What's new: Unlocking the future: Closing the gap between consumer expectations and community offerings in senior living report.

Industry news

Ready to serve! “46 Food Recipes that Help to Train Swallowing”

"A lecturer from the Faculty of Allied Health Sciences, Chulalongkorn University has worked with the Thai Dietetic Association to research and develop innovative food and beverages for the aged and patients who have difficulty chewing and swallowing their food. A total of 46 nutritious recipes for swallowing training are based on the IDDSI (The International Dysphagia Diet Standardization) so that the elderly can enjoy nutritious meals and stay healthy."

Nursing home dementia residents’ care linked to majority presence, UC Irvine-led study finds

"The quality of care for nursing home residents with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is best when they are in the majority, but most facilities also accommodate a heterogeneous population, where specialized staff training is limited, according to a study led by the University of California, Irvine."

Disadvantaged neighbourhoods and depression symptoms associated with premature aging

"Feeling depressed and living in a deprived urban neighbourhood could be making you age faster, according to a new study led by researchers at McMaster University."

Social participation promotes optimal aging in older adults, research shows

"An in-depth research examined over 7000 individuals in their middle and senior years over a span of around three years to explore the potential correlation between increased social engagement and successful aging during the later stages of life. The findings revealed that individuals engaged in voluntary endeavors and those partaking in leisurely pursuits exhibited higher chances of sustaining optimal well-being throughout the ensuing 3-year investigation period while demonstrating reduced likelihood of encountering physical, cognitive, psychological, or emotional difficulties."

Novel research shows older breast cancer survivors experience accelerated aging, worse functional outcomes

"In a new multi-center study, researchers from the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) joined with leading cancer centers from across the nation to examine whether cancer and its treatments accelerate aging. Using novel epigenetic measures to assess biological aging, investigators found that older breast cancer survivors – particularly those exposed to chemotherapy – showed greater epigenetic aging than their same-aged peers without cancer, which may relate to worse outcomes. These findings were recently published in the journal Cancer."

Development in Alzheimer's disease diagnosis in Canada: New tests help patients and caregivers make timely decisions

"Roche's Cerebrospinal Fluid (CSF) assays address unmet needs in the detection of amyloid pathology by offering greater accessibility and support for Alzheimer's disease (AD) diagnosis."

[GET BETTER] Health risk assessment big share of corporate wellness market

"MarketsandMarkets has released its latest report, Corporate Wellness Solutions Market by Service Offering (HRA, Nutrition, Weight Loss, Fitness, Substance Abuse Management, Employee Assistance Programs, Health Benefits), & End-User (Organizations (Large, Mid-Sized, SME)) - Global Forecast to 2026. Even the sample pages are worth downloading for insights potentially relevant to your organization ."

[MAN UP!] Disconnect between men’s health beliefs and behaviors

"While 4 in 5 men agree medical exams contribute to longer life, 1 in 4 are unlikely to proactively visit their doctor. That's one of the key findings of “Zocdoc's 2023 Men's Health Report,” released June 1 in conjunction with the launch of men's health month. Many of the findings could help inform active-aging providers, especially those in independent and assisted living."

[WALK ON BY] Hospital walking program could curb LTC admissions

"A randomized trial of older veterans found that hospitalized patients enrolled in a supervised walking program known as STRIDE (AssiSTed EaRly MobIlity for HospitalizeD VEterans) were less likely to be discharged to a skilled nursing facility. It seems that such programs are worth encouraging and supporting, and continuing after discharge to any setting."

[PLAY IT FORWARD] Board games reimagined for older adults

"Ageless Innovation has paired up with Hasbro to reimagine three classic board games -- The Game of Life, Scrabble, and Trivial Pursuit -- to meet the needs and interests of older adults and to encourage intergenerational play among families. As Hasbro’s first licensee dedicated to enhancing the lives of older adults through play experiences, Ageless Innovation created the redesigned games -- called The Game of Life Generations, Scrabble Bingo, and Trivial Pursuit Generations -- and is making them available for preorder on its website. The games are expected to be available at major retailers sometime this month."

[HOMING IN] In-home wellness rooms trending now

"A recent article in Architectural Digest highlights a growing wellness trend: wellness rooms to incorporate into your home. It's something active-aging organizations might think about, particularly for independent living renovations and/or resident programming, since these wellness oases can be created on any budget, according to the article. "

Virtual village can empower vulnerable groups of people

"New psychosocial stressors and widespread lifestyle changes resulted from the COVID-19 pandemic, contributing to depression, isolation, and anxiety. Many studies have explored the impact of the pandemic on the general population’s mental health. But what about the impact on increased isolation among the growing number of older people living with HIV (OPLH)?"

Can music help patients with Alzheimer's disease?

"Did you know that music might be able to connect you with your family members affected by Alzheimer's disease (AD) in a way that words cannot? Many studies have shown that music can evoke a response or a memory in people with Alzheimer's Disease. For example, a person may have difficulty finding the right words to use but be able to sing an entire song with no problem. Musical memories are often preserved in Alzheimer's Disease because key brain areas linked to musical memory are relatively spared by the disease."

Heavy drinkers risk muscle loss, new study finds

"Heavy drinkers could be putting themselves at risk of muscle loss and frailty in later life, according to new research from the University of East Anglia."

Common myths about Alzheimer’s disease

"Alzheimer's disease is a debilitating condition that affects millions of people around the world, but there is also a lot of misinformation about it. One of the most common myths is that memory loss is a natural part of aging. While it is normal to have occasional memory problems as people age, Alzheimer's disease causes an individual to forget the name of a long-time friend or what roads to take to return to a home they have lived in for decades. It is also a fatal disease with no survivors, contrary to another myth."

Understanding cognitive decline among elderly with Dementia using the “Heart-to-Brain Connection”

"While investigating the relationship between cardiovascular function and brain health and cognition among the elderly at-risk for dementia in Singapore, NUS researchers found that cardiovascular dysfunction could lead to cerebrovascular dysfunction"

An emergency department visit as part of a continuum of care

"Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 100 million hospital emergency department (ED) visits took place annually in the U.S. In two studies, Regenstrief Institute Research Scientist Sharmistha Dev, M.D., MPH, and colleagues characterize an ED visit as part of a continuum of care, exploring how an ED visit is a valuable arena to support care beyond the issue that motivated the visit."

[PAY IT FORWARD] Policy solutions to increase access to assisted living published

"Argentum, Alexandria, Virginia, released a report, Caring for our Aging Nation: Policy Solutions to Increase Access to Assisted Living, in conjunction with the Senior Living Executive Conference, held in May."

[JUST SAYIN’ NO] Older adults open to deprescribing meds

"Eighty percent of adults ages 50 to 80 would be open to stopping one or more of the prescription medicines they’ve been taking for more than a year if a healthcare provider said it was possible. In fact, 26% said they have done so in the past two years, according to a recent University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging. "

[RX: GET FIT!] First digital implementation of Exercise is Medicine® launches

"EXI – a Software as a Medical Device has launched its first Exercise is Medicine® (EIM) deployment alliances."

[GO WITH IT] Flow state boosts employee engagement, productivity

"Organizations can increase employee engagement and productivity by helping employees achieve flow state, according to a recent report from HR firm McLean & Company, Toronto, Canada."

[BOUNCE BACK] Resilient choices to thrive in retirement

"The old definition of success in retirement may have centered on wealth and leisure, but the new definition means thriving across all four pillars of the new retirement: health, family, purpose, and finances, says a new report from Edward Jones, Age Wave, and the Harris Poll. The report, based on surveys of more than 12,000 North American adults, is one of several from these organizations that build on the holistic “four pillars” framework, deemed essential to well-being in retirement."

Multivitamin improves memory in older adults, study finds

"Taking a daily multivitamin supplement can slow age-related memory decline, finds a large study led by researchers at Columbia University and Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard."

NUS study: Brief weekly magnetic muscle therapy improves mobility and lean body mass in older adults

Active Aging Leading, connecting and defining the active aging industry since 2001. ICAA provides world class information, education, resources and tools to help health and wellness professionals be more successful with their clients age 50 plus

Blood flow-restricted resistance exercise could help counteract age-related muscle loss

"Low-load blood flow-restricted resistance exercise (BFRRE), a form of strength training during which a pressure cuff partially restricts blood flow to the target muscle group, has been growing in popularity. New research out of Aarhus University in Denmark suggests that this exercise technique could reduce age-related muscle loss. The study is published ahead of print in the Journal of Applied Physiology. It was chosen as an APSselect article for May."

Flavonol-rich foods like apples and blackberries can lower chances of developing frailty

"Consuming plant-based foods rich in flavonols reduces frailty risk. Quercetin-rich foods like apples and blackberries crucial for preventing frailty."

Logging on for health: More older adults use patient portals, but access and attitudes vary widely

"Far more older adults these days log on to secure websites or apps to connect with their health information or have a virtual health care appointment, compared with five years ago, a new poll shows."

Government of Canada funds 1,070 projects in Ontario to empower seniors in their communities

"Seniors have made and continue to make significant and valuable contributions to their families, communities, and workplaces. The Government of Canada remains committed to supporting local organizations that empower seniors, promote engagement within their communities, and contribute to their health and well-being."

icaa 100 members