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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:
Featured senior living news stories include "Study Links Poor Vision to Impaired Balance, Increased Risk of Falls," "Hypoglycemic Event Doubles Dementia Risk in Diabetic Seniors," and "Register Now For ALFA’s Free Webinar On Elder Abuse Prevention & Detection."
Featured senior living news stories include "Trustees Report Forecasts Medicare, Social Security Solvency," "Investing in Mobile Technology Isn’t Optional for Senior Living," and "Highly Educated Individuals with Alzheimer’s Function Better Than Peers."
Featured senior living news stories include "EEOC Background Check Guidance Questioned by Congress," "2013 Senior Health Rankings Highlight Health Problems of Aging Population," and "15 Percent of Seniors Live in Poverty, Analysis Finds."
Recent Senior Living News:
The Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services has released an updated version of its National Plan to Address Alzheimer's Disease. The revision outlines progress made towards accomplishing the goals set last year, and includes new and updated action steps.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) gave final approval for the state’s request to amend the 1115 waiver demonstration. The amendment allows the state to implement a new model of managed care to all counties in Florida and will require managed care for certain populations.
In honor of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, Emeritus at Lake Ridge fought ageism by showcasing examples of the variety of skills and talents that make seniors an asset to society. The community’s celebration of resident engagement and talent was a part of larger initiative championed by ALFA that aims to redefine the way society views aging and older adults.
For Tim Buchanan, the Oklahoma tornadoes were more than just grisly pictures on CNN. As CEO of Legend Senior Living, he saw Jefferson Gardens in Edmond, Oklahoma, lose power. Asbury Village in Coffeyville, Kansas, took significant hail damage, with many windows broken out.
ALFA is proud to announce the upcoming launch of the ALFA Print Shop, a valuable new resource designed exclusively for ALFA member organizations. Register before July 31, 2013, and you can receive a complimentary order of brochures.
The 2013 ALFA Senior Living Compensation Survey is open to assisted living, independent living, skilled nursing care and convalescent care companies. The data collected will only be shared with participating companies and will offer powerful information on the national and local compensation marketplace for the senior living industry.
A new study has found that individuals with visual impairment have a significantly greater risk of suffering from poor balance, a contributing factor in falls among older adults.
A prospective study reveals that older adults with diabetes who had experienced an occurrence of hypoglycemia were twice as likely to develop dementia later in life. The study also found that older diabetics who had already developed dementia were nearly three times more likely to experience a severe hypoglycemic event.
Most assisted living employees received pay raises and were more likely to stay in their jobs last year, according to the 2012-2013 Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report.
Senior living providers are actively seeking ways to make sure employees can provide residents the best care in the most efficient way possible, and they’re finding equipping front-line staff with mobile technology is essential to achieve that sweet spot.
The 2013 Old Age, Survivors and Disability Insurance Program (OASDI) Trustees report has estimated that the Hospital Insurance Trust Fund, which pays Medicare's hospital costs, will become insolvent in 2026, two years later than last year’s projection. They also reported that Social Security will become insolvent in 2033, the same estimation reached in 2012.
A new study has found that highly educated individuals with Alzheimer’s can cope better with the disease thanks to cognitive reserves presumably built up from years of performing complex intellectual activities.
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An analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that 15 percent of seniors in America live below the poverty line, much higher than the previous 9 percent previously reported. The state-by-state snapshot reveals senior poverty rates as high as 26 percent (Washington, D.C.) and as low as 8 percent (Iowa).
A new national report analyzing the health status of seniors in the United States finds a nationwide increase in rates of obesity, diabetes and other chronic diseases. The report also compares senior health status state-by-state to determine the healthiest areas of the country.
The Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) discussed the commission’s priorities and policies, including recently released guidance pertaining to the use of criminal background checks, at a hearing conducted in the House of Representatives.
Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced a bill to reauthorize and improve the Older Americans Act which supports critical programs for seniors. The legislation includes provisions to help seniors include improved job training services for seniors, expanded support for caregivers and added protections against elder abuse.
The United Kingdom announced its plan to use its Presidency of the G8 – the international body comprised of the world's eight wealthiest Western countries – to spearhead a new collaborative approach to address Alzheimer's and dementia by advancing dementia research.
On Monday, May 20, 2013 Gov. Peter Shulmin signed into law the Patient Choice and Control at End of Life Act, a bill that allows doctors to prescribe a lethal dose of medication to terminally ill individuals who request it and can administer it themselves.
The Advisory Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care, and Services met on Monday, April 29, to hear presentations from international partners on their efforts to address Alzheimer's disease. Videos and other meeting files are now available for public viewing.
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