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Senior Living Week in Review: November 30th 2012

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenNovember 30, 2012

This week brings all sorts of interesting news: From a new Alzheimer’s drug proving effective in repairing brain damage, to new research that examines ageism and its effects on older adults

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November has brought many interesting senior living findings.

Pinterest Pick of the Week: Photo of an old man, courtesy of National Geographic

In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month, A Place for Mom would like to remind caregivers and their families to be aware of the importance of senior nutrition. Eating well is important at any age, but even more necessary for seniors because nutritional needs change as we age. Adequate nutrition is necessary for health, vitality and quality of life.  Andfor a variety of reasonsmany seniors are not eating as well as they should, which can lead to poor nutrition or malnutrition, easily being mistaken as a disease or illness.

Learn how to spot and prevent senior malnutrition, get tips on supporting healthy senior living and nutrition, and learn about Type 2 Diabetes in seniors.

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Prospective Alzheimer’s Drug Builds New Brain Cell Connections
A recent study conducted by Washington State University and published in Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutic involving scopolamine, an active compound found in plants such as Jimsonweed and Angels Trumpted. According to the study, animal research has consistently demonstrated memory-improving  effects, although human trials have not yet begun. Scopolamine has been long known to the medical community, but is only now becoming a focus of Alzheimer’s research.
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Senior Housing Boundaries Blurred As Designer Challenged Tradition
As today’s senior living designers and providers continue to challenge established ideas of what a senior residence should look like, more are recognizing the need for resident-centered care and a focus on wellness and prevention. What it means these days to be an older adult in America is changing: many seniors are staying active through physical fitness, and some are even maintaining careers.
Suggested by: Dana L.

And our Facebook Fan’s Most Popular Inspirational Image of the Week!

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.

Senior Housing Goes Back to School
During the last decade, developers began to explore putting senior communities on college campuses. This trend promised to be a true win-win partnership between colleges and senior communities. Unfortunately, the global economic meltdown and subsequent recession put a damper on plans for such communities. But economic recovery has brought this exciting trend back to life, and plans for marriages between senior communities and colleges are moving forward again.
Suggested by: Jeff A.

Most “Liked” and “Shared” story on APFM Facebook: Read this heart-wrenching love story about an elderly man dealing with his wife’s Alzheimer’s disease. A Place for Mom had an impressive 307 shares and 109 comments as this story ‘tugged at the heart strings’ of many of our Facebook fans.

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