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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

Dallas Skyscrapers at Dusk

New HUD Assisted Living: Dallas First, Your City Next?

The Department for Housing and Urban Development, more commonly known as HUD helps to provide affordable housing for hundreds of thousands of seniors across the country.  Most of those seniors live in subsidized senior apartments or independent living communities that offer very limit...
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Senior Q&A: VA Aid and Divorce, Finding Backgrounds of Facilities

This week we answer more readers’ questions about senior living topics. We address veteran’s aid and divorce, and how to find the histories of senior living communities. Q: I am trying to help my 91 year old friend who is getting too frail to live alone but can’t aff...
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WAVES Sailor

Your Questions Answered: From VA Aid to Guardianship

This post is the first of an ongoing series in which we will answer readers’ questions about a variety of senior related topics. Today we address issues ranging from guardianship to the complexities of veteran’s benefits. Don’t hesitate to send us your own questions ...
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Giving the Gift of Time to Seniors

In Loveland, Colorado, Santa Claus is checking his list, and checking it twice, but this list has much older folks than usual. Secret Santas for the Elderly, a nonprofit founded in 1996, organizes volunteers to visit with and check on residents of assisted living communities and nursi...
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Senior Community

When Neighborhoods Resist Senior Communities

A recent article in the Carroll County Times in Westminster, Maryland described neighbors’ resistance to a proposed senior community. A developer had planned a community on 15 acres with 100 units of assisted living and 90 units of memory care, but those plans have been shelved ...
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Taube Koret Campus for Jewish Life, Palo Alto, CA

Traits of Well Designed Assisted Living Facilities

5 Award Winning Communities Examined The magazine published by the >Assisted Living Federation of America, Senior Living Executive, recently announced the winners and runners up of the 2012 Senior Living by Design competition. The award honors assisted living facilities with original ...
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How to Avoid the Danger of Unlicensed Assisted Living

WESH News in Orlando, Florida recently reported that an illegal, unlicensed assisted living home was shut down by state investigators after an unfortunate episode was brought to light.  In the incident, “a resident of the home arrived at the emergency room unconscious and bleedi...
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Author and his grandmother

Grandson Visits Grandma for an Assisted Living Birthday

– My grandmother’s journey to assisted living, from the agonizing transition to her happy 90th birthday – I began working in the senior living industry almost four years ago, and haven’t looked back since. I love everything about it. But like most professionals...
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Missing: Alzheimer’s, Dementia, and Wandering

What You Need to Know About Preventing Wandering When seniors become lost due to confusion or memory loss it can be extremely frightening for both the  family of the senior, and the senior who is lost. Unfortunately, it is a very common occurrence. Nearly everyday in the press there a...
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Hurricane Sandy

Senior Communities Provide Emergency Shelter After Sandy

Super Storm Sandy was the largest storm to hit the Northeast in decades. As of writing, it’s known to have caused at least 97 deaths, and $20 billion dollars of damage. Seniors have been particularly affected. Impact of Sandy on Senior Citizens It’s well known that the eld...
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