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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

09/17/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "New Resources Available in Fight Against Elder Abuse," "Study: Nearly Half of Medicare Beneficiaries Have Difficulty with Daily Activities," and "Long-Term Care Communities Now Able to Collect Unwanted Prescription Drugs."
09/11/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "Independent Living Communities Now Eligible for EPA Energy Star Certification," "National Health Care Expenditures Expected to Grow Due to Expanded Coverage, Stronger Economy," and "ALFA Best of the Best Awards Nominations Open October 1."
09/04/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "Health Expert Lee Talks to NIC About Senior Housing Trends and the Future of Health Care," "FDA Releases Plan to Improve Data on Ethnic, Minority Subgroups," "All About Alzheimer’s: Mindfulness Training, Down Syndrome and Smart Sensors," and "Member Blog Roundup: Roommates, WWII Pilot, and Gypsy the Gray Parrot."

Recent Senior Living News:

09/16/2014
The U.S. Justice Department has published an online resource to report elder abuse, the Elder Justice website.
09/16/2014
Falls Prevention Awareness Day is just next week, aptly celebrated on the first day of fall this year – September 23. This year’s theme is “Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow” and seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.
09/16/2014
ALFA’s Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative products, services and programs advancing excellence in senior living, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. Brookdale of Brentwood, Tenn., took the winning spot in the 2014 Sales and Marketing category for its national advertising campaign and brand activation.
09/16/2014
Long-term care communities now will be able to better assist in the disposal of prescription drugs belonging to current or former residents with the announcement of a new Drug Enforcement Administration regulation.
09/16/2014
Strategies are needed to improve community-based long-term care services and supports to aid older adults and their informal caregivers, say researchers after finding that nearly half of elderly Medicare beneficiaries have difficulty performing daily activities without assistance or receive help with such activities.
09/09/2014
The United States is not prepared to meet the housing needs of its aging population, says a new study from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation.
09/09/2014
Independent living communities are now eligible to apply for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star accreditation, joining assisted living and nursing homes.
09/09/2014
Health care spending is expected to grow this year and immediately beyond thanks to the combined effects of new federal health law, faster economic growth and the nation’s aging population, according to a new report published in Health Affairs.
09/09/2014
ALFA’s Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative products, services and programs advancing excellence in senior living, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. We invite members to share their insights, the challenges they face and the solutions created to dissolve them by visiting alfa.org/best.
09/09/2014
Residents of Emeritus’ Vinings community in Atlanta were the lucky recipients of a lobster bake provided by Life Care Funding early this month. The Maine-based financial firm hosted a contest with the prize of 100 live lobsters delivered to the senior living winner, whose name was drawn randomly from entrants.
09/02/2014
Health care is starting to organize around meeting resident needs instead of producing transactions such as doctor’s visits or surgical procedures, according to health care expert Dr. Thomas Lee.
09/02/2014
Training in “mindfulness,” which is learning how to focus on the present moment, could help improve the emotional wellbeing of those with early-stage dementia caused by Alzheimer’s as well as their caregivers, according to a new study reported by CBS News. P
09/02/2014
The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Protection Bureau is launching in early September a campaign designed to spur older Americans and their social networks to start talking about scams.
09/02/2014
The Food and Drug Administration has announced it plans to take concerted efforts to improve the collection and availability of clinical trial data on individuals divided by sex, race/ethnicity and age after considerable feedback from patient advocacy groups, health professionals and others.
09/02/2014
Sunrise Senior Living’s blog takes a look at a study finding older women prefer roommates. Women over the age of 65 are more likely to prefer a community or shared household as opposed to living alone - but the majority of older women do not desire living with a romantic partner.
08/26/2014
A top ALFA priority is to monitor legislative and regulatory activity throughout the states. By keeping a close watch on state activity, ALFA is able to advocate for meaningful laws and regulations while trying to prevent passage of reform that would negatively impact members and their residents.
08/26/2014
The U.S Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Inspector General operates a hotline accepting tips and complaints from healthcare professionals, family members, senior living residents and others about potential fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in HHS programs.
08/26/2014
Three new National Institutes of Health research awards totaling more than $19 million over five years will address the growing proportion of the U.S. population having multiple chronic medical conditions.
08/26/2014
In the last fiscal year, the United States Postal Inspection Service obtained more than 400 arrests and 410 convictions nationwide, and most of those schemes disproportionately targeted older Americans, a postal official said at an Indiana field hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
08/26/2014
Physician turnover remains high as more physicians retire, according to a new survey from the American Medical Group Association.


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