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New York City Commits $500 Million to Build Affordable Senior Housing

New York City Housing Authority has allocated 500 million dollars to an initiative to build affordable senior housing on public land owned by NYCHA, including lawns and currently unused spaces. Although this is sufficient to build homes for thousands of seniors, it falls far short of the 2 billion dollars and 15,000 apartments hoped for by housing advocates. Private developers are also planning a number of projects aimed at NYC’s senior population, which is projected to grow by 40 percent by 2040.

Key Takeaways:

  • New York City will spend $500 million to build additional senior living apartments on undeveloped New York City Housing Authority land, such as parking lots and lawns of current developments.
  • Housing advocates had called for a $2 billion allocation to build 15,000 senior living apartments.
  • Several private sector firms, including private equity groups and companies specializing in senior living like Sunrise and Welltower, will also make big investments in NYC and other “gateway cities.”

“New York City is struggling with affordably housing its aging population, especially as the number of older adults in the city rapidly increases.”

Read more: https://seniorhousingnews.com/2018/06/13/new-york-city-commits-500-million-build-affordable-senior-housing/

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How Technology Will Soon Change Urban Senior Living Design

Operators of senior living communities in San Francisco and Oakland attended the Silicon Valley Boomer Venture Summit to speak about how technology is becoming woven into senior housing. They noted that today’s seniors are often more knowledgeable about technology than past cohorts, and more willing to continue to adopt new tech. Common apps like Netflix and Hulu are popular, although senior users often need more assistance to learn how to use new apps. On the other hand, many seniors do not like features like Siri because of privacy concerns, and want a more discrete level of safety features that do won’t make them feel monitored.

Key Takeaways:

  • Those who live in urban areas are conforming to new forms of technology that make city activities such as navigating transportation needs much easier.
  • Technology can cause some frustration among older residents due to them needing to relearn various software models over and over.
  • Executive director Michelle Moros expresses how important security is when you utilize technology in larger cities.

“Today’s residents are using more technology than residents in the past”

Read more: https://seniorhousingnews.com/2018/06/25/technology-will-soon-change-urban-senior-living-design/

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Ochsner Health System uses AI to detect early warning signs in patients

Ochsner Health System of New Orleans has used a mix of Microsoft’s Azure cloud and Epic’s machine learning technology to implement an AI system that analyzes patterns in order to predict and understand adverse events. This system has reduced adverse events outside the ICU by over 40 percent in just three months of operation. This represents enormous promise given that adverse events cost hundreds of billions of dollars and impact tens of millions of patients in US and European clinical organizations every year.

Key Takeaways:

  • When the AI platform was piloted for 3 months, it was found to decrease adverse events outside the ICU by 44 percent.
  • These AI platform will aid Ochsner Health System to deliver a higher quality of care that is life changing.
  • Hospital-acquired infections and pressure ulcers are other areas of healthcare the health system hopes to be able to apply the AI platform.

“Overall, adverse events end up costing a boatload of money”

Read more: https://medcitynews.com/2018/03/ochsner-health-system-uses-ai-detect-early-warning-signs-patients/

How to Protect Your Assets in Retirement

It is crucial that retirees protect their assets — including real estate, physical goods like jewelry, and financial resources like cash and stocks —from hazards in their golden years. Get good insurance to protect your assets against lawsuits and liability, and never put too much into any one type or class of asset. Putting money into legally-protected retirement accounts is also a good way to put it beyond the reach of creditors, and in some situations you may also be able to pass things to relatives.

Key Takeaways:

  • An asset is literally anything that can be converted into monetary value, which can be made into cash as required.
  • Therefore, assets are your cash savings and your monetary investments, as well as those items of value, such as property and jewelry, which can be converted into cash.
  • It’s a good idea to get your assets insured, so that should an unforeseen event arise, such as a lawsuit, your assets are protected.

“In order to protect your assets, you should diversify your investments.”

Read more: http://lovebeingretired.com/2018/01/09/how-to-protect-your-assets-in-retirement/

Low Cost Entertainment for Seniors

Seniors often have limited budgets, but it is very important for them to find ways to keep themselves stimulated, entertained and relaxed. Instead of going out and spending money, sometimes you can get a lot of fun out of low cost entertainment for seniors like libraries, city parks, museums or theatres. You also can host free, in-home social events like potlucks, musical jam sessions and book clubs that offer friendship and socialization without having to pay to go out.

Key Takeaways:

  • Before you spend a wad on going out, ask yourself what is the important take-away and if it’s spending time, learning, being entertained, there are cheaper ways to make it happen.
  • Consider the local free resource that is your public library, which probably has besides books, puzzles, movies, movie viewings and lectures and other educational opportunities.
  • City parks are also free, besides offering a wealth of trails, exercise opportunities and educational possibilities.

“For seniors, its important for our health to get out of the house and make connections.”

Read more: https://senior.com/low-cost-entertainment-seniors/

If you need help finding affordable entertainment for seniors, contact the experts in senior home care in Chandler, AZ and surrounding areas at 480-498-2324. Our caregivers can help seniors take part in fun and relaxing social activities.

Dementia Care: 3 Tips for Dealing with Memory Problems

Providing dementia care for a loved one can be a profoundly stressful and difficult experience, but it is important to remember not to take your loved one’s irritation, fear, moodiness or aggression personally – dementia causes all of these things. When these symptoms strike, visual cues and deflection or redirection can often be more effective and less stressful for both you and the person you are caring for. Lastly, understand that sometimes putting your loved on into an assisted care setting really is the best thing to do, as they can offer things that you cannot.

Key Takeaways:

  • Remember that irritability, aggression, confusion and depression are all symptoms of dementia and not something you caused.
  • Visual cues and reminders and redirection of attention are often more effective and less stressful for both caregivers and loved ones than long verbal explanations.
  • Although many people feel guilt or inadequacy over even considering an assisted care living arrangement, sometimes these really can provide a better life for dementia patients.

“There are things you can do to help your aging loved one be happy, safe and as independent as possible.”

Read more: https://www.thediaryofanalzheimerscaregiver.com/dementia-care-3-tips-dealing-memory-problems/

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Music’s Effects on Cognitive Function of the Elderly

A recent study had senior citizens complete a series of cognitive reasoning tasks while accompanied by either silence, white noise, or recorded music by either Mozart or Mahler. Both types of music improved episodic and semantic memory, and Mozart improved processing speed and cognitive function. The seniors rated Mozart music as happier than Mahler. The music had no lyrics and was played at a moderate volume, and no data was collected on whether subjects liked classical music, but overall the results do tend to suggest some kind of benefit of music over white noise.

Key Takeaways:

  • One study purported to get a handle on understanding fast the brain processes and how two types of memory function behave with the presence of background music.
  • The data pool subjects was comprised of older adults, with an average age of 69.
  • The subjects were tested in the presence of zero noise, white noise, and also with classical music by two distinct composers.

“Whether the music is orchestral, rock, country, or jazz, most seniors like to listen to some kind of music.”

Read more: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/memory-medic/201504/musics-effects-cognitive-function-the-elderly

If you or a loved one is in need of elderly care in Phoenix or the surrounding areas, contact Endeavor In-Home Care today at 480-498-2324.

Eight Ways to Improve Quality and Dignity for Aging Adults

Above all, anyone caring for senior citizens needs to always show them kindness, courtesy and respect. This can include giving more privacy when they change or use the toilet and providing a more dignified, restaurant-like atmosphere in the dining hall. Maintain meticulous notes and charts of everything, as they can be crucial in a crisis. Also, take care of yourself by including some strength and flexibility exercises in your daily routine, or even joining a caregiver support group for emotional support.

Key Takeaways:

  • Remember to show dignity and respect to seniors. They need it as patients. Simple gestures as respecting their privacy and speaking politely are essential.
  • In the dining hall, promote the dignity and independence of residents as seniors. Making changes when necessary can drastically improve their dining experience.
  • They should see you practicing good hygiene such as washing your hands when you enter the room. This is reassuring to them that you care about germs.

“With a little effort, we can fulfill our goal of helping our senior patients enhance their quality of life with dignity and purpose while remaining professional.”

Read more: https://www.mcknights.com/marketplace/eight-ways-to-improve-quality-and-dignity/article/520385/

Contact us today at 480-498-2324 to learn more about our Phoenix home care agency and how we can help improve the quality of life for you and your senior loved ones.

Relocation Stress Syndrome

Doctors are increasingly aware of Relocation Stress Sundrome, or transfer trauma, among seniors forced to leave a long-time home full of memories for an (often smaller) new abode for medical reasons. Many find this move profoundly stressful and manifest severe anxiety or depression as a result. It can even cause symptoms similar to dementia. It is especially important to acknowledge and respect the intense feelings of loss, sadness and fear that accompany a move from one’s own home to assisted living.

Key Takeaways:

  • Transfer trauma is also referred to as “relocation stress syndrome” and it is commonly found in elders that are forced by circumstances to leave their homes.
  • The syndrome is characterized by three symptoms in particular, anxiety, confusion and loneliness.
  • Although the stress syndrome is common, it can easily be misdiagnosed as a precursor of dementia, or simply part of “getting old.”

“It took a stroke to get my 77-year-old blind and widowed father to finally agree it was time to move from his beloved home out in the Texas countryside to a care home.”

Read more: https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/relocation-stress-syndrome/

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4 Reasons Knitting’s Perfect for Seniors & Caregivers

Knitting is enjoying a surge in popularity amongst both seniors and the people who take care of them, who often find they both can benefit from this underrated act of creativity. Knitting has been shown to lower both stress hormones like cortisol and overall blood pressure. It also is a fairly rare example of an activity vigorous enough to exercise and strengthen joints but not vigorous enough to strain arthritic ones. As an activity that requires thought, movement and frequently a social element, knitting also helps fight cognitive decline.

Key Takeaways:

  • 8 out of 10 people with depression who knit claim that it helps life their mood.
  • Knitting also boosts one’s physical health, helping lower blood pressure, strengthening your heart and holding off arthritis.
  • Additionally, knitting has also been found to decelerate mental decline in its participants.

“One reason for knitting’s newfound popularity is its impact on knitters’ well-being. Younger knitters have discovered that yarn and needles are the perfect pick-me-up — something older knitters have known for years.”