Senior Living Trends Articles

Keep up to date with trends in senior living community care. Learn how senior communities are changing, how senior care is managed, and how technology affects today’s senior activities.

First-Time Internet Users Exhibit Boost In Brain Function!

Boost In Brain Function Seen In First-Time Internet Users After Just 1 Week

You can teach an old dog new tricks, say UCLA scientists who found that middle-aged and older adults with little Internet experience were able to trigger key centers in the brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning after just one week of surfing the Web.

The findings, presented Oct. 19 at the 2009 meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, suggest that Internet training …Read more ›

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Nurse Ratched Or Nurse Kevorkian?

Nurse Is Accused of Using Internet to Encourage Suicides

MINNEAPOLIS — A nurse who authorities say visited suicide chat rooms on the Internet and encouraged depressed people to kill themselves is under investigation in at least two deaths and may face criminal charges that could test the limits of the First Amendment.

Investigators said the nurse, William Melchert-Dinkel, 47, feigned compassion for those …Read more ›

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Internet Use Cuts Depression Among Senior Citizens

Spending time online reduces depression by 20 percent for senior citizens, the Phoenix Center reports in a new Policy Paper released today. In addition to the quality of life benefits, the Policy Paper said reducing the incidence of depression by widespread Internet use among older Americans could trim the nation’s health care bill.

“Maintaining relationships with friends and family at a time in life when mobility becomes increasingly limited is challenging for the elderly,” says …Read more ›

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How Silly Stuff And Nonsense Sharpens the Intellect

In addition to assorted bad breaks and pleasant surprises, opportunities and insults, life serves up the occasional pink unicorn. The three-dollar bill; the nun with a beard; the sentence, to borrow from the Lewis Carroll poem, that gyres and gimbles in the wabe.

An experience, in short, that violates all logic and expectation. The philosopher Soren Kierkegaard wrote that such anomalies produced a profound “sensation of the absurd,” …Read more ›

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5 Simple Steps To Choose The Right Senior Care Provider

Finding the right Senior Care Solution for an aging loved one is one of the most complex decisions you can face in a lifetime.  It’s incredibly stressful, and often needed to be done in a very short timeframe.  It is for that reason that we’ve developed OurParents, and why we’re outlining some best practices other families have used to find the right answer that meets their loved ones’ unique personal and financial needs.

Here is …Read more ›

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Great Technology for Aging in Place.

Business Week has devoted a special report to Aging in Place. Aging in Place is defined by the CDC as “The ability to live in one’s own home and community safely, independently, and comfortably, regardless of age, income, or ability level”. Many a research has shown that the longer we can stay in our own home, the longer we live and our quality of life is much better.

The article focuses …Read more ›

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Best Senior Friendly Electric Grills

As we get older, we often need to find ways to simplify cooking and improve our diet. Moving from the frying pan to an electric grill is an easy place to start. Easy to use electric grills are great for seniors who love grilling up a healthy meal, but don’t have the time or …Read more ›

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Announcing User Forums on OurParents

We are continuing to evolve OurParents. We started out by building the largest (over 100,000) directory of senior care (eldercare) providers in the country. We then added a great search engine on top of it, and created best-in-class reports on each care provider, which we give out for free to our members (others charge up to $99 per report…) We then added the ability for our users to add reviews, and by now have …Read more ›

How would you like Your Flu? Swine or Regular? It’s Flu Season time – Are you Prepared ?

It is flu season approaches and this year, there is  increasingconcern about the threat of H1N1 (swine flu). Health experts, (and OurParents) woud like to reminding people to prepare for the seasonal flu, which every year IS a very serious threat.

A good online free resource, to help you  clear up the confusion about H1N1 and the seasonal flu, please check out– www.findaflushot.com by Maxim Health Systems.

It has the following features:

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The Future Face of In-Home Caregiving

How soon will it be before robots begin to take on caregiver tasks? According to researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago, it could be as soon as three years from now.

“The elderly population is getting larger and larger. How do we provide care for them? How can they stay living in their homes, which impacts the quality of their life and their relatives’ lives?”

Through a combination of speech, gesture, and touch …Read more ›

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