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Rekindle a passion and make money

Rekindle a passion and make money

Working in the senior care industry, I often encounter older adults and retirees who are looking for ways to stay active and engaged, plus make a difference in other people's lives. It's equally important to encourage the idea of aging with zest and purpose along by exercising the mind, body, and soul. Fortunately, there are a variety ways to achieve these goals as we age.

Caremerge partners with Linked Senior

Caremerge, a care coordination platform, has announced a partnership with Linked Senior.

The triple threat of mind, body and spirit

The triple threat of mind, body and spirit

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Many communities turn to gardening for residents as a summer activity. But a family BBQ, outdoor movie night or summer concert also can be a fantastic way to expand activities during the warmer months.

Standing up for the recreation departments

Standing up for the recreation departments

We must ask: After a resident has been treated and taken to the bathroom, and given a meal, what activities exist for him or her?

Intensity of activities doesn't determine level of benefits for seniors, researchers say

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Mental and physical stimulation improves seniors' memory and thinking skill, regardless of how rigorous the activities are, according to a recently published study.

The community role in cognitive ability

The community role in cognitive ability

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Even though they are not clinicians, activity directors can play a key role in increasing the health of seniors.

How to increase staff time

How to increase staff time

Automated reminders can be especially helpful during emergencies, such as Hurricane Sandy.

How to make employee communication meaningful

How to make employee communication meaningful

Are you using the fall season to your advantage?

Why the boxing gloves?

Why the boxing gloves?

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It must be my optimistic nature that makes me think, "Why use a pair of boxing gloves when a feather will do?" Those of you in social services know what I mean when I say, "Why go for the jugular?" You are just trying to help (schedule/resolve/plan/assess), right?

Building trust

Building trust

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I cheerfully met our new resident, Maria. She was accompanied by her daughter and son and was noticeably defying this change in her environment. She folded her arms across her chest and gave me eye contact. I could tell by her facial expressions that Maria wanted desperately to communicate with me but felt neither safe nor adequate in expressing her feelings.

My twinkling star

My twinkling star

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As the social services and activity director in a 92-bed skilled nursing facility, I am fortunate to share in a precious season of residents' lives. Our experiences with them are so amazing. Truly, you can't make up this stuff.

Computer use boosts brain power for tech-savvy seniors

Whether it's checking e-mail, playing games or downloading music, using computer programs appears to keep the aging mind nimble, suggests new research.

Community activities reduce rates of chronic disease in older population

Community-based physical activity programs cost effectively reduce instances of heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases among residents of those communities, according to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Study: Sleep helps older women prevent falls

Women aged 70 or older who receive less than five hours of sleep per night are at a greater risk of falls, according to a recent study.

Mediterranean diet linked to reduced rates of chronic disease, Alzheimer's

People who live in Mediterranean countries have long been admired for their healthy eating habits. Now a new study confirms why. The diet has recently been found to protect against heart disease, cancer, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and other chronic conditions.

TV owners in nursing homes to get digital conversion coupons

Nursing home residents will be included after all in a government coupon program aimed at easing the national transition to digital television. Residents will join others who previously were declared eligible to receive up to two $40 coupons to buy analog-TV converter boxes, the U.S. Commerce Department announced Tuesday.

Study: Exercise, nutritional supplements drastically improve senior fitness

A new study has found that the combination of light exercise and specific nutritional supplements could help keep seniors fit for a longer period of time.

Gait dysfunction an indication of cognitive impairment, study finds

Gait dysfunction, or difficulty walking, often accompanies mild cognitive impairment in older adults, according to findings published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

Very old maintain independence through 100th year

While many people associate extreme old age with failing health, new research suggests that many centenarians live independent, healthy lives.

Older jugglers prove elderly learn same as youngsters

You may not be able to teach an old dog new tricks, but an older adult is a different story altogether, according to new research from Germany.

Regulators: Provider gift cards to nursing home residents won't draw fines

Regulators: Provider gift cards to nursing home residents won't draw fines

A healthcare system that proposes giving gift cards to residents and other customers it disappoints with poor service is on firm legal ground, federal regulators say.

Cure for seniors' summertime blues: air-conditioning

Grilling is a favorite American pastime in the summer--but not for seniors, according to a new poll.

Physical ability better than chronic disease at predicting elderly death

How well older adults get out of bed on their own and balance a checkbook is a more accurate predictor of their likelihood of dying within five years than their chronic disease diagnosis, a new study finds.

Rethinking resident bathing

Rethinking resident bathing

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It's one of the hardest tasks for caregivers, but bathing does not have to be a chore if you focus on residents' needs

Residents may be eligible for $300 tax rebate

Residents may be eligible for $300 tax rebate

The federal government may owe nursing home and assisted living residents some extra spending money, thanks to President Bush's Economic Stimulus Package.

Ask the nursing expert

Ask the nursing expert

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I have been a director of nursing for a long time now and am feeling exhausted. What can I do to re-energize?

When it comes to Parkinson's relief, it takes two to tango

Researchers have found a new physical approach to help patients with Parkinson's disease improve their mobility and balance: the tango.

Ask the care expert

Ask the care expert

After the holidays we have fewer activities and visitors, which really affects the mood of the residents. How can we enhance our activities during this time?

A tasteful first impression

A tasteful first impression

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Facility puts new bistro in lobby, broadening dining options for residents and employees, and improving the overall appeal of the entryway.

Tech toys

The nation's top lawmakers are learning more about new monitoring, personal health record and brain fitness technologies for seniors during a special briefing and demonstration today.Senators from the Special Committee on Aging; the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee; and the Medical Technology Caucus are hosting the event to discuss and explore what type of support is needed to promote technological advances that can help our nation's aging population.

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