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.

Dance, dance, dance, dance for your brain

Researchers found that dancing improved white matter in the brain area associated with the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.  Read More »

Mass. proposes increased LTC funding

State legislators are rallying behind bills to increase wages for nursing home workers and Medicaid reimbursement levels for nursing homes and rehabilitation facilities.  Read More »

Step in time

A ballroom dance troupe visits long-term care facilities to help seniors groove to—and remember—the beat.  Read More »

FDA allows consumers to test for genetic risk

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved 23andMe to market personal genetic tests for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and celiac disease, among others for less than the cost of a new smartphone. Read More »

FDA approves drug for involuntary movement

Neurocrine Biosciences, Inc. has received government approval for the first drug to treat tardive dyskinesia, a neurological disorder that causes involuntary movements.  Read More »

Pilot program care model reduces hospitalizations

Indiana skilled nursing facilities participating in the OPTIMISTIC project have significantly reduced all-cause and avoidable hospitalizations. Read More »

Psychiatric disorders have no effect on Alzheimer’s risk

Although a psychiatric disorder doesn’t increase the risk of memory loss, it might be a misdiagnosis of early onset Alzheimer’s disease.  Read More »

AMDA announces medical director of the year

Joshua Schor of New Jersey has been recognized for his work to improve wound care, reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections and founding a staff teamwork program.  Read More »

2017 Leader of Tomorrow: Kelly Papa

Kelly Papa took her idea for a dementia network and built it into a summit and an all-year dialogue that stretches across the state of Connecticut. Read More »

Healthcare IT acquisition

ABILITY Network acquires Shifthound to help providers improve staff scheduling. Read More »

A winning recipe

One retirement community whipped up a resident's award-winning recipe for all to enjoy. Read More »

SCA Group votes to split

The maker of TENA will split off its health and hygiene operations under the newly-formed company Essity.  Read More »

PointClickCare adds accounting software to its EHR

PointClickCare has partnered with Intellitec Solutions to directly integrate accounting software into electronic health records. Read More »

Improving care for chronically ill starts at home

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts has teamed up with home health provider Landmark Health to offer members with serious chronic or acute conditions care at home.  Read More »

A new market for seniors

Episcopal Senior Communities is growing its produce markets, which offer fresh and affordable produce for California seniors.  Read More »

Reminiscing at the movies

San Franciscans with dementia can enjoy a special performance thanks to a partnership designed to engage. Read More »

2017 Leader of Tomorrow: Peter Gray, MHA

Doing the right thing doesn't have to cost a lot. In fact, it can reduce costs and improve the quality of care, Leader of Tomorrow Peter Gray has found. In the process, he's transformed Benefis health System's Senior Care from a one- to five-star facility in under three years. Read More »

Loud, proud and aging

New research shows how lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors are stronger but also more vulnerable to health risks as they age, highlighting the importance of community and understanding. Read More »

One nursing home’s welcoming committee

A nursing home in Cleveland adopted a stray cat who serves as the resident pet.  Read More »

AMDA announces new leadership

The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine (AMDA) revealed its 2017-18 board of directors. Read More »

Revisiting guidelines for heart health in seniors

Researchers are reviewing data to hopefully expand cardiovascular risk calculations and preventive guidelines for those 75 years and older.  Read More »

Interdisciplinary rehab helps seniors with chronic pain

New findings suggest that the more people at the rehabilitation table, the more seniors with chronic pain benefit.  Read More »

Painting a picture of dementia

An intergenerational art program designed to engage students and seniors is its own masterpiece.  Read More »

Zzz’s to good brain health

Sleep-disordered breathing causes sleep dysfunction and is more severe in seniors with cognitive impairment.  Read More »

FDA approves new Parkinson’s drug

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved a new medication to help reduce Parkinson's disease symptoms.  Read More »

One-on-one with…Andrew Sandler, PhD

Memory care facility Abe's Garden is reinvisioning what it means to deliver memory care. I Advance Senior Care's Senior Editor Nicole Stempak spoke with CEO Andrew Sandler to hear his vantage point. Read More »

GOP withdraws healthcare act bill

Minutes before the House was scheduled to vote on the American Health Care Act, Speaker Paul Ryan was forced to withdraw the bill, citing lack of support. The bill would have made sweeping changes to Medicaid.  Read More »

If you give someone a cookie

Senior Editor Nicole Stempak reflects on how a cookie donation program is a sweet treat for an assisted living facility and the lucky community recipients.  Read More »

Flooring company wants patients to step in line

Ecore flooring is expanding its research project to see if flooring can reduce falls risk in healthcare environments. Read More »

A dysphagia cook-off

Master’s students serve up dysphagia-friendly recipes in a cooking competition final.  Read More »