Walk more = live longer, doctors & end of life, liquid meal replacements, and top-rated senior housing communities

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Seniors who walk more live longer.

Most doctors wouldn’t want heroic measures at the end of life.

Liquid meal replacements can’t replace the real thing.

SeniorAdvisor.com has released its list of top-rated senior housing communities.

Hospital tips, seniors & therapy, unhealthy old age, and long term care costs

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Tips for staying healthy in hospitals.

Older adults can benefit from therapy just as much as young people.

Do Boomers have to “save themselves” from unhealthy old age?

Americans are in denial about long term care costs.

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Aging in Place: Friend or Foe?

In case you missed it the first time, here’s an overview of “aging in place,” a popular offering at retirement communities:

The term “aging in place” became popular several years ago to describe a particular type of senior housing whereby residents were allowed to remain in their independent living apartments, even though they required higher levels of care.

The main benefit of aging in place is that you don’t have to move if you become sick. Your bedroom remains your bedroom. You don’t have to worry about moving to a smaller assisted living apartment. It is a huge benefit for seniors that might need to make several moves during the last years of their lives. Once they move into the community, their apartment becomes their home.

The main disadvantage of aging in place is that communities have trouble marketing units that turned over (in other words, the units vacated due to resident death). Aging in place is an attractive marketing technique for younger communities that attract younger residents, but it is very difficult for a community that has been open for several years to resell units to younger residents.

Imagine this: You go into a CCRC, and during the tour, you notice health care workers coming in and out of the rooms. In the hallway are seniors that would normally be in a nursing home. They are all sitting in wheelchairs, and most of them are asleep. Would you want to move in here?

When the independent living residents are mixed with the assisted living residents, it makes it hard for the community to sell units to younger seniors. If the community is known as being an aging in place community, then it is probably fine. Most Holiday Retirement Communities, Sunrise, Belmont, and Atria communities (which are not usually CCRC’s) are marketed for independent living and assisted living needs and allow residents to remain in their apartments as long as their needs do not become too acute.

But, if you are considering a CCRC that markets aging in place, make sure the community has some policies that help attract younger residents to fill vacated units. Otherwise, you run the risk that your estate might have a long delay in receiving the refund portion of your entrance fee (while the community tries to resell your unit).

In summary, there is no problem with aging in place. It is a fine idea, and it creates a lot of security for seniors that are worried about being bused from place to place as their needs progress. However, the policy can be detrimental to CCRC’s that are trying to maintain a young, vibrant resident population.

Coffee & glaucoma, Alzheimer’s & the brain, hospice, and omega-3 fats

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Yet another chapter in the war over coffee’s usefulness: coffee is associated with glaucoma. 

Alzheimer’s is a disease that impacts the way the brain functions; understanding its progression can help you deal with Alzheimer’s patients.

More Medicare patients choose a nursing home over hospice for end of life care.

Omega-3 fats might be a good way to slow the aging process.

Photo courtesy of dyobmit on Flickr.

 

Cities for romance, avoiding loneliness, nursing homes & convicts, and eating disorders in adults

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Single seniors now have a list of the top 10 cities for romance!

What to live longer?  Make new friends!

Nursing homes increasingly care for aging convicts and convicted sex offenders.  Are they still safe?

Eating disorders aren’t just for teenagers.  Seniors can fall victim to body image problems as well.

Photo courtesy of Spirit-Fire on Flickr.

Skydiving at 80, pets in retirement communities, living to be 100, and elder scams

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It’s never too late to go skydiving; these 80+ women raised money for charity during their 10,000 feet drop.

Good news for animal lovers: More retirement communities are beginning to allow pets!

If you want to live to be 100, eat better and get some more sleep.

Elder scams impact even well-educated people.  This particular story is heartbreaking because the wife still feels like it wasn’t a scam.

Photo courtesy of flawedartist on Flickr.

Aging & DNA, scams & veterans, sex & seniors, and Social Security cuts

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Aging is in our DNA.  No really, our DNA records the march of time.

The government is warning seniors to look out for scams aimed at veterans.

Does Hollywood overlook seniors and their sex lives?  This writer thinks so and makes the argument that intimacy as an older adult is a beautiful thing.

Social Security is coming under fire from politicians from are trying to cut spending.  Here are some of the proposed changes.

Photo courtesy of mira66 on Flickr.

Dieting is impossible, vitamins aren’t perfect, fast food, and brand name drugs

Obesity is an epidemic, but our bodies don’t care. Despite our best efforts, it’s nearly impossible for some folks to lose weight.

The skinny on vitamins and supplements. New studies cast doubt on the efficacy of some herbal remedies.

Dang it!  Eating fast food ages the brain. Eating healthy food slows this process.

Why do Americans pay so much for brand name drugs?  It’s much cheaper to buy from Canada, which is what seniors are doing.

Life spans & financial risk, digital mammography, medical decision-making, Alzheimer’s, and good rules of thumb for medical consumers

Living long can be a burden.  62% of seniors say it’s their biggest financial risk.

Digital mammography isn’t more effective than other tests.  A few study shows that digital images are no better than traditional film images at detecting breast cancer.

Making good medical decisions.  Two doctors have written a book to help.  (This entire interview is really interesting.  I recommend giving it a read.)

Top 10 sites for Alzheimer’s disease information.  Excellent list! Bonus link: caring for people with Alzheimer’s disease.

Rules of thumb for medical consumers. My favorite: prices don’t reflect effectiveness.