Dementia

Law requiring dementia training for healthcare professionals is unprecedented, Alzheimer's Association says

Law requiring dementia training for healthcare professionals is unprecedented, Alzheimer's Association says

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Healthcare professionals who treat adults in Massachusetts will be required to undergo training related to Alzheimer's disease under a new law signed Thursday by Gov. Charlie Baker.

Ohio task force recommends new dementia training requirements

Ohio task force recommends new dementia training requirements

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Memory care communities in Ohio would face new employee training requirements, and "respite care" would get a new definition, if a task force's recommendations become law.

Senior Star installs technology to benefit residents with dementia

Senior Star installs technology to benefit residents with dementia

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Senior Star has become the first senior living community in the country to purchase and install BikeAround, a stationary, individually adjustable assistive bike that is paired with Google Street View to provide cognitive and physical benefits to residents.

Providers to share dementia-care insights at new roundtable

Providers to share dementia-care insights at new roundtable

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Dementia care providers and thought leaders from across the country will share insights and advice Thursday in Chicago during a first-ever Dementia Care Provider Roundtable.

Music therapy: Passive better than active for those with dementia, study finds

Music therapy: Passive better than active for those with dementia, study finds

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Listening to music appears to be more effective in reducing agitation, behavioral symptoms and anxiety for older adults with dementia than does their singing or playing along with music, according to a new study.

Dementia care managers in CCRCs see 2.75% bump in pay, survey says

Dementia care managers in CCRCs see 2.75% bump in pay, survey says

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Memory care unit managers in continuing care retirement communities, also known as life plan communities, saw an average pay increase of 2.75% in 2018, according to the "Continuing Care Retirement Community Salary & Benefits Report 2018-2019" issued by the Hospital & Healthcare Compensation Service.

More news for Wednesday, July 11

Families confront dementia and guns ... Record number of those 85+ are working ... Aug. 15 hearing scheduled for alleged California senior housing shooter ... Operator faces another lawsuit

More news for Tuesday, June 26

AARP invests $60 million in dementia and Alzheimer's research ... Defendant sentenced in multimillion dollar telemarketing scam targeting elderly victims

Also in the news for Friday, June 22

D.C. bill would bar assisted living communities from accepting new residents with dementia ... Ohio assisted living communities score an average of 85.2 (out of 100) on resident satisfaction survey

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo starts this morning!

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo starts this morning!

The free event, with its first session at 11 a.m. EDT, features three continuing education sessions as well as a virtual exhibition hall featuring products and services from leading companies serving the senior living profession.

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo is tomorrow!

McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo is tomorrow!

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The virtual doors to the second annual McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo will open at 10:30 EDT tomorrow, Wednesday, June 13.

More staffing, training could reduce deaths from dementia-related resident-on-resident violence, researcher says

More staffing, training could reduce deaths from dementia-related resident-on-resident violence, researcher says

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Addressing staffing and training issues could help reduce the number of deaths from resident-on-resident incidents involving assisted living and nursing home residents with dementia, says the author of a recently published study on such incidents.

Earn up to three CEs this Wednesday at the McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo

Earn up to three CEs this Wednesday at the McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo

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Attendees of the second annual McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo, set for this Wednesday, June 13, can earn up to three continuing education credits and interact with several companies serving the industry.

Earn a CE credit June 13 while learning ways to improve quality of life for residents with dementia

Earn a CE credit June 13 while learning ways to improve quality of life for residents with dementia

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Sue Kruse, RN, director of clinical education at Silverado, will offer advice on how to use exercise, brain-stimulating activities, meditation and other strategies to improve resident quality of life in a webinar during the McKnight's Senior Living Online Expo, set for Wednesday, June 13.

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

In Focus

Aug. 15 

Senior 'stay-cation'

State College, PA 

Residents and friends of Juniper Village at Brookline's Wellspring Memory Care in State College, PA, recently took a virtual trip to the beach.

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