Mystery brain disorder, aging and depression, post retirement life, 10 minute cancer test…and more.

By Steve Moran

I am a sort of researcher . . . I use that term cautiously because it implies academic and that I am not. I just barely made it through freshman English and, therefore, college because my English comp professor had the good graces to die, forcing the college to convert my incomplete to a passing grade.

I spend a lot of time looking at all kinds of stories and articles on the internet. A few . . . maybe 5 or 6 . . . are just plain cool. Some are cool but not worth turning into an article. Others are cool and really have nothing to do with senior living, but I am thinking you might think are cool too.

Not sure how often we will do this, no more than once a week let me know what you think. 

Mystery brain disorder robs patients of their words

I sometimes worry that the more we know the more things there are to worry about. This is pretty interesting stuff though. What they have found is a disorder that may be characterized as Alzheimer’s but isn’t. These individuals are fully cognitive but have lost the ability to remember or form words. It makes you wonder if at least some of the most combative dementia residents really have this thing. It would explain their frustration.

Is depression a normal part of aging

According to this study out of England close to half of the seniors studied are depressed, believe that depression is a normal part of aging, and that nothing can be done about it. If you weren’t depressed before, this number should depress you. It is a huge indictment of our society and perhaps an opportunity for senior living to make it better.

New 10-minute test for cancer

We have made a lot of progress in detecting and curing cancer. And yet, a diagnosis of cancer still strikes terror in the heart and with good reason. A quick simple test for cancer means early detection which means a higher probability of a cure.

The key to a long post-retirement life

This is really cool stuff. I continue to believe one of the great opportunities senior living has is to help residents living the last chapter(s) of their lives because it is good for them and good for business.

Don’t waste your meeting time

Meetings are a big part of business. They can be highly effective and influential or they can waste a lot of time. Worst of all, they can foster terrible group dynamics that actually do damage to the organization. This Inc online article has some great tips for not wasting your  meeting time.

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