Your Neighborhood Affects How You Age

A new report lays out the current research on the ways your immediate surroundings influence your health and aging process.

The aging of America’s 76 million Baby Boomers has created a demand for research on how best to live out the golden years. Studies often center on individual behaviors, such as exercise and eating habits, as well as the genetic factors that can affect the health of those advancing in age.

A growing body of research is focusing on environmental influence. One avenue of inquiry involves how neighborhood characteristics, such as walkability, income level, and safety, can affect people’s ability to stay healthy and benefit from “aging in place”—that is, remaining in their homes and communities, as most Baby Boomers have indicated they’d like to do.

Posted by editor on Thu, 06 Apr 2017 12:04 | Permalink

Useless Robots, Smart Apartments: Getting Tech Right in Senior Housing

The shift from the silent generation to the baby boomers in senior housing is slowly happening, and one large distinction between the generations is that boomers want more tech.

Balancing implementation of certain technologies in communities is a challenge for some operators, Michael Skaff, chief operating officer at Masonic Homes of California, said during a panel at the What’s Next Boomer Business Summit in Chicago last week.

“Technology adoption is something we’ve been struggling with,” Skaff said. “Some residents don’t even like digital signage, but others want to know how fast our WiFi is. It’s a differentiator, something that will be an expectation for people entering our community in the coming years.”

Skaff and two other senior living executives recently addressed this need to embrace tech while trying to move at the right pace of change, separating useful devices from non-useful, and considering employee needs as well.

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16 or 27 million 2016 breaches, 1 in 4 Americans? Data, IoT insecurity runs wild (US/UK)

Accenture’s report released in February calculated that 26 percent of Americans had experienced a health care-related data breach. 50 percent of those were victims of medical identity theft and had to pay out an average of $2,500 in additional cost. One-third (36 percent) believed the breach took place in hospitals, followed by urgent care and pharmacies (both 22 percent).

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Local police departments restore peace of mind by phoning senior citizens once a day

Living alone can be tough for seniors. Some don’t have family nearby to check on them, and they worry that if they fall or suffer a medical emergency and can’t get to the phone to seek help, no one will know.

That’s why hundreds of police agencies in small towns, suburbs and rural areas across the country are checking in on seniors who live alone by offering them a free automated phone call every day.

Police officials say the computerized calling systems, which are fairly inexpensive and easy to use, provide an important service to a growing senior population that is expected to reach 65 million by 2025. Already, nearly half of women age 75 and older live alone.

And advocates for older adults say telephone check-in programs can help seniors remain independent in their homes and give them — and their family members — peace of mind.

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Retail Developer Oppidan Pursues $400 Million Senior Housing Pipeline

This coverage of the 2017 National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care Spring Investment Forum is brought to you by Mainstreet. As the nation’s largest developer of transitional care properties, Mainstreet specializes in real estate development, value investments and health care. With Mainstreet’s support, SHN is bringing event coverage of the NIC conference, which draws developers, providers and operators within the post-acute and preventative health care services space.

After entering the senior housing space about three years ago, Oppidan Investment Company is going big, with a $400 million development pipeline in the works and partnerships with well-established operators.

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Repo Man Who Paid Off Elderly Couple’s Car Returns Now to Care For Widow

Jimmy Ford made national headlines in November after he gave an elderly couple the Thanksgiving surprise of a lifetime – and now he’s back to help Pat Kipping recover from the recent death of her husband.

Jimmy originally had to repossess Pat and Stanford Kipping’s 1998 Buick because they couldn’t af Jimmy managed to raise roughly $25,000 on GoFundMe, which helped pay off the Kipping’s car and medical the last five car payments due to their ever-growing list of expensive medications.

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How To Spend Your Final Months At Home, Sweet Home

There’s no mystery about what older adults want when they become seriously ill near the end of their lives.

They want to be cared for at home. For as long as possible.

It’s easy to understand why. Home represents familiarity, safety and identity — the place where we belong.

Yet health systems aren’t rewarded financially for making “time at home” a priority like they are for reducing the number of patients readmitted to hospitals.

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Doctors talk aging: What's normal, how to manage it

The aging process takes a toll on the body, and knowing that helps individuals adjust to the new normal, doctors said.

Dr. Saquib Anjum, a geriatric and palliative care physician, said helping aging patients know what are typical changes to the body can help ease fear when the patient notices those changes.

"I see a lot of anxiety patients go through because of aging," Anjum said. "Aging is broadly predictable."

As life expectancy increases, it's important that the growing number of senior adults understand these body changes, Anjum said.

Posted by editor on Fri, 24 Mar 2017 11:03 | Permalink

Behind the wheel

If you are retired or soon going to retire and plan on buying a new car, you might be in for a shock — and not just sticker shock.

Technology has taken hold in the automobile industry, and if you haven't purchased a new car in the last 10 years, the choices in options are overwhelming.

CarFit is sponsored by the American Occupational Therapy Association, AAA and AARP with the goal of helping mature drivers find the car that fits them the best.

Posted by editor on Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:03 | Permalink

How to keep the elderly warm in winter

Severe cold snaps can have dramatic effects on everyday life, especially for the elderly. Cold and wintry conditions can cause severe illness and, in the worst cases, people can die. By taking some simple precautions, most people can be prepared for the cold weather.

Posted by editor on Tue, 07 Mar 2017 14:03 | Permalink