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Assisted Living Community Giving Caregivers a Sense of Alzheimer's

Assisted Living Community Giving Caregivers a Sense of Alzheimer’s

In an effort to create Alzheimer’s disease awareness, one assisted living community is giving caregivers the opportunity to participate in a “virtual dementia tour” that simulates the loss of motor function suffered by those with the disease. Learn more about this unique opportunity, the impact it’s having on caregivers and the awareness that it’s creating for Alzheimer’s across the U.S. A Sense of Alzheimer’s A Plano, Texas assisted living community recently...
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Fresh and Local Food in Senior Living

Fresh and Local Food in Senior Living

“Want to eat food that’s fresh, local and cooked from scratch?” According to an article from NPR, you should consider dining in a senior living community. Bethlehem Woods Retirement Community was recently highlighted for it’s incredible dining experience at it’s independent and assisted living communities. Learn more about fresh and local food in senior living. Fresh and Local Food in Senior Living Although senior living communities are often thought to serve bland, pure...
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6 Inspiring People Improving the Lives of Seniors

6 Inspiring People Improving the Lives of Seniors

This week, the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) presented Hero Awards to “the most selfless and inspiring senior living employees.” Six deserving recipients who are all working to improve the lives of seniors in assisted living. Learn more about the recipients and their work, which has left a lasting impact on assisted living communities across the nation. Improving the Lives of Seniors in Assisted Living Although we work tirelessly to give our seniors and families the best ca...
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UberASSIST Rides Help Seniors in Assisted Living

UberASSIST Rides Help Seniors in Assisted Living

From grocery trips to doctor appointments — seniors in assisted living need access to accommodating, reliable rides to get where they need to go. Uber, a ride service company, is specifically helping seniors with their transportation needs through their UberASSIST service. Learn more about how UberASSIST is affecting assisted living transportation in cities across the U.S. New Transportation Comes to Assisted Living Many senior living communities offer transportation services to residents vario...
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Naming Names: The Most Popular Names in Assisted Living

Naming Names: The Most Popular Names in Assisted Living

A Place for Mom is naming names: the “Most Popular Names in Assisted Living” to be exact. Their recent analysis of assisted living residents gives us a glimpse into the popularity of names from the 1930s, 40s and 50s, and although some are common, many will surprise you. Learn more. Top Names in Assisted Living Our partner, A Place for Mom (APFM), works with over 100,000 new families searching for senior living each month. Over the last few years, they began to “notice some distinct...
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Seniors Participate in “Dear Me” Campaign from Assisted Living

This month, YouTube’s “Dear Me” campaign encouraged women to record themselves giving advice to their younger selves in honor of International Women’s Day. The campaign was meant to empower women and millions participated — including senior women with many years of wisdom. Learn more about the stories behind these women and the advice they gave from assisted living.  Seniors Record “Dear Me” Advice Three women in their golden years recently recorded “De...
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New Report Lists Top 10 Assisted Living Deficiencies

New Report Lists Top 10 Assisted Living Deficiencies

The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA), an organization committed to supporting “meaningful assisted living state laws and regulations” recently released its annual report on 10 of the most common citations in assisted living in the U.S. in 2014. The report — based on years of experience ensuring compliance in senior living — can not only educate us about assisted living, but also improve the care of seniors in these communities for years to come. Learn more about th...
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Donating Records to Assisted Living

Donating Records to Assisted Living

A retiree began donating record players to senior living communities about a year and a half ago, hoping to help seniors enjoy the classic records from their generation once more. But, the records have done much more than that. Learn more about the effect that music has had on these communities, and how to donate records to assisted living. Bringing Old Time Music Back to Senior Living According to the Republican Eagle, retiree Bob Knutson “has spent more than a year and a half donating record ...
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The Largest Assisted Living Communities of 2014

Who Are the Largest Assisted Living Communities of 2014?

ALFA (Assisted Living Federation of America) announced the list of the largest assisted living communities in 2014, many of which provide great products and services to help seniors and families across the U.S. Learn more about these top senior living communities and what services they provided to their families this year. The Top 20 Largest Assisted Living Communities of 2014 ALFA annually discloses the largest senior living communities in the U.S. If you’re wondering which assisted living com...
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5 Centenarians Call Assisted Living Home

5 Centenarians Call Assisted Living Home

Centenarians represent 0.02% of the U.S. population. What are the odds that one assisted living community is home to five centenarian residents? One special community can tell that story. Community Boasts 5 Residents Over the Age of 100 Westhills South Assisted Living in Rapid City, South Dakota, has a remarkable story to share — it is now home to five residents all over the age of 100. According to an article in the Rapid City Journal, for the first time in its history, five centenarian women call t...
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Shelter Pets Get New Lease on Life in Assisted Living

Shelter Pets Get a New Lease on Life in Assisted Living

Studies show that pets can improve health and enhance lives in assisted living, but can we do the same for them? Sunrise Senior Living says “yes,” by giving shelter pets a home. Sunrise Senior Living Shelter Pets Bugsy the beagle used to be a shelter dog, but now he lives with 115 other assisted living residents at a Sunrise Senior Living home in Washington, D.C., according to an article in the Huffington Post. The article describes how he “likes to graze for food in the dining room...
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15 Weird and Wonderful Movies Set at Senior Communities

Assisted living facilities, retirement communities and nursing homes have served as the backdrop for a wide range of movies in practically every genre. We compiled a list of 15 such films. There are heart-warming dramas, suspense-filled thrillers, gross-out comedies, and even a sci-fi flick. But despite these films’ differences, it’s intriguing to note that a recurring theme present in many of them: the young hero (or anti-hero) whose life is changed for the better after meeting a wise el...
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All About Older Drivers: Safety Tips and Guidelines

Over the past few years, news outlets have brought to national attention a spate of alarming stories about tragic traffic accidents caused by elderly drivers. Indeed, as America ages, the safety of its older drivers is being increasingly scrutinized. Many states have passed laws aimed at keeping dangerous older drivers off the road. In Oregon, seniors may be required to retake the state driving test if they exhibit physical or mental warning signs, have a poor driving record, or if they have been rep...
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10 States with the Most Affordable Assisted Living Costs

When I worked as an Senior Resource Coordinator for A Place for Mom, I had countless conversations with families and seniors who were in the process of searching for care. I remember one elderly woman in particular, we’ll call her Janet, who asked me, “What state has the cheapest assisted living?” Janet lived alone and had no living family, but she needed hands-on care. She was in an awkward financial position such that her income was too high to qualify for Medicaid, but not really...
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25 Senior Living & Caregiving Twitter Feeds You Should Follow

Families who are researching senior care can benefit from the support and information provided online. Although one might not naturally think of Twitter as a resource for this kind of support, it can actually be a great source of info and support for families dealing with caring for a parent, finding a care for a parent, or both, to get information Here are some great Twitter feeds to follow if circumstances have found you in a position where you can benefit from the encouragement and knowledge dispe...
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