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What are the differences between senior living communities? What unique care services are available to your parents? There are many options to review, from Senior Independent Living to Assisted Living or Memory Care. Each community offers different features that will be appealing to your parents, including dining, social activities, and fitness programs.

Caring For An Alzheimer’s Patient Is EXPENSIVE!

Newsday reports that the high cost of caring for Alzheimer’s patients “can easily deplete even the deepest bank account. Because the disease lasts so long – anywhere from two to 20 years, depending on the stage at diagnosis – and because the type of care needed often falls beyond the scope of government health care programs, families find themselves scrambling to find the money needed to maintain care for their loved one.”

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Nursing Homes: Battle Between Families And Staff

In a nursing home near Denver, Sharon Kenney’s mother was waiting, and waiting, for an aide to answer her call bell and help her to the bathroom. Her daughter stayed on the phone with her for 45 increasingly desperate minutes. Finally Ms. Kenney hung up, called the desk nurse and asked that someone be sent to assist her mother. The ensuing conversation, as she recalls it:

Nurse: “We’re really busy and we have a lot …Read more ›

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A Positive Nursing Home Story

Gary M. Riffe has a positive nursing home story on My Better Nursing Home today. He is a president of Hi-Acres Manor Nursing Center of  Jamestown, ND.

Here is an excerpts of one of the things they offer –

“… a writing class. It started out with residents writing/telling something about their first day at school, or their first car, things of that nature. It was fun to hear them share. We had …Read more ›

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Dementia Risk Seen in Players in N.F.L. Study

A study commissioned by the National Football League reports that Alzheimer’s disease or similar memory-related diseases appear to have been diagnosed in the league’s former players vastly more often than in the national population — including a rate of …Read more ›

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How Do Seniors Use Social Media ? – National Institute on Aging Launches Study

Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham will use a $1.9 million grant from the National Institute on Aging to determine how computer use and social media activities can enhance seniors’ quality of life. The five-year study will include 300 residents at 15 Alabama assisted living communities who will engage in activities such as blogging, …Read more ›

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Today (September 21st) is World Alzheimer’s Day – The Color Purple

World Alzheimer’s Day is a day when Alzheimer’s Associations and other organizations around the globe unite in an effort to raise awareness about the disease and its impact on our families, communities and nations.

The theme for World Alzheimer’s Day™ 2009 is ‘Diagnosing Dementia: See It Sooner’.

Alzheimer’s is a sinister disease. Hard to spot, hard to diagnosis, and hard to deal with effectively. It is also extremely difficult for the caregivers. Those family members who …Read more ›

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What to do when you are 104 years old and in a nursing home? Tweet !

Tuesday is her 104th birthday, but that hasn’t stopped Britain’s Ivy Bean from being an avid Twitter user and possibly the oldest person on the social networking site.

From the care home where she lives in the northern English city of Bradford, near Leeds, Bean updates her more than 40,000 Twitter followers about the ups and downs of her life — from getting her hair done with her good friend Mabel, to eating fish and …Read more ›

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The Best Nursing Homes in the U.S.

There are over 25,000 nursing homes in the U.S. About 16,000 accept government funding via Medicare or Medicaid. As of December 2008, Medicare has created a 5 star rating system to try and rate the various nursing homes. While there are some opponents to the system, it is currently the only, unbiased rating system for nursing homes in the U.S, and as such it is an excellent tool for those family …Read more ›

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California’s new budget may force seniors who receive in-home care support to go to Nursing Homes

California’s $26.3 billion budget deficit is marginalizing seniors who rely on California state-provided health care and service to help them manage their lives.

“One endangered program is in-home support services for more than 400,000 elderly and disabled. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed cutting those services for all but the most severe cases, which could force many who are now independent to move into nursing homes. … Flora Mae King of San Bernadino turned 102 last …Read more ›

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To CCRC or not to CCRC… That is the $500,000 Question.

In 2000, Jane Gross’ mother was to come back to New York to live with her children as her health started to fail. What started with this premise quickly became an ordeal for Jane. As her mother was transitioning away from independent living towards assisted living, questions became more and more complicated. While she hoped to go to a continued care retirement community (CCRC), she was daunted by the costs.
CCRC’s do cost a lot …Read more ›

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