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Senior Housing Outpaces Demand, Baby Boomers Staying At Home

by Richard Kuehn on 11/03/18

The supply of senior housing has soared in recent years, outpacing demand despite the number of baby boomers that are retiring.  Many seniors are staying put, remaining in their own homes.  The market has added 85K units since the end of 2012, up from less than 60K units in the six years prior, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care.  Another thing impacting the lack of demand for senior housing is that baby boomers are staying fitter and in better health than prior generations.  Research shows that people tend to move into senior-living facilities after they hit 82.  The oldest baby boomer won’t turn 80 until 2026.


New Antibiotics Discovered

by Richard Kuehn on 02/14/18

There have been very few new antibiotics to hit the market in recent years, but plenty of antibiotic-resistant viruses which has frustrated hospitals.  There is hope, however.  Scientists discovered in a bag of backyard dirt a powerful new group of antibiotics that they say can wipe out many infections including microbes that have currently been resistant to current antibiotics that are on the market.  Researchers at Rockefeller University reported the discovery of what are called malacidins in the journal Nature Microbiology.  It is the latest in a series of promising antibiotics that scientists have found by using innovative genetic sequencing techniques which allow them to screen thousands of soil samples for bacteria that previously couldn’t be grown or studied in the laboratory.  Rockefeller University scientists found the malacidins only after sifting through 1,500 soil samples.

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by Richard Kuehn on 12/08/16

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Dementia Patients Aided By Music

by Richard Kuehn on 09/26/16

Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia is a terrible condition, robbing you of memories and the people that you love.  Researchers have found that one way to ease the pain is with music.  Dan Cohen started an organization called Music & Memory (see www.musicandmemory.org) which can help a loved one connect with the world by bringing personalized music into their lives.  The non-profit uses volunteers to bring digital music to the elderly to improve their quality of life.  One man could barely speak and literally came alive after they started playing music that he loved.  What a wonderful contribution to his quality of life.  If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly recommend the documentary “Alive Inside.”

Affordable Housing Coming To Downtown Monterey

by Richard Kuehn on 09/24/16

It’s only 19 units, but at last some affordable housing will be built in downtown Monterey for seniors.  The Van Buren Senior Housing Project will occupy six parcels in the 600 block of Van Buren Street just south of Madison Street.  Developed by the non-profit Mid-Peninsula Housing, the one-bedroom units will be designated as Section 8 federally-funded housing.  Thanks to the City of Monterey who gave the non-profit developer a long-term ground lease for just $1 per year.

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