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What’s ahead from our new president?

At this writing, the Inauguration of Donald J. Trump plays out, and the country’s emotions remain divided with celebrating and protesting. It’s bound to be another year of healthcare upheavals as we wait to see if the incoming administration will follow through on its promise to “repeal and replace” the …

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Looking Back, Looking Ahead

New senior living communities, renovations and integrations marked the year in 2016, as well as technology advances and systems to increase customer satisfaction and improve personalized quality care. With the need for services increasing with the aging population and many aging services professionals retiring, most organizations are enhancing programs to …

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Young leaders blaze new trail in senior living

As a wave of CEO retirements is about to hit the senior living industry, an influx of young leaders are ready to blaze their own trail—not only leading but creating new options for older adults. Many are women and other executives who didn’t come from the traditional industries of their …

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Conversations With Aging Parents In 2017

As the new year begins, many of us are preparing for a fresh start by cleaning and organizing everything from closets to computers and perhaps setting new goals for our personal and professional lives. For those with older adults in their lives, the new year is also a good time …

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Pets Play Big Part In Senior Living

There’s no debating that pets are good for our health. Physically, they help lower our blood pressure and improve cardiovascular health. The act of petting releases endorphins that have a calming effect and produce a relaxation response, often reducing overall pain or the amount of medication required. For older adults, …

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Short-term Rehab Takes Cue From Hotel Industry

Savvy skilled nursing providers and continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs) are responding to the need for short-term rehabilitation of patients who need a place to go to completely recover from a surgery, illness or accident. By redesigning services with resort-style amenities, many are finding great financial rewards and new revenue …

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Wellness Is More Than Food And Fitness

Over the past several years SpiriTrust Lutheran, headquartered in York, PA, has been phasing in its comprehensive HealthAbility initiative and philosophy at its senior living communities, which offer residential living, assisted living, personal care, memory support and nursing, and rehabilitation services. “Our main priority with our HealthAbility program is that …

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Not Your Grandmother’s Nursing Home

Numerous research studies have revealed a significant relationship between loneliness and depression. In a study on loneliness, UCSF Division of Geriatrics researchers were intrigued to find that loneliness is also independently associated with an increased rate of death and functional decline. People who identified themselves as lonely had a 59 …

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