of being “sexy” and beautiful. Mesure has observed some nursing home residents who still take decent care of their looks; wearing high heels, dressing up for meals, and putting thought into their appearance in general. She notes that unfortunately, this is a..


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Is Canadian Bill 52 the First Step to Abolishing Palliative Care?

Is Canadian Bill 52 the First Step to Abolishing Palliative CareIs Canadian Bill 52 the First Step to Abolishing Palliative Care?

In early June 2014, the Quebec National Assembly voted on Bill 52, which legalizes euthanasia on demand in the Canadian province. Alex Schadenberg, executive director of the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition, stressed that Bill 52 “gives Quebec physicians the right to intentionally and directly cause the death of persons by lethal injection. This represents an act of homicide and not an act of “end of life care.”

Schadenberg continues, “Bill 52 claims to..


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Senior Living Industry: Preventing Depression in Alzheimer’s Patients

Senior Living Industry: Preventing Depression in Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s disease is said to account for 60 to 80 percent of all dementias, striking as many as 5 million Americans. Some of the indirect symptoms of this disease include frustration, confusion, and oftentimes depression. Alzheimer’s itself is one of the most common diseases amongst the senior living industry, however the depression factor is not always approached in nursing home settings.

You may notice your nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s or Dementia showing signs of depression such as apathy, loss of interest in activities, social withdrawal, and isolation. While keeping them busy won’t necessarily..


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Can Exercise Improve Quality of Life for the Elderly?

Can Exercise Improve Quality of Life for the Elderly?Can Exercise Improve Quality of Life for the Elderly?

A study published recently in the British Journal of Sports Medicine revealed that there is a direct link between the likelihood of healthy aging and the amount of exercise older people take, no matter their age when they begin exercising. Many fitness and health experts believe that exercise becomes increasingly important as we get older. There’s a large amount of evidence confirming that physical exercise is a key player in disease reduction, optimal mental,..


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Senior Living Insurance: Are Sleep Habits Related to Mental Decline?

Senior Living Insurance: Are Sleep Habits Related to Mental Decline?Senior Living Insurance: Are Sleep Habits Related to Mental Decline?

According to a new study published in the journal JAMA Neurology, reduced sleep or poor sleep quality could be linked to increased build-up of beta-amyloid plaques in the brains of older adults- a sign of Alzheimer’s disease. Studies have also found that a decline in cognitive function, such as memory and thinking, is a feature of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI) which is a known risk factor for dementia. This raises the question,..


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Senior Living Insurance: Serving the Nutritional Needs of the Elderly

Senior Living Insurance: Serving the Nutritional Needs of the ElderlySenior Living Insurance: Serving the Nutritional Needs of the Elderly

Working in the senior living industry, you likely know how important nutrition is to the health and wellbeing of senior citizens. Malnutrition in the elderly is actually often under diagnosed, so careful nutritional assessment is necessary, especially for those residents who may be in charge of their own meal planning.

Good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs, and other body parts strong for as long as possible. Eating vitamin-rich food boosts residents’ immunity, and fights..


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Senior Living Insurance: Interacting With Dementia Patients

Senior Living Insurance: Interacting With Dementia PatientsSenior Living Insurance: Interacting With Dementia Patients

Dementia is a progressive illness that is all too common among senior living facilities. Over time, this illness affects a person’s ability to remember and understand basic everyday facts, such as names, dates, and places. It will also eventually affect the way the person communicates.

Communicating with someone who has memory or cognitive problems can at times be tiring and frustrating. It’s important to remember though, that the situation is just as frustrating, confusing, and even scary for the dementia..


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