Key to long life revealed in new book

October 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Helpful publication on leading a long life.

The second edition of Happy to 102: The Best Kept Secrets to a Long and Happy Life has been released today by North American senior in-home care provider Home Care Assistance.

The book, which was written by a selection of senior care experts, contains details on how lifestyle changes can promote a greater life expectancy.

This edition features extra information that was not included in the first publication such as scientific case studies and testimonials as well as supplementary content. Read more

Erickson Living joins Go4Life

October 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Activity championed in old age.

Retirement community developer Erickson Living is joining a new national exercise and physical activity campaign for over fifties.

The Go4Life initiative, which was launched yesterday by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is being led by the National Institute on Aging (NIA).

It will provide resources to older adults to help them incorporate exercise into their everyday lives. The federal campaign is based on research, which shows that physical activity can help people to  stay healthy, independent and prevent some of the chronic conditions associated with aging. Read more

Free memory screening for seniors

October 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Tests offered to those concerned about safeguarding their memory.

Free memory screening will be offered to the public at Riderwood retirement community in Silver Spring on Tuesday, November 15.

The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America will hold a National Memory Screening Day at the Maryland facility to promote early detection of the disease which affects recognition processes in the brain.

Riderwood social workers and speech therapists will conduct free memory screenings from 9am to 11am and from 1pm to 3pm in Renaissance Gardens and in the Private Dining Room in Montgomery Station.

Results will be given to each participant along with a letter that can be passed on to physicians so that the results can be discussed further.

Walk to End Alzheimers set for Maryland retirement facility

October 19, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Participants are welcome.

A Walk to End Alzheimer’s event has been organised by Riderwood retirement community and will take place next month.

Residents and staff will take part in the mini walk to draw attention to the cognitive problems faced by many seniors in old age. Members of the public are also invited to attend the event at 3140 Gracefield Road in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Walkers will start in the Lakeside Commons lounge area and head inside to Riderwood’s extended care neighborhood, Renaissance Gardens. There will be refreshments, information, and forget-me-nots for all to fill out in honor, or in memory of, loved ones with Alzheimer’s. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple.

The event will be held on Wednesday, November 2, at 2pm.

Walker Methodist expands to meet demand for assisted living facilities

October 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Assisted living style facilities set to be built in Minnesota.

Almost 40 transitional care and rehabilitation suites for seniors are being built in West St.Paul by senior service provider Walker Methodist as part of an $18 million expansion plan.

The project also includes the construction of 10 care suites and 24 memory units designed for older people dealing with Alzheimer’s and other cognitive disorders. Read more

Tweetchat on senior living

October 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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The first ever Tweetchat on the senior housing industry will be held this November by retirement community manager Erickson Living.

The social media event will allow the adult children of seniors to find and discuss information on retirement living for their parents. Anyone who wants to get involved in the virtual discussion forum can send tweets on the microblogging site Twitter using the hashtag #ELLife between 1pm to 3pm (Eastern Standard Time) on November 17.

Health is better among social seniors

October 18, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Spending time around people can benefit senior health.

Seniors who spend time maintaining their social relationships have fewer memory problems and physical limitations than those who do not engage with others, according to new research.

Elderly people who frequently interact with others also have a lower mortality rate because social engagement helps them to deal with stress and feel a sense of purpose.

Patricia Thomas, postdoctoral fellow for the Population Research Center and leader of the study, said: “If you have these relationships, if you have a family, you [don't want to] take too risky…behaviors. You want to behave in ways that promote your health so you’re around to socialize with them and be in their lives.”

Sale of five Oklahoma nursing homes agreed

October 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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The healthcare facility management company is making its first foray into the Sooner State.

Five skilled nursing homes in Oklahoma are to be bought by Springfield based AdCare Health Systems Inc in a $16 million deal.

The facilities generate an annual revenue of $15 million and comprise of 357 beds.

Chris Brogdon, vice chairman and chief acquisitions officer, said: “These facilities (in Oklahoma) are in line with our expansion into the South, and are consistent with our strategic objective of acquiring operations with significant Medicare and managed care upside.”

The deal is expected to be finalised early next year.

Kindred Healthcare acquires Synergy Home Health

October 17, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Healthcare firm will expand.

Louisville healthcare services company Kindred Healthcare Inc has bought assets in Synergy Home Health Care.

The firm currently operates 25 nursing and rehabilitation centers and five long-term acute care hospitals in Synergy’s service areas in Massachusetts. It also provides hospice services in California, Colarado, Indian, Arizona, Utah and Ohio. Read more

Residents complain about traffic around Ohio nursing home

October 16, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Ohio’s seventh nursing home may not be built if the locals have anything to do with it.

Plans to build a nursing home and rehabilitation centre in Stow, Ohio have been benched following complaints from local residents about the number of traffic lights that have been incorporated into the scheme.

The 80-bed nursing home project, which is set for Sowul Boulevard, was put forward by Altercare Nursing Home. However, the conditional zoning certificate and site plan approval will remain with the city’s planning committee as a result of the widespread complaints.

Some residents said that vehicle headlights will shine into their homes because of the additional traffic. Read more

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