ALFA Update. Each week readers are guaranteed a variety of articles that will help you better understand forces shaping the senior living business, affecting seniors and their families, and raising the bar for operational excellence. *The ALFA Update electronic newsletter is a free resource. Subscribe to ALFA Update e-newsletter or subscribe to news RSS feed.
Weekly ALFA Update Archives:
Other featured senior living news stories include "Bipartisan Think Tank to Examine Long-Term Care Issues," "ALFA Urges NRLB to Keep Current Union Election Rules," "Webinar: Helping Future Residents Find the Right Community," and "Voting Open for Senior Art Showcase Competition."
Other featured senior living news stories include "Celebrate Seniors in May - Older Americans Month," "Hospice Organizations Invited to Try New Medicare Model," "Mature Media Awards Accepting Nominations," and "Learn More About ALFAPAC via Webinar This Week."
Other featured senior living news stories include "House Panel Chairman Kline Outlines Key Issues for ALFA Roundtable," "New Tools Curb Medicare Fraud, But Problems Persist," and "ALFA Urges Members to Ask Senators to Sign Alzheimer's Funding Letter."
Recent Senior Living News:
With more than double the executive-level educational sessions of previous years, the ALFA 2014 Conference & Expo is a greater value than ever before. Senior living professionals who register by April 25 will enjoy a special discounted rate.
An exhilarating yet heartbreaking moment in CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley’s career was when she strode on stage to moderate a 2012 presidential debate. It’s heart-racing to fulfill such an important role but heartbreaking when the last thought she had as she crossed the stage was “mom will never remember this.”
The Assisted Living Federation of America filed comments last week with the National Labor Relations Board opposing a proposed rule that would shorten the length of time between the filing of a union election petition and the actual election.
Voting for artwork entered into ALFA’s 2014 Senior Living Art Showcase is now open. Eligible entries that best embody the theme have been uploaded onto ALFA’s Facebook page for voting through April 22. Artists and staff are encouraged to tell their friends and family to vote online by clicking “like” next to the photo of their artwork.
Some families begin to look for assisted living communities as a place for mom or dad to call home within a timeline of a few weeks while others may spend years researching the right spot. “Assisted living communities need to realize this and reach out to families in different ways,” said Kate Roper, Caring.com’s vice president of sales. “It’s important to establish relationships with both seniors and their adult children.”
The Bipartisan Policy Center last week launched a new initiative to find a politically and fiscally viable way to improve the financing and delivery of long-term care.
Assisted living communities remain one of the most cost-effective choices when searching for long-term care solutions, according to a new study conducted by CareScout for long-term care insurer Genworth.
The National Mature Media Awards has opened the nomination process for the nation’s largest awards program annually recognizing the best marketing, communications, educational materials and programs for adults age 50 and older.
Medicare soon will reimburse hospices offering palliative care and providers offering curative services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently announced. Under the current system, a beneficiary must stop curative treatments to use Medicare’s hospice benefit.
A shared purpose brought you and your organization to ALFA, and a unified voice is a compelling tool for advocates like you. ALFA strives to provide clear avenues to lead you toward becoming a more effective advocate. We realize that without you our cause becomes diluted and disappears among the din of the other 1.3 million associations vying to be heard.
May is Older Americans Month recognizing older Americans for their contributions and to provide them with information to help them stay healthy and active. This year’s theme is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”
Senior living was on a roll in 2013 and ALFA’s Senior Living Executive magazine once again offers its annual look at the largest senior living providers.
Members of ALFA’s Human Resources Roundtable met with the chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce to exchange ideas and discuss key issues affecting senior living communities.
Fruits like strawberries and mangoes containing flavonol fisetin may protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease, a new study shows. Research from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies shows that mice that had been genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer’s retained their normal cognitive skills when they were fed fisetin.
Co-chairs of the Senate Alzheimer’s Task Force are urging fellow senators to sign on to their letter asking the Appropriations Committee to support research for Alzheimer’s disease and related caregiver programs in a key 2015 appropriations bill.
Despite some improvement and fraud-fighting tools used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the country is still losing as much as $90 billion annually to Medicare fraud, according to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), the chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
End of life planning can be one of the most difficult discussions to have for any family, but deciding about that care when you are healthy can help those close to you when the time comes to make certain choices.
A new wave of tech start-ups seeks to provide products and services helpful to seniors and their caregivers, PBS NewsHour reports. It’s a potential billion-dollar business that has barely been touched.
A protein may hold the key to who gets Alzheimer’s, reports The New York Times, and it may have to do with stress.
Diane Doumas has been named interim Executive Director for the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living, a collaborative of 11 diverse national organizations representing consumers, providers and stakeholders.
"Even though I manage an independent senior community, I enjoy reading your ALFA newsletters. I find informative and pertinent issues that are of interest to me as well as my senior residents. Thank you".
ALFA Update Newsletter
The ALFA Update electronic newsletter is free to members and non-members and features senior living news and updates from the national office every week.
Twitter is a free social messaging utility for staying connected in real-time. Follow ALFA and Follow ALFA CEO, Rick Grimes to get the latest assisted living news online or delivered right to your iPhone or other hand-held electronic device! A message sent on Twitter is called a tweet. Use the tweet it button to tweet about the specific article you read.
ALFA on Facebook
Become a Fan of ALFA on Facebook to stay up to date with events, and senior living discussions. ALFA.org/Facebook.
GET LinkedIn with ALFA
ALFA on Flickr
Check out photos from a host of Assisted Living Federation of America events, initiatives, and advocacy activities. Comment on content and post the most relevant images to your own social media and communication venues.