Dementia

Memory care will be big growth area in 2018, senior living leaders predict

Memory care will be big growth area in 2018, senior living leaders predict

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Memory care will be the biggest growth area in senior living and long-term care in 2018, predict executives participating in Lancaster Pollard's "2018 Seniors Housing and Care Survey," the results of which were released Tuesday.

Increasing social interaction improves quality of life for residents with dementia

Increasing social interaction improves quality of life for residents with dementia

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An hour a week of social interaction, combined with person-centered care, improves the quality of life for senior living residents with dementia and saves money, according to a study published in the journal PLOS Medicine.

More news for Thursday, Feb. 8

CMS answers FAQs related to HCBS Medicaid beneficiaries with dementia ... AHCA/NCAL and ACHCA partner for administrator credentialing, including assisted living ... Senate funding bill contains $2 billion for NIH, including Alzheimer's research ... VA considers restricting eligibility for caregivers program

Task force calls for big changes in assisted living, dementia care by 2020

Task force calls for big changes in assisted living, dementia care by 2020

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Minnesota will have a new assisted living license and new dementia care certification in less than two years if Gov. Mark Dayton and state lawmakers follow the recommendations contained in a new report from a task force appointed by the governor to address concerns related to elder abuse.

Community cited for neglect after resident's fall not discovered for 10 hours

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The operators of a Minnesota assisted living and memory care community say they took "swift and immediate action" after a resident's fall reportedly went undetected for 10 hours and she later died.

Alzheimer's Association releases new memory care recommendations

Alzheimer's Association releases new memory care recommendations

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Nonphysician caregivers in assisted living communities, nursing homes and other long-term care and community care settings are the intended audience for new dementia care practice recommendations released Thursday by the Alzheimer's Association.

Cruise set for people with Alzheimer's, caregivers

Cruise set for people with Alzheimer's, caregivers

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A cruise ship may seem an improbable setting for a conference for professional and family caregivers and those with early-stage Alzheimer's disease or dementia. In September, however, Holland America's MS Eurodam will take such travelers to Alaska while educating them about the condition and its care.

The best of times and the worst of times: Dementia care today

The best of times and the worst of times: Dementia care today

Therapeutic environments that benefit people with dementia embrace meaningful and innovative activities, good communication, skilled problem-solving around behaviors challenging for staff, and excellent staff training. Consider adopting several of these contemporary best practices in your community.

Your favorite columns of 2017

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An examination of analytics reveals which business challenges were top topics of interest for McKnight's Senior Living website visitors, newsletter readers and social media followers and friends in 2017. Here's a chance to revisit our most popular columns of the year or to read them for the first time.

Friendships help inoculate residents against mental decline

Friendships help inoculate residents against mental decline

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Healthy interpersonal relationships help keep aging brains healthy, suggests a new study by Northwestern University researchers.

'Movie Moments' event aims to increase inclusivity, decrease stigma around dementia

'Movie Moments' event aims to increase inclusivity, decrease stigma around dementia

An event featuring classic movies addresses how inclusion applies to individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

App aims to improve communication, care coordination

App aims to improve communication, care coordination

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A personal experience with a relative with dementia inspired high school student Logan Wells and his family to develop an app to help improve communication and the coordination of care among professional and family caregivers.

Bill Gates sets aside $100 million for Alzheimer's research

Bill Gates sets aside $100 million for Alzheimer's research

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Billionaire Bill Gates announced he will invest $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund. The venture capital fund links targets the disease by coordinating public and private-sector efforts.

More news for Monday, Oct. 16

The insufficiency of Medicaid block grants: The example of Puerto Rico ... CNN says drug used inappropriately on elderly with dementia ... American Geriatrics Society renews call for bipartisan collaboration on healthcare reform ... How can we keep people out of nursing homes?

2 former caregivers to be sentenced for felonies in resident's hypothermia death

2 former caregivers to be sentenced for felonies in resident's hypothermia death

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Two former caregivers at a Michigan assisted living and memory care community are scheduled to be sentenced next month after entering pleas to felony charges in a case involving a resident with dementia who froze to death after exiting the building.

More news for Friday, Oct. 13

Foundation for Senior Living joins self-driving car public education campaign ... December Fed rate hike all but certain despite low inflation ... Florida operators can seek generator-rule variance ... Resident with dementia who was at center of spoon-feeding controversy dies

Fighting loneliness among older adults

Fighting loneliness among older adults

There's a way to combat social isolation in senior living that is practical, cost effective, transformative and revolutionary.

More news for Tuesday, Oct. 3

AHCA / NCAL says Las Vegas convention will go on as planned ... Inability to smell peppermint linked to dementia, study says ... Learn about Montessori in memory care and earn a free CE credit Wednesday

Designing for dementia

Designing for dementia

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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.

Pathway to Living imports 'rementia' program

Pathway to Living imports 'rementia' program

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The operator's soon-to-open assisted living and memory care community in Westmont, IL, will be the first senior living community in the United States to implement a dementia care program from Australia.

One way to give people with dementia a chance to lead fuller lives

One way to give people with dementia a chance to lead fuller lives

With the number of people in whom dementia is diagnosed growing at alarming rates, the need for effective memory care programs is more important than ever. One international program combines dementia care best practices with a Montessori philosophy.

Memory care worker pleads guilty to abuse after co-worker records her interactions with resident

Memory care worker pleads guilty to abuse after co-worker records her interactions with resident

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A caregiver at a Minnesota assisted living community pleaded guilty to abuse of a vulnerable adult last week after a co-worker recorded her on a cellphone taunting, restraining and swearing at a resident with dementia.

Researchers use virtual reality to help develop dementia test

Researchers use virtual reality to help develop dementia test

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Scientists are asking the players of virtual reality games to play a free game to help them better understand dementia, with the goal of developing a diagnostic test. A mobile version is available, too.

More news for Tuesday, Aug. 22

Lifetime costs for someone with dementia are $321,780 ... Only 18% of Hispanics over 40 confident that assisted living can meet their cultural needs ... Sedentary behavior increases risk of death for frail, inactive adults ... Assisted living is preferred choice of aging adults in Minnesota ... Guy Fieri to open Flavortown restaurant in The Villages

More news for Monday, Aug. 21

Despite advance directive, woman with dementia denied her last wish, spouse says ... All-terrain wheelchair allows senior living residents to experience the outdoors ... Campers from assisted living community find the woods are good medicine ... Hard-won advice in books on aging and elder care

Fidget spinners show promise in addressing dementia symptoms

Fidget spinners show promise in addressing dementia symptoms

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An Ohio senior living community is finding that fidget spinners and cubes seem to produce a calming effect in those with Alzheimer's disease and dementia.

Caregivers cannot stop, fix or change dementia

Caregivers cannot stop, fix or change dementia

Managing expectations leads to meaningful moments, powerful connections and purposeful and fulfilling relationships during dementia care.

More news for Thursday, Aug. 3

New website rates assisted living communities in California ... Former LPN charged with sex offenses against residents, having child porn on phone ... Report details dementia care efforts across Massachusetts

More news for Tuesday, Aug. 1

Touring residential facilities, interacting with older adults positively enhances medical residents' knowledge of issues and needs ... Radio and health appliance for people with dementia under development ... Fate of Medicaid HCBS still in the hands of Congress ... Hudson Bay Capital urges Sabra shareholders to reject Care Capital Properties acquisition

Senior living community not cited, but two years later, executives charged in resident's death

Senior living community not cited, but two years later, executives charged in resident's death

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The owner and former administrator of a California senior living community have been charged with elder abuse and involuntary manslaughter, felonies, more than two years after a resident reported to have dementia died after being hit by a car while jogging.

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Feb. 21

Handmade holiday

Rochester, NY

Residents of St. John's recently were surprised with handmade Valentine's Day cards and gifts from local elementary school students.