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Senior Living Insurance: Reading Slows Mental Decline

Senior Living Insurance Reading Slows Mental DeclineSenior Living Insurance: Reading Slows Mental Decline

An inevitable part of the aging process for many individuals is cognitive decline. Some are dismissed as a normal progression of the aging process. In other instances, it can be a sign of Alzheimer’s. Several studies have found that people who report memory loss often years before an Alzheimer diagnosis is made.

A great deal of Alzheimer’s research is focused on not only treatments, but on preventing the onset of Alzheimer’s and other variations of memory loss. Neurology, the medical..


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Senior Living Insurance: Living Longer But Not Always Better

Senior Living Insurance: Living Longer But Not Always BetterSenior Living Insurance: Living Longer But Not Always Better

A study by the Assisted Living Federation of America found that the average life expectancy for Americans rose from 75.2 years in 1990 to 78.2 years in 2010. However, the study also found that despite the longer life span, individuals were in good health without disabilities for an average of 68.1 years, leaving a significant gap.

The gain in life expectancy was attributed to better management of certain diseases, particularly breast and colon cancer and..


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Senior Living Insurance: Green Tips for Your Community

Senior Living Insurance Green Tips for Your CommunitySenior Living Insurance: Green Tips for Your Community

Green living and energy efficiency has been steadily influencing the senior living industry. According to the Assisted Living Federation of America (AFLA), early adopters who have converted their senior living centers to be more energy efficient have demonstrated that savings of 30 percent are possible with no loss of comfort to the seniors or caregivers.

Here are some tips from the AFLA on basic tips you can do right now to green your senior living community.

Survey your..


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Senior Living: Prescription Painkiller Abuse, Opioids

Senior Living Prescription Painkiller Abuse, OpioidsSenior Living: Prescription Painkiller Abuse, Opioids

Opioid abuse has become a national concern. Despite the notion that addiction and substance abuse is primarily for younger people, it affects every age group from teenagers to adults. The senior population is no exception.

Elderly patients tend to take many medications prescribed by multiple doctors for a variety of ailments and symptoms. The overlap in prescriptions and high amount of drugs they take can increase their risk of prescription drug abuse.

Nonmedical use of prescription drugs is a rapidly growing threat. According to..


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Senior Living Insurance: Benefits of Pets for Elderly

Senior Living Insurance Benefits of Pets for ElderlySenior Living Insurance: Benefits of Pets for Elderly

Owning a pet is a joyful relationship- many pet owners consider them part of the family. And research has shown that pets aren't only good for cuddling. They have actual proven health benefits, especially with older adults.

Older pet owners who are on their own can benefit significantly from having a pet’s companionship. And it is especially beneficial for single residents who would otherwise be on their own. Pets can help their elderly owners reduce stress, lower blood pressure, and..


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Facebook Helps Nursing Home Residents with Cognitive Boost

Facebook Helps Nursing Home Residents with Cognitive Boost

Spending time on Facebook has been shown to reduce stress levels, slow down heart rates and relax people in general. And newest research according to the Huffington Post shows a new added benefit of Facebook: sharpening of mental abilities, particularly in adults over 65.

A graduate student in the University of Arizona department of psychology examined whether teaching older adults to use the social networking site could give a boost to their cognitive performance. The findings revealed that after learning to use Facebook, older adults performed 25 percent better on memory tasks.

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Nursing Home: Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

Nursing Home Benefits of Exercise for Older AdultsNursing Home: Benefits of Exercise for Older Adults

Exercise is a huge component of good physical and mental health. Being physically active can help you continue to do the things you enjoy and stay independent long into your old age.

According Go4Life, part of the National Institute on Aging, you gain a lot by staying active. Not only does it help maintain your physical strength and fitness, it helps you improve your ability to do the everyday things you want to do. Staying active can..


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Senior Living Trends: Older People Working Longer By Choice

Senior Living Trends Older People Working Longer By ChoiceSenior Living Trends: Older People Working Longer By Choice

Older workers are working way past the usual retirement age, marking a new changing dynamic of senior citizens.

Older adults are a rapidly growing demographic. Nearly one in eight Americans are now 65 years old. By 2040, the Census Bureau predicts they will account for more than 1 in 5 people in the United States. And among current seniors, more than sixteen percent were still in the labor force in 2010- a significant increase..


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Nursing Shortage Could Affect Senior Living Centers

Nursing Shortage to Affect Health Care Facilities and Senior LivingNursing Shortage Could Affect Senior Living Centers

Among the healthcare changes that will be implemented over the next few years, physicians and nurses will be stretched to accommodate thousands more that will acquire healthcare in the Patient Care and Affordable Care Act. The surge is expected to cause a shortage of nursing staff that could affect the senior living industry.

Despite a 5 percent increase in baccalaureate nursing programs in 2011, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing said the increase will..


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