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Senior Living: Week In Review July 2nd

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenJuly 6, 2012

Get the latest news, trends and tips in senior living for the week of July 2nd…

We hope that everyone had an enjoyable 4th of July holiday with their friends and family. Along with all the celebrations, A Place for Mom would like to remind families to keep their elderly loved ones hydrated as America is currently experiencing record heat waves across the country. According to NPR, 45 of the 50states currently have temperatures in the 90s, and many states are experiencing triple digits. So along with the refreshing strawberry lemonade, make sure to bring out the protective hats, umbrellas, sun block and water to help protect our elders. Here’s an article to help educate you on Elderly Dehydration.

And here are the weekly posts on A Place for Mom’s Senior Living Blog:

Best Pet Friendly Senior Living in Houston

As seniors transition into assisted living communities from their own homes, they usually try to streamline their lives as much as possible, focusing on their medications, comfort and a few beloved possessions. Many extraneous belongings get downsized, as do the stressors of owning and maintaining a home. It’s all a part of moving on to the next phase of life in a senior assisted living community.

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However, it’s worth holding onto a pet (or getting one!) when entering an assisted living facility, studies have shown. Finding a pet-friendly community can make all the difference to the elderly when making such a transition… Read full article.

2012 Worst Year on Record for Nursing Home Violations

The truth about nursing homes is sobering. Though we assume that seniors in nursing homes or assisted living facilities receive a basic level of comfort and safety, the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA) reports that in 2012 nearly 1 in 3 nursing homes were cited for violating federal standards over a two-year period, and over half of nursing home staff members admitted to mistreating senior residents over the prior year.

Abuse has always been a problem, but with today’s large population of aging seniors, in conjunction with the depressed economy, families really need to be diligent when finding nursing homes… Read full article.

Family Feud: When Siblings Clash about a Parent’s Care

As aging parents lose their independence and begin to rely on family for more support, the amount of conflict between adult children can increase. Dealing with a parent’s care can rekindle sibling rivalries that have lain dormant for years—even decades. This discord can tear families apart, and spoil some of the last opportunities children have to build meaningful, positive memories with their parents… Read full article.

Florida Kosher Certified Assisted Living Communities

Home-style dining? Check. Personalized gourmet menus? Check. Midnight pizza hankering? Check. In many areas of Florida, all of the above and more are available for residents of independent living  and assisted living communities—and all of it’s kosher-certified.

In recent years, demand has been ballooning for resources for Jewish seniors, from shops and hotels to synagogues and restaurants. According to a 2009 study from the University of Miami, South Florida is second only to New York with respect to the size of its Jewish community… Read full article.

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