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Dementia Facts: What Do You Know?

Dementia Facts: What Do You Know?

By Christy Rakoczy on November 26th, 2013

Dementia can be caused by myriad of factors and is often misunderstood. Worldwide, 35+ million are estimated to suffer from dementia and that number is expected to triple by 2050 [according to the World Health Organization](http://www.alz.co.uk/research/WorldAlzheimerReport2013.pdf). Dementia is highly misunderstood and overwhelming for sufferers and caretakers. Lack of awareness and challenges to diagnosis can exacerbate the difficulties of dealing with this condition. So what needs to be known about dementia to improve overall understanding of its wide reaching affects and population?

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Technology
Follow Friday
Digital Health
OP #FollowFriday These #A2GENerator Supporters on Twitter

OP #FollowFriday These #A2GENerator Supporters on Twitter

By Alyssa Chan on November 22nd, 2013

This week we finally pick back up with our segment of OP #FollowFriday (that is “OpenPlacement Follow Friday”), Healthcare Giants on Twitter. Just yesterday, [Aging2.0](http://www.aging2.com/) ([@Aging20](https://twitter.com/Aging20)), a global organization whose mission is to accelerate innovation in aging, announced the first cohort of its newly launched [GENerator](http://www.aging2.com/generator/) (#A2GENerator) founders program. Eleven innovative early-stage companies have been selected to begin the six-month program, based out of the [Institute on Aging in San Francisco](http://www.ioaging.org/).  You can read more [here](https://www.openplacement.com/press/Aging2.0 Announces Members of First Cohort in GENerator Founders Program.pdf). OpenPlacement ([@OpenPlacement](http://www.twitter.com/openplacement)) had the honor to be part of this amazing and select group of innovators.

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Assisted Living
In Home Care
Home Care
10 Reasons Home Care is Better Than Assisted Living

10 Reasons Home Care is Better Than Assisted Living

By Christy Rakoczy on November 19th, 2013

Last week I took a deep look at [10 Reasons Assisted Living is Better than Home Care](https://www.openplacement.com/community/blog/reasons-why-assisted-living-better-home-care/ "10 Reasons Assisted Living is Better Than Home Care") and received tremendous feedback, comments and thoughts from many of our readers.  It would be prudent to now switch the perspective and look into why home care is better than assisted living.  To be fair, deciding between home care and assisted living is a challenge. Both lifestyles have beneficial elements but many Americans continue to choose home care over assisted living. Why?

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Long-Term Care
Elder Abuse
Assisted Living
Caregivers
Assisted Living Risk Management

Assisted Living Risk Management

By Christy Rakoczy on November 14th, 2013

As with any assisted living facility, there is potential for problems to arise that can create a less than desirable environment or negatively affect patients. Assisted living risk management is absolutely crucial for any owner/operator in order to create an environment in which potential issues are minimized. Because of the population of those in assisted living facilities are prone to falling, and being injured as a result, it is crucial to determine ways to diminish the potential for falls. Adopting a falls prevention program, implementing the program and testing it and evaluating the results are all crucial in order to find an effective way to minimize injuries of those likely to fall.

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Care Transition
Assisted Living
In Home Care
Home Care
10 Reasons Assisted Living is Better Than Home Care

10 Reasons Assisted Living is Better Than Home Care

By Christy Rakoczy on November 13th, 2013

It can be a hard decision for seniors to choose between living at home and receiving care there, or moving to an assisted living facility. It's important to examine the benefits of either. Let's explore the benefits of moving to an assisted living facility. First and foremost, living in an assisted living facility allows seniors to live their lives without worrying about the daily tasks that may have become tedious or difficult. Cooking, cleaning and taking care of the home is no longer necessary in an assisted living facility, leaving seniors without the worry of having to complete those chores or get help from family to do so.

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Care Transition
Caregivers
What Do You Think Separates Good From Great Care?

What Do You Think Separates Good From Great Care?

By Christy Rakoczy on November 7th, 2013

When hospitalized or even just in a primary care physician's office, every patient wants to be treated with kindness, respect and compassion while having her needs addressed. However,that is a baseline expectation. What is it that really elevates a healthcare experience from being “just okay” to “fantastic?” As with any service, being able to quickly get the care that one needs is crucial. Long waits in hospital Emergency Rooms or doctor's office waiting areas can be stressful, particularly for the patient who is in pain or feeling particularly ill. Reducing wait times and and increasing the speed with which one is able to get in to see a doctor improves the overall healthcare experience.

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medicare
Affordable Care Act
Healthcare Cost
How Will The Affordable Care Act Help The Elderly?

How Will The Affordable Care Act Help The Elderly?

By Christy Rakoczy on November 5th, 2013

The Affordable Care Act has been the topic of much discussion by many groups in the United States, including seniors. It is important to understand the act to know how the new health care system will work. There are many ways in which the Affordable Care Act will benefit the elderly. Those who are on Medicare will have access to myriad services and products at no cost. Screenings for cancer, diabetes and other chronic diseases, flu shots, and stop-smoking counseling are just a few of the services that require no payment from Medicare recipients.

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Long-Term Care
Care Transition
Dementia
Assisted Living
The Search For Long Term Care - Mom, Dementia, & Me

The Search For Long Term Care - Mom, Dementia, & Me

By Bob Dunlop on October 31st, 2013

Six years ago my mother was the primary caregiver for her elder sister. At the time she was eighty-six, and her sister was eighty-eight. Her sister's health had been slowly declining, with increasing difficulty in her ability to manage not only her activities of daily living - mobility, hygiene, dressing, but also other tasks such as grocery shopping and meal preparation. Their time together up until then had been both pleasant and successful. However, as my aunt's short term memory began failing, their relationship suffered. My mother could not understand why Lil couldn't remember what they had just agreed upon, and Lil, when challenged about her failing memory, would become angry and verbally abusive.

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Hospital
Ratings
The Usefulness of Hospital Ratings

The Usefulness of Hospital Ratings

By Trudy Lieberman on October 30th, 2013

On Monday, _Pro Publica_ provided the latest word on [the usefulness of hospital ratings](http://www.propublica.org/article/should-hospital-ratings-be-embraced-or-despised), an issue that seems never to disappear despite the growing body of work that raises questions about the methodology used to create them, their conflicts of interest with sponsors, and, most importantly, their usefulness to the public. A health reporter in Billings, Montana, wanted to know how she should write about ratings, and _Pro Publica_'s senior writer, Charlie Ornstein, responded with: "Reporters should avoid writing about hospital ratings if they can. But if they do, they should consult state health department data and the federal Hospital Compare website and look for recent inspection and deficiency reports posted on [hospitalinspections.org](http://www.hospitalinspections.org/)." All advice I agree with — not just for journalists but for the public, too.

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Long-Term Care
Assisted Living
In Home Care
Retrofitting Your Home or Choosing Assisted Living?

Retrofitting Your Home or Choosing Assisted Living?

By Christy Rakoczy on October 29th, 2013

With [AARP reporting that 89% of seniors would prefer to stay in their homes as they age, or “age in place”](http://assets.aarp.org/rgcenter/ppi/liv-com/aging-in-place-2011-full.pdf) as it is being called, deciding whether to retrofit your home or to move into an assisted living facility can be a difficult choice for many. While staying in a home, retrofitted for an aging adult, can be the top choice for some, it is not always the best choice. A variety of factors can, and should, be taken into account when making this decision.

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