Preceptors Crucial During Senior Care Technology Implementation Process

Nurse preceptors can provide a strong transition between theory and practice when implementing new high-impact projects in the senior long-term care sector, says American HealthTech in a long-term care change management publication.  The publication emphasizes the benefits of using preceptors to train other employees on new technology and offers a guide that helps in the […]

Study: Regular Strength Training Reduces Fall Rates in Older Adults

Incorporating regular strength and balance training exercises into seniors’  daily activities can reduce the occurrence of falls by 31%, finds a study by the BMJ Group, a medical information and resource company. The study looks at seniors using the Lifestyle integrated Functional Exercise (LiFE) as a strength building program for 12 months. The program incorporates […]

What Senior Consumers Want: Demands, Expectations in CCRC Search

Reaching out to aging Americans early—as early as their 60s—and offering amenities that promote an active lifestyle could help continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) attract seniors and then keep them as residents for the duration of their retirement, according to a new study by a mature market research firm. Access to technology and the availability […]

Assisted Living Costs Rise 5%, Will Seniors be Forced to Look for Cheaper Options?

The average monthly cost for assisted living has risen 5%, which might drive some seniors to consider other, more economical options when it comes to long-term care, according to the 2012 American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance (AALTCI) Sourcebook. Assisted living costs an average of $3,350, reports the association, but despite the increase, more people have […]

Huffington Post: Japan Turns to Robots for Senior Care; Is U.S. Next?

As Japan’s population experiences higher life expectancy and decreased birthrates, the country’s government is turning to “service robots” to alleviate the country’s lack of manpower and help elderly with daily tasks, according to a Huffington Post blog article.  With a robot that converts from a bed to a wheelchair upon command and another that assists […]

Number of High-Income Seniors Increases, But Housing Costs Still Burdensome

The number of older people who have high incomes has increased substantially in the past 30 years, but many seniors are still very burdened by housing costs and less than a quarter live in long-term care or community settings, according to the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging Related Statistics. The study, Older Americans 2012: Key Indicators of […]

In the Pipeline: Senior Housing Construction Projects (8/22/2012)

Construction: Planned Vi Looking to Spend $5.1 on Illinois Retirement Community Expansion CC-Lake Inc., a licensee of Vi Living, is looking to expand an Illinois retirement community, Vi at the Glen, in a $5.1 million project, according to an application filed last week with the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.  The project would […]