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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

09/24/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include: "Institute of Medicine Says End-of-Life Care Must Be National Priority," "Emergency Room Patients Confused by Contact Information Requests," and "Best of the Best Awards Accepting Nominations Next Week."
09/17/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "New Resources Available in Fight Against Elder Abuse," "Study: Nearly Half of Medicare Beneficiaries Have Difficulty with Daily Activities," and "Long-Term Care Communities Now Able to Collect Unwanted Prescription Drugs."
09/11/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "Independent Living Communities Now Eligible for EPA Energy Star Certification," "National Health Care Expenditures Expected to Grow Due to Expanded Coverage, Stronger Economy," and "ALFA Best of the Best Awards Nominations Open October 1."

Recent Senior Living News:

10/01/2014
The National Center for Health Statistics is still conducting the 2014 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), which includes a sample of residential care communities in the United States.
10/01/2014
The Consumer Electronics Association a few years ago decided it wanted to give back to communities around the country and so created the CEA Foundation, which gives grants to organizations improving the lives of seniors and the disabled through technology.
10/01/2014
ALFA’s Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative products, services and programs advancing excellence in senior living, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. New Perspective Senior Living of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, shined in the Health and Wellness category, winning for its Living Life on Purpose with the Lighthouse Dining Experience.
10/01/2014
ALFA is now accepting nominations for the Hero Awards, Senior Living Community Leadership Award, and the Best of the Best Awards. The call for nominations will end on December 31, 2014.
10/01/2014
Age is the biggest risk factor for forgetfulness – and this can be perfectly normal, says Dr. Thomas Loepfe, a geriatrician with the Mayo Clinic Health System. But a new study in the American Academy of Neurology is making him reconsider just how normal it is after finding that study participants reporting memory problems at the beginning of the study were more likely to have dementia later on.
09/29/2014
4th Annual Retirement Living World China 2014, the longest-running and most influential senior living and aged care industry gathering in China, will be held from 21 to 24 October in Shanghai, China.
09/23/2014
An alarmingly high 95 percent of emergency room patients mistake their emergency contact as their designated medical decision maker for end-of-life care, according to a new study by Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital.
09/23/2014
Learn more about crafting a state plan to address Alzheimer’s disease through a free webinar discussion of the new white paper, From Plan to Practice: Implementing the National Alzheimer’s Plan in Your State.
09/23/2014
A person-centered, family-oriented approach honoring individual preferences and promoting quality of life through the end of life should be a national priority, says a new report from the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine.
09/23/2014
ALFA’s Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative products, services and programs advancing excellence in senior living, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. Seattle-based Emeritus Senior Living was recognized as a program to spotlight for its partnership with New York-based Memory Training Centers of America.
09/23/2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is embarking on a vigorous campaign this flu season, specifically focusing on increasing the number of flu vaccinations for staff at long-term care communities who traditionally show a low vaccination rate compared to other health care professionals.
09/16/2014
Long-term care communities now will be able to better assist in the disposal of prescription drugs belonging to current or former residents with the announcement of a new Drug Enforcement Administration regulation.
09/16/2014
Strategies are needed to improve community-based long-term care services and supports to aid older adults and their informal caregivers, say researchers after finding that nearly half of elderly Medicare beneficiaries have difficulty performing daily activities without assistance or receive help with such activities.
09/16/2014
Falls Prevention Awareness Day is just next week, aptly celebrated on the first day of fall this year – September 23. This year’s theme is “Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow” and seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.
09/16/2014
ALFA’s Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative products, services and programs advancing excellence in senior living, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. Brookdale of Brentwood, Tenn., took the winning spot in the 2014 Sales and Marketing category for its national advertising campaign and brand activation.
09/16/2014
The U.S. Justice Department has published an online resource to report elder abuse, the Elder Justice website.
09/09/2014
The United States is not prepared to meet the housing needs of its aging population, says a new study from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation.
09/09/2014
Independent living communities are now eligible to apply for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star accreditation, joining assisted living and nursing homes.
09/09/2014
Health care spending is expected to grow this year and immediately beyond thanks to the combined effects of new federal health law, faster economic growth and the nation’s aging population, according to a new report published in Health Affairs.
09/09/2014
Residents of Emeritus’ Vinings community in Atlanta were the lucky recipients of a lobster bake provided by Life Care Funding early this month. The Maine-based financial firm hosted a contest with the prize of 100 live lobsters delivered to the senior living winner, whose name was drawn randomly from entrants.


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