Elder Innovation

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Ecumen Discusses Intentional Multi Generational Communities and the Evolution of Senior Living

Always exploring new and innovative ways to honor the interests of older adults, Ecumen's Senior Housing Development team imagines the future of senior housing -- NOT senior housing.  Read more...

2011-02-28 10:55:00 View
Becoming Great From the Inside Out

Senior Housing Developers are continuously looking for the next big thing. Could the key to success come from within by creating a great place to work? Learn more about how employee wellness programs, workplace innovation and the bottom line can work together.

2011-06-28 14:23:00 View
A Helping Hand at Home

Throughout my career in aging services, I have had many conversations about how to offer affordable services to seniors who wish to remain in their homes. Ecumen at Home strives to help these very people by providing a wide variety of non-medical and medical services, from cleaning and laundry to assistance with bathing, to match wants and needs.

2011-10-31 09:59:00 View
Aging population growing faster than general population

More people were 65 years and older in the U.S. in 2010 than in any other census before. Our aging population is growing at a faster rate than the general population.

2011-12-22 15:17:00 View
Expanding and Improving Senior Living & Services at St. Mark's in Austin

St. Mark's Lutheran Home has closed on financing for a $13.4 million redevelopment and expansion of the Austin senior community campus. Renovation and expansion will add or enhance: assisted living apartments, memory care apartments, short-term rehabilitation services, long term care, occupational and physical therapy, gathering spaces and entryways.

2012-01-17 15:41:00 View
Senior Housing Communities Developed by Ecumen Win National Awards for Design Approach for Alzheimer's

Two senior housing communities developed by Ecumen were honored this week with national awards for innovative interior design approaches for housing for people with Alzheimer's or dementia.

Read the full article online here.

2012-02-16 15:20:00 View
The Growth of Memory Care in Assisted Living Development

The nation is gearing up for an impending “silver tsunami,” and part of that includes making sure senior housing communities are prepared to care for a growing number of seniors with memory impairments.

2012-03-19 09:43:00 View
Housing hot spots - Ecumen featured by Star Tribune

High on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River and I-35E, a construction crew toils away on a 120 unit senior housing community being built by Southview Senior Living and developer John Wall.

Although located in the tiny town of Lilydale, the development takes place in one of the hot spots for senior housing in the Twin Cities -- Dakota County. Southview has developments in West St. Paul and Inver Grove Heights, as well as communities in other parts of the metro.

And Dakota County Community Development Agency manages 24 senior housing complexes with more than 1,300 units, one of the larger senior portfolios in the region. But Dakota County is hardly alone in seeing more senior housing as the region and the nation climb out of a recession.

"Senior housing is one of the darlings of the real estate industry now, along with single occupancy apartments," said Thomas R. Melchior, director of market research at CliftonLarsonAllen LLP. "Projects are being planned all around the Twin Cities. Name a community and there's someone planning to do a senior housing project in it, or right next door."

2012-04-04 11:32:00 View
US sets 2025 goal to tame Alzheimer's

The US says it will seek an effective treatment for Alzheimer's by 2025, as it faces an ageing population and spiralling health costs.

2012-05-15 14:03:00 View
Report: More than half of seniors now use the Web

Now, for the first time ever, more than half (53% ) of Americans age 65 or older now use the Internet or e-mail on a daily basis. Doing so allows many senior citizens to stay connected with friends, find activities that they love to do, and even route their ways to the new doctor's office.

Read the article in its entirity here

2012-06-13 14:44:00 View
Ecumen Bethany opens memory care, expands short-term rehabilitation

Ecumen Bethany Community offers independent and assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation services, a senior fitness center and community outreach services for Alexandria area residents.

2012-07-20 12:46:00 View
10 Best Cities for Successful Aging

Contrary to popular belief, Seniors want to be active, have fun, and be around others in their retired years. Simply put, they want choices. The question remains, where is the best place to live when it comes to those choices. Read more here.

2012-09-04 14:54:00 View
Heritage at Irene Woods Celebrates Groundbreaking for New Senior Living Community


2012-09-17 16:24:00 View
Emergency Rooms designed for the older set

When you walk into a children's wing at the hospital, it is very evident whom is cared for in those corridors, signaled by bright toys, colorful equipment, and pediatric specialists all around. It is equally important to senior citizens that their specific needs be addressed. Read the article here.

2012-12-17 14:20:00 View
Caregiver lives rerouted yet enriched by aging parents

(CNN) -- As the more than 76 million babies born in the "Baby Boom" of 1946 to 1964 approach and enter retirement, many thought they would finally be driving across the country in that decked out RV or spending more time spoiling the grandkids.

However, with their parents living longer than ever, many boomers have learned that unexpected obligations can cause their retirement plans to veer off-course.

See full article here

2012-12-27 10:48:00 View
Facebook may give senior citizens a cognitive boost

In a study of older adults aged 68-91, those who joined Facebook, friended other users and posted at least once a day showed a 25% uptick in working memory.

2013-02-26 09:34:00 View