Sparking Discussion

Our July Newsletter

I make note of certain articles from time to time so I can “muse” about them in future posts. I will do that with the following but for now let me pose some of the things I have been reading. I will NOT offer an opinion but offer you the opportunity to send me an email in reply or simply comment to this post. Here goes.

Employers can require workers to receive the COVID-19 vaccination, according to updated guidance released by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Should they?

A Manhattan assisted living facility is facing a federal lawsuit over allegations that it discriminates against people with disabilities who use wheelchairs. The lawsuit, filed by the Fair Housing Justice Center against Vista on 5th Corp., is the result of an investigation the nonprofit civil rights organization began in 2019 using undercover testers.
Are assisted living centers discriminating if they do this?

The US Food and Drug Administration approved the use of the experimental drug aducanumab for early phases of Alzheimer's disease. It is causing a lot of controversy.
Should it have been released? Would you recommend it for use at more than $50,000 a year?

The Joint Commission introduced a program to introduce national consensus based standards for assisted living?
Are they the most appropriate agency to do this? Are they muddying the waters and confusing the public?

Federal regulators have unveiled the first round of COVID-19 vaccination data for individual nursing homes among staff and residents.
Do you agree with the release? Do you think this should be a standard by which families evaluate a care home?

We provided two weeks of free programs to the National Association of Activity Professionals in June. You can check them out here:  In return, I ask for your feedback here.

We are creating a wait-list for people who want individual or gift subscriptions to Sage Stream, the Senior Education & Entertainment Network. For less than sixty cents per day, you can access daily live-streams. 

Join our list.

Senior living must adapt to technology’s new frontier: friends, fun and function

Device manufacturers seem to believe old age is about checking medications, blood pressure and nutrition. Technology should not just be about my condition, but how happy you can make me and keep me engaged. Joseph Coughlin, Ph.D.

Read the article.

Covid Vaccination Data Released

Federal regulators have unveiled the first round of COVID-19 vaccination data for individual nursing homes. Statistics are for rates of vaccination among staff and residents.

See the site here.

There with Care

TYLENOL® is making donations to fulfill the GoFundMe fundraisers of individual caregivers who still have not reached their goals. To date, they've made hundreds of donations so that they can spend less time worrying and more time focusing on what really matters: caring for their loved ones.

Check it out here.

Wedding Bells for Two 95-Year-Olds

Joy Morrow-Nulton keeps a diary, but she doesn’t need it to remember the date of her first lunch with John Shults Jr. in upstate New York. “It was May 14, 2019, and the restaurant was A Slice of Italy,” Ms. Morrow-Nulton, 95, said. The specifics of their conversation mostly escape her because she was bored. But two years later, she is pleased she pretended otherwise and stuck it out.

Read the NYT article.

Caregiver Smile Summit - 

Purchase all three Summits for $49. 

Use them as a substitute for your Caregiver Conference just as Rural Resources Community Living Connections in Pullman, Washington did this year.

Joint Commission launches assisted living accreditation program

The commission will begin accepting applications for the program on July 1. The standards address the environment, staffing, emergency management, dementia care, medication management, provision of care and services, process improvement and more.

Read more in the press release.

Ying and Yang

Two separate stories with two different conclusions.

Publicly traded nursing home companies were not ravaged financially by pandemic conditions: study - See story in McKnight’s.

Assisted living loses ground on pricing amid pandemic costs, lower occupancy - See story also in McKnight’s.

In the Media

Charlotte Today is just ramping up for in-studio segments again. I taped something on July 13. I also acquired a new editor at US News and World Report so there has been some lag in articles there.

While I am not in this video, it is based on an article I wrote for Sixty and Me earlier in the year.

Redefining Aging - Sixty and Me - June 4, 2021.

Having purpose is key to successful retirement, according to study - “The Four Pillars of the New Retirement: What a Difference a Year Makes,” by Edward Jones and Age Wave.

More here.

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