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Senior Living Week in Review: November 16th 2012

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenNovember 16, 2012

This week brings all sorts of interesting news: From Joan Lunden’s senior nutrition tips on Better TV to an enchanted island of centenarians to Sean Kell discussing “How to Choose a Long-Term Care Facility for a Loved One”—there’s never a dull moment in A Place for Mom’s senior living news.

Stamatis Moraitis tending his vineyard and olive grove on Ikaria. Photo courtesy of The New York TImes, Andrea Frazzetta/LUZphoto

As America ages and the massive baby boomer population reaches senior status, our country is faced with the reality of caring for a nation where 25% of the population will be retired by 2050, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; a scary number when you think about the government resources needed to support these retirees. This is why the nation is so busy trying to plan for the future need for an influx in senior housing and is passing initiatives, such as The National Alzheimer’s Project Act and and an improved Medicare benefit.

November especiallyNational Alzheimer’s month and Caregiver’s Awareness Month—’brings to light’ the importance of planning for the future, supporting today’s 40 million American caregivers and celebrating an aging population who has contributed greatly to the culture and advances our country has seen over the past 50+ years.

Senior Housing News

A Place for Mom CEO, Sean Kell, recently caught up with Kiplinger’s Cameron Huddleston to discuss “How to Choose a Long-Term Care Facility for a Loved One” as most American’s are not educated about present-day senior living accommodations. Visions of institutional, white-walled nursing homes plague American’s thoughts, and today there is a plethora of care options that include activities, socialization and many fabulous amenities. Senior housing and care options can range from independent living to assisted living to memory care, and  care is catered depending on the seniors’ individual needs and budget, as discussed in the article.

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The Island Where People Forget to Die
This fascinating article discusses the mystery of why the inhabitants of Ikaria, an island of 99 square miles that is home to almost 10,000 Greek nationals, live so long and so well. One man who was diagnosed with lung cancer in his mid-60s, and given 9 months to live, actually regained strength, a life and is still around three decades laterall without medical intervention.
Suggested by: Marika F.

Senior Care Tech Review: Radio Frequency’s Role in Memory Care Communities
What do UPS and memory care have in common? The answer is radio frequency technology! While the postal service uses radio frequency to track packages, Autumn Senior Living LLC is using this technology as a tablet-based communications app for seniors that allows users to send and receives messages and get information about community services, activities, events and programs. And there’s moreresidents can also sign up for community services, transportation and store helpful medical and health information.
Suggested by: Tracey F.

The Emotional Aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
Hurricane Sandy has left tens of thousands of older people on the East Coast strugglingwithout power, anxious and hopeless. Many of these individuals who were already at risk for medical conditions are struggling to survive; they have no food, are scared and need help. Unfortunately, there’s only so much help available.
Suggested by: Jeff A.

Alzheimer’s Tied to Mutation Harming Immune Response
A mutated gene, known as TREM2, is only the second found to substantially increase risk of Alzheimer’s disease in older people. This specific gene, discovered by two separate scientists, is suspected to interfere with the brain’s ability to prevent the buildup of plaque. This plaque then creates toxic shards of protein that accumulate plaques on the brain that contribute to the debilitating disease.
Suggested by: Alaina D.

Senior Nutrition Tips from Joan Lunden
and Dr. Jones-Born on Better TV

Did you know that 3.7 million seniors are malnourished in the U.S.? Yesterday morning on Better TV, A Place for Mom’s Joan Lunden and senior nutrition expert, Dr. Lindsay Jones-Born, discussed senior malnutrition, the unique nutritional needs of seniors and some healthy senior nutrition recipes. Learn how to prevent senior malnutrition and watch the video clip from the show below:

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