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Senior Living Week in Review: December 28th 2012

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenDecember 28, 2012

With the close of 2012 and emergence of 2013, the next few days reminds us of the importance of caring for our elderly loved ones with resolutions of assessing our favorite seniors’ health, nutrition and overall quality of life. This time of year also signals the importance for caregivers to take care of themselves; take that much-needed vacation or get that relaxing spa treatment you’ve been meaning to get for months. After all, there’s nothing like a new year to start from a clean slate and make sure everyone is rejuvenated!

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We at A Place for Mom hope that everyone has enjoyed a a relaxing and family-filled holiday season. December 21st, 2012 didn’t bring the end of the world, as the Mayans predicted; so now is an excellent time to reflect on your family and your life and how to make 2013 a happy and successful time for your family. Do any of you need physicals? Is there something fun or exciting you’ve always wanted to do? Well carpe diem—there’s no time like the present!

Here are a couple articles to reflect on from this past week:

  1. It’s a Wonderful Life: Family Storytelling — As we age, our memories seem not only more significant, but more vivid. For many wistful seniors, what happened 40 years ago may be more clear than the day before. Learn how to encourage your older loved ones to share their favorite memories and best stories—especially in celebration of a new year—and why this is so important.
  2. What Increases Your Odds of Dementia? — We all know age and genetics have a profound effect on whether someone develops dementia, but there are a lot of other risk factors we all need to know about. Dementia may seem like something frightening, difficult to understand, and impossible to prevent, but knowledge is power when it comes to understanding health.
  3. 10 TED Talks That Will Change the Way You Think About Aging — From frank talk about death and dying to inspirational advice on how to make the most of life, the speakers at TED will make you think differently about getting older. TED’s innovative speakers have plenty to say on every topic under the sun, all with the ultimate goal of spreading ideas that will change lives.

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  • Boomers and Millennials Feel a Need to Care for One Another
    A new study by the Pew Research Center suggests that not only is there no Boomer-Millennial war, but rather the two generations feel a duty to care for one another. This goes against last summer’s media frenzy about a supposed war between greedy baby boomers who are sucking up the nation’s resources, and young adults, the millennials, doomed to a bleak financial future.
    Suggested by: Amanda L.
  • Federal Government Increased Focus on Senior Care in 2012
    Throughout 2012, a variety of federal legislative and regulatory issues arose that will affect senior living communities and senior living residents across the country. From the implementation of the National Alzheimer’s Project Act to proposed revisions to CMS’ waiver program, take a look back at some of the year’s most important initiatives.
    Suggested by: Dana L.
  • China Passes Law Requiring People to Visit Their Elderly Parents or Risk Being Sued By Them
    China’s national legislature amended its law on the elderly to require that adult children visit their aged parents “often”—or risk being sued by them. That’s right; it’s a mandate.
    Suggested by: Krystal C.
  • Learning How to Care For LGBT Seniors
    Learn why a growing population of lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgendered (LGBT) seniors face challenges different from their straight peers’. Today an estimated 4-8 percent of seniors identify themselves as LGBT, and the percentage is expected to double by 2030—meaning there needs to be senior living and retirement options in place for these individuals.
    Suggested by: Tracey F.

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