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Senior Living Week in Review: November 9 2012

Dana Larsen
By Dana LarsenNovember 9, 2012

November brings not only National Alzheimer’s Month, but also Caregiver’s Awareness month. So with the change in seasons and bustle of the approaching holidays, there are a lot of interesting senior happenings…

Artists for Alzheimer's Exhibition in San Francisco, CA. This piece: Grand Canyon, by Don H. in Acrylic

As seniors and their caregivers are dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, and a 99-year-old Florida woman votes for the first time in this week’s election, we’re reminded not only of our own fragility and how our decisions can impact the nation; but also of the importance of family and community. Life seems to be full of a conglomeration of single moments—both uneventful and extraordinary—that make up our stories. And when we reach our golden years it’s this everyday living and the people we surround ourselves with that impacts our existence. But the decisions we make along the way, such as choosing to lead a healthy life, are beginning to impact the nation as a whole.

Impact of Alzheimer’s on an Aging Population

As baby boomers approach senior citizen status in record numbers, caring for this aging population is not only the responsibility of close family and friends, it’s up to our society as a whole. This is why initiatives such as The National Alzheimer’s Project Act, funding for new Alzheimer’s research breakthroughs, and senior programs such as

    Artists for Alzheimer’s
are so important.

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Senior Housing News

Last week, A Place for Mom CEO, Sean Kell, did an interview with Senior Housing News that covered a number of topics, including our expansion into Florida and Oklahoma, as well as, thoughts on education for consumers on senior living options. Read what Sean has to say regarding the consequences of the “severe lack” of consumer education about senior care options.

Reading Recommendations from A Place for Mom Staffers

Some Retirees Seek Senior Living Options at Universities
Why are senior citizens heading back to college in droves? With occupancy levels well above the industry average and often running a wait list for admission, senior living communities with university affiliations are a hot commodity for those seeking lifelong learning and ever-higher education. Suggested by: Tracey Fitzgerald, Director of Public Relations.

The Truth About Anti-Aging Products
People spent $80 billion dollars on anti-aging skin products in 2011 and it’s expected to rise to $114 billion in 2015. This article looks at which ingredients are effective and which are pure hype. Suggested by: Marika Francisco, Director of Content.

“Voices of Alzheimer’s” by Betsy Peterson
In honor of Caregiver’s Awareness month, my recommendation is a caregiving book by Betsy Peterson, who spent 14 years caring for her husband who suffered from dementia. This experience gave her perspective and put her in touch with others dealing with the cruel disease. “Voices of Alzheimer’s” offers a combination of contributions from patients, their families, friends and caregivers. The funny quotes, priceless encouragement and poignant stories provide a realistic and heartfelt look at what it’s like to deal with this difficult disease. Suggested by: Dana Larsen, Content Marketing Manager.

How to Shoot a Photo to Remember
From the New York Times New Old Age Blog, this post offers some great pointers on photographing the elderly. Taking pictures that capture someone’s essence can be difficult. Even taking a candid picture that’s a good representative of someone can be challenge, for that matter. But taking pictures of an elderly loved one who suffers from health complications can be especially challenging. Suggested by: Jeff Anderson, Content Marketing Specialist.

Elderly Photo, Courtesy of The New Old Age, Steve Bedell

Video of the Week

And if you haven’t watched this fascinating video about a man in a nursing home reacting to music from his era, ““Alive Inside Documentary Project,”we recommend you do so as it is both touching and amazing how music can impact the mind of an Alzheimer’s sufferer:

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