Older adults who develop high blood pressure later in life have a lower risk of dementia after age 90, especially if they develop hypertension at or after age 80, according to the results of a new study.
Naturally occurring retirement communities challenge healthcare ... Brookdale among companies receiving "please comply" letters from SEC ... Fundraising campaign keeps 108-year-old resident in assisted living community ... HHS nominee Rep. Tom Price's plan to replace the ACA ... CBO: How ACA repeal will affect health insurance coverage and premiums
Its increasing stock price should not tempt Brookdale Senior Living to abandon efforts to maximize value for shareholders, registered investment manager Land and Buildings founder and Chief Investment Officer Jonathan Litt wrote in a Jan. 13 letter to Brookdale board members and shareholders.
Independent living, assisted living and continuing care retirement / life plan communities were among those 55+ housing types recognized at the National Association of Home Builders' 2017 Best of 55+ Housing Awards.
A bill introduced in Virginia, if passed as written, would increase the amount in civil penalties that assisted living communities would face for not complying with the terms of their licenses.
National Low Income Housing Coalition President and CEO Diane Yentel said she is encouraged by Ben Carson's seemingly newfound appreciation for HUD programs but not by his reiteration of President-elect Donald Trump's commitment to cut nondefense discretionary spending by 1% annually.
Senior investors and retirement investments will be a major area of focus for the Securities and Exchange Commission's Office of Compliance Inspections and Examinations in 2017, the SEC announced Thursday.
Bookmark this article for the future, when you're looking for a robot to assist staff and residents. Newly published research indicates that the type of robot senior living communities should select will depend on whether the technology will be assisting with everyday tasks or providing companionship.
Improving access to Medicaid home- and community-based services is a critical provision of the Affordable Care Act that has bipartisan support and should remain intact even if the healthcare law is repealed and replaced, members of the Leadership Council of Aging Organizations said in Jan. 10 letters to President-elect Donald Trump and his transition team.
A new survey reveals the states where the highest percentages of movers were motivated by retirement to move in or move out in 2016.
Four design trends will affect all senior living communities, from luxury living to affordable housing, in 2017, according to a new report.
The country's largest owner and operator of senior living communities is in the early stages of negotiations with Blackstone Group and others to sell all or part of the company, the Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday, citing "people familiar with the matter."
Members of the public have until Feb. 9 to comment on proposed guidance announced by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission on Tuesday to address unlawful workplace harassment.
An owner of assisted living facilities in Florida has lost almost $950,000 after working with an attorney whom she entrusted to help with their sale, according to the Florida Bar Association, which petitioned for the lawyer's suspension.
Does the seniors housing and care industry need another source of leads? Lancaster, PA-based Track 5 Media believes the answer is yes and has launched SeniorCaring.com based on that premise.
Fourth-quarter data released Monday by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care's MAP Data Service reveals upward and downward trends in occupancy, absorption, inventory, construction and asking rent.
Tablet computers are safe and potentially effective in managing agitation among people with dementia, according to the results of a small pilot study in press by the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.
Worker-owned cooperatives could offer a solution to caregiver shortages in aging services, according to a recently published case study.
The long-term financial security of many older Americans is being threatened by an unexpected source — student loan debt — according to a new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
Suggesting one way in which senior living communities can offer a solution to an aging-related issue, newly published research finds that people aged more than 85 years are significantly more likely to suffer social exclusion than those aged 65 to 84.
Afternoon naps could improve thinking and memory skills, new research says ... Physical activity reduces heart disease deaths for older adults
The senior living industry has been among the top industries for post-recession job creation, and employment in the industry continues to increase, although the overall rate of growth is slowing, according to a new report from Argentum.
Can an onsite daycare center help attract and keep workers at a senior living community in a competitive market? A Minnesota operator hopes so.
The son of a Missouri senior living resident who died after falling off her apartment balcony has withdrawn his lawsuit against the community because his sister is facing a murder charge in an unrelated case.
Meals On Wheels wants to play a bigger role in health care ... Safest cities for senior housing that won't break the bank ... PBS to premiere Alzheimer's documentary Jan. 25 ... Study of diet's impact on dementia, Alzheimer's disease begins this month
People who live near major state or interstate highways have a greater risk of developing dementia than those who live farther away, according to a new study of 6.6 million people.
A diet highlighting fruits, vegetables, olive oil, beans and cereal grains such as wheat and rice helps older adults maintain brain health, according to the results of a new study. Contrary to earlier research, this study found that eating more fish and less meat was not related to changes in the brain.
A case involving the country's biggest private owner and operator of independent living communities for older adults was the largest single civil collection resolved by the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon in 2016, the office said in an end-of-year review.
The elder tech boom ... Financial penalties reduce hospital readmissions, study finds ... Sprinklers saved lives at assisted living community when blaze broke out ... Funding long-term care for an aging global population
Employers that do not make and maintain accurate records of employee injuries and illnesses can be cited by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration for up to six months after the five-year record-retention period expires, according to a new rule that becomes effective Jan. 18.
A Pennsylvania health center has agreed to pay $300,000 in back pay and compensatory damages after firing six employees who objected to a flu vaccination policy on religious grounds, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has announced.
A 77-year-old resident of a Virginia assisted living community will not be indicted for an incident that resulted in the death of a fellow resident, state authorities have announced.
Feb. 10 is deadline for comments on CMS PACE proposal ... Minnesota creatives use art to connect with people who have dementia ... Easing older adults' loneliness can help keep them healthy ... Growing number of Americans retiring outside United States ... Medicaid reform needs state director input, group says ... Better Business Bureau names top scams of 2016 ... 20 of the most active communities of 2016
A California-based developer of senior living communities stole at least $9.6 million from foreign investors to finance his businesses illegally and pay for his "luxury lifestyle," the Securities and Exchange Commission alleges.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should standardize federal requirements for programs providing personal care services for Medicaid beneficiaries, including residents of assisted living communities, to protect beneficiaries from care-related harm and ensure that billed services are provided, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report.
As 2017 began, the minimum wage increased in 19 states. It will increase in two more in July. Several cities hiked their hourly rates as well, although one state prohibited cities from enacting rates that exceed the state level.
Rest breaks must not have duties associated with them, CA Supreme Court says ... Program loans cameras to detect elder abuse ... For older adults, poor vision can lead to physical, cognitive problems ... Pantone announces color of 2017 ... The future of Medicaid spending ... Trump's treasury pick "excelled at kicking elderly people out of their homes"
Looking back on our coverage of the senior living industry and the issues that affected it in 2016, several common themes emerge. Five are detailed in this year-end review.
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 2016. Here's a chance to revisit our most popular columns of the year or to read them for the first time.
The December issue of McKnight's Senior Living is online with exclusive news and features that you won't want to miss.
Administering a simple "sniff test" can enhance the accuracy of diagnosing Alzheimer's disease and the mild cognitive impairment that often progresses to dementia, according to the results of a newly published study.
Whether older adults who lose their balance can recover it and avoid falling depends not only on their lower limb strength and perception of where their limbs are but also on their reaction times, according to results of new research.
Executives at senior living communities and skilled nursing facilities are placing increasing value on the ability of dining to attract prospective residents at the same time that workforce stability challenges their ability to manage food service in-house, according to the results of a new survey.
Sickness that killed three assisted living residents after Thanksgiving dinner identified ... Fire officials stress importance of sprinklers in senior living ... CBO issues report on long-term projections for Social Security ... Senate Aging Committee releases report on prescription drug price spikes ... Study suggests Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases not transmitted through blood transfusion ... Hollywood stars talk about being creative in old age
Brookdale Senior Living should sell the real estate it owns, distribute the proceeds to shareholders and convert existing leases to management contracts, an investor recommended in a letter sent to fellow stockholders on Tuesday.
Person-centered care plans, staffing, activities and environmental design are the keys for residential and adult day settings seeking reimbursement for services provided to Medicaid beneficiaries of home- and community-based services who exhibit unsafe wandering or exit-seeking behavior, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in recently published FAQs.
Residents of Ascension Senior Living communities will be among those who will be able to arrange for rides under a new partnership between parent company Ascension and on-demand transportation company Lyft.
Ohio makes assisted suicide a felony ... How a senior living chef bridges generational taste gaps ... Landmark Alzheimer's prevention trial to evaluate third drug ... Pokemon GO got people to get up and go, but not for long ... Early planning is key to keeping senior living communities current ... Senior trailblazers honored for positive aging ... Baby boomers 'should work for longer to stay healthy' ... Water restrictions lifted on retirement campus where Legionnaires' bacteria was found ... Senior living residents help college students forecast lives as 70-year-olds
One of the defendants in the alleged $16 million fraud, kickback and money-laundering scheme involving former executives of American Senior Communities has agreed to plead guilty to charges against him, putting him in the position of possibly testifying against four others accused in the case.
Electronic health records systems are the most common type of technology used by the not-for-profit senior living communities included in the 2016 LeadingAge Ziegler 150 report. See what other technologies made the list, and how single-site providers differ from multisite ones.
A former licensed practical nurse at a senior living community in suburban Akron, OH, has been convicted of one count of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, for an incident that occurred in January.
CMS announces Medicare-Medicaid ACO model ... Frequent sauna bathing protects men against dementia ... Researchers combat antimicrobial resistance using smartphones ... The growing need for senior housing in China ... Salk scientists reverse signs of aging ... Senior living resident found dead of apparent exposure
A man who allegedly set an assisted living facility on fire has been arrested in Lincolnton, NC.
Employee handbooks with seemingly innocuous policies can land your organization in trouble with federal officials. At least, that appears to be the message contained in a recent National Labor Relations Board ruling.
Older adults who eat a pigment commonly found in leafy greens better retain their skills and knowledge, a new study finds.
Crooks target assisted living facility ... Labor relations board likely to favor employers under Trump ... Is Alzheimer's disease hereditary? ... New drug approvals down in 2016 ... Ensign Group's unit sells urgent care assets to MultiCare ... Why Twitter Live is good for marketers
Many senior living operators now find themselves at a crossroads, thanks to a court injunction that puts a new overtime regulation on hold.
Republican lawmakers preparing to repeal the Affordable Care Act are getting blowback from an unlikely source: Republican governors whose states have benefitted from enhanced federal Medicaid funding.
President Obama signed the 21st Century Cures Act into law earlier this week. Tucked away in the omnibus package is a provision that should help many senior living operators.
Tough choices ahead for new CMS boss ... People with Alzheimer's taking antipsychotics may face higher death risk ... Many high-need patients missing out on help with ADLs, report shows
Senior living operators rely on cheap capital to pay for things such as renovations, improvements and even new construction.
Despite heated criticism from politicians and patients, drug firms raised drug prices by 15.5% last year, according to a new report from AARP.
Swedish researchers have developed a vaccine that homes in on the tau protein. In fact, all but one of the 30 vaccinated patients showed a favorable immune response.
NCAL releases facts and figures about the sector ... Medicaid MCO total nears 300 ... 10 ways to improve your marketing efforts ... The marketing trends that dominated in 2016
The nation's surging elderly population will create unprecedented demand for affordable housing and service options within two decades, a Harvard University study asserts.
The state attorney's office in St. Petersburg, FL, has filed documents that accuse Fernando Gutierrez of misdemeanor trespassing and battery. Gutierrez is a self-described professional guardian.
Drugs frequently prescribed to treat high cholesterol might also help reduce the odds a person will suffer from Alzheimer's disease, a new examination of Medicare data has found.
Standoff with armed man ends peacefully ... Senior living described as a booming business ... Earning woes may continue for Brookdale ... Away with the manger, no crib nor a bed
Almost 170 residents at a Westwood, CA, retirement community have received eviction notices from the building's new owners.
Why aren't your prospects moving in? Could be it's not you, it's them? Or more accurately, their fear of rising health outlays in the years to come?
Aegis Living Living has become the first senior living operator named to Glassdoor's list of the Top 50 Best Places to Work.
Assisted living workforce shortage linked to tough job, low pay ... Telehealth program allows remote rehab... Maintenance worker enters not guilty plea in Oxycodone theft case... Bristol-Myers Squibb to pay $19.5 million to settle claims of pushing antipsychotic prescriptions ... Lyft and CareLinx partnership may ease transportation challenges for many seniors ... Hilton drills data to unearth hidden customer preferences ... Report offers options for addressing homelessness, poverty
Arguments could be made that many affordable housing programs actually align with the goals of the incoming administration and conservative members of Congress, according to representatives of the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
The driver of a senior living community bus on which a resident was found dead in August turned himself in on a felony charge of second-degree manslaughter on Friday.
A former cook at a Louisiana memory care community was indicted and charged with raping a resident on Friday. He reportedly maintains that the sex was consensual.
Deaf battle The Villages in federal court ... Assisted living growing in Wisconsin, but some say regulations not keeping up ... Denzel Washington visits assisted living community to wish his childhood librarian a happy 99th birthday ... User-friendly medication packaging design can boost patient safety ... U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993
A new report released Thursday by the University of California, San Francisco, Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care shares several steps that senior living organizations can take to try to increase staff retention and productivity, reduce worker burnout and lower employer costs.
Someday, it may be common for senior living residents and their caregivers to be assisted by robots, and sensors embedded throughout living spaces may be an integral part of healthcare. These technologies may be moving a step closer to everyday reality with an announcement Thursday.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Office of Residential Care Facilities has published its new handbook for the Section 232 Healthcare Mortgage Insurance Program.
Retirement community takes precautions after resident contracts Legionnaires' disease ... Trump names Andrew Puzder, a fast-food CEO and critic of substantially raising the minimum wage, to head Labor Department ... How plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act could affect Medicare ... State official barred from taking job with senior living company ... Playgrounds for an aging population
Senior living communities can support residents who are part of couples by focusing on their individual needs as well as their shared needs, according to the results of a recent study.
Proponents of affordable housing can point others to recently published research compiled by online residential real estate site Trulia.
Rob Westervelt of Acts Retirement-Life Communities shares what senior living organizations can do to build their compliance programs.
21st Century Cures Act on way to president's desk ... Court won't seal False Claims suit against RehabCare, despite whistleblower's fear of retaliation ... Obama regulatory chief rejects midnight regulation ... A delicate balance: Work and caregiving ... Optimism may reduce risk of dying prematurely among women
Wellness programs are one way that senior living organizations can help employees address their health issues, but some companies or their employees don't see the value, according to a new survey that risk management, insurance brokerage and advisory company Willis Towers Watson conducted for Argentum.
If you want to help prevent residents from being victims of financial abuse, educate them. That's a key takeaway for senior living operators from a new report on elder fraud from Florida State University.
The oldest Americans have a greater sense of well-being than younger adults, according to newly released research from Gallup and Healthways.
Labor transition team member hates Obama regs ... New survey shows only half of people plan to get flu shots this year ... Opinion: The 21st Century Cures Act — A huge handout to the drug industry disguised as a pro-research bounty ... The moral obligation to address the needs of family caregivers for those with dementia ... Rewarding provider performance: 10 years in
Here's yet another reason for senior living organizations to tout the social interaction they provide: such activities may help delay the onset of cognitive decline.
Neurotrack Technologies has announced the unveiling of an app that can conduct cognitive decline screenings in as little as five minutes.
Women with dementia receive less medical attention ... The Senate was expected to vote on the 21st Century Cures legislation today ... 89% of adults over 50 own some type of mobile device and 73% of adults aged 50 to 59 own a smartphone, according to AARP ... Only 12% of older Americans have some form of dental insurance, suggests new Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health research on Medicare beneficiaries ... The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission will meet Thursday and Friday in Washington ... A Texas jury has ordered Johnson & Johnson to pay more than $1 billion to patients who claimed the company hid flaws in its artificial hips ... Muscle mass gain after age 60 is possible ... Operator examines evolution of assisted living ... America's jobless rate falls to 9-year low
SeniorAdvisor.com has released its Best of 2017 Awards, honoring those operators that have received high marks on the Austin, TX-based online ratings and reviews site in 2016. See the companies, states and cities with the most winners.
A New Jersey woman faces up to 15 years in prison and $500,000 in fines after pleading guilty Thursday to her role in a $1 million Medicare fraud scheme through which residents of affordable seniors housing complexes were convinced to submit to unnecessary genetic testing.
The Department of Labor on Friday asked a federal appellate court to expedite the appeal process related to a preliminary injunction that put on hold a new rule that would have extended overtime eligibility to more than 4 million workers nationwide who currently are not eligible.
Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) has been named the next chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Department of Health and Human Services and its Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Ventas CEO Debra Cafaro said to be seeking stake in NHL's Penguins ... National health spending: Faster growth In 2015 as coverage expands and utilization increases ... Why eldercare and child-care facilities should be in the same place ... As many as one in seven assisted living caregiver positions unfilled in Wisconsin
The Department of Labor on Thursday appealed a Nov. 22 temporary injunction that put on hold a final rule that would have extended overtime eligibility to more than 4 million workers. The action came on the same day as the publication of the department's final rule updating existing nondiscrimination and equal opportunity regulations as well as the enactment of anti-retaliation rules.
The national extent of elder abuse by guardians is unknown because data are limited on key factors, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Government Accountability Office at a Senate Special Committee on Aging hearing.
Advanced home health aides working at some assisted living communities in New York will be allowed to perform certain advanced tasks, such as administering routine or prefilled medications and helping with medical equipment, under a bill signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
Retail giant to expand overtime pay despite temporary injunction ... Senator accuses GOP of "war on seniors" ... House overwhelmingly approves sweeping health measure ... iPhones to monitor Parkinson's disease? ... Body of missing memory care resident identified ... Researchers awarded $12.2 million to study Alzheimer's disease