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.

Brookdale tackles advance care planning

The senior living provider and Iris Plans have partnered to offer residents end-of-life care planning services.  Read More »

Memory masterpieces

College students are empowering people with dementia to create works of art through a university program that’s opening minds—and hearts. Read More »

The volunteer perspective on making memory masterpieces

Art is more than just beauty in the eye of the beholder. It’s a working experience that can draw out the humanity in everyone—even people with dementia.  Read More »

Mind games

Researchers are reaching for new levels using video games technology for dementia treatments Read More »

States must beef up LTSS for boomers

AARP concluded in a recent report that states are improving long-term services and supports (LTSS) but aren’t keeping pace with growing demand.  Read More »

Love goes viral

A senior couple’s engagement photo is spreading across social media and giving followers all the warm fuzzies.  Read More »

Dementia present long before memory loss

New research published in JAMA found people can have Alzheimer’s disease many years before cognitive impairment sets in, meaning disease estimates could be way off. Read More »

It’s Never 2 Late hires industry veteran

It's Never 2 Late has tapped a former MatrixCare executive for its leadership team.  Read More »

One-on-one with…Annette Gunnerson

Annette Gunnerson, the National Association of Activity Professional’s 2017 Activity Professional of the year, reflects on her nearly 30 years in long-term care and the increasing attention being paid to activities planning to improve the quality of life for residents, especially those with dementia. Read More »

Genetic risk and poor diet could lead to memory loss

New research suggests a relationship with diet and plaque for those with the ApoE4 gene mutation. Read More »

A beary good cause

An Oregon retirement community has made more than 10,000 teddy bears for children in crisis over the last decade. Read More »

Senate GOP bill calls for deep Medicaid cuts

Senate Republicans have finally revealed their bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. It is similar to the House version but key differences could make it a tough sell among Republicans with a razor-thin margin for passage. Read More »

Coloring for a connection

A new coloring book from Maria Shriver is designed to help people with dementia bond with loved ones.  Read More »

A senior parade

 A Minnesota town throws a parade for seniors in a long-term care facility. Read More »

Retirement community tub source of Legionnaires’ disease

Two residents in a Florida retirement community tested positive for Legionnaires’ disease. Read More »

Putting humanity in healthcare

A new interdisciplinary minor will focus on healthcare at the intersection of medicine and healing.  Read More »

Louisiana legislators limit long-term care competition

Lawmakers have successfully extended a moratorium to restrict assisted living facilities from entering the market. Read More »

Staffing shortage prompts shutdown

A Good Samaritan rehabilitation unit has closed because it has had trouble filling and maintaining necessary nursing levels. Read More »

Balancing resident safety with quality of life

Four senior living executives weigh in on the threat of litigation and demands of helicopter children while providing a meaningful life for residents.  Read More »

Experts issue new Lewy body dementia guidelines

The Dementia with Lewy Bodies Consortium has updated its diagnostic and management recommendations after more than a decade. Read More »

Researchers unveil battery-less pacemaker

A team of researchers have designed a new pacemaker that runs on radio frequency and can be implemented directly into a person’s heart. Read More »

93-year-old skydives—again

A Canadian retirement community helped one man cross something off his bucket list. Read More »

Sing and dance to assisted living

A musical imagines life at an assisted living facility.  Read More »

PointClickCare, ABILITY Network partner on claims management

The tech companies will integrate software so providers can create, access and manage claims within the electronic health record.  Read More »

Teaching seniors how to prevent falls

An Iowa program uses evidence-based findings to help seniors stay independent longer and avoid falls.  Read More »

Artery health related to diet

New research has found aging blood vessels is more of a reflection of a sedentary culture than genetics, suggesting healthy aging is possible.  Read More »

Researching memory care design

A university lecturer has been awarded a grant to continue her research on how spatial configuration and design in long-term care facilities influences residents with dementia.  Read More »

Texas lawmakers approve series of LTC reforms

Texas legislators approved several bills in the final hours of session that will affect seniors and the long-term industry through nursing home quality reforms, improve access to healthcare and help families.  Read More »

Elderly resident faces arson, aggravated assault charges

A 76-year-old resident faces charges over a fire in his bedroom at a Georgia personal care home. Read More »

Mobility aids increase falls risk with dementia

Researchers examine the likelihood of falling when people with dementia use a cane or walker.  Read More »