Seniors Hit Hard By the Flu

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Tips to Help You and Your Loved Ones Avoid the Flu This Season  Even though it’s felt like winter for a while, the flu has yet to reach its seasonal peak. The seasonal flu, which can start taking effect in the fall and winter, hits its all-time high in the months of January and February. According to the CDC, more than 200,000 Americans are hospitalized every year from the seasonal flu. Matrix Medical Network has some tips and suggestions for […]

People on the Move – JSSA EARNS TOP RATING FOR SOUND FISCAL MANAGEMENT

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For the sixth year in a row, the Jewish Social Service Agency has earned a top four-star rating from Charity Navigator. Only 3 percent of the organizations rated by Charity Navigator have received six consecutive four-star ratings, according to Ken Berger, president and chief executive officer of the independent Charity Navigator. “It’s a valuable accomplishment,” said Todd Schenk, JSSA’s CEO. “We are thrilled to receive this mark of quality.” Charity Navigator evaluates organizations’ fiscal health and accountability and places on […]

Study: Positive stereotypes about aging improve physical functioning in older adults

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Researchers from Yale University found that exposure to positive age stereotypes could weaken negative age stereotypes and their effects over time, and lead to healthier outcomes. This strengthens their positive self-perceptions, which then improved their physical function. “The challenge we had in this study was to enable the participants to overcome the negative age stereotypes which they acquire from society, as in everyday conversations and television comedies,” Becca Levy, lead researcher of the study and associate professor and director of […]

Aging Index Ranks Metropolitan Areas

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America is getting older, as medical science prolongs life expectancy and the fertility rate hovers at or even below the replacement rate. One metric for gauging the nation’s aging is the median age – the age at which one half the population is younger and the other half is older. In 2000, the median age in the United States was 35.3. By 2013, the median age had increased to 37.5. But the nation’s aging is by no means uniform. Each […]

Panasonic’s Launches Telehealth to Assisted Living Facilities

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The market for telehealth solutions is growing rapidly as technologies and networks improve. Users across the globe – from patients to healthcare providers – are looking for an efficient, cost effective way to make use of health services. A recent report from BCC Research predicts the market willgrow to $43.4 billion by 2019, – with the ‘telehome’ category dominating the segment. IHS also predicts that the market will grow tenfold from 2013 to 2018 – accounting for $4.5 billion in deployments of telehealth […]

125 YEAR OLD METHODIST HOME OF DC RENAMED FOREST HILLS OF DC

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The nonprofit Methodist Home of DC has been renamed Forest Hills of DC. The organization has been serving seniors since 1889 and since 1926 in its present location at 4901 Connecticut Avenue, NW. “Over the last several years, our senior leadership has identified the need to evolve our identity to better reflect the broad spectrum of residents, families and friends we serve” according to Sandy Douglass, CEO. “We chose Forest Hills of DC because our community is located in the […]

Indian senior community part of growing niche

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Florida’s ShantiNiketan, the first retirement community in the United States catering to people born in India. ShantiNiketan — Hindi for “House of Peace” — is one of a number of growing niche retirement communities aimed at people of specific ethnic backgrounds, hobbies or college allegiances. Niche retirement communities are growing particularly popular as the 76 million baby boomers — a generation accustomed to molding traditional institutions in their image — are reaching retirement age. The mass-market retirement communities like Florida’s […]

People on the Move – Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA)

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The Assisted Living Federation of America welcomes five new directors who have been elected to Board of Directors at a crucial time in the association’s efforts to advance excellence in senior living. Joining the voice of senior living are: Tana Gall, president of Seattle-based Merrill Gardens; Ed Kenny, president and CEO of Des Moines, Iowa-based LCS; Randy Richardson, president of Chicago-based Vi; Patricia Will, president of Houston-based Belmont Village; and Chris Winkle, CEO of McLean, Va.-based Sunrise Senior Living. “We […]

“Letter” to Geriatric Patients from a Medical Student

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Megan Rau posted the following letter on GeriPal (Geriatrics and Palliative care) a forum for discourse, recent news and research, and freethinking commentary on geriatrics or palliative care. A Letter to My Geriatric Patients I would like to send my deepest thanks to every one of you for teaching me so much during my Internal Medicine residency. With every lesson, you touched my heart. I have been an internal medicine resident the last two years and each day you accepted me into the […]