Some fun and important stories…a little bit of everything!

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 freshman 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, and others are cool, really have nothing to do with senior living, but I am thinking you might think they are cool too.

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

100 Best Business Books of 2015

I don’t know exactly what to do with this list of 100 best business books of 2015 from INC. I went through it looking to see which one’s I have read . . . my total was exactly 1. I did find several others that I will add to my reading list. What have you read and liked this last year?

Big, Bold, Wild: We Re-Create Christmas Dinners of Centuries Past

The traditional Christmas most of us will experience . . . and serve to our residents . . . isn’t necessarily so traditional. According to this story from NPR, Christmas used to be a 12-day drunken festival. This fun foodie article takes a look at what traditional Christmas meals really looked like. Maybe you will find some ideas here for next year’s holiday feasts at your communities.

Senior Housing Companies on the Defensive

This story from SeniorCare Investor makes the point that all three publicly traded senior living companies are facing unique challenges that come with being a public company. I can’t help but wonder if there are more subsurface challenges that are as significant, but not publically visible, when the companies are privately owned. Maybe most important of all is to wonder what it all means. . . if anything.

Democrat Clinton Announces Plan to Battle Alzheimer’s

I am not much for talking about politics here at Senior Housing Forum, but we need more spending on Alzheimer’s. It is a devastating problem in this country. I can only hope this is the real deal and not just something to get votes.

All the Ways Christmas Can Kill You

I just couldn’t resist including this “Christmas article” in this week’s Random Stuff edition. Just one little factoid to tease you into reading the whole article: Last year there were 446 injuries related to holiday decorations . . . 89% of them were linked to Christmas!

A Very Cool Christmas Present for Beatles Fans . . . Seriously, Who Isn’t a Beatles fan?

For the first time, beginning Christmas Eve, you will be able to hear your favorite Beatles music via streaming services like Apple Music, Deezer, Google Play, Microsoft Groove, Napster/Rhapsody and Amazon Prime Music, as well as Slacker Radio, Spotify and Tidal.

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