Fire safety advice from the pros

Two recent news stories may have you re-examining your emergency preparedness plans, especially as they pertain to fires. Two experts share tips.

Are you ready for an Alzheimer's breakthrough?

Some treatments for Alzheimer's may be available by 2020. If so, the U.S. healthcare system may not be prepared, according to a new study.

Thanking veterans for their service

As senior living and care communities observe Veterans Day, members of the federal government took the opportunity to share related news.

A new top concern for assisted living operators?

New contenders are challenging staffing as the issue most top-of-mind for senior living operators, according to participants in a panel discussion at the Oct. 15 NCAL Day that preceded the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention in Las Vegas.

When the going gets tough, the tough do something

Senior living operators can learn a lesson from the communication efforts of Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino and the American Health Care Association / National Center for Assisted Living in advance of the group's meeting at the hotel, where the largest mass shooting in recent American history occurred just two weeks before the gathering.

Financial report suggests good news for operators

A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau suggests good news for seniors housing and care operators.

Kim Campbell is on a memory care mission

Three years after Glen Campbell received his Alzheimer's diagnosis, his wife, Kim, didn't know that memory care communities existed. Now she's on a mission to ensure that other family caregivers of those with dementia don't find themselves in the same position.

Designing for dementia

An app that was under development when we first told you about it in June is now available to help make living environments more friendly for those with dementia.

Senior living on the big and little screen

Retirement communities are becoming a popular setting for films and television shows, according to recently announced plans of studios and networks.

Irma, Harvey show how senior living exemplifies 'family'

The appropriateness of this year's National Assisted Living Week theme, "Family is Forever," is evident as the senior living industry recovers from Hurricane Harvey and faces Hurricane Irma.

The hero next to us, the hero inside us

The recent actions of a senior living worker remind us of the good people who work in the field and inspire us to bring our best selves to each day.

A toast to creative marketing

Much of the buzz last week was about the solar eclipse, and rightfully so. But another big event was taking place in cities and towns across the country.

Extraordinary events call for extraordinary events

Senior living communities across the country are marking today's solar eclipse with events for residents.

A free online resource for your community's wellness programming needs

The National Institute on Aging offers an evidence-based program designed specifically to promote regular exercise and physical activity among adults aged 50 or more years. And senior living communities can use the program's free resources with residents.

Efforts to end ageism grow

It wasn't even a year ago that LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan announced that LeadingAge had a new mission: to "permanently change the image of aging in our society." New efforts by that organization and others aim to accomplish that goal.

REIT investments suggest a healthy future for senior living

Back-to-back earnings calls Friday morning suggested a healthy future for senior living operators, as two large public healthcare real estate investment trusts relayed the growing place that senior living has in their portfolios.

ADA compliance: Will you be the next one sued?

The country's largest senior living provider recently was threatened with a class action lawsuit accusing the company of violating the Americans with Disabilities Act at its communities. Here's how other operators can try to avoid a similar fate.

Six questions to solidify employee engagement

The single most important thing a supervisor can do to firm up employee engagement, according to one expert, is to ask direct reports six kinds of questions once a month.

Will we see CEO pay ratios in 2018?

Don't count on the federal government repealing or delaying a rule requiring companies to disclose the discrepancy between CEO compensation and the median compensation of employees.

Sex and the brain

Results of a new study might create a sense of urgency in both senior living residents and operators regarding sexual expression policies.

Name changes bloom in senior living

For a variety of reasons, many senior living organizations are changing their names. A common idea underlies many of the moves, however.

Want a positive workplace? Be a positive leader

Managers in flourishing organizations share optimism, hope and inspiration with employees, especially when things don't go as planned, according to one expert.

Gird your loins for Tuesday and Wednesday

On the heels of the release of the White House's proposed budget for 2018 on Tuesday, the CBO's release of a score for the revised American Health Care Act is expected Wednesday.

4 lessons from 3 tech wake-up calls

Three tech-related stories that made the news Friday serve as wake-up calls for individuals and businesses.

Innovation, customer experience and the 'yuck factor'

Two general session speakers at Argentum's Senior Living Executive Conference shared a message that creative thinking is necessary to address customer needs and realize long-term business success.

Aging out loud

Recent dinner companions were a good reminder that aging doesn't necessarily mean losing vibrancy. That's a timely message as May begins.

Some thoughts on Trump's first 100 days

President Donald Trump will hit the 100-day mark of his presidency on Saturday. A new replacement for the Affordable Care Act, a new surgeon general and a new FDA commissioner are some of the changes for the future.

Hollywood hints at real life

When some friends and I went to the movies the other night, they looked forward to escaping from the real world for 90 minutes, whereas I looked forward to seeing whether aging and older adults were portrayed realistically.

2017 a notable year for Parkinson's disease

This year's observances of World Parkinson's Day and Parkinson's Awareness Month are especially notable because 2017 is the 200th anniversary of the essay in which James Parkinson defined the movement disorder for the first time.

A move toward a more inclusive society

What do dementia and Parkinson's disease have to do with professional basketball? Read on.

Payers 'can't ignore assisted living,' former senators say

Former Sens. Tom Daschle and Bill Frist showed prescience at the NIC Spring Investment Forum when they said that any reform to the Affordable Care Act would need bipartisan support to be successful. They also shared their opinions on what is ahead for senior living and long-term care.

A slam dunk to increase move-ins?

If basketball isn't part of your present marketing efforts, it could be part of your future, according to new research.

Is it a zombie apocalypse?

Are your family members, friends and co-workers acting uncharacteristically? I conducted some research and am here to share my findings and quell your worries.

Reduce burnout to reduce turnover

If you want to lessen employee turnover, then address employee burnout, according to a recent survey.

Win against fraud with these 4 approaches

The Jamaican lottery scam and other sweepstakes schemes are alive and well. So how do you help your residents avoid becoming victims? Read on.

Workers want more than a paycheck

New research reveals a few changes that operators could make to appeal to potential employees.

Celebrating the heart in senior living

February is a month marked with celebrations of the special people in our lives, appreciation for others and education to learn ways to take better care of ourselves, especially our cardiovascular health. Here's a look at some of the ways that those goals have manifested themselves in senior living.

Taking age discrimination off the menu

A court case in Boston ultimately may affect hiring practices at all types of employers across the country.

Alzheimer's film: Not many surprises for you, but maybe some for general public

Those who care for residents with Alzheimer's disease every day shouldn't expect many surprises from a new PBS documentary, "Alzheimer's: Every Minute Counts." But you still may wish to see it.

An unsung benefit of CCRCs

Many continuing care retirement / life plan communities offer a benefit that is not mentioned explicitly on their websites but could be a source of comfort to prospective residents.

How to sleep tight when traveling

If you're headed to a major senior living conference this year, you may find a new "best of" cities list of interest. But this is a list that no city wants to be on.

Breaking free of industry stereotypes

A film student in Germany surely has a bright professional future, but one of his recent projects doesn't do much to illuminate the senior living industry.

Operators seek resolution to these issues in the new year

Several regulatory issues remain unresolved for senior living operators as 2017 begins.

First impressions: Little things can mean a lot

I spent some time at a senior living community at the invitation of the Where You Live Matters campaign and realized that seemingly small things can add up to a memorable first impression for prospective residents. And those same things can factor into the resident and staff experience, too.

Your flu to-do list

It's National Influenza Vaccination Week, and senior living communities can take steps to encourage vaccination among residents and staff members.

No Scrooges at these communities

In the final month or so of each year, our thoughts frequently focus on our own good fortune and ways that we can bring happiness to others' lives. Residents and others at several senior living communities have been turning their thoughts into action once again this year.

In a giving mood

As the holidays approach, several senior living communities are partaking in fun projects to relay the vibrancy of senior living residents or informative projects to help employees, residents, prospective residents and their families understand or make the most of senior living.

A new offering for your activity calendar?

Results of two new studies may have you considering adding a new offering to you activity calendar: CPR training.

Combating aging perceptions with aging realities

Our society has some work to do before it realizes the vision that LeadingAge President and CEO Katie Smith Sloan relayed at the organization's recent annual meeting: An America freed from ageism. Current efforts and research offer hope, however.

What the elections mean to senior living

Senior living representatives have a few ideas about the potential ways in which the industry might be affected by the outcomes of the national elections.

Advice for the post-Gaylord exercise world

At the AHCA meeting in Nashville, TN, this week, the vastness of Gaylord Opryland may have you thinking it will be a cinch to reach the popular fitness goal of 10,000 steps per day. But what about when you get home?

Should residents have a bigger role in senior living conferences?

End users of healthcare organizations have much to contribute to them through industry conferences, maintain the authors of a recently published paper. And yes, their assertion applies to senior living.

The secret to reaching potential residents

Ten thousand Americans turn 65 every day, and if the senior living industry wants to attract them sooner rather than later, communities need to start doing things differently, Cornerstone Affiliates President and CEO John Cochrane says.

It'll be a shame if we don't act soon to address caregiver issues

The United States probably won't be implementing one country's ideas to address challenges related to an aging population, but we need to do something, and quickly.

Misery loves company when it comes to recruiting

Results of a recent Society for Human Resources Management survey about recruiting most likely will not surprise anyone in aging services, but perhaps there is comfort in knowing that the senior living industry is not alone in its challenges.

How to work wellness into the workplace

A recent study suggests a new reason to walk in the workplace.

How to avoid political minefields at work

With nine weeks left until election day, senior living communities may be wondering how best to handle workplace tension related to politics. A new survey shows how some organizations are handling it.

Views of aging are a call to action

New research on some adults' views of aging suggests opportunities for the senior living industry. In fact, the future viability of the industry depends on the actions it takes to educate consumers in at least two areas.

Happy birthday to us!

In its first year, McKnight's Senior Living has garnered industry accolades and positive feedback from readers like you. Here are some ways you can help us continue the celebration as we enter our second year.

Virtual technology could offer real solutions for clinical, social challenges

Senior living communities soon may be using virtual reality technology on a regular basis to help residents cross items off their bucket lists, engage with fellow residents and address physical issues.

Seniors, healthcare, wages and leave at the DNC

As we gird our loins for the political ads that will besiege us through Nov. 8, let's take a look back at the Democratic National Convention.

Health was focus of activities around RNC

Despite the Republican National Committee's release of a platform that contained some healthcare policy ideas last week, healthcare seemed more of a focus at events timed to coincide with the Republican National Convention rather than at events directly related to it.

Why healthcare may not matter in this election

Just in time for the Republican and Democratic national political conventions, a new poll and a new website provide insights into voter and candidate thoughts about healthcare.

This senior living model is a step beyond person-centered care

Three principles that guide the Scandinavian Living Center in West Newton, MA, will remind you of person-centered care. It's the fourth principle that sets the Scandinavian model apart from other efforts.

Success can come in all sizes

The owner of a six-bed senior living community shares advice on marketing, management and operations, and communities of all sizes may find her insights helpful.

How to prevent the spread of infectious disease

Use these tips from the CDC to ensure that your residents and staff are safe and that your community is attractive to potential partners in the healthcare system.

Culture and cancer: A delicate balance

Ongoing research reminds us that not everyone will feel the same way we do when it comes to medical decisions.

Everyone wins when generations mix

We've heard much anecdotal evidence of how older and younger people alike benefit from intergenerational programming in senior living. New research suggests an additional benefit.

What hospitals can do for you

Some senior living operators have been focused on communicating what they can offer to hospitals, but a new study provides an example of something that hospitals can do for senior living.

Success may be as simple as focusing on two areas

Senior living operators should focus their efforts on two areas, says elder care policy expert Laura Katz Olson, Ph.D. And one is especially important.

Paid family leave: burden or boon?

New research finds that 72% of Americans aged 40 or more years believe if they take leave from their jobs to perform caregiving duties, they should be paid for it. Do you agree?

Presidential election outcome 'undecipherable'

A taxi driver I met during the recent Argentum meeting in Denver polled riders and is ready to make a prediction about the presidential election. Former ABC White House correspondent Ann Compton, speaking at the meeting, isn't quite ready to join him, however.

Attracting baby boomers and beyond

If you're trying to attract baby boomers and the generation before them to your communities, then you'll be interested in the results of a survey conducted by the National Association of Home Builders.

How to sleep on the road

I suspect I may be tossing and turning on my first night in Denver for the Argentum annual meeting. It turns out my experience is not unique.

A dream comes true for some seniors

One nonprofit organization has found a moving way to pay tribute to the contributions of older adults.

The positive powers of play

One senior living community has found a new way to take advantage of the good weather while improving the physical and mental health of residents.

Be mindful of these ways to reduce stress

Employees and employers alike may want to focus on the benefits of mini-meditation and mindfulness.

Are 'hugs and kisses' a new email hazard?

Women increasingly are using a particular email salutation, according to business coaches, but the trend just sounds strange to my friends and me.

Consumer education important

A conversation with a reader last week got me thinking some more about the importance of being accurate and precise in the language we use. In fact, the health of the senior living industry depends on it.

Unearthed treasure in senior living

The support of her employer has made it possible for one woman to continue serving older adults where they live while also presenting positive images of older adults to the broader world.

An ally in the minimum wage battle

Senior living operators who oppose an increase in the national minimum wage to $15 have an ally in Richard Fisher, former president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank in Dallas.

Wage pressure continues

Two events that occurred in the past week are helping to ensure that staffing issues remain a top challenge for the senior living industry.

Crisis management 101

It's the news no senior living administrator wants to receive: one of your community's residents appears to have been abused, and one of your employees appears to have been the culprit.

Harper Lee's legacy

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Harper Lee, 89, passed away Friday and was buried Saturday, having presented us with two major challenges during her lifetime.

The 'Walmart effect' intensifies

In an environment where Walmart already is a threat to senior living staff recruiting and retention efforts, impending changes from the retailer should concern providers.

Love for senior living is conspicuous, contagious

As Valentine's Day and the six-month anniversary of the launching of McKnight's Senior Living's website and e-newsletter approach, the passion of those working in senior living is obvious.

Taking work seriously

Have you heard the one about the woman whose hair caught on fire as she was blow-drying it? Or the one about the person whose clothes — all of them — were stolen?

Be smart about phones, social media

If you haven't reviewed your human resources manual lately, now may be a good time to check your policies related to cellphone and social media use by employees during work hours — or to formulate such policies if your community doesn't have any.

Now is the time to take steps to prevent the flu

With the peak of flu season approaching, a recent poll has troubling findings for senior living operators.

Recognizing relevance

As we roll into film awards season, one slate in particular grabbed my attention this past week when winners were announced.

LTSS: A focus for 2016

As 2015 drew to a close, more evidence came of the general public's misunderstanding of how long-term services and supports are financed.

12 holiday hazards and how to address them

Fire and safety issues can be more likely during holidays, according to one expert, because fewer staff members may be working and more visitors may be present.

How to win the online ratings game

The president of a senior living ratings and reviews website shares three common qualities of highly regarded providers and three ways that operators can secure good online reviews and ratings from residents and their families.

Fellowship and love are always in season

Senior living communities and their residents are getting into the late-year holiday mood in serious and lighthearted ways.

How to succeed at succession planning

When it comes to succession planning, some senior living organizations have some work to do. Fortunately, they have a few examples to which to look.

12 ways to address depression and suicide in assisted living

The risk of suicide in assisted living is real, but those working in communities can help prevent it as well as address the depression that often underlies it.

Words matter

Those working in the senior living field may have conflicting opinions as to the appropriateness of evolving terminology such as life plan community, but it makes good business sense to consider language and its effects on people. One term, however, seems to have escaped scrutiny.

What you can do to prevent fraud

Scams against older adults increasingly are receiving attention from the government and the media. Senior living communities can help residents through a new program.

The past, present and future of senior living

The value of the LeadingAge Ziegler 150 report, eagerly anticipated by senior living providers every year, goes far beyond its lists of the largest community owners, operators and managers.

An answer to staffing woes?

As the race for the presidency continues, we've been hearing a lot about immigrants and immigration reform. Off the campaign trail, in senior living, the topic frequently comes up, too.

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Party in the sky

Rancho Bernardo, CA

Remington Club resident Joel Halpern recently celebrated his 95th birthday by skydiving.