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02/10/2016
Other featured senior living news stories include "White House Proposes $28M Increase in ACL Budget for 2017," "Study: Meeting the Dietary Needs of Older Adults," and "Analysis: Cost of Long Term Care Insurance Drops."
02/04/2016
Other featured senior living news stories include "CBO Study: Medicare Enrollment Skyrocketing as Nation Ages," "NIH Unveils Public Campaign on Link Between Heart, Brain Health," "Flu Transmission Risk High at Super Bowl Parties," and "Argentum Unveils Professional Standards for Senior Living Industry."
01/27/2016
Other featured senior living news stories include "FDA Encourages Medical Device Manufacturers to Mitigate Cybersecurity Risk," "Senator: Seniors and Caregivers Must Be Alert to Tax Scams," and "Social Security Policy Negatively Impacts Older Women."

Recent Senior Living News:

02/09/2016
The senior living industry will need to recruit 1.2 million new employees by 2025 and must be poised to create working environments and career paths attractive for these workers, according to the new Argentum report “Getting to 2025: A Roadmap for the Senior Living Industry."
02/09/2016
The White House has requested a $2.076 billion 2017 budget for the Administration for Community Living, an increase of $28.4 million over the FY 2016 actual budget.
02/09/2016
The Institute of Medicine has released a brief about meeting the dietary needs of older adults, examining the need for new paradigms to meet their needs and by examining the meaning of “healthy aging.”
02/09/2016
A couple in their 60s can expect to pay between 7 to 10 percent less in 2016 when purchasing long term care insurance (PDF) when compared to a year ago, according to the American Association for Long-Term Care Insurance.
02/05/2016
Today's job hunter should likewise focus on one thing: networking. Will you think about its importance for your current and future career? While nobody can predict with certainty which career will be right for you, it is a pretty sure bet that you'll find it and progress over time if you develop your networking skills.
02/03/2016
While there’s no single solution to address the growing appetite for affordable long-term services and supports that would be politically or financially tenable, a series of programmatic changes could help, according to a new report from the Bipartisan Policy Center.
02/03/2016
The Congressional Budget Office recently released projections showing Medicare enrollment is expected to grow by more than 30 percent within the next 10 years, concurrently with an increase in the number of the nation’s older adults.
02/03/2016
The National Institutes of Health has launched a public health campaign on the link between hypertension and cognitive decline and dementia.
02/03/2016
Be sure to wash your hands on Sunday before any high-fives at a Super Bowl party, says a Cornell University economist who found that geographical areas that have an NFL team advance to the Super Bowl experienced an 18 percent increase in flu-related deaths among adults over 65.
02/03/2016
Eating more seafood is not linked to a likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease and in fact may help in preventing cognitive decline, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The concern had been raised due to the high level of mercury found in fish. The study examined the donated brains of 286 deceased individuals who reported their dietary habits in the years before their death.
02/03/2016
Argentum has announced a key first step in defining a model for quality and accountability in senior living by introducing a first generation of quality standards.
01/29/2016
What do Ralph Lauren, Larry Ellison, Julian Robertson, Jay Chiat, Bill Walsh, George Lucas, Bob Noyce, Lorne Michaels, and Mary Kay Ash have in common? Certainly all of them are known for being talented and successful—even legendary—in their respective fields. All have reputations as innovators who pioneered new business models, products, or services that created billions of dollars in value. But there’s one thing that distinguishes...
01/26/2016
Four years into a grant program enabling states to implement background check programs for long-term care employees, a new government study has found the 25 participating states have achieved varying levels of program implementation.
01/26/2016
The Food and Drug Administration has issued draft guidance for managing cybersecurity vulnerabilities for marketed medical devices, encouraging manufacturers to address cybersecurity throughout a product’s lifecycle.
01/26/2016
The chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging has issued a statement reminding seniors and their families of persistent scams during tax season.
01/26/2016
Earlier claiming of Social Security benefits by men and women has detrimental effects on widowed seniors, particularly.
01/26/2016
The Administration for Community Living is hosting a webinar next month “Translating Evidence-Based Practices to Community Settings for People Aging with Disabilities and their Caregivers: Gaps and Opportunities.”
01/22/2016
The January buzz is New Year's resolutions. But this can get old fast as you recall past years and unfulfilled resolutions. You may ask yourself what the point is in making resolutions when you know that you won't satisfy them. Stop right there. It's time to change that mindset.
01/20/2016
Argentum is conducting a survey to better understand issues, events, and developments that will shape the senior living industry in 2025. The first phase of this research initiative was an open-ended questionnaire, offering respondents a chance to raise any and all issues they believe will be important to the senior living industry in 2025.
01/20/2016
A Utah lawmaker is reviving a bill that would permit residents of assisted living communities, or their representatives, to install cameras in their rooms but the issue raises privacy concerns for residents and visitors, reports the Deseret News.


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