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Other featured senior living news stories include "Senior Living Art Showcase Open for Submissions," "Last Week for Early Discounts for ALFA’s Conference & Expo," and "Study: Baby Boomers Not Healthier Than Other Generations."
Other featured senior living news stories include "Call for Participation in Seniors Housing Survey," "Share Your Passion for Senior Living with ALFA," and "Study: U.S. Needs to Face Implications of an Aging Society."
Other featured senior living news stories include "ALFA Comments on Proposed Rules from Veterans Affairs," "Harvard University Honors Wisconsin Assisted Living Group," and "Public-Private Partnership Speeds Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery."
Recent Senior Living News:
Pick any metric – occupancy, acquisition, inventory, new investments - and the end result is that senior living was hot in 2014, according to an analysis of the largest senior living providers from Senior Living Executive magazine.
The Assisted Living Federation of America in partnership with Sargent Art is excited to launch the 4th Annual 2015 ALFA and Sargent Art Senior Living Art Showcase, a competition recognizing the tremendous talent of senior living residents and the powerful resident activity programs at senior living communities across the country.
It’s that time of year again to invest in your professional development. Register for the ALFA 2015 Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida and collaborate with thought leaders to advance quality care and services for seniors and their families. ALFA members save $150 per registration through March 27.
The National Council on Aging has announced this year’s theme for Falls Prevention Awareness Day, “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls.”
Baby boomers are not necessarily healthier than previous generations, according to a new study published in the health policy journal Milbank Quarterly. While the generation overall has better education, higher income and lower smoking rates, they also have the negative impact of increasing obesity and related health problems.
The overall retention rate for assisted living staff was just over 73.1 percent in 2013 with a median turnover rate at 24.2 percent, showing improvements from the 2012 data, according the National Center for Assisted Living’s Vacancy, Retention & Turnover Survey.
Alzheimer’s Disease International has released a new report “Dementia Friendly Communities,” focusing on global examples of neighborhoods, towns, cities and countries that seek to preserve the safety and well-being of those living with dementia and empower members of the community to celebrate the capabilities of those with dementia.
2015 marks ALFA's 25th Anniversary! 25 years of stories, laughter, inspiration and learning as a team. Share the moments that have helped define your passion for senior living, using hashtag #ALFA25!
Policy needs and implications of an aging society must be addressed through restructured workplace policies, more efficient public spending to accommodate the demographic shift, provide for the healthcare and retirement income security needs of older adults, and review patterns of ageist discrimination.
Harvard University’s School of Government has recognized the Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living as part of its 2015 Bright Ideas Program recognizing programs in all levels of government that are at the forefront of innovative action.
ALFA recently commented on proposed rules from the Veterans Administration on its Aid and Attendance benefit. ALFA members are honored to currently serve thousands of veterans and their spouses in our assisted and memory care communities. Those veterans who benefit from the VA A & A program have enriched lives through the opportunity to live in a social environment that provides the needed assistance with activities of daily living and enriched quality of care and quality of life.
ALFA has begun its fifth annual call for short films on ageism. Many older adults are mentally and physically active well into their 80s and 90s and have a great deal to contribute to society. However, societal norms frequently marginalize older adults, treat them with disrespect, generalize them, and make them feel unwelcome.
ALFA encourages the long-term care community to participate in the 2015 State of Seniors Housing Survey, a project that has captured and widely disseminated financial performance data for senior housing communities since 1992.
The National Institutes of Health and partner groups have embarked on a new data portal to speed Alzheimer’s disease drug discovery.
Scientists have found evidence of the amyloid protein found in Alzheimer’s disease in the brains of people as young as 20. Amyloid is normal in the brain and is an antioxidant promoting the brain’s ability to remain adaptable by forming new connections and reinforcing old ones, especially memories. However, the amyloid proteins start to clump together in some people, forming sticky masses in the brain that interfere with normal nerve function.
Today’s average retirement ages of 64 for men and 62 for women are about the same where they were a decade ago, suggesting that some factors spurring the trend toward working longer since the 1980s may have exhausted themselves, according to new research from the Center for Retirement Research.
The National Coalition on Care Coordination recently published an issue brief “Building the Business Case: Community Organizations Responding to the Changing Healthcare Environment for Aging Populations.” The brief reviews how community-based organizations can successfully adapt to changes in the healthcare and social service sectors to better meet the needs of the growing aging population.
The senior living industry has an opportunity to work collaboratively with hospitals, especially as it relates to post-acute care for older adults, writes John Manasso in Senior Living Executive’s “Post-Acute Care Collaboration.” Companies such as Silverado, for example, which has a hospital readmission rate of 0.7 percent, could dovetail nicely into the business plan of a hospital with a high readmission rate.
ALFA recently published the 2014 Top Ten Deficiency Report, which provides a state-by-state assessment of the most common regulatory citations in senior living communities.
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