Why Patient Care Protocols Are Critical During a Pandemic

You’ve heard the heartbreaking story of the LifeCare Center nursing home in Kirkland, Washington, which was an initial epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in that state. At least 35 residents and staff members of that long-term care community have died as a result of this highly contagious virus. What went wrong As I’ve written recently, [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:41:04-04:00March 30th, 2020|

Senior Living Continues the Fight Against COVID-19

I know coronavirus (COVID-19) is top-of-mind and people are worried, for good reason. It’s understandable as we have an increasing number of diagnosed cases and more business and school closures. Last week, I wrote about how, in general, the senior living industry is better prepared than most other sectors to deal with a highly contagious [...]

By |2023-08-05T14:38:51-04:00March 16th, 2020|

How CCRCs Are Addressing the Spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19)

I know that many people are feeling anxious about the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). By now, you’ve probably heard about the outbreak of the virus in a nursing home in Washington state that has turned deadly. I would like to shed some light on how the senior living industry as a whole, including continuing care [...]

By |2024-05-27T15:48:43-04:00March 9th, 2020|

Coronavirus COVID-19 and the Stock Market

By now, almost everyone is aware of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) that is spreading around the globe. It’s impacting not only people’s health and travel plans but also the stock market. As a result, many of you have probably been contacted by your financial advisors, most likely encouraging you to stay calm in the [...]

By |2023-08-05T09:57:38-04:00March 2nd, 2020|

Alternative Therapies Being Explored to Ease Dementia Symptoms

(Photo credit: snoezelen.info) Dementia, an over-arching term for memory loss and other cognitive issues that interfere with daily life, is a growing problem in the United States. From 2000 to 2017, deaths from Alzheimer’s disease (the most prevalent form of dementia) have increased by 145 percent, according to statistics from the Alzheimer’s Association. In fact, [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:41:36-04:00February 3rd, 2020|

Why Walkability is Important When Choosing a Senior Living Location

This past week, I shared with you what I believe are five of the most important considerations when choosing a retirement location. Among the factors to think about are cost of living, accessibility, access to care, lifestyle, and a support system. As part of “accessibility,” I shared how important walkability is to many seniors, including [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:41:36-04:00January 27th, 2020|

The Value of a Solid Support System During Retirement

For New Year’s, a lot of people make a resolution to improve their health. Some commit to eating a healthier diet, while others pledge to make it to the gym more often. While these steps are no doubt good for your health, it might be just as important to resolve to build and nurture your [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:41:38-04:00January 6th, 2020|

How Technology Is Reducing Long-Distance Caregiver Burden

Over the summer, I wrote about the challenges that can come with long-distance caregiving, defined as living more than an hour from the care recipient. While serving as a caregiver for a loved one under any circumstances can present a number of challenges, long-distance caregiving has its own unique set of difficulties. Long-distance caregivers have [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:41:40-04:00November 18th, 2019|

A Sense of Wellbeing Leads to a Longer Life: How CCRCs Can Help

Study after study has found that having a sense of happiness and a positive attitude is the key to wellbeing and living longer. A sunny outlook can help enhance your work performance, improve interpersonal relationships, boost your immune system, help you sleep better, and improve your overall health, all of which can help you live [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:41:41-04:00November 4th, 2019|

The CCRC of the Future: Technology

Ready or not, here come the baby boomers! In the coming years, the most successful continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs or life plan communities) will be those that find new and innovative ways to foster the lifestyle preferences of this next generation of retirees. Over the next few weeks and months, I will examine some [...]

By |2023-08-03T09:42:00-04:00September 30th, 2019|
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