Assisted living facility to open in May

MOUNT PLEASANT — The Cottages at Biscayne Park Place, 3820 Old Green Bay Road, will open in May.

An Assisted Living and Memory Care community is owned and operated by Therapeutic Assisted Living Operations (TALO) under the management of Barbara Mueller, a licensed therapist with more than 25 years of experience in geriatrics and working with the senior population. Mueller brings her extensive experience and care team of occupational therapists, physical therapists, clinical health and nutrition specialists to The Cottages.

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Get healthy, start walking - Columbia Basin Herald

One of my coworkers recently shared a news story regarding a new study that suggests prolonged sedentary periods like sitting increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, cancer and death among people who exercise regularly.

This is a somewhat bold finding that even though you may exercise, prolonged periods of sitting could contribute to serious health issues. Many of us sit at a desk during work, so what’s the answer to keep our bodies moving? Treadmills at your desk? Yes this has become popular, but let’s face it, most of our employers are not going to install treadmills in a cubicle or office for us.

The next best thing to a treadmill is just regular, old-fashioned walking. If we took time out of each day to increase the amount of walking we do, we could keep our bodies moving a lot more. Standing is another option when it can be done comfortably, which is better than sitting. So let’s take a look at walking and its benefits.

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Exercise may slow brain aging by 10 years for older people

Exercise in older people is associated with a slower rate of decline in thinking skills that occurs with aging. People who reported light to no exercise experienced a decline equal to 10 more years of aging as compared to people who reported moderate to intense exercise, according to a population-based observational study published in the March 23, 2016, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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‘Granny Cam’ Laws Target Assisted Living

A wave of new bills about camera regulations in assisted living settings is bringing privacy issues to a head as technology increasingly tracks data and monitors resident in the senior housing industry.


While five states have implemented monitoring regulations within skilled nursing settings, two other states are looking to spread these laws into assisted living and other long-term care facilities.

These laws have been prompted by many family members that have sought increased accountability and protection for loved ones within skilled nursing facilities. Over the years, videos surfacing of elder abuse or thefts have influenced people to take protection into their own hands with camera monitoring, Jason Lundy, a lawyer who specializes in senior housing, health care and fraud and abuse with Chicago-based law firm Polsinelli, told Senior Housing News.

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A Hot Trend: The Internet, Social Media & The Elderly

Many might think that social media is the exclusive domain of the younger generation. However, many of our older adults have enthusiastically adopted it to keep up with the times as well as their old acquaintances and younger family members. Grandparents are becoming proficient in alien things like Skype and Facebook and liking it. It has become a healthy emotional outlet and word of its benefits has spread like wildfire among the elderly.

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Older people can HALVE risk of dementia by gardening, dancing or going for brisk walks

A study of almost 900 patients found those who exercised most had more neurons in areas of the brain including the hippocampus, which controls memory.

Older people can halve their risk of dementia simply by gardening, dancing or going for brisk walks, according to new research.

The study shows that virtually any type of aerobic activity boosts the amount of grey matter meaning mental decline becomes much less likely.

A study of almost 900 patients followed for 30 years found those who exercised most had more neurons in areas of the brain including the hippocampus, which controls memory.

Posted by editor on Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:03 | Permalink

The Gray Area: Is it safe to leave my loved one home alone?

“Never put me in one of those nursing homes.”

These words haunt caregivers – adult children, spouses, partners, close friends – across the country. But when your parent struggles to find their way to the kitchen, you may be facing the question, “When is it not okay to leave my loved one at home alone anymore?” This is a difficult question to answer, from a healthcare professional’s perspective and from a caregiver’s perspective. Sometimes it’s black and white, sometimes you’re stuck in a gray area. But you’re not alone. As the U.S. aging population grows, and is expected to double by 2030, so does the role of caregivers. More and more people are faced with the heavy duties of addressing the needs of a loved one, or making the incredibly hard decision to ask for additional support through elder care services like assisted living, or nursing homes.

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Why Senior Living is About to Accelerate EHR Adoption

Tech-savvy senior living providers, including some of the largest national chains, have been adopting electronic health records in growing numbers. The drive to wire-up assisted living and similar communities with EHRs may soon gain even more momentum thanks to two recently announced initiatives.

While government funding to subsidize the cost of EHRs has been available for hospitals, physician practices, and other health care providers for years, long-term care providers have been shut out of the program. That’s about to change in a limited way. Now, federal and state funds will begin to flow to Medicaid providers such as LTC facilities, behavioral health providers, and substance abuse treatment centers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced at the recent HIMSS conference in Las Vegas.

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How ‘Before I Die’ Walls Boost Palliative Care

Palliative care appears to be near a tipping point, both due to increasing demand and the ways in which home health agencies and other health care providers are figuring out how to offer and pay for it. While access to palliative care has spread in recent years, awareness and availability of these services is still considered slim.

Palliative care is centered around providing care to those with serious illnesses, no matter the diagnosis or stage of their condition. Regulatory constraints for this type of care have kept it mostly within hospital settings until recently, as more home health agencies have set out to tackle these needs.

Posted by editor on Mon, 21 Mar 2016 11:03 | Permalink

Peoria CarFit safety event ‘fit’ for seniors

To help the 10,000 Americans turning 65 every day and all senior drivers find a better “fit” with their cars for comfort and safety, mobility experts are hosting a safety program designed to help older drivers and their families. 

CarFit is national program developed by AAA, AARP and the American Occupational Therapy Association and is designed to give a quick, yet comprehensive check on how well an older driver and their vehicle work together.

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