Senior Housing News Feed: Overtime Rule on Life Support

Start your week off right by catching up on the most popular recent Senior Housing News articles and items of interest from around the web.

Today’s edition begins with a dose of inspiration from 81-year-old Bob Wood, who walked into a guitar shop, picked up an instrument, and ….


The video has been around for a few years, but it made the rounds again last week, getting reposted on sites such as Open Culture. We like the observation Dan Colman made on that blog: Our culture hastily writes off the talents and accumulated experience of an entire generation of people. But stop for a second. Watch the video above and extrapolate it to other parts of life. Then think about all that gets needlessly lost.

Overtime Rule on Life Support

Looks like the expansion of overtime eligibility—halted by a federal court in November—might be permanently on ice. Last week, the Department of Justice asked the court for a 30-day extension to file a brief in the case.


“The extension is meant to give President Donald Trump’s administration time to consider what to do about the rule,” Bloomberg BNA’s Chris Opfer wrote. “…The DOJ’s request to delay the case seems to put the overtime rule on life support. It’s still not clear, however, whether the Trump administration and GOP-led Congress will let it die in the courts or move to scrap or limit the rule.”

Aid-in-Dying Access Issues

Aid-in-dying is up there with marijuana as a topic that senior housing providers do not want to discuss with our reporters. It’s an understandably controversial and troubling topic to many, but as more states make it legal for people to end their own lives with the assistance of medical professionals, it may become more difficult for providers across the whole care spectrum to keep their heads in the sand—as many are now doing, according to a Kaiser Health News report that ran last week.

Dig, Shovel, Stretch

Word of the week: telomeres. These are “the caps at the end of DNA strands that protect chromosomes from wearing down, somewhat like the plastic tips at the end of shoelaces,” the Washington Post helpfully explains. They become shorter with age.

Older women who are more sedentary have shorter telomeres, according to recently published study findings. In other words, being inactive can actually make you age faster. Senior housing activity directors take note: Exercise such as yoga, weight lifting, and “gardening that involves digging or shoveling” can help keep those telomeres nice and long.

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Written by Tim Mullaney

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