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Other featured senior living news stories include "Ebola Resources: What You Need to Know," "Administration for Community Living Reorganizes, Including Elder Rights Office," and "National Quality Forum to Craft HCBS Quality Measurement Framework."
Other featured senior living news stories include "Ebola Scammers Target Older Americans, Others in Health Supplement Schemes," "Life Expectancy at Record High in United States," and "White House Unveils Conference on Aging Website."
Other featured senior living news stories include "Domestic Violence Impacts Older Americans Too," "NIH Spurs Brain Study Efforts with $46M Investments," and "Emeritus ‘Smart Store’ Empowers Staff, Reduces Cost."
Recent Senior Living News:
Alzheimer’s is a transformative, thieving disease, robbing its targets of precious memories and much more and affecting women twice as often as men. To focus more on the issues special to women when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, US Against Alzheimer’s launched the Women Against Alzheimer’s Network in earnest about two years ago.
The Administration for Community Living is reorganizing, including expanding the Office of Elder Rights to become the Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services.
The American Geriatrics Society and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have teamed up to educate healthcare providers and the public about older driver safety.
The National Quality Forum is embarking on a new two-year project to create a framework for quality measurement for residents living in a community who are supported by home and community-based services, or HCBS.
News and information about the recent Ebola virus disease outbreak in the United States is constantly changing. Here’s a roundup of helpful websites and other information to keep senior living managers up-to-date on what you need to know.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued infection prevention and control recommendations for hospitalized patients with known or suspected Ebola virus disease in U.S. hospitals and says that although this guidance focuses on the hospital setting, they are applicable to any healthcare environment.
The White House has unveiled the website for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. The site whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov includes information on the upcoming conference. The first such conference was held in 1961 with subsequent conferences in 1971, 1981, 1995 and 2005. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, the Older Americans Act as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security.
Brookdale got back to the basics with the help of PeopleSoft software. It created a basic hiring template that ALFA recognized as a Program to Spotlight in its Best of the Best awards program in 2014.
Stories and news about Ebola are omnipresent today and whenever there’s a health scare in the headlines, scammers are sure to follow close behind.
The National Center for Health Statistics has released its latest data for mortality in the United States in 2012, revealing that life expectancy has reached a record high and the 10 leading causes of death remain the same.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States and while nearly half of domestic violence victims first experience it between the ages of 18 and 24, a United Nations study estimates that 28 percent of women over the ages of 60 experience at least one form of violence and abuse.
The National Institutes of Health announced a set of investments totaling $46 million to support the goals of the BRAIN initiative, a large-scale effort to equip researchers with necessary insights for treating a variety of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and traumatic brain injury.
Emeritus Senior Living with partner Benicia, Calif.-based Fischer Group created the innovative “smart store.” As a national company that has grown partly through major acquisitions, Emeritus needed a way to ensure consistent (and consistently up-to-date) marketing materials across all of its communities and departments.
Florida ALFA has been poised for progress since its establishment in July 2012. The state is a haven for retirees who are attracted by the climate, close proximity to beaches and cost-of-living perks like no income tax. It also has a large population of Americans over 65, more than 4.25 million seniors, and it’s expected to be the home of 10 million seniors in the next 20 years. It’s a state ripe for senior living.
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department is sponsoring the development of a lower-cost, next-generation portable ventilator that could be used during a pandemic or other public health emergency.
The National Center for Health Statistics is still conducting the 2014 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), which includes a sample of residential care communities in the United States.
The Consumer Electronics Association a few years ago decided it wanted to give back to communities around the country and so created the CEA Foundation, which gives grants to organizations improving the lives of seniors and the disabled through technology.
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. New Perspective Senior Living of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, shined in the Health and Wellness category, winning for its Living Life on Purpose with the Lighthouse Dining Experience.
ALFA is now accepting nominations for the Hero Awards, Senior Living Community Leadership Award, and the Best of the Best Awards. The call for nominations will end on December 31, 2014.
Age is the biggest risk factor for forgetfulness – and this can be perfectly normal, says Dr. Thomas Loepfe, a geriatrician with the Mayo Clinic Health System. But a new study in the American Academy of Neurology is making him reconsider just how normal it is after finding that study participants reporting memory problems at the beginning of the study were more likely to have dementia later on.
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