Articles on "Aging in Place"

Best Design Practices for Dementia Care Facilities
August 14, 2014 7:34 pm

Best Design Practices for Dementia Care Facilities

Perkins Eastman Research Collaborative and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) recently published a white paper, “Excellence in Design: Optimal Living Space for People With Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias.” The extensive report details best design practices and other considerations concerning residential care settings for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease. Release of this report comes as incidence of Alzheimer’s disease is escalating nationwide. Currently, it is estimated that more than 5 million Americans are living with the brain disorder, and [...]

Sensors to Monitor Older Adults’ Health
August 14, 2014 4:16 pm

Sensors to Monitor Older Adults’ Health

Technological advances have provided medical professionals with many devices and systems to collect and analyze patients’ health information, but many of these technologies do not share data with each other. The lack of streamlined information sharing creates inefficiencies and, potentially, inconsistencies in patient care. Now, University of Missouri researchers are working to develop an in-home health monitoring and alert system that streams patients’ individualized health information between homes and hospitals. The system’s ability to provide comprehensive health information could lead [...]

There’s No Place Like Home
July 23, 2014 5:32 pm

There’s No Place Like Home

According to the AARP, 80 percent of American seniors desire to stay in their homes for the remainder of their lives. This process is known as “aging in place.” Seniors choose to age in place for many reasons: proximity to family, familiarity, convenience, a desire to maintain independence, as well as safety and security. With advancing age there are physical changes related to declining health and chronic diseases which may compromise a person’s ability to remain living independently. There are [...]

The Neighborhood You Dream About
June 27, 2014 8:49 pm

The Neighborhood You Dream About

The Village Movement is Prompting Communities to Think about Creative Solutions for Aging in Place Imagine you are living in a community where you know your neighbors. Imagine that your patio needs weeding, and you prefer not to do it. In this neighborhood, a simple phone call can have someone over to take care of your weeding. Perhaps you need some home repairs, or you are returning home from the hospital after surgery and need some assistance. In this neighborhood, [...]

Brains in Training–NeurExpand Brain Center
April 30, 2014 3:42 pm

Brains in Training–NeurExpand Brain Center

By Christy Brudin Memorizing facts. Taking tests. Playing games. That’s what the attendees at NeurExpand Brain Center are doing. It may sound like they are in school, but they are in fact patients at a world-class brain fitness center that is putting scientific research into practice to improve memory and related brain functions. NeurExpand’s Brain Fitness Program helps middle-aged and older individuals increase their brain size and prolong mental clarity. The program enhances the brain’s ability to change and adapt, [...]

Real-Life Story–Buckingham’s Choice
April 29, 2014 9:18 pm

Real-Life Story–Buckingham’s Choice

When Edith Duff and her dining companion head to the dining room to enjoy lunch at Buckingham’s Choice, a continuing care retirement community in Frederick County, Md., the other residents take notice. While the spunky 86-year-old has no lack of friends, her lunch date today is far from typical—and may even be considered futuristic. Edith is eating with a robot. Edith’s robot is an iPad connected to a moveable base that can be remotely controlled by an outside user. Using [...]

A Place to Belong–The Senior Day Center at Stella Maris
March 14, 2014 6:43 pm

A Place to Belong–The Senior Day Center at Stella Maris

By Christy Brudin Everyone needs a place to belong—a place where they are safe and comfortable. This is true no matter how old you are, and regardless of your medical conditions or needs. Evelyn Brouse knows this simple truth well. She spent nearly three years searching for a place for her husband Robert (Bob) Brouse to belong. Struggling with early onset dementia, Bob needed constant care and supervision; he also needed stimulating activities and companionship. As his full-time caregiver, Evelyn [...]

February 7, 2014 5:41 pm

Age in Place Village – Washington Post Article

Through a growing number of senior villages in the D.C. area, aging in place becomes easier Nationally, the number of villages registered with the network has increased from 50 in 2010 to 124 this year, with more in development. The first, in Boston, opened in 2002. Senior villages are typically organized in neighborhoods to offer older residents a variety of volunteer services — including grocery delivery, lawn mowing and transportation — and to connect members with providers of paid services. [...]

January 27, 2014 8:18 pm

Study Breaks Down Aging Population’s Health Issues By Community

When it comes to health and aging, where you live matters. The study, conducted for the Tufts Health Plan Foundation, looked at nearly 100 factors that impact healthy aging for each city and town in the state as well as 16 Boston neighborhoods. It looked at everything from incidence of chronic disease, obesity rates, nutrition, access to health care, and hospital and nursing home stays to crime rates and walking opportunities within the community. Among the findings: Weymouth and Quincy had the [...]

October 24, 2013 7:13 pm

People on the Move – Alzheimer’s Family Day Center has a new name

We have a new name! Alzheimer’s Family Day Center will soon be… Insight Memory Care Center So why change our name? This is not something we took lightly, or did overnight. It was an involved process, including strategic planning, interviews, focus groups, and a lot of planning and support. We would like to thank everyone who contributed to this effort! We wanted a name that truly reflected everything we do as well as position us for long term growth and [...]