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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

01/22/2015
Other featured senior living news stories featured include "ALFA 2015: Relevance Like Never Before," "Retirement Planning Is About Family Collaboration, Conversation," and "Hospice Care Medicare Payments Skyrocket in Assisted Living."
01/15/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "New ALFA Resource: Regulatory Assessment Report," "Call for Inclusion in 2015 Largest Provider List," and "HUD Revises Reporting Guidelines for Senior Living Insurance."
01/08/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "Caring.com, SeniorHomes.com Ally for Growth," "States Grapple With Flu Outbreaks," and "Experts Unite at USC for Senior Housing Institute."

Recent Senior Living News:

01/27/2015
Researchers analyzed data among individuals age 65 and over and found an 8 percent increase in falls, or about a 30 percent rise in falls, from 1998-2010, according to new findings from the University of Michigan published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
01/27/2015
Social Security announced that it will extend field office hours nationwide beginning March 16. The Social Security Administration said field offices now will be open until 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays rather than closing at 3 p.m. Offices will continue to close to the public an noon Wednesdays to allow employees to complete work and reduce backlogs.
01/27/2015
The White House Conference on Aging is asking for senior living stories showcasing community activities and accomplishments as it helps shape the landscape for older adults in America over the next decade.
01/27/2015
Declining cognition is associated with a significant decline in financial literacy, according to a new study from the Center for Retirement Research.
01/27/2015
Voting is now open for the ALFA 2015 Hero Awards, a program recognizing individuals who are ideal representatives of the hundreds of thousands of people serving in senior living communities.
01/26/2015
Q: Who can vote for the 2014 ALFA Hero Awards? A: Anyone! Employees, friends, family members, residents, the general public, even the nominees themselves can vote.
01/23/2015
The swelling ranks of the nation’s older adults are changing the face of the nation, creating a complex array of opportunities and challenges for issues including healthcare, lifestyle choices, healthy aging, and long-term care financing. The Assisted Living Federation of America is honored to be part of the solution, offering older adults a choice in where they call home and so much more.
01/22/2015
RF Technologies®, a leading provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) healthcare safety and security solutions, announced today the release of new products for their Sensatec® Fall Management Solution, enhancing safety to patients in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities and residents in senior living communities.
01/21/2015
The Assisted Living Federation of America, which advocates for excellence in senior living, applauds President Obama’s remarks in the State of the Union speech highlighting the need to hire veterans and support working families caring for children. We hope that as a nation we can also make progress on supporting those members of our growing aging population and the families who love and care for them.
01/21/2015
ALFA has been working diligently to evolve into an organization positioned and equipped to address the long-term needs of the senior living industry. We have realigned our priorities and programs, refined our focus at the state level, and are creating high standards for excellence in senior living through long-term investments in credentialing and partnerships that create greater value for our members.
01/21/2015
The American Health Lawyers Association is hosting its Long Term Care and the Law Conference February 23-25 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel where participants will increase their knowledge of regulatory issues, learn practical information to increase operational effectiveness and understand challenges and risks for post-acute and long term care providers.
01/21/2015
Medicare payments for hospice care in assisted living communities has more than doubled in five years, totaling $2.1 billion in 2012, according to a new study from the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Inspector General.
01/21/2015
It’s a difficult and murky place many adult children and their parents find themselves when it comes to discussing end-of-life planning. Author Tim Prosch is offering a solution through a new book “The Other Talk: A Guide to Talking with Your Adult Children About the Rest of Your Life.”
01/13/2015
ALFA is collecting data for the 2015 Largest Senior Living Provider list, which appears in the March/April edition of ALFA’s Senior Living Executive magazine.
01/13/2015
The government is seeking in put on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020. The Office of the National Coordinators for Health IT is accepting public comments on a draft version of the plan.
01/13/2015
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a final rule revising the financial reporting guidelines for operators participating in the Federal Housing Administration’s program for insurance of senior living communities.
01/13/2015
ALFA has just published the 2014 Top Ten Deficiency Report, which provides a state-by-state assessment of the most common regulatory citations in senior living communities.
01/13/2015
New York is one of the most diverse states in the nation, home to broad rural regions yet housing the nation’s largest city that boasts a population of more than 8 million. As the state’s older population grows, New Yorkers and their families have been looking for greater choice and solutions in finding places for older adults to call home.
01/07/2015
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data last month showing that the flu is now widespread across the United States, although it’s unclear if this season will prove worse than prior years.
01/07/2015
Senior living online resource firms Caring.com and SeniorHomes.com have allied to ramp up their presence for sales leads. San Mateo, California-based Caring.com and Seattle-based SeniorHomes.com will continue to operate under their brand names, but will share back-end operations such as call centers.


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