Editors' Columns

Editors’ Columns

Together, we can address loneliness in senior living

Eighty-five percent of independent living residents interviewed for a recent small study reported moderate to severe levels of loneliness. The residents also shared some techniques to manage it that may help other older adults and those who serve and care for them, however.

John O'Connor's Columns

Senior living field getting antsy over ANSI?

A largely unnoticed development now has more than a few operators wondering whether the Trojan Horse carrying federal rules has arrived. But in this case, the proverbial steed was always inside the gate.

The amazing people among us

Dozens of senior living residents took their final breath week. Margaret Lawrence was among them. But she was no ordinary face in the crowd.

Once more, with feeling

Last year’s inaugural McKnight’s Women of Distinction awards program honored more than 40 well-deserving professionals. And now nominations are open for the second year of the program, so that more women can be recognized.

Does senior living have a bullying problem?

Workplace bullies have mastered the art of making others feel threatened and miserable. And if a recent poll is to be believed, they are in ample supply these days.

Lois Bowers' Columns

A great holiday gift for the women in your work life

Looking for a last-minute gift for a female colleague? Or maybe you’re a woman seeking a holiday splurge for yourself. Or perhaps you’re trying to think of a way to ring in the new year at work. Here’s a great idea.

Holiday gifts we would give if we could — and maybe we can

A new survey finds that half of us wish we could give certain “intangible” gifts to those we care about. But we can give at least some of these gifts to our family members, friends or co-workers. In fact, maybe we already are.

‘Silver wave’ is about more than future residents, reports suggest

Mention the baby boomer-related demographic forces that could be a boon for senior living operators in the coming years, and most minds in the industry turn to prospective residents. Two recent reports, however, suggest that baby boomers of traditional retirement age offer an opportunity of a different sort right now.

Not so sure about that ‘silver wave’

Yes, the aging of the baby boomers may result in a “silver wave” of residents moving into senior living communities, but one investor is urging caution. And independent living “may be left out to dry,” he says.

Older adults: Images, reality don’t always match

A new campaign by AARP and Getty Images certainly fits nicely with LeadingAge’s important vision to “permanently change the image of aging in our society,” but it was another organization that came to my mind when I heard about this new effort.

Is all of senior living embracing a medical model?

“How many of you still believe you only provide hospitality?” When Juniper Communities founder and CEO Lynne Katzmann posed that question to the approximately 260 people attending NCAL Day on Sunday, nobody raised a hand.

What you need to know about flu vaccination

Here are some important takeaways about influenza vaccination from my conversation with the medical director of the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases.

Just the beginning for middle market push

We’ve read — and McKnight’s Senior Living has written — much about the growing need for senior housing for middle-income older adults since April. Interest has not abated.

Affordable options for the middle class

As the senior living industry looks to find ways to serve the silver wave of baby boomers, including those in the middle market, all ideas should be on the table as potential solutions. Ever heard of the Dymaxion House?

Diversity ‘even more critical’ in senior living

Companies operating in senior living increasingly are taking steps to make their boards and C-suites look more like the customers they serve and the workers who serve them. It’s a smart and welcome approach.

The wave after the silver one

The “silver wave” of baby boomers hasn’t even hit yet — the oldest boomers won’t even turn 80 for another seven years — and yet one company is looking past that wave to the next one.
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