The Top 3 Daily Reads for Senior News:

Today: ‘So much to give back’: Program lets the elderly lend a hand

Author: Lisa Riordan Seville

Helping others helps keep Marjorie Haber young. Gray haired and sprightly, the 81-year-old has for almost 11 years been a “Senior Companion,” ferrying older people in rural Eastern Montana to the grocery store, to the doctor, and to the Senior Center for group lunches.

If predictions stay true, about one in five Americans will be over 65 by 2030. That means more seniors in need, but also more to lend a hand, said Dr. Erwin Tan, director of Senior Corps, of which the Companion program is part. “We have this growing natural resource,” said Tan. “I think people have so much to give back.” Eastern Montana’s 42 volunteers play a particularly crucial role. This flat, extremely rural country has virtually no in-home health care or assisted living, yet in many of its counties, including McCone, where Haber works, about one in four residents are already over 65…

McKnight’s Senior Living: When blinding conditions open the eyes

Author: James M. Berklan, Editor

It would be reasonable to think that a storm that caused dozens of deaths and the shutdown of federal government offices is a bad thing, a very bad thing. But you would be only half right…That’s because the extreme conditions presented a prime opportunity to show how extraordinarily dedicated long-term care professionals can be.

On Tuesday, for example, we reported on the heartwarming story of a young, single mother who walked for an hour through blizzard conditions to take care of residents at the job she began only six months earlier at the Hebrew Home in Riverdale in New York. Others at her community basically camped out for the weekend to cover for colleagues stranded with no way to get back to work. Similarly, more than 100 employees at Levindale Hebrew Home Geriatric Center and Hospital in Baltimore arrived at work Friday morning and stayed at least through Monday without returning home to take care of their frail and elderly senior residents in need…

Senior Housing News: Provider Takes on ‘Oldest Daughter’ Duties to Drive Move-Ins

Author: Mary Kate Nelson

Coordinating a move into senior housing and all that goes with it—the downsizing, the movers, the emotions, the realtors—is a burden that typically falls on a prospective resident’s oldest adult daughter. But what if the burden were removed from her shoulders? One senior housing provider clued Senior Housing News into how it is, in a sense, providing a stand-in oldest adult daughter for its new residents, and why doing so may give it a competitive edge.

A Stress-Free Transition: Mather LifeWays, which operates an independent living community in Wilmette, Illinois, and life plan communities (formerly known as CCRCs) in Evanston, Illinois, and Tucson, Arizona, employs a move-in coordinator at each of its locations who essentially fills the role of future residents’ “oldest adult daughter.” “Oldest adult daughters typically love the service,” Gale Morgan, Mather LifeWays’ vice president of sales, told Senior Housing News. Mather LifeWays has reasons to love it as well…