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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:
ALFA Update: Experts and a Comedian Implore Sympathetic Senators to Keep Finances Flowing for Alzheimer’s Research
Other featured stories include "Experts Press for More Minority Participation in Clinical Trials," "Government Sees Success Combating Health-Care Fraud, "All About Alzheimer’s: News from the National Institute on Aging, an Educational Buddy Program & More," and "The $100,000 Lesson: Business Lessons from the World of Blackjack."
Other featured stories include "Senators Offer Bill to Encourage Retirement Savings," "Aging? Not a Problem, Say Americans," and "Closing the Digital Divide by Helping Seniors Get Online."
Other featured stories include "Senior Entrepreneurs Comprise Fastest-Growing Sector," "Top Pharmacies, Retailers Join Blue Button Health Initiative," and "Social Security Administration Delays Field Office Changes."
Recent Senior Living News:
Senior living communities just like all of us have to be smart shoppers. They purchase the obvious supplies that are seen and touched daily such as food, linens and cleaning supplies, but often it’s the things taken for granted that can be more complicated to procure at a good price – like electricity.
Alzheimer’s disease is nearly as lethal as the two biggest killers in the United States, according to a new study. Approximately 500,000 people died in 2010 from causes attributable to Alzheimer’s disease, which is about six times more deaths from Alzheimer’s than previously thought. The Centers for Disease Control counted about 85,000 annual Alzheimer’s-related deaths in 2011. Heart disease and cancer each account for more than 500,000 deaths annually.
The National Center for Assisted Living is asking senior living communities to complete its 2013 Vacancy, Retention and Turnover Survey. This national study collects retention, vacancy and turnover information among assisted living employees in five major job categories and 16 job positions.
ALFA and Sargent Art have launched the third annual ALFA Senior Living Art Showcase, a competition recognizing the talents of senior living residents and resident activity programs at communities across the country.
Study: Program Encouraging Transition from Institutions to the Community Progressing, but Challenges Remain
An increasing number of older adults participating in a program designed to help transition Medicaid beneficiaries living in long-term care institutions into the community are being reinstitutionalized, according to a recent study from Mathematica Policy Research.
ALFA hosted 150 executives committed to advancing excellence in senior living at the ALFA 2013 Senior Living Leadership Forum last October in Las Vegas. For two days, plus a half day of pre-conference events, senior living executives sought solutions to the biggest challenges in facing the fast-growing senior living business, forged new relationships, and left with plenty of solutions to put to work back home.
Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) asked at a hearing about Alzheimer’s funding what the National Institutes of Health is doing to encourage more participation by minorities in research efforts related to Alzheimer’s disease.
The Health and Human Services Department and the nation’s top attorney general said last week they have recovered a record-breaking $4.3 billion in taxpayer dollars in fiscal year 2013 from individuals and companies attempting to defraud federal health programs serving seniors. The government recovered $4.2 billion in FY2012.
All About Alzheimer’s: News from the National Institute on Aging, an Educational Buddy Program & More
The National Institute on Aging has released an updated version of its Alzheimer’s Disease Progress report.The initiatives, objectives, and advances detailed in the 2012-2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report seek to help meet the plan’s research goal—to effectively treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease by 2025, if not sooner.
Experts and a Comedian Implore Sympathetic Senators to Keep Finances Flowing for Alzheimer’s Research
Alzheimer’s disease can affect people at any income level said Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski at a subcommittee hearing on the rising cost of Alzheimer’s in America convening some of the nation’s top scientists, a former lawmaker who has Alzheimer’s, and a comedian.
It’s never too late to pursue a dream. Artist Candy Chang became internationally known after she put together a public art project asking people passing by an abandoned house to use a piece of chalk and on a wall complete this sentence: “Before I Die…”
The United States is ill prepared to meet current and future workforce needs for its aging adult population, according to the Eldercare Workforce Alliance.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that for the first time quality measures have been added to a website designed to help consumers research thousands of physicians and other health care professionals.
A Health and Human Services Department office this week issued proposals for the 2015 edition of electronic health record technology certification criteria.
Scientists have found when adding compounds called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, to the lifelong diets of laboratory mice, the animals developed higher amounts of beta-amyloid in the brain. Beta-amyloid can lead to the brain plaque seen in people with Alzheimer’s disease.
The detailed compensation data included in the ALFA Senior Living Compensation Survey is the largest and most broadly representative database of pay and compensation/benefits in senior living.
What’s involved in building up your career fitness? First, you have to see yourself differently and then you have to become that new person. It sounds like a lot, and I’m not going to insult you by telling you it’s not. Achieving and maintaining career fitness is a big undertaking, but it’s also the only way you have a real shot at winning your dream job.
Assisted living community directors are smart to work closely with their state’s long-term care ombudsman, cultivating that relationship and understanding a state’s specific policies and procedures relating to the ombudsman’s role.
The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a joint hearing with the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee focusing on entrepreneurism and older Americans.
Five large national pharmacy chains overseeing more than 20,000 stores have agreed to use the Blue Button health information sharing initiative started by the Veterans Affairs Department in 2010.
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