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Top 3 Smart Home Technologies for Seniors

Technology has improved the lives of anybody living in the 21st century by making their lives easier and more convenient. As technology improves and evolves, it is becoming more and more abundant and crucial in people’s everyday lives. With that being said, people of all ages can utilize the copious benefits of technology; however, a particular demographic of people that should take advantage of technology in everyday life is senior citizens. Technology for Seniors to Consider Seniors should take advantage of technology and try to incorporate it into everyday life.…

7 Ways to Keep Your Old House Warm this Winter

Heating costs are a serious concern for many elders living in cooler climates. Couple high heating costs with older homes, and you have an expensive heating season. As winter approaches, you start to feel the temperature taking a dip. An obvious solution is to crank up the heating, but that takes a toll on costs. There are plenty of ways to stay warm in your home while lowering power costs. So before you dial up the switch and plug-in extra heaters, here are seven affordable ways to keep your house…

Aging and Living Gracefully: How to Adjust Your Home to Suit Your Needs

You have spent your life building up your home so it’s comfortable and suits you, but as you age, your ability to live in your home becomes less easy. It is important to adapt your home and the way you go about life to stay safe and secure and also to maintain a decent quality of life. No one likes to think of growing old but there are ways to adjust your home to your needs as you age. Downsize Your Home This can be a heart-wrenching decision. You have…

Tips To Make A Home Senior Citizen Friendly And Safe

With the advances in medical care, people are living longer than ever before. Rather than going to an assisted living facility, many elderly members of society prefer to remain at home. As the baby boomers join the ranks of senior citizens, the need for home safety measures is on the rise. While a caregiver may visit regularly to perform certain tasks, it is vital that someone close go through the entire home to upgrade where necessary. By employing these safety tips, the elderly person is less likely to become seriously…

New Aging: Live Smarter Now to Live Better Tomorrow

When you picture a retirement community, do you think of modern and sustainable architecture, allowing residents to age in place and engage with others? Architect Matthias Hollwich of New Aging does. When Hollwich turned forty, he began to prepare for aging. He researched the designs of current retirement communities and realized he wanted to create something new. So he set his firm, HWKN, to work. “A retirement community could become an empowerment environment,” Hollwich writes on the website for his recently released book New Aging. “[A] nursing home could turn…

New Reports from the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers Summarized

Long-term care for the elderly is a crucial issue. Each year, new data sheds light on the state of care in the United States. The National Study of Long-Term Care Providers reports on trends in residential care communities and adult day care centers. The study examines resident demographics, medical conditions, funding sources, and other variables. Read 2014’s highlights below, and check out the full reports for more detailed information. Variation in Operating Characteristics of Residential Care Communities, by Size of Community More than 6 in 10 residential care communities had…

Creating Livable Communities for Aging Residents

By 2030, one in five people will be 65 or older. More than nine-tenths of these seniors want to age in place, with eighty percent believing their current home will be their last, according to a 2011 study by the AARP Public Policy Institute and the National Conference of State Legislatures. With the population of seniors rising, local agencies on aging are working to build livable communities meeting seniors’ needs. What do these communities look like? Neighbors Nearby For older adults who choose to age in place, a sense of…

Nursing Homes Change their Business Model to Stay Profitable

The nursing home business sector is beginning to change direction as homes deal both with low Medicaid reimbursement rates and a new generation of people requiring care. The economic downturn and government debt/spending levels is putting a strain on nursing homes that are heavily reliant on Medicaid reimbursement. Couple that with everyone’s strong interest in living at home as long as possible, and nursing homes are suffering. New businesses are stepping in to fill the consumer care needs that exist between full independence and nursing home level of care. The…

What Should You Look For in An Assisted Living Facility?

Assisted Living – Guest Post The process of finding an assisted living facility can be daunting, as there are a number of things to take into consideration when trying to compare and narrow down which assisted living homes are best. Additionally there are a lot of questions that need to be asked to ensure that your loved one is well taken care of in the assisted living home you choose. Therefore it is best to truly understand what you should be looking for in a great assisted living facility, so…

HUD-Approved Reverse Mortgage Counselors Must Now Use NCOA Consumer Assessment Tools

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) just announced that all HUD-approved Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (reverse mortgage) counselors must use three National Council On Aging (NCOA) tools to help older homeowners determine if a reverse mortgage is right for them. Those tools are: Use Your Home to Stay at Home consumer booklet, BenefitsCheckUp, and a new Financial Interview Tool (FIT) The NCOA pitches the goal as a way to “give prospective borrowers a holistic view of their options and risks in tapping home equity with these loans”…

Tips for Keeping Cool and Maintaining Home Air Quality in Summer Heat

Remaining cool and maintaining indoor air quality in summer’s heat is important for anyone, but particular important for elders. The following post is a guest post by Rosalind Dall. Purdue University scientists show us 1 great approach to lower 50% of winter heating expenses. Researchers at Purdue University are working on a new research project that promises the possibility to cut heating bill in half for people who reside in very cold climates. The study, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, builds on previous work that began about five-years…

Aging Related Job Market Growth in Senior Move Managers

When seniors need to move… Guest Post By: Katie Hustead, Owner and Senior Move Manager, Paper Moon Moves Their stories are unique but share a common thread: A woman in her eighties loses her husband and needs to move immediately because she can’t drive and the house is in a rural area. A couple in their seventies finds that with increasing health problems, they should live closer to their grown children, who live three states away. An elderly gentleman who has lived alone his entire life finds he can no…