Nicole Stempak

Nicole Stempak
Nicole was Senior Editor at I Advance Senior Care and Long Term Living Magazine 2015-2017. She has a Journalism degree from Kent State University and is finalizing a master’s degree in Information Architecture and Management. She has extensive studies in the digital user experience and in branding online media. She has worked as an editor and writer for various B2B publications, including Business Finance.

Adjustable sink for sitting or standing

European manufacturer Pressalit Care has devised a sink that can be raised or lowered after installation. Read More »

How stress can cause weight gain in women

Researchers found stressful events can be linked to obesity, which is associated with several chronic illnesses. Read More »

2018 resolutions worth keeping

A California senior living provider asks residents their goals for the year ahead. Read More »

Synching memories through sleep

New research has found making memories may be tied to the synchronization of brain waves and that age and dementia can slow those rhythms down. Read More »

Clean air helps Brookdale residents shelter in place during wildfires

Proactive attention to air purification helped 22 facilities harbor safely during the emergency. Read More »

Holiday traditions: One-on-one with…Denise Scruggs

Make the holidays the most wonderful time of the year by using time-honored traditions and faith-based celebrations to engage residents with dementia. Read More »

Lyft expands healthcare offerings

The rideshare company announced its latest partnership with startup company Circulation to expand non-emergency medical transportation options. Read More »

Over-the-counter pain relievers work as well as opioids

A new study finds acetaminophen and ibuprofen relieve pain as effectively as Percocet, Vicodin or Tylenol No. 3, suggesting a pain management option without risk of addiction.

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FDA approves, CMS proposes coverage for extensive cancer genomic test

The FoundationOne CDx (F1CDx) is a diagnostic test that can detect gene mutations for cancer, and its potential to help patients has spurred the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to pay for qualifying beneficiaries to be screened. 

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2017 OPTIMA Award: Under one roof

The winner of the 2017 OPTIMA Award for Excellence in Resident-Focused Care started an intergenerational living program to give new life to aging services and solve staff shortages at the same time. Read More »

Bill Gates invests $100M toward Alzheimer’s treatments

Gates is investing his own fortune toward dementia research and startups exploring new treatments.

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Healthcare isn’t ready for Alzheimer’s treatments, study finds

Administering dementia treatments may be more difficult than developing them, according to a RAND report on healthcare infrastructure. 

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Personalized doors help residents with dementia to find their way

Door decals are giving a Canadian memory care facility a new look and helping residents with wayfinding and navigation.

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AARP Foundation sues to stop nursing home evictions

The organization is taking up its first court case on behalf of a woman with Alzheimer’s who was discharged from her nursing home without warning.

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Shopping for good

 A Virginia resale boutique pledged $125k toward a memory care retrofit at an area senior living facility.

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Deer crashes into nursing home

A deer visited a Bronx nursing home, causing panic for residents, staff and the deer.

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Senate passes bill to help locate people with Alzheimer’s

Kevin and Avonte’s Law would renew and expand resources for family members, first responders to find missing loved ones who wander, including those with dementia. 

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Three employees fired for videotaping residents

An assisted living facility is investigating after employees shared videos on social media that made fun of residents.

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ACHCA names new president and CEO

Bill McGinley has been tapped to lead the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA). 

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Dining with dysphagia

Japan’s food industry is rethinking meal time with the rising number of seniors and deaths related to choking. 

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Wilder, Alzheimer’s Association call for imagination to end disease

A bold new campaign shows how dementia can cause creativity to disappear and leads to confusion.

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Memory care residents comfort victims of Hurricane Harvey

Residents with dementia made toys for children in Texas who were affected by the hurricane. 

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Person-centered care improves resident satisfaction

Care that’s personal is more impactful, according to a new study in JAMDA

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Wisconsin considers dementia legislation

Four Republican Assembly members have drafted bills to provide support for those with dementia and their families. 

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New elder abuse protections law

The Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act expands federal agency perception and efforts to protect and prosecute elder abuse.

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Alzheimer’s disease and tetanus

Researchers from the UK have promising findings that a vaccine derived from a cucumber virus could be a preventive treatment for Alzheimer's disease. 

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Serving others

The long-term care industry can learn from the hospitality industry what it means to serve the customer and not our own ego.

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AHCA: A bright year ahead

Mark Parkinson, CEO of the American Health Care Association, shared his optimistic view for the senior living industry in his opening remarks of the 68th annual AHCA/NCAL Conference and Expo. Read More »

Fur-ever homes for man’s best friend

It’s a doggone heartwarming story of how pet companions can fight depression and reduce isolation.

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Going places

Ride-hailing companies are expanding their on-demand services to the long-term care market. Read More »