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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

12/19/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "Report Highlights Most Common Disability Among Older Adults, Where They Live," "CFPB: Medical Debt Hurting Consumer Credit," and "2 Weeks Remaining to Enter the 2015 ALFA Awards."
12/10/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "SeniorAdvisor.com Celebrates Communities With Top Online Reviews," "New England Addresses Aging Issues," and "Meet Co-Robots – Robots That Work Cooperatively With People."
12/04/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "NIC: Assisted Living, Seniors Housing in Peak Demand and Keep an Eye on Houston," "Holiday Hints: Alzheimer’s Caregiving Tips from the National Institute on Aging," and "Best of the Best: Life Gets Better at the Beach."

Recent Senior Living News:

12/23/2014
The Administration for Community Living has unveiled its theme for Older Americans Month this May - “Get Into the Act.” The annual event recognizes older adults for their contributions to the United States. “In honor of this upcoming 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, we are focused on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others,” according to the ACL website.
12/18/2014
On December 15, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a final rule amending its representation case (i.e., election) procedures. The so-called “quickie elections” procedures will take effect on April 14, 2015.
12/17/2014
ALFA’s annual awards program is now open for nominations, but the window is closing fast. Please consider nominating your most innovative people, processes and ideas for the recognition they deserve. The call for nominations closes Dec. 31 (no extension).
12/17/2014
The first 90 days after move-in is a period of ongoing adjustment and mixed emotions for residents and families. It’s also a critical opportunity to leverage the relationship with the family into an enduring long-term partnership.
12/17/2014
Medical debt has a significant impact on consumer credit, with 43 million Americans having overdue medical debt on their credit cards, prompting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to take action in this area.
12/17/2014
The future of disability among older American adults will be affected by how the United States prepares for and manages a complex array of fiscal, medical, technological and other developments that will unfold in the next several decades, according to authors of a new study from the National Institute on Aging.
12/10/2014
SeniorAdvisor.com, a website showcasing thousands of families’ reviews of assisted living, memory care communities, retirement communities and other senior living homes, unveiled its Best of 2015 Awards this week.
12/09/2014
Legacy Retirement Communities of Lincoln, NE, does not build relationships with potential customers by inviting them to a prospect luncheon or traditional open house. In their experience, such events often entail expensive advertising and draw too few takers.
12/09/2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a long-term care toolkit with resources for senior living communities to provide access to flu vaccines for their workforce. It’s also designed to help employers in long-term care understand the importance of the flu vaccine for employees.
12/09/2014
A new robot research project hopes to provide a solution for people who have limited hand functionality and who rely on wheelchairs for mobility. Researchers hope to create a system and chair that can be controlled by a user’s head movements and would be designed to adapt to an individual user.
12/09/2014
New Hampshire recently hosted a conference to address aging issues in New England, attended by political and civic leaders from Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
12/04/2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an official health advisory due to the high frequency in the United States of the H3N2 virus, which in the past has led to higher overall hospitalization rates especially among older adults, very young children and people with certain chronic medical conditions.
12/03/2014
Country Meadows Retirement Communities based in Hershey, Pa., took home top honors in the category of Resident and Family Engagement in 2014. Moving from a long-time family home to a retirement community can be a huge adjustment. One of the aspects of their former lives that Country Meadows Retirement Communities residents say they miss most is taking a vacation far from home.
12/03/2014
The National Institute on Aging offers holiday hints for caregivers of those who have Alzheimer’s disease. The tip sheet is available as an eBook and as a PDF. Information also is available in the publication Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging.
12/03/2014
Most people with dementia never have screening, according to a new study published in the online issue of Neurology. “These results suggest that approximately 1.8 million Americans over the age of 70 with dementia have never had an evaluation of their cognitive abilities,” said study author Vikas Kotagal of the University of Michigan Health System.
12/03/2014
Assisted living communities experienced occupancy levels of 89.4 percent, the best showing since late 2007, according to the National Investment Center’s top economist.
12/03/2014
The Assisted Living Federation of America welcomes new President and CEO James Balda to its team, effective mid-January.
11/25/2014
The Arbor Company in Atlanta, Ga., took home the top prize in the Dining category in 2014 for its Dining with Dignity program. Dining with DignityFavorite foods that once were forbidden are now back on the menu for residents of Arbor Terrace’s Engaged Living memory care program who cannot easily manage utensils or swallow solid foods.
11/25/2014
Mark Hemingway steeled himself for what he might see on a trip to Vietnam to tour a senior living and orphan campus, paying his own way on invitation from a Texas church that discovered his background in senior living and had briefed him on what to expect in this charitable adventure.
11/25/2014
ALFA’s annual awards program is now open for nominations, but the window is closing fast. Please consider nominating your most innovative people, processes and ideas for the recognition they deserve. The call for nominations closes Dec. 31.


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