Dementia

Art program has positive effects on residents, staff, community relations

Art program has positive effects on residents, staff, community relations

When Jewish Home Family adopted an economical art program, it improved the well-being of our residents, gave new perspectives to our staff and bolstered our community relations.

Hasbro's Joy for All brand acquired by Ageless Innovation

Hasbro's Joy for All brand acquired by Ageless Innovation

A group of former Hasbro employees has launched Ageless Innovation LLC, buying Hasbro's Joy for All line of animatronic pets with plans to develop additional products to stimulate and foster meaningful connections for older adults.

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo set for June 13

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo set for June 13

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Registration is now open for the second annual McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo, where attendees can earn up to three continuing education credits and interact with several companies serving the industry. The event will be held Wednesday, June 13.

'Smart' dresser under development could help those with dementia dress alone

'Smart' dresser under development could help those with dementia dress alone

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A "smart" dresser that has been tested in the lab ultimately could help people with dementia get dressed with automated help and nobody else in the same room.

Top 10 safety and security considerations when designing a senior living community

Top 10 safety and security considerations when designing a senior living community

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Giving attention to the safety and security of your senior living community will have a powerful, positive effect on resident satisfaction.

Antipsychotic drug use increasing in assisted living, AARP says

Antipsychotic drug use increasing in assisted living, AARP says

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Although the off-label use of antipsychotic medications has decreased in nursing home residents who have dementia, it has increased in those with dementia who live in assisted living communities or at home, according to an analysis of insurance claims data released today by the AARP Public Policy Institute.

More news for Monday, April 2

'Aggressive' advance directive would allow patients to decline food, water at end of dementia battle ... Virtual rides allow older adults to 'visit' places from the past and present ... Baseball game scents help unlock memories for elderly ... Generators will be in place in Florida, but when will they be inspected?

Dementia, affordable housing advocates cheer spending bill provisions

Dementia, affordable housing advocates cheer spending bill provisions

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Supporters of Alzheimer's disease-related health promotion, dementia research, falls prevention and affordable housing are cheering provisions contained in a $1.3 trillion, 2,232-page fiscal year 2018 spending bill released Wednesday evening.

Sleepiness, Alzheimer's linked in study

Sleepiness, Alzheimer's linked in study

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Are your residents who do not have dementia excessively sleepy during the daytime? If so, then they may be at risk for an increased accumulation of a brain protein that is a biomarker for Alzheimer's disease.

Great Minds Gala to honor actress, chef

Actress Marcia Gay Harden and chef Madison Cowan will be among those honored March 19 by LeadingAge and Integrace at the Great Minds Gala. Two additional awards also will be bestowed.

The latest findings on drinking and dementia are causing quite a buzz

The latest findings on drinking and dementia are causing quite a buzz

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Here's the problem I have with so many new studies: It seems that every one of them is soon offset by a different investigation that serves up a very different message.

How to improve the quality of life for those with dementia and their caregivers

How to improve the quality of life for those with dementia and their caregivers

We have an opportunity to improve the quality of life of those with dementia and the selfless loved ones who take care of them every day.

Special needs

Special needs

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Residents with cognitive impairment present unique challenges and opportunities for the senior living field.

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.

In Focus

May 16

Bringing in the outdoors

Hollidaysburg, PA 

Garvey Manor and Our Lady of the Alleghenies Residence continuing care retirement community recently hosted an outdoor show, "Marching into the Woods."

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