As I read your posting an incident that happened on the Alzheimer's unit I ran came to mind. My residents ranged from 51 (yes, that is a 5) to 96. My DON would come through on her morning rounds and turthe radio to an easy listening station, it had been on rock and roll. She was upset that the staff would do that. I told her to come over and talk so she could see for herself that it was my 51 year old resident who changed the station. She did not like the old music.
I think this makes those of us in LTC take a look what we are doing. The activities that are planned may be well and fine for someone 80, but what happens to those younger people. I now have a unit where the ages are from 82-105. For 2 months I had a 60 year old. He had no one to relate to. I think we need to look at what the baby boomers are going to want. I agree that this generation, of which I am one, will want showers everyday, hair washed everyday, a more selective menu, private rooms, and expect better service from the staff. Whether we want to accept it or not the next generation of nursing home residents are going to be a lot more demanding than the current ones. If you want proof, look at what they expect for their parent. I find my time is spent placating the family member over some perceived wrong, that the resident was not even aware of.
Good luck with your research, I have one suggestion, you may want to whittle it down because it appears to be a pretty overwhelming topic. NA