All Inclusive–Forest Hills of D.C.

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Consumers often associate the words “all inclusive” with resort hotels and cruise ships. However, some local innovators are applying the term inclusive more broadly and offering inclusive senior living. Inclusive senior living is certainly all inclusive. It is a principle that welcomes residents and families of all faiths and religious backgrounds, as well as individuals from all walks of life, regardless of race, ethnicity, nationality, disability, sexual orientation or identity. Beyond welcoming a diverse population of residents, the concept also […]

Real Life Story–Ashby Ponds

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Accomplished hiker, Ben FitzGerald, has been helping to maintain a 2½-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail in Virginia for about ten years as a volunteer with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. He and two other trail managers, as they are called, regularly perform a variety of services to ensure their assigned section of the trail is safe for hikers. Ben FitzGerald is a volunteer with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club. He helps to maintain a 2 ½ mile stretch of […]

Don’t Let the Taxman Crash your Retirement

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Nobody loves the taxman, and yet people pay him more than they have to. Instead of maximizing annual contributions to a traditional IRA or a 401(k) account, they pay the taxes now instead of deferring them until they retire. That’s a critical mistake. Let’s pretend you can save enough to max out your 401(k) this year. Yes, it can seem impossible for some to cough up the $23,000 (standard maximum contribution of $17,500, plus the $5,500 catchup addition for workers […]

Real Life Story–District Mobile Dental

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Lila Skaer’s teeth hurt. However, at 96, she was also coping with a wide array of physical and mental challenges, including macular degeneration, hearing loss and mild memory impairment. For her granddaughter and sole caregiver, Star Straf, there never seemed to be time for a dental appointment. “We had just never gotten around to seeing the dentist,” Star explained. “I knew it would be really challenging to get her there, and I knew we would need to find a dentist […]

Best Design Practices for Dementia Care Facilities

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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

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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 […]

Senior Identity Theft is on the the Rise

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Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the U.S. so it’s no surprise that it has remained the No. 1 complaint to the FTC for more than five years in a row. Although people in their early-to-late 20s are usually the ones who report the most identity theft complaints to the FTC, in the past three years there has been a shift in the age group who reported the most identity theft complaints — from people in […]

Stroke Prevention, Awareness & Recovery

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Every four minutes someone in the U.S. dies of a stroke. A stroke occurs when a blood vessel that carries oxygen and nutrients to the brain is either blocked by a clot or bursts. When that happens, parts of the body’s functioning are impacted. It is estimated that up to 50 percent of strokes are preventable if you follow a heart healthy lifestyle. This includes avoiding smoking and second-hand smoke, improving your eating habits, staying physically active, maintaining a healthy […]

Laughing Matters–Pine Run Retirement Community

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By Christy Brudin Photography by Mary Clark and Natalie Wi Comedy only resonates if it contains a kernel of truth. That’s why comedians have to know their audiences—and their lives—well. Such is certainly the case with The Curtain Call Players, an acting troupe made up of residents of Pine Run Retirement Community. “ We are being our own age and recognizing and appreciating the humor that comes with that. ”– Rita Klein The Players perform skits largely based on everyday life […]

Friends and Neighbors–White Horse Village

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Good friends are hard to find. Great friends who are also neighbors are even rarer. The residents of White Horse Village have found both—hundreds of them—at their full service retirement community in Newtown Square, Pa. The friendships at White Horse Village started even before the residents moved in nearly a quarter of a century ago. Now, as the residents celebrate the community’s 25th anniversary, they are immensely proud of the intimate atmosphere they helped to build. Helping to establish the […]