Why Medicaid Funding Will Always Encourage Musical Chairs

Why Medicaid Funding Will Always Encourage Musical Chairs

Companies and cities/states regularly jockey for federal Medicaid money. They will often twist themselves into pretzels to grab as much “free” money as possible. The Medicaid formula, where the federal government matches or exceeds the monetary amount allocated by the state, encourages musical chairs. That is, state and city governments work hard to acquire Medicaid … Continue reading

“Independent” Living No Longer So Independent

“Independent” Living No Longer So Independent

The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare (DPW) is fining and threatening to close an independent living apartment complex over regulatory issues. The complex is part of a CCRC (Continuum of Care Community) that  also offers assisted living and skilled nursing services. It’s place in the CCRC is not soothing the ruffled feathers of the DPW bureaucracy. … Continue reading

Canadian Government Spends Big on Assisted Living

Canadian Government Spends Big on Assisted Living

The Canadian province of Alberta has spent an average of $87,000 per unit on assisted living construction since 2007-08. This is much more than any American state or city spends on new units. Alberta’s two biggest cities, Calgary and Edmonton each account for 1/3 of Alberta’s 3.6 million residents.  The cities must compete for funding … Continue reading

Book Review: Going Solo (Living Alone)

Book Review: Going Solo (Living Alone)

I thought this book would be of interest because of the policy implications suggested for an aging, single (and poorer) population – admin. Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone. By Eric Klinenberg. Penguin Press; 273 pages; $27.99. Gerald Duckworth & Co; Pounds 16.99 “YOU need an apartment alone even if it’s over … Continue reading

Are 60% of Seniors Really Playing Video Games?

Are 60% of Seniors Really Playing Video Games?

A psychology professor’s research reports that 60% of seniors play video games at least occasionally. The N.C. State University teacher’s findings about the wide use of video games among seniors will likely lead more assisted living communities to include them in their offerings. The seniors recruited for the study came from senior centers, senior living centers and religious centers. … Continue reading