Life in the Blue Zones:
Is dementia a function of diet & lifestyle?
In this town in Italy, 90 really is the new 70. In this “Blue Zone,” elders show almost no sign of dementia.
Hospitals should be like PACE
A hospital administrator gives his wish list for senior care. It’s an initiative called “Age Friendly Health Systems.” Sounds similar to the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly:
“I chair a hospital board, yet I can’t help but look at many of our older patients and see the result of a failed health care system.” An age-friendly health system should include:
- staff trained for older adults
- high-performing teams
- support and coordinate with family caregivers
- include patient goals in a care plan
- use proven geriatric care models
- coordinating care >> Read in Forbes.
In-home care a target in California’s budget
The current flare-up — between the state and county governments over how to divvy up IHSS costs — is the latest example of how California’s signature program, meant to keep people in their communities and out of nursing homes, has continually been the source of budget friction in recent years. Los Angeles Times
Fun quiz: which living generation do you belong in?
This quiz nailed me as Gen X… guess I’m not a special snowflake. Buzzfeed
This video — viewed 2 million times — explains the generations beautifully.
Gen Xers, Boomers show more psychological distress
3.4% of adult Americans, or more than 8.3 million people, suffered serious psychological distress in 2014. Nearly a decade earlier, < 3% suffered distress. BUT, the distress shifted onto Gen Xers and Boomers. CNN
Employees & Recruitment
A culture of low employee turnover
Dominion’s employee turnover the last two years has averaged 15%. They have rolled out a new program to put culture at the front and center of the company. Senior Housing News
Many home care workers lack insurance
The home health care industry is worth $100 billion. Workers generally earn too much to qualify for public aid but too little to afford premiums. Some can’t afford to see a doctor. CNN
Medical properties attract more investors than senior living communities
- 97% of investors surveyed are interested in acquiring medical office buildings.
- 80% are interested in ambulatory surgery centers.
- 28% are interested in assisted living communities.
- 15% are interested in acquiring skilled nursing facilities. Senior Housing News
Retirement & FinTech
We don’t save for retirement because our future selves are “strangers”
We struggle to see ourselves as getting old primarily because we view our future older selves as strangers, not as who we actually are. Forbes
FINRA Vows Oversight of Robo Advisors
Acknowledging the explosive growth of robo advisors, FINRA on Tuesday released guidance on digital investment advice for broker-dealers. Benefit News
The effects of aging on financial savvy
Most people in their 70s and 80s will still be capable of making sound financial decisions. Financial capacity relies largely on accumulated knowledge, which remains intact for people experiencing normal aging.
% of older adults able to manage their finances:
- 95% of adults with no cognitive impairment
- 82% of adults with mild cognitive impairment
- 20% of adults suffering dementia Plan Adviser
When Roads Are Closed for Marathons, More Elderly Die of Heart Attacks
Road closures during marathons lead to delays in care for patients. Residents should know to call medical personnel at the first sign of symptoms rather than attempt to drive to the hospital themselves. Harvard Business Review