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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

07/23/2014
Featured senior living news stories include: "HHS Offers New Guidance on Person-Centered Planning, Self-Direction," "Study: Building Design Principles Key to Supportive Environment," and "Government Health Agencies Host Alzheimer’s Webinars."
07/17/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "A Look at the Care Continuum of 55-Plus and Independent Living," "California Begins Dementia Initiative for Cal MediConnect Beneficiaries," and "Minnesota Houses Top Hospital with Best Geriatric Care."
07/10/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "Changes on Horizon for Homebound Medicare Beneficiaries," "Elder Abuse Prevention Advocates Release Framework to Move Dialogue Forward," and "Smokers at Higher Risk for Developing Dementia."

Recent Senior Living News:

07/22/2014
Residents, staff and family help make a senior living community the special place it is, but the design of a building inside and out can be just as important. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has released a report detailing the best design practices for residential care settings housing individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.
07/22/2014
Northstar Senior Living is the latest senior living provider to create a new residence welcoming to members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
07/22/2014
Mayor of Boston Martin Walsh announced a new Boston Alzheimer’s initiative, becoming the first large city to join the national Alzheimer’s Workplace Alliance. The alliance is a group of about 2,000 companies and organizations supporting employees with information on Alzheimer’s disease.
07/22/2014
The Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health have collaborated to host a webinar series to increase knowledge about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
07/22/2014
The nation’s Health and Human Services Department issued new guidance on person-centered planning and self-direction in June and a top official with the Administration for Community Living has offered some additional thoughts on guidance in a new blog.
07/15/2014
Retirement planning is paramount for everyone and especially for families considering senior living options. Life Care Funding CEO and company co-founder Chris Orestis is an expert in the field. Orestis comes from a family with a “big senior living and long-term care background” as he describes it. His family is the largest owner and operator of assisted living communities in Maine.
07/15/2014
Assisted living plays a crucial role in the lifecycle of many seniors, providing housing and care at a unique stage of life – but it is only one stage. The July/August Senior Living Executive magazine examines assisted living as a single link in a much longer chain. It’s part of a continuum of housing and care encompassing many phases of aging, including specialized communities for those 55 and up and independent living communities offering some medical support.
07/15/2014
California’s 2014-2015 fiscal year budget includes $820,000 of federal funds and legislative authority to implement a three-year Administration on Aging grant to coordinate care for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
07/15/2014
U.S. News and World Report has released its 2014 list of best hospitals across the country, including a look at the top hospitals for geriatric care.
07/15/2014
The deadline is approaching to enter this year’s Senior Living by Design competition. The annual design competition celebrates architects, design firms and senior living providers that achieve innovative architecture in senior living communities.
07/09/2014
Smokers are 45% more likely to develop dementia than non-smokers, according to new information published by the World Health Organization in concert with Alzheimer’s Disease International.
07/09/2014
Approximately 54 million American adults age 50 and older are affected by osteoporosis and low bone mass, according to new data from the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Arizona and Nevada had the greatest projected increase in the number of older adults in this age bracket with these concerns, followed by Florida, New Hampshire and Utah.
07/09/2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing a policy change that would remove a requirement for certain homebound Medicare beneficiaries and is recommending a new payment rate for home health agencies (HHA) for 2015.
07/09/2014
Senior living communities have gone way beyond bingo and bocce ball to create engaging, robust activities embracing the talents and interests of their residents.
07/09/2014
Anti elder abuse advocates released a new framework this week for addressing challenges to elder abuse prevention and prosecution.
07/01/2014
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a set of materials designed to facilitate conversations with older Americans about brain health as part of the aging process.
07/01/2014
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 30 in Harris v. Quinn that non-union member workers in some public sector jobs represented by unions no longer have to pay fees to help cover union costs. This could lead to dues paying union members of these affected unions to leave their unions if nonmembers no longer have to share in union costs.
07/01/2014
In a lengthy opinion authored by Justice Stephen Breyer, and drawing heavily on historical practice of presidents and the Senate, the U.S. Supreme Court June 26 upheld the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Noel Canning v. NLRB concluding that President Obama’s three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in January 2012 (Sharon Block, Richard Griffin and Terence Flynn) were invalid.
07/01/2014
The biennial National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), an initiative to monitor trends in the major sectors of paid, regulated long-term care services providers, is underway. The project has mailed questionnaire packets to about 11,600 assisted living and residential care communities.
07/01/2014
A new toolkit including questionnaires is now available to aid assisted living providers in benchmarking and monitoring their person-centered practices.


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