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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

Want to Work at Assisted Living? Move to Chicago

Caregiving is one profession that continued to grow through the recession. That’s because America is growing older by the day. Recession or no recession, an increasing number of people will be needed to care for our graying population. This is particularly true in areas with a h...
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Seniors Be Snow Safe: Blizzard for New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts & More

A major snowstorm is headed for the Northeast. It’s important for families and neighborhoods to keep an eye on the elderly during these times. Seniors are always at risk during severe weather, and that is what is on the way for most of the Northeast. The National Weather Service...
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Is Your Loved One’s Senior Community Prepared for Fire?

Assisted living is one place where fire safety need to be taken extremely seriously because the residents are so vulnerable.  The very health issues that made assisted living necessary for the elderly residents could make it very difficult for them to escape in a fire. An example of h...
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Elder Q&A: Calling Adult Protective Services

Q: My 79 year-old mother and my 51 year-old sister live together in a small house out of state. My mother has numerous health problems, including early dementia and my sister is supposed to be caring for her. But my sister has a hard time taking care of herself, let alone our mother. ...
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A Brutal Flu Season for Seniors: When Will It End?

The 2012-2013 flu season has been been among the most brutal in recent memory. Across the United States flu activity has been intense, and according Google Flu Trends, it is only beginning to peak now,. Seniors are among the most vulnerable groups – about 90% of people who die f...
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Florida Lawmakers Plan to Overhaul Assisted Living Laws

A series of four articles in Miami’s newspaper the Herald, titled Neglected to Death and pubished in 2011, highlighted horrible instances of neglect at senior communities and also the failure of local authorities to detect and prevent these horrific problems. The series revealed...
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3 Sneaky New Scams Seniors Need to Know About

The strategies and tactics of scammers must constantly evolve because their ruses and tricks get old fast. The public learns about a scam, and suddenly it doesn’t work anymore. So the scammers are always switching things up and coming up with new ideas, or variations on old ones...
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Hurricane Sandy’s Lingering Impact on Seniors

It’s been more than two months since Super Storm Sandy made landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey, but the wrath of this storm continues to be felt by seniors in the impact zone. Many Seniors Still Displaced In the days after the storm we blogged about how many senior communit...
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Finding Pet Friendly Assisted Living

Have you or a loved one been putting off assisted living because you’re worried about communities’ pet policies? An increasing number of assisted living communities are accepting pets, and many even offer pet care. The Benefits of Pet Ownership 91-year old Ed Volick, a pio...
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Recent Changes to Assisted Living Laws

A main role of the Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) is to track legislation that could potentially affect their members. This not only helps assisted living communities be aware of pending changes to the law, but gives them an opportunity to help shape legislation before i...
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