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Alexa Scores with Seniors

Senior living communities across the country have been reporting high rates of adoption and success with the use of Amazon’s voice-activated personal assistant Alexa—some with devices at various places throughout communities, some with devices in each residence or moving in that direction. But success isn’t just because the devices have …

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Bridging The Gap

Intergenerational programming in senior living communities connects residents to a broader community, reducing loneliness and enhancing the well-being of both seniors and youth. Such programs can help fight ageism, introduce youth to new career paths and even help solve greater societal problems. In July, East Ridge Residence, an independent living …

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Measuring Up In Occupancy

Many senior living organizations struggle with occupancy—with the national senior housing occupancy rate falling in the second quarter of 2019 to 87.8%, its lowest since the second quarter of 2011—while others consistently maintain 95% or higher year after year. So what’s the secret sauce? “It’s not really magic. It starts …

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HEALTHTAC Hits On Key Issues

“Quality over quantity” has become the mantra of the HEALTHTAC® events, which continue to focus on the goal of bringing senior living executives together in an intimate environment designed to maximize productivity and enhance relationship building and collaboration. This was very much in evidence at the recently concluded HEALTHTAC West …

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A Real Learning Experience

Promise Pointe at Tampa Oaks

As senior living organizations continue the struggle to find adequate staffing, some are embarking on more formalized partnerships with universities and internship programs to nurture and develop the next generation of senior care practitioners while introducing them to their own cultures. The University of Southern Florida (USF) School of Aging …

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Meeting In The Middle

There’s a lot of talk about the need to serve the “middle market” in seniors housing and services, but a recent affiliation between HumanGood and Presby’s Inspired Life is marking the beginning of a new era in affordable housing and alternatives for this market. CEO John Cochrane of HumanGood—California’s largest …

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Brand New Solutions

As the aging services industry evolves, some organizations have been developing new brands to expand their portfolios and specifically address new and different market segments. Dominion Senior Living is one of the latest, launching a new independent living brand this month—Everlan by Dominion Senior Living—which will allow the privately-held organization …

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Playing It Cool For Summer

The summer months can bring challenges to senior living communities, older adults and their caregivers—but also a lot of fun. “As the heat starts to rise, hydration and keeping residents active with a balance of indoor and outdoor activities can be a challenge,” said Julie Walker, director of dementia care …

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Giving It The Old College Try

As life expectancy increases and levels of health improve, many older adults are working longer, want to continue learning, and often want the opportunity to mix with other generations. As such, some senior living operators are betting on college campuses to provide much of what upcoming generations want and are …

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