Cognition

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.

Here's some help with educating residents about cognitive health

Here's some help with educating residents about cognitive health

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If you're looking for programming to offer as part of your senior living community's wellness initiative or general activities, then you may be interested in a free toolkit from the federal government.

Special needs

Special needs

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

Implants may help delay cognitive decline, study finds

Implants may help delay cognitive decline, study finds

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Implants that deliver deep brain stimulation may help people with Alzheimer's disease retain independence longer, a new study asserts.

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.

Memo to the kitchen staff: Easy on the canola oil

Memo to the kitchen staff: Easy on the canola oil

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One of the world's most widely used vegetable oils may contribute to memory loss and learning challenges. And it also could make your residents gain more weight. At least, those are the suggestions in a new study by researchers at Temple University.

$16 million, 5-year study will test artificial intelligence in senior living

$16 million, 5-year study will test artificial intelligence in senior living

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IBM and the University of California San Diego on Thursday announced a $16 million, five-year collaboration that will test how artificial intelligence, or AI, can be used to help detect mild cognitive impairment earlier in retirement community residents and other older adults.

More news for Tuesday, Sept. 26

Florida assisted living reports will continue to be redacted ... Vision and hearing loss are tied to cognitive decline ... 488,332 affordable housing units at risk in next 5 years

Combatting cognitive decline through new hearing innovation

Combatting cognitive decline through new hearing innovation

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We as an industry must encourage residents to use listening devices so they can better engage in activities and with one another in a meaningful way that will help slow cognitive decline.

'Brain training' program proves ineffective for some applications

'Brain training' program proves ineffective for some applications

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A proprietary "brain training" program had no effect on decision-making or cognitive functioning except for basic practice effects in a recent study, according to researchers at the University of Pennsylvania. But it may be useful for something else, they said.

Chocolate consumption could improve cognitive function

Chocolate consumption could improve cognitive function

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Daily intake of cocoa or chocolate could improve cognitive performance, especially in vulnerable populations such as the elderly, according to a recent review of literature on the topic.

App could improve memory in those with dementia

App could improve memory in those with dementia

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A new "brain training" app could help improve memory for people in the early stages of dementia, according to the results of a recent study.

Sex and the brain

Sex and the brain

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

3 approaches may help prevent cognitive decline and dementia

3 approaches may help prevent cognitive decline and dementia

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Cognitive training, blood pressure management for people who have high blood pressure, and increased exercise may help prevent cognitive decline and dementia, according to a report released Thursday. But there's a catch.

Chronic pain associated with dementia, new study finds

Chronic pain associated with dementia, new study finds

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Chronic pain is correlated with memory decline and dementia later in life, according to a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

More news for Thursday, April 20

150-year-old drug may provide 'off' time relief for people with advanced Parkinson's disease ... With beetroot juice before exercise, aging brains look 'younger' ... Woman reportedly involuntarily living in assisted living community; probate judge questions lawyers ... Retirement community sues to stop water treatment plant

Aerobic exercise beats mental exercise for brain fitness, researcher says

Aerobic exercise beats mental exercise for brain fitness, researcher says

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If you'd like to help residents keep their brains fit as they age, you may want to focus on aerobic exercise, not "brain games," suggests Neil Charness, Ph.D., professor of psychology and director of the Institute for Successful Longevity at Florida State University.

More news for Thursday, March 9

Medicaid exec voices opposition to GOP's healthcare plan ... After Legionnaires' case, senior living community gets clean bill of health ... Study: Waterfall sounds enhance deep sleep, memory in older adults ... Blueberry concentrate improves brain function in older people

Hearing loss incidence will almost double by 2060, study predicts

Hearing loss incidence will almost double by 2060, study predicts

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Hearing loss has been tied to accelerated cognitive decline, poorer physical functioning and higher healthcare costs, and now a new study concludes that the number of Americans who have hearing loss may almost double in the coming decades. Results of a separate new study may support widespread screening for adults, its authors say.

More news for Thursday, Feb. 2

Trump's Supreme Court pick may mean trouble for CMS, healthcare regs ... Senate Republicans approve Price for HHS post ... The link between sleep and cognitive impairment in elderly ... Air pollution may lead to dementia in older women

Brain-stimulating activities can lower risk of mild cognitive impairment

Brain-stimulating activities can lower risk of mild cognitive impairment

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Playing games, making crafts, using a computer and engaging in social activities can help older adults decrease the risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, according to research published Monday.

Meditation, music may prevent or slow cognitive decline: study

Meditation, music may prevent or slow cognitive decline: study

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Meditating or listening to music may prevent or slow cognitive decline in older adults, according to new research.

More news for Monday, Jan. 23

Seniors welcome new, battery-powered friends ... LifeSpan president talks future of senior care ... Women's cognitive decline begins earlier than previously believed ... Older adults with arthritis need just 45 minutes of activity per week ... Too much sitting, too little exercise may accelerate biological aging

More news for Monday, Jan. 9

Afternoon naps could improve thinking and memory skills, new research says ... Physical activity reduces heart disease deaths for older adults

Mediterranean diet, but not eating more fish, linked to brain health

Mediterranean diet, but not eating more fish, linked to brain health

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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.

'Sniff test' can help diagnose early Alzheimer's: study

'Sniff test' can help diagnose early Alzheimer's: study

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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.

Lutein consumption preserves brain health, study finds

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Older adults who eat a pigment commonly found in leafy greens better retain their skills and knowledge, a new study finds.

Cognitive screening that takes 5 minutes?

Cognitive screening that takes 5 minutes?

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Neurotrack Technologies has announced the unveiling of an app that can conduct cognitive decline screenings in as little as five minutes.

Social engagement helps slow cognitive decline: study

Social engagement helps slow cognitive decline: study

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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.

$21.8 million study to examine exercise/brain health link in older adults

$21.8 million study to examine exercise/brain health link in older adults

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Independent living community residents most likely will be part of a five-year, $21.8 million study of the connection between exercise and memory and brain function as people age, the project's leader tells McKnight's Senior Living.

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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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