Wellness

7 employee wellness ideas for the holidays (and beyond)

7 employee wellness ideas for the holidays (and beyond)

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After a staff training on reducing burnout in long-term care last week, a look through the evaluation forms was illuminating. A significant number of attendees — mostly nursing aides, nurses, and environmental workers — wrote that the most valuable point they got from the training was how important it was to take time for themselves, even if it was for just a few minutes.

A&D Medical makes wellness app available

A&D Medical has created an Android version of A&D Connect, its WellnessConnected® app.

Rally Health launches platform

Rally Health launches platform

Rally Health is launching a product that lets consumers look at their personal health data, leverage incentives and receive coaching.

Strategic partnerships provide essential resources for seniors

Strategic partnerships provide essential resources for seniors

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Senior care providers dedicated to meeting the needs of this population must adjust to assure easy access to needed resources and services. One approach is the development of partnerships between senior care providers and community groups and organizations.

Re-examining obesity in long-term care

Re-examining obesity in long-term care

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John O'Connor's blog this week explored the issue of obesity in long-term care facilities,and raised a subtle point around assumptions about people who are obese. Whether they are a coworker or a resident, we tend to assume people we know who obese either want to lose weight, are trying to lose weight, or have failed most of their lives at losing weight. is it fair to judge nurses or other caregivers whose weight is putting them at risk for diseases, or that may be impacting their job? Is the increasing popularity of "wellness programs" a reasonable way to keep your health insurance premiums down? What is your obligation to your employee?

Building up the executive director's tool kit

Building up the executive director's tool kit

Executive directors of individual CCRC campuses must fine-tune their tool kits to keep their facilities top of mind with consumers, and ahead of the impending sharp curve of consumer preference. Complacency and "resting on your laurels" will not have a place in tomorrow's market.

After economic storm, new long-term care business strategies

After economic storm, new long-term care business strategies

Long-term care organizations are looking differently at their operations as a result of the economic crisis of 2008 and 2009.

Wireless technology, home health expected to grow in seniors care and housing, survey finds

Wireless technology, home health expected to grow in seniors care and housing, survey finds

Operators of senior living communities believe that "smart home" technology and wireless connectivity will help to attract residents within the next five years. Other specialty areas predicted to boom include home health services, wellness programs, providing Web-based education and building smaller and/or "green" facilities, according to a new survey of 107 senior living organization in 13 states.

Providing care for ailing spouse can lengthen your life, study finds

Caring for an elderly, ailing loved one can take an emotional toll, but it also may add years to your life, according to new research from the University of Michigan.

Nurses steadily kicking smoking habit

The rate of smoking among nurses fell significantly between 1976 and 2003--but the consequences of the habit are still devastating, a new report found.

Nursing home suicide rates have not improved in 15 years

While instances of suicide among community-dwelling seniors have fallen in recent years, the same has not been true for long-term care residents, according to a recent study.

Want to live longer? Cheer up and have a drink, researchers say

Want to live longer? Cheer up and have a drink, researchers say

Researchers in America and Canada have unveiled the secret formula behind aging well--and it's more "upbeat" than some might think.

Anti-frailty pill on the horizon?

Researchers in Virginia have identified a drug that has increased muscle mass in older, frailer people.

Barrett, Walker: Don't depend on Washington for long-term care leadership

Barrett, Walker: Don't depend on Washington for long-term care leadership

Two high-profile private sector leaders entreated long-term care providers Tuesday to take responsibility for technological and care delivery innovations.

Study: Smoking hurts quality of life in old age

If you need another reason to quit smoking, here's one: Smoking during middle age not only shortens your life, but makes life harder when you reach old age, a new study finds.

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.

Surveys: companies, workers coughing up more for healthcare

Both employers and employees are paying more for healthcare, according to several recent surveys chronicling the rise and fall of employer-sponsored healthcare rates and premiums over the last year.

New jawbone disease could affect millions of seniors

"Bone death," a recently discovered jawbone disease that could potentially affect millions of seniors, will be one topic of conversation at the 2008 American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation meeting.

Medicaid beneficiaries slower to receive emergency heart-attack care

A new study adds to an established body of evidence showing that poor people and Medicaid beneficiaries are slower to be treated for heart attacks than counterparts with more money or better insurance. Part of the problem lies with the delayed recognition of heart-attack symptoms in poorer areas, researchers from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill said.

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.

World's oldest man turns 113

For his 113th birthday this week, the world's oldest man received gifts, flowers and $1,000 from his town's mayor. What he wants, however, is to live another five years.

Pelvic floor disorders affect almost half of women over 80

Nearly 50% of women aged 80 or older experience a pelvic floor disorder, which can take the form of urinary incontinence, fecal incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse, according to a new report.

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.

Second aging revolution summit to include big names, big ideas

The Wesley Enhanced Living Foundation will host "The Aging Revolution II," a conference devoted to aging issues, on September 25 in Philadelphia.

Study: Too much denture cream could lead to nerve damage

As if keeping your original set isn't enough of a reason, here's one more justification for keeping your teeth healthy: Excessive use of denture cream could lead to neurological damage.

Moderate exercise slows dementia's onset, study finds

For the first time, moderate exercise has been shown to delay the onset of dementia and improve memory in seniors, according to new research from Australia.

Flu shots do not cut mortality risk, study finds

A new study adds to the body of research showing that flu shots do not reduce the risk of death.

Mental decline occurs prior to death, study finds

With or without dementia, a person's mental capacity diminishes years before they die, according to new research.

More than 1 in 10 seniors report abuse

Nearly 13% of seniors suffer some kind of abuse, usually in the form of verbal mistreatment, according to a recent report.

Overweight seniors living longer, less mobile lives, researchers find

Obesity among seniors is somewhat of a ticking time bomb for healthcare systems worldwide, according to British researchers. While it does not increase the risk for death among the elderly, it leads to disability and immobility, and creates a burden for healthcare systems everywhere.