Design Topic: Tips for Creating Accessible Bathroom Environments for Senior Living

Posted March 30, 2012
It makes me happy to come across articles that highlight the imporance of design for senior living. Good design is equal parts form (the aesethics) and function and this thorough article on bathroom design from Senior Housing News if proof of that.   Written by Alyssa Gerace It’s becoming increasingly important to design with aging in mind, especially with the population about to get significantly older. Similar to kitchens, bathrooms are also high-traffic areas where it’s imperative to create a safe, accessible, and functional environment for individuals as they age, whether they’re still at home or in a senior living community.   To continue ...
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Airing tonight on PBS: Independent Lens, a look at Dementia, From the Inside

Posted March 29, 2012
I just came across this & wanted to share ASAP since this will be airing later tonight on PBS.  The article from The New York Times' blog New Old Age provides the background on how the writer found more than he expected when he arrived at a senior living facility for research and met a woman living with Alzheimer's.     Dementia, From the Inside By JANE GROSS, Founding Blogger Scott Kirschenbaum’s new film, “You’re Looking at Me Like I Live Here and I Don’t,” was supposed to be scripted and cast — a coherent story with a beginning, a middle and an ...
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Alzheimer’s Update: Researchers link Alzheimer’s and diabetes

Posted March 29, 2012
Long term Living  recently shared the newest discoveries in Alzheimer's research.     March 21, 2012 by Kevin Kolus Emerging research suggesting that Alzheimer's disease may be linked to insulin resistance and could eventually be considered a third type of diabetes was supported by two new articles published in the April 2 issue of the Journal of Clinical Investigation.   To continue reading the entire article click HERE
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O'Hare to test simpler screenings for elderly passengers

Posted March 28, 2012
I'm happy to share an article with good news for traveling seniors from The Chicago Tribune. Less-stringent measures will be offered to passengers 75 and older — but only at 1 terminal so far By Ashley Rueff, Chicago Tribune reporter March 15, 2012 Some elderly travelers will have fewer hoops to jump through during security screenings at O'Hare International Airportstarting Monday, Transportation Security Administration officials said Wednesday.   To continue reading the entire article click HERE
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13 Little Luxuries We Deserve Now That We’re Over 50

Posted March 27, 2012
I thought it was time for a fun post!  Now go ahead, SPLURGE!  Everyone can agree one of the best things in life to splurge when you can. Here's a list from the AARP of 13 reasonable splurges. Do you find anything you'd love in it?  What are your lifes little splurges?   13 Little Luxuries We Deserve Now That We’re Over 50 Indulge in some of life's well-earned treats by: Jacquelyn Mitchard | from: AARP Bulletin | November 4, 2011 One of the kids asks, "What's the good thing about growing up?" There is one. It's a mixed blessing for sure, but ...
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Knowing a Senior’s Goals and Values Makes Health Decisions Easier

Posted March 26, 2012
AgingCare.com goes over some scenarios Caregivers may expierence.  Talking about the course of action a Senior would like to take can be difficult at times, but can make things easier in the long run.  I hope this article proves to be helpful!   By Anne-Marie Botek Your elderly mother has severe Parkinson's disease. She has trouble walking on her own and sometimes need help with eating and dressing herself. A recent visit to their doctor resulted in a diagnosis of stage IV colon cancer. The doctor recommends surgery to remove the tumor from her colon and surrounding organs as well as chemotherapy. ...
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Hospitalization may speed cognitive decline in seniors.

Posted March 23, 2012
Personally, the connection to a hospital stay & a cognitive decline makes sense, at least from a psycological standpoint.   This report by CNN not only shows the toll a trip to the hospital can take on Seniors, but it shows, indirectly, the important role of the Caregiver.   March 21st, 2012 Post by: Caitlin Hagan - CNN Medical Producer People 65 years of age and older experience cognitive decline an average of 2.4 times faster if they have been hospitalized, compared to people of the same age who haven't, according to a new study.   To continue reading the entire article click HERE
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Legal Question: Answered

Posted March 22, 2012
Elder Law Answers provides good information on topics you might not think about... Is My Will Still Valid If I Move to Another State?   Last Updated: 2/27/2012 12:52:44 PM Among all the changes you must make when you move to a new state -- driver's license, voter registration -- don't forget your will. While your will should still be valid in the new state, there may be differences in the new state's laws that may make certain provisions of the will invalid. In addition, moving is a good excuse to consult an attorney to make sure your estate plan in ...
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Continuing care communities give peace of mind

Posted March 21, 2012
As always, Senior Living Experts is here to help you in the process of searching for a Continuing Care Retirement Community.  Please contact us at 877-687-0450 or info@seniorlivingexperts.com if you would like assistance!  In the meantime, here are some personal stories from an article in the Chicago Tribune that shows you what others have done. Like a lot of people, Bob and Judie Knott took care of their mothers in their later years. Though both of their mothers lived in assisted care facilities, the Knotts spent a fair amount of time taking them to doctor's appointments and making sure that everything was done ...
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U.S. seniors missing out on $20 billion of benefits

Posted March 20, 2012
Here's a good article from Reuters to see if there are any areas in which you or your loved one could gain benefits to offset living costs. As a student, it is daunting going over all the paper work that comes along with school and so very easy to miss something.  Doing my taxes this year & understanding which credits I was eligible for was confusing. This article makes me realize everyone needs direction sometimes and what a great thing these organizations are doing in stepping up & helping out.   (Reuters) - Millions of seniors in the United States are ...
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