Washington State’s I-1163: Stricter Standards for Senior Care

As November 8 elections approach, Washington State voters are facing an important question. “In the midst of a state and federal budget crisis, can we afford more rigorous qualifications and testing for our caregivers?” The initiative, I-1163, proposes to spend extra millions to ensure that seniors and others in need of long-term care are receiving […]

Daughter of Dementia Patient Sues Nursing Home Over Abuse

Haverford, Pennsylvania’s Quadrangle Continuing Care Retirement Community is facing a lawsuit over the negligent and abusive care of a dementia patient. The woman complained of mistreatment, but nursing home officials played off the claims as part of her dementia. The woman’s daughter, Mary French, installed a secret video camera in a clock radio in Mary’s […]

Half of Inspected UK Hospitals Malnourish Elderly Patients

The results of a Care Quality Commission inspection in the United Kingdom will be published officially next week, but initial findings are already alarming. Out of 100 hospitals, 49 neglected to meet nutritional standards, and 17 raised serious concerns about the care of their senior patients. Worcestershire Acute Hospitals, for one, had a ward in […]

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Betty White Continues 2010 Domination With AARP Cover Appearance

While the year is not over just yet, it is safe to say that 2010 has been a great year for famous actress Betty White, as she has been a hot topic in the news since she appeared in a 2010 Super Bowl commercial for Snickers. This super funny commercial in which Betty White tackles […]

Federal Nursing Home Ruling Set to Make Nursing Homes Safer

In Chicago last week, U.S. District Judge William Hart issued a 24-page order that would place mentally ill nursing home patients in different care homes than most elderly nursing home residents.  The order comes after a group of mentally ill nursing home residents sued on the grounds that they were not being housed in the […]

Federal Law Changes Effect Nursing Homes

When I was 15 years old, my first job was at a local nursing home.  At 15, it was the only job I could legally get, but it was also the best job for a young kid on the verge of entering the rebellious years of her life.  Working at a nursing home kept me […]

AARP Senior Race Car Driver Dreams of Daytona 500

It might be a surprise to many seniors that the AARP sponsors Benny Chastain, who is a senior race car driver that has a big dream of racing in the 2011 Daytona 500. Chastain is an AARP member, and part of the AARP ARCA team, where he drives the No. 75 AARP car. One of […]

Nursing Home Benefit Show Set for October 5

The Motion Picture and Television Fund (MPTF) Residential Community at The Wasserman Campus in Woodland Hills has been instrumental in serving the needs of elderly movie stars, producers, directors, their crews and their families. This facility has looked after seniors from the industry for roughly 70 years, but things changed in January of 2009 when […]

Will The Apple iPad Win Over Seniors?

Netbooks and laptop computers are great tools to get online, but if you only go online to do certain things, then these devices might be overkill. Seniors are one such demographic that are enjoying hopping online, but the majority of activities that they like to do on the Internet do not require a laptop or […]

Medicare Reimbursement Issue Leads to More Falls in Nursing Homes

Recently, Medicare stopped reimbursing nursing home residents for benzodiazepine, a common sedative used in nursing homes to aid in sleep and decrease anxiety levels of some residents.  Benzodiazepines are also often referred to as Valium or Xanax and are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States.  Beyond treatment for insomnia and […]

Panasonic Unveils New Technology for Nursing Homes

Panasonic is known for technological innovation, but some of us forget that this innovation goes beyond the TV and DVD players in our living rooms.  Two examples of this were recently unveiled for nursing homes and other adult care facilities in the form of a hair washing robot and an Electric Care Assistance Bed.  While […]

Reports Correlates Grip Strength to Lifespan

The British research organization, Medical Research Council, recently released information compiled from 33 studies across the world, that included over 50,000 men and women over a period of 43 years. It was concluded that those participants in the study who had great grip strength and better performance on other physical tests were living longer than […]

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