Richard Peck

Richard L. Peck was editor in chief of I Advance Senior Care / Long-Term Living for 18 years. For eight years previous to that, he served as editor of the clinical magazine Geriatrics. He has written extensively on developments in the field of senior care and housing.

City life

Alert readers may have noticed something—when we're addressing “Environments for Aging” in our new department of that name, more often than not Read More »

An urban high-rise makes green dollars and sense

At first glance you wouldn't take the building to be: (1) a senior living community or (2) an exemplar of “green” construction. The building, a Read More »

Revitalizing cities with senior-oriented communities

It was a wide-ranging discussion at the Environments for Aging Conference in March—a couple dozen architects, planners, senior service providers, Read More »

Medicare Part D: Time to celebrate progress?

It's been a little over two years since the groundbreaking program called Medicare Part D—prescription drug coverage for the Medicare-eligible—went Read More »

Politically correct?

“Oh, you're so PC!” Who among us hasn't cringed at being accused of this. Oh, we're so sensitive, so phony, so allergic to plain talk. Just come off Read More »

Take a breath!

Not long ago, as a new member of the local YMCA, I got an informal tour of the facility's new exercise room, courtesy of my daughter-in-law, a Read More »

Update on the Quality Indicator Survey

For a long-term care industry yearning for an alternative—any alternative—to the OBRA state survey system that gives facilities such trouble in terms Read More »

The road ahead

This month marks a milestone in the evolution of senior environmental design. Why such a portentous statement? Read More »

Our changing marketplace

Can you imagine a day when no one will live in a healthcare facility, when all older or disabled individuals live at home, even people with Read More »

Coming: Our new name

Beginning this month our magazine is about to undergo a major makeover. Doing this isn't easy, when you are working with a magazine that has Read More »

Voice-Activated Documentation Comes Into Its Own

As a nationally ranked academic healthcare system, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) serves the health needs of more than 4 million Read More »

Around the world in 60 minutes

Photos courtesy of Ballard Healthcare Dancing a jig: Deirdre McNulty The Chinese Representative: Marilyn Pasetes Activities departments have been Read More »

Here we go again

It's déjà vu: Nursing homes do something apparently awful. Government comes in with a big stick and hits them over the head. Nursing homes ask for Read More »

People to be thankful for

I'm no different from anyone else—when Thanksgiving time rolls around, I like to take stock of just what it is I'm thankful for. Read More »

The logical outcome

I went through a set of whipsawing emotions recently. On September 20, I happily conferred the 2007 OPTIMA Award on Ballard Healthcare in Chicago. Read More »

What’s wrong with this picture?

A couple of weeks ago I saw a newspaper article on American retirees living in Mexican nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Read More »

Sizing up the borrower

When you ask a long-term care lender or investor what they look for in a would-be borrower, the answer always seems so self-evident. Read More »

People to be proud of

I think it goes without saying that all of us in long-term care publishing—our magazine and our competitors—have a deep admiration for the people in Read More »

A challenge to nursing homes

As an owner and operator of assisted living facilities in multiple states and a strong advocate of their place in caring for even the frailest Read More »

Staffing fireworks!

Staffing issues have hit the headlines in all their “up-and-down” glory over the past few weeks. I can't recall a similar period when staffing so Read More »

Talking to ourselves

Quick, without giving much thought to it, do you agree or disagree with this statement: We can no longer rely on Social Security or Medicare. Read More »

Broadening the Business: How One Facility Operator Knocked Down His Walls

In 2005, D. Keith Perry was facing a dilemma that afflicts many long-term care providers: “Our two campuses were anchored by nursing homes that were Read More »

The family business

Recently I received a newsletter from Welch Healthcare and Retirement Group, of Norwell, Massachusetts, called “The Welch Connection,” announcing Read More »

Double-check for disaster

Not long ago I had the severe displeasure of reading a book called The Edge of Disaster by one Stephen Flynn*. Mr. Flynn is billed in the author Read More »

Father knows best

Recently a wonderfully attractive actress named Jane Wyatt passed away. Movie buffs would recognize her as the flower of Shangri-La in the 1930s Read More »

‘Use it or lose it’: The Brain Health Program at Emeritus Assisted Living

The brain works like a muscle—use it or lose it. That saying is gaining increasing credibility in the field of aging studies. Read More »

Art Buchwald’s parting shot

Any humorist or comedian likes to have a parting shot. In Art Buchwald's case, his parting. A shot was actually a shot in the arm for the hospice Read More »

Are baby boomers the greatest?

We've heard a lot over the past decade about the Greatest Generation—born during the Roaring '20s or just before, hardened by the Depression and Read More »

A Head-Spinning Peek Into the Future

If long-term care facility owners and operators are feeling a little dizzy these days, I can see why. Read More »

Healthcare’s stepchild seeks a home: A fable

Once upon a time in the late 1970s, a bright young man was sent to Washington, D.C., to cover healthcare politics and legislation for a national medical magazine. Read More »