Keeping Up With Mrs. Jones…

A lifetime supply of whisky seems to do the trick. (Photo courtesy the fine folks at Wiki Media Commons.)

A lifetime supply of whiskey may be the key to a lifetime supply of life. (Photo courtesy the fine folks at Wikimedia Commons.)

Bill Myers

Good morning, ProviderNation. The feline has come screeching out of the bag. Asked the key to her longevity, Mrs. Grace Jones, 109, of Worcestershire, England, admits, “a little drop of whiskey every night” does the trick.

Your Humble Correspondent (who now expects to live to be 356), was not, of course, surprised by the irrefutable, ironclad, scientific evidence Mrs. Jones proffered. Having done his book learnin’ in the Gaeltacht, he knew that the Old Irish phrase uisce beatha means “water of life.”

So a hearty slàinte to you, ProviderNation. We must mind our elders, after all.


Speaking of minding our elders, mad props (and many, many thanks) to the fine folks at Brookdale Living and Good Samaritan for their incredibly thoughtful work on #ProviderChats  earlier this week. They led a talk on nourishing mind, body, and spirit in assisted living. If you missed it, you stupide, just some English pig with no brains, you know.

We did crazy numbers—lots of Tweeps engaged—but the most impressive thing was our experts’ ability to be so cogent in 140 characters or less. Well played, gang. Well played.

If you’ve got an idea or an expert for our Twitter chats, we’re thrilled to hear about them. My contact information is below, but if you insist on talking to someone who is competent, you can always try our Fragrant Managing Editor, Jackie Oberst.

The Global Village

In other news, Your Humble Correspondent is feeling like a genius, but is much too modest to admit it. (But enough about me—what do you think of me?)

Recall that we’ve discussed the internationalization of elder care at a couple of different points. Now comes a report from the fine folks at Prestige Market Research, who are forecasting a huge boom in the elder care markets in Asia.

They’re looking at things from the American perspective (and are quick to point out that several American giants such as Extendicare, Brookdale Senior Living, Genesis, Gentiva, Kindred, &c. are already overseas looking for business).

Two things to keep your eyes on, though. First, the wine dark sea runs in all directions, and we’re already seeing foreign firms entering the U.S. market.

Offshoring Elder Care

Second, we’re also seeing a niche develop in the overseas resorts market whereby elder care is, for lack of a better word, offshored.

Indeed, there are already some 100 Americans who’ve expatriated to the Philippines to deal with their dementia. In 2013, according to the fine folks at Patients Beyond Borders, some 900,000 Yanks took their medical custom overseas. (Not all of that was elder care, but you get the idea.)

Whatever else these emerging facts means, it also means that American providers can’t take for granted that they’ve cornered the market on American elder care.

In any other context, this reflection would be called “sobering.” But that would be extremely rude to Mrs. Jones.

Bill Myers is Provider’s senior editor. Email him at Follow him on Twitter, @ProviderMyers.

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