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Author Archive: Jeff Anderson

Jeff attended the University of Alaska Fairbanks on an academic scholarship, and also studied creative writing at University of Hull (UK). He found his calling in 2009 when he began working with seniors and their families at A Place for Mom, and has immersed himself in writing and research about issues affecting older adults. He also enjoys literature, spending time with his daughter and recording music

Telephones for Hearing Impaired Seniors: How Ensemble Works

Evolving Technology Bridging Communications Gap for Seniors with Hearing Loss

Carlsen Trads is president of Clarity, a consumer electronics company focused on developing adaptive hearing aids for seniors. We invited Trads to talk about hearing loss and discuss how new technologies are improving the quality of life of seniors with impaired hearing. by visiting b...
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Assisted Living Resident Wins Apartment Makeover

Fran Ferguson, an 81 year-old resident at Sunrise on Connecticut Avenue in Washington D.C. won an apartment-makeover by top designers at HGTV. The apartment makeover was the prize in the Suite Style essay writing contest for Sunrise Senior Living residents, which Ferguson won by writi...
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10 States with Highest Priced Assisted Living

Last year A Place for Mom (who operates this website) conducted a survey of the pricing of the thousands of assisted living communities in our network, and released the results as part of our 2012 Cost of Care Survey. The survey revealed a wealth of fascinating information about the c...
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5 Great Senior Care Blogs

Most people don’t read about senior care for fun, but when you’re a caregiver or senior yourself, it’s natural to immerse yourself with information and inspiration that will make your life easier. Fortunately, there are an increasing number of quality resources that ...
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Elder Q&A: Helping a Senior with Dementia Quit Smoking

Q: My 89 year old elderly mother has Alzheimer’s disease and lives with me, my husband, and my two children. She has no short term memory at all, but she doesn’t need a lot of hands on care. We spent thousands of dollars converting our garage into a living space so that sh...
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Dallas Assisted Living Cites Low Medicaid Reimbursement Rate as Cause for Closure

Texas’ Medicaid low reimbursement rates may be negatively impacting needy seniors who rely on Medicaid to pay for their long term care. A news outlet in Houston recently reported that Medicaid reimbursement rates in Texas, the second lowest in that nation, have caused an assiste...
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Florida Assisted Living Bill Passes First Hurdle to Becoming Law

Activists and advocates for seniors in Florida are making their voices heard, and are on the verge of accomplishing a major legislative achievement to assure that seniors in assisted living facilities and adult care homes receive quality care. In a January blog posted we outlined camp...
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10 States with the Fewest Assisted Living Options for Seniors

Access to assisted living is important because it is a vital intermediate care type for seniors who don’t need skilled nursing but who may not be able to live independently. Last week we listed the states with the most assisted living options based on an AARP report titled Assis...
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10 States with the Most Assisted Living Options for Seniors

Assisted living communities have assumed an important role in America’s long term care system. They provide an intermediate option for seniors who can’t live at home safely, but who don’t need the heavy duty care offered at a nursing home. Assisted living is an essen...
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Elder Q&A: Where Can I Find Assisted Living Laws in My State?

Q: Where can I learn about the different types of licensing and which facilities provide what kinds of care? We live in Dallas, Texas and would like to have my mother in a place that offers the higher level of care in assisted living, as opposed to skilled nursing, which she really do...
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