Sandra Hoban

Sandra Hoban was on I Advance Senior Care / Long-Term Living’s editorial staff for 17 years. She is one of the country’s longest-serving senior care journalists. Before joining Long-Term Living, she was a member of the promotions department at Advanstar Communications. In addition to her editorial experience, Sandi has served past roles in print and broadcast advertising as a traffic and talent coordinator.

Study finds slower growth in per-capita healthcare spending in the senior sector

A recently released CMS study analyzed the growth of per-capita healthcare spending trends for all age groups and by gender. Read More »

Protecting seniors from abuse is a national priority

Elder abuse happens more often than people like to admit. Whatever form the abuse takes—whether it’s physical, mental or financial—the costs are too high. Read More »

6 questions to ask LGBT residents

Nurses are key contacts in addressing the challenges of LGBT older adults to improve quality of care for this culturally diverse segment of the LTC population. Read More »

New drug treatment for COPD receives FDA approval

FDA approves a new weapon that will be added to the arsenal of medications used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Read More »

CMS to take a closer look at dementia care practices

An upcoming CMS project will put dementia care practices in nursing home under the microscope. Read More »

Brookdale and HCP partner in a $1.2 billion CCRC joint venture

Pending regulatory approval, Brookdale Senior Living’s billion-dollar deal positions it to become the largest senior living provider in the country. Read More »

May is Older Americans Month

Their numbers continue to grow and they still exert a powerful impact on their families, friends, community and society as a whole. It’s time to honor and celebrate older adults. Read More »

Senior gambling: Amusement or addiction?

Are residents being treated like children by giving them “permission” to pursue their interests or are facilities and families protecting them from themselves?  Read More »

April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month

It's not too late to inform your residents and community about Parkinson's disease, a chronic, progressive and life-changing movement disorder. Read More »

Joerns, RecoverCare announce merger

Products, equipment sales and support will be enhanced as two major healthcare equipment providers unite. Read More »

CMS proposes acceptance of updated Life Safety Code

Proposed Life Safety Code provisions are designed to advance and enhance healthy and safe environments and upgrade compliance requirements. Read More »

Week honors volunteers

Take time to honor those often-unsung heroes of long-term care who happily donate their time, talent and energy to making a difference to residents and staff. Read More »

Hospital providers may have difficulty offering end-of-life prognosis

In palliative care situations, prognosis discussions for hospitalized patients may not be held because of the complex composition of providers.  Read More »

Staffing levels seldom cited by state surveyors

Sufficient staffing is an important, yet overlooked, component in providing quality care to nursing home residents, according to a new analysis. Read More »

Illegal pesticide use trial set to begin

A federal indictment charges that a pest control company’s misuse of products endangered public health and the environment in a score of Southern nursing homes.  Read More »

National trial to study the link between insulin and memory

Can an insulin nasal spray alleviate the symptoms of Alzheimer's or other minor cognitive disorders? A national trial study is recruiting patients with Alzheimer's to find out. Read More »

One MDS assessment may take a NAC more than five hours to complete: study

Where does the time go in a NAC’s day? Results from an American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination study answer that question. Read More »

CVS taboos tobacco

As of Oct. 1, you’ll have to find cigarettes somewhere other than your local CVS. But if you develop a chronic cough, the in-store clinics will be there to serve you. Read More »

Close-knit seniors help foster students

It’s that time of year that is awash with sentiment. For a group of seniors at Ashby Ponds in Virginia, hearts, flowers and candy just won’t do. Read More »

Staff turnover impacts quality: studies

Consistent care from a stable nursing home staff improves the odds against adverse events, according to two recent studies. Read More »

February is American Heart Month

Heart health might be recognized in February, but a day should never go by without doing something to ensure cardiac health—exercise, diet or joining a friend. Read More »

New research highlights the growing need for palliative care worldwide

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the Worldwide Palliative Care Alliance (WPCA) investigate the unmet need of palliative care globally. Read More »

LeadingAge announces new board members

Strong leadership, innovation and creativity are the goals as LeadingAge welcomes four new members to its 2014 Board of Directors. Read More »

Death toll continues to climb in Canadian nursing home fire

A nursing home blaze leaves five people dead and more than 30 others missing. A search for the missing continues. Read More »

Is a liquor license key to attracting boomers?

Many of today’s seniors enjoy a daily cocktail. It’s their way of relaxing and putting the day’s worries behind them, to toast an achievement or cap off a celebration. Does senior living mark an end to that social outlet? Read More »

LTC nurse retention aim of New Jersey program

It might not be a glamour job with nurses jockeying for position, long-term care nursing can be a rewarding and uplifting career mission. Read More »

The ‘love’ generation might need some sex education

Love might “make the world go round,” but in a long-term care facility, unprotected sex can be the source of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Read More »

Gum disease can contribute to rheumatoid arthritis

Daily brushing and flossing and good oral care provides much more than a healthy smile, especially for seniors. Read More »

Improving continence through dance

You’re never too young—or too old—to feel the music and bounce to the beat. Not only fun, dance can be therapeutic, study finds. Read More »

Findings from OSU’s Alzheimer’s self-test released

Worried about Alzheimer’s? A new self-administered test can help clinicians assess risk. Read More »