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Life is a ball…

I came across this beautiful video on  YouTube that was produced by Eskaton, an assisted living provider in Northern California. It is beautifully written and produced. Send a beautiful message about aging and dignity – “It’s not the years in your life but the life in your years that counts!”

I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I did!

Sensors Help Keep the Elderly Safe, and at Home

Increasingly, many older people who live alone are not truly alone. They are being watched by a flurry of new technologies designed to enable them to live independently and avoid expensive trips to the emergency room or nursing homes.

Bertha Branch, 78, discovered the power of a system called eNeighbor when she fell to the floor of her Philadelphia apartment late one night without her emergency alert pendant and could not phone for help.

A wireless sensor under Ms. Branch’s bed detected that she had gotten up. Motion detectors in her bedroom and bathroom registered that she had not left the area in her usual pattern and relayed that information to a central monitoring system, prompting a call to her telephone to ask if she was all right. When she did not answer, that incited more calls — to a neighbor, to the building manager and finally to 911, which dispatched firefighters to break through her door. She had been on the floor less than an hour when they arrived. (more…)

What is Assisted Living Video

  

A nice short video on Assisted Living and what it is that makes it so special. When my mother and father moved into assisted living I was envious of the gentle care and attention they were given. It may not always feel good to leave a home we have lived in our entire lives but given the right assisted living center or assisted living home, our changing needs will be met with compassion and support.                                       

Weeee! The Wii is a HIT with those over 55!

When most of us think of video game fans, the first image that comes to mind is that of a zombie-eyed teen clutching his game controller. Think again! According to The Huffington Post, 47 percent of all casual game players are 50 or older, and nearly 20 percent are 60 or older. The hottest game console among the older set is the Ninentendo Wii. Imagine being able to play a spirited game of tennis sitting in a wheelchair, playing a 18 holes of golf or joining a virtual bowling league right in the lounge of your assisted living facility. More and more seniors are discovering the exciting world of virtual entertainment and an increasing number of facilities are now providing the Wii as a standard amenity for their residents. One group of Erickson communities has even started an inter-facility championship. Watch the video and see for yourself how they have tranformed a casual pasttime into a memorable competition. Forget those polite games of lawn bowling – these bowlers are SERIOUS!!!

After 55 Living Radio Episode 6 – The ABCs of Senior Housing with ALFA

The many options available for Senior Housing can be confusing, so we spoke to Karen Barno, President of the Arizona Chapter of ALFA (Assisted Living Federation of America) about the many choices available.

Karen talks in depth about the different types of housing, the different levels of care, cost structures and how to tour intelligently. If you are considering a move for yourself or a loved one, this episode a a must!

For more information about ALFA and how it can assist you with information about Senior Housing options, visit ALFA Arizona’s website at http://www.azalfa.org/

To listen now, click to play button below:

 

Caregivers, a 35% shortage. Will you be affected?

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(photo courtesy of chanchanchepon and flickr) 

In almost every newspaper everyday we read about the explosion of the baby boomers. We also read the statistic which says if given the choice as we grow older 87% of people say they want to remain in their own home.

I am 100% pro home care yet being in the senior care industry tells me a different story. There is a growing shortage of caregivers in the United States. If there is a shortage now is anyone being realistic that the caregiver shortage will only get worse as the baby boomers come into being? What will the answer be? (more…)

Searching for a Retirement Community – When Should We Look?

It was great to read a blog about a daughter’s journey with her mom and dad to look for a retirement community. And to be such an unselfish daughter in lieu of the fact that the parents are moving to another state and the daughter is still happy for them!! Read this article, it is really kind and well written. 

How many of us will be going through the same journey with our parents? ….. (more…)

Seniors get sexy for a good cause

You go girls!!!  Sexy definitely does not stop when Social Security starts!

(Business Wire) Some female residents at Greenspring, a full-service retirement community in northern Virginia managed by Catonsville-based Erickson Retirement Communities, have been focusing on a new fundraising effort although theyre using some unconventional tactics. (more…)

Thinking of others during the Holidays – Visit Assisted Living

Visiting Sal - a wonderful 94 year old!!  We are all going to age :>) and many of us will one day be residing in an assisted living center or an assisted living home. I started my volunteer work when I learned that 75% of seniors living in assisted living have no one coming in to visit on a regular basis, if at all…. (more…)

Music is such good company

Yesterday I visited an assisted living home and as I entered through the front door, I heard the most beautiful music. All the residents were sitting around (more…)