The Top 3 Daily Reads for Senior News:

Senior Housing Forum: Much More Than Finger Foods And Assistive Eating Equipment

Author: Susan Saldibar

When we think of senior living dining, especially for residents with cognitive functional challenges, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s, the discussion often gravitates to topics such as assistive eating equipment versus finger foods.

While those are important care components, Mi-En Thoeng, MA, RD, CDP, Regional Nutrition Manager for Sodexo Seniors West, a Senior Housing Forum partner, believes that dining is more than ‘food on the plate’. It is a social experience, as well as a way to improve the nutritional status and well-being of the residents. So the question is how to put the proper components in place to pave the way to an enhanced dining experience. Mi-En points to three factors that are used at Sodexo communities to achieve that…

Wall Street Journal: Why Everything You Think About Aging May Be Wrong

Author: Anne Tergesen

Everyone knows that as we age, our minds and bodies decline—and life inevitably becomes less satisfying and enjoyable. Everyone knows that cognitive decline is inevitable. Everyone knows that as we get older, we become less productive at work. Everyone, it seems, is wrong.

Contrary to the stereotype of later life as a time of loneliness, depression and decline, a growing body of scientific research shows that, in many ways, life gets better as we get older. “The story used to be that satisfaction with life went downhill, but the remarkable thing that researchers are finding is that doesn’t seem to be the case,”…

Senior Housing News: Best of Affordable Senior Housing Design 2015: Cutting Costs, Not Style


When the term “affordable housing” comes to mind, the first thing to pop into your head is unlikely to be high style. That’s exactly the reaction that the team behind The Renaissance Kilpatrick, an affordable senior housing project located in Chicago, is hoping to buck.

Jeanmarie Kapp, chief operating officer of The Renaissance Companies, would be the first to tell you that affordable housing doesn’t have to look like it’s made on the cheap…