New Study Offers Hope for Stroke Survivors

A study published recently by the University of Florida offers some good news: Researchers found that intense physical therapy can bring about functional recovery more than a year after the initial stroke.

When we fail to Communicate

A recent article in ScienceDaily got me thinking about parent/adult child conversations. According to the article adult children often see their parents as stubborn. The writers go on to suggest that interventions can be developed to ease these interactions and improve communication.

End of Life: Will you get the care you want?

Those of us who work with people facing the end of life have been aware of this issue for a long time. But while not ‘news’ to many of us, I’m happy to see experts take a critical look at how our health system is lacking when it comes to end of life care.

American Society on Aging National Conference: A Move Toward Age Friendly Environments

Earlier this month, I attended the American Society on Aging national conference in San Diego. Aside from providing a much needed break from this year’s Midwest winter weather, it offered opportunities to meet many the industry’s movers and shakers and learn the latest trends across just about any topic in the field of aging that […]

Older Adults and the Web, Social Media: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Increasingly, older adults are using the Internet and social media to research information, connect with health care providers, interact with family and friends, play games and even search for dating partners. In many ways, this is a good thing. However, ScienceDaily recently reported on an article soon to be published in Gerontology conducted by researchers […]

Aging in America Conference Insights

Last week, I attended the American Society on Aging’s annual conference “Aging in America” (http://www.asaging.org/aia), a national event attended by thousands of professionals and experts that showcased trends, innovations and best practices related to critical issues in the field of aging. The conference offered more than 500 sessions (you read that correctly – more than […]

Guest Post: Illinois Supportive Living – A Growing Trend

Supportive Living is a subsidized, Assisted Living style program for older adults and is rapidly growing in popularity – and demand.  Before Supportive Living, older adults in need of Assisted Living care but unable to pay for the service out of pocket were relegated to nursing homes – facilities that accept Medicaid but often not […]

It Takes a Village to Age in Place

America is aging.  Every day, 10,000 baby boomers turn 65.  By the year 2030, 19 percent of the population will be 65 or older. With age comes disability. Indeed, 37 percent of individuals aged 65-69 report some disability, according to U.S. census figures. By the time people reach 80 years of age and over, the […]

Technology Trends and Benefits for Seniors

More and more seniors are going online. In fact, more than half of American adults age 65 and older use the Internet or e-mail, according to the latest research from the Pew Internet & American Life Project. And while these adults are still less likely than all other age groups to use the Web, the […]

Paying Thanks to Caregivers

In light of National Family Caregiver Month, take a moment to recognize the enormous contribution of family caregivers—the 65 million-plus who care for a spouse, family member or friend. The monetary value of their work is over 375 billion a year which is more than the yearly Medicaid spending for long term care for all […]