Senior Housing News: How Senior Housing Can Build Healthier, Happier Communities

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When it comes to forward-thinking senior housing, Margaret Wylde may be the ultimate authority on how the industry can take a more holistic approach to build healthier places and promote wellness.

Wylde is the founder and CEO of ProMatura Group, LLC, a global research and advisory firm that specializes in consumers 50 and older and their housing services. She also serves on the board of the American Seniors Housing Association (ASHA) and chairs the Senior Housing Council at the Urban Land Institute, a non-profit education and research institute that focuses on the use of land to enhance the total environment.

Senior Housing News recently caught up with Wylde to learn about initiatives underway at the Urban Land Institute and what the senior housing industry can do to better impact the environment and improve the lives of residents.

 

U.S News & World Report: Too Few Older Adults Tell Doctors About Memory Loss: Study

Author: E. J. Mundell

Do you worry that forgetting names, or where you put your keys, might be a sign of impending dementia? If you’re like most older Americans, you don’t bring this up with your doctor, a new study shows.

Researchers who looked at federal government data on more than 10,000 people found that in 2011, only 1 in 4 adults aged 45 or older discussed memory problems with a health care professional during a routine checkup.

In fact, the likelihood that a person would admit to a memory problem in a doctor’s office visit actually declined with advancing age, says a team led by Mary Adams, of On Target Health Data in West Suffield, Conn.

 

Huffington Post: 5 New Year’s Resolutions For Family Caregivers

Author: Laura Dixon

With the New Year upon us, now is the logical time to set goals for the 365 days ahead. It’s that fleeting time of year when gyms are packed to the brim and burgers are swapped for salads as idealistic folks determined to meet their health and fitness goals dutifully work toward their New Year’s resolutions.

New Year’s resolutions get a bad rap, and that’s understandable, considering the high rate of failure. As a caregiver for a senior loved one, you may be tempted to forgo the resolutions this year. After all, why add more to your already substantial to-do list?

But chucking your healthy resolutions isn’t such a great idea. Study after study has revealed the many health risks family caregivers face – the chronic stress often caused by this role can lead to a whole host of health problems, and depression is common. If you’ve been on an airplane, you know to put on your own mask before doing the same for passengers who need your help. In everyday life, it’s the same principle – you have to help yourself before you can help anyone else.