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Senior living sees success using virtual reality to combat loneliness during pandemic

Virtual reality use within senior living has gotten a big boost amid the pandemic, as operators shifted strategies to keep residents engaged amid restrictions on visitors and in-person activities. It’s a trend that’s likely to stick around even as restrictions begin to lift, as an increasing number of long-term-care communities turn to these devices to improve wellness and quality of life for this growing population, according to an analysis Monday in the Wall Street Journal.

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Low-tech program helps assisted living residents socialize, med students learn during pandemic

A simple social calling model launched during the pandemic gave medical students real-life practice in geriatric assessment skills while providing socialization opportunities for residents of assisted living communities, according to an on-demand panel presentation at the AMDA — The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine PALTC 21 Virtual Annual Conference.

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States should fund senior living, relax visitation restrictions, association leaders tell governors

The National Governors Association should “strongly encourage” state governments to provide financial relief to senior living providers and caregivers for COVID-19-related expenses, Argentum President and CEO James Balda said Thursday. Additionally, governors should “immediately revise state guidance related to visitation in senior living communities,” American Seniors Housing Association President David Schless said separately.

Addressing the double pandemic of COVID-19 and loneliness

We’re starting a new year, and the pandemic still rages on. Its complete demise never was guaranteed, but there was a quieted optimism that the virus would be largely improved by now. On the contrary, cases are on the rise and experts warn that we’ll likely see a resurgence in these winter months. The possibility…

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