Aging in place and “granny pods.” Limited Medicaid expansion, Medicare cuts. Baby boomers turning the traditional assisted living model upside down. These are just a few of the top stories making senior living headlines this year, according to this Senior Housing News article.
As we approach the end of 2012, many sites are compiling a most-read list, and this one about the business of caring for seniors includes some surprising content. Case in point: Booze, Sex, and STDs in Senior Living Facilities. The article, which was published in February, reported on studies that showed sexual activity and alcohol consumption are both “common in older demographics,” and at times, “a combination of the two activities yields unpleasant results.”
Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, and the general financial solvency of long-term care funding were also important issues in the national spotlight, a trend that will likely continue in 2013 (can anyone say fiscal cliff?).
Expect to see more stories about aging in place trends too, particularly as federal and even private funding for residential care options like assisted living dries up.
What top stories about senior living do you remember from 2012? What do you expect to hear most about in 2013?