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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

03/04/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "Third-Party Providers Work With Senior Living to Improve Resident Care," "Study: Today’s Average Retirement Age Same as a Decade Ago," and "Issue Brief: How CBOs Can Adapt to Growing Aging Population."
02/25/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "ALFA Lauds Senate Efforts to Combat Financial Exploitation of Older Adults," "Just Say Om. Americans Embrace Mind, Body Approaches to Health," and "New Long-Term Care State Data Available from CDC."
02/19/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "ALFA Calls for Volunteers and Unveils a Chance to Win Big in Tampa," "Report: The Top 10 Most Expensive States for Assisted Living," and "Report: Alzheimer’s Disease Costs Could Soar Past $1 Trillion."

Recent Senior Living News:

03/03/2015
Scientists have found evidence of the amyloid protein found in Alzheimer’s disease in the brains of people as young as 20. Amyloid is normal in the brain and is an antioxidant promoting the brain’s ability to remain adaptable by forming new connections and reinforcing old ones, especially memories. However, the amyloid proteins start to clump together in some people, forming sticky masses in the brain that interfere with normal nerve function.
03/03/2015
Today’s average retirement ages of 64 for men and 62 for women are about the same where they were a decade ago, suggesting that some factors spurring the trend toward working longer since the 1980s may have exhausted themselves, according to new research from the Center for Retirement Research.
03/03/2015
ALFA recently published the 2014 Top Ten Deficiency Report, which provides a state-by-state assessment of the most common regulatory citations in senior living communities.
03/03/2015
The National Coalition on Care Coordination recently published an issue brief “Building the Business Case: Community Organizations Responding to the Changing Healthcare Environment for Aging Populations.” The brief reviews how community-based organizations can successfully adapt to changes in the healthcare and social service sectors to better meet the needs of the growing aging population.
03/03/2015
The senior living industry has an opportunity to work collaboratively with hospitals, especially as it relates to post-acute care for older adults, writes John Manasso in Senior Living Executive’s “Post-Acute Care Collaboration.” Companies such as Silverado, for example, which has a hospital readmission rate of 0.7 percent, could dovetail nicely into the business plan of a hospital with a high readmission rate.
03/01/2015
ALFA is redesigning its website to make it easier for you to use, and we’re asking for your feedback. Please take our 10 minute survey now.
02/24/2015
This year marks ALFA's 25th Anniversary! Twenty-five years of stories, laughter, inspiration and learning as a team. Share the moments that have helped define your passion for senior living, using hashtag #ALFA25!
02/24/2015
ALFA recently submitted a statement for the record related to a hearing on financial exploitation of seniors before a U.S. Senate committee, outlining its interest in stemming this growing epidemic.
02/24/2015
The Centers for Disease Control has released new state web tables using data from its National Study of Long-Term Care Providers conducted in 2012.
02/24/2015
The number of Americans using mind and body approaches to improve health and well-being remains high, according to new data gathered from a National Institutes of Health questionnaire administered every five years.
02/24/2015
The Administration for Community Living has announced a new funding opportunity for the Senior Medicare Patrol program project cooperative agreements.
02/19/2015
The Assisted Living Federation of America, which advocates for excellence in senior living, commends the Senate Special Committee on Aging for its efforts to highlight the growing epidemic of financial exploitation of seniors.
02/18/2015
The Administration for Community Living is seeking to strengthen the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs with a new rule due to prior “significant inconsistency among states in the quality of ombudsman services provided to residents.”
02/18/2015
The National Mature Media Awards has opened the nomination process for its 2015 competition (PDF) recognizing outstanding marketing, communications, educational materials and programs for adults age 50 and older.
02/18/2015
A new report from the Alzheimer’s Association focusing on the financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States cautions that costs could soar to more than $1 trillion by 2050.
02/18/2015
A new study crunching assisted living data lists the top 10 most expensive states with Washington, DC, topping the list. Washington is followed by New Jersey, Alaska, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New York, Delaware and Hawaii.
02/09/2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has revised some guidance to nursing facilities, now requiring hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training.
02/09/2015
In 2014, states across the country passed legislation and implemented regulations affecting assisted living providers. Do you know what changed in your state? Stay up to date on your state’s requirements through ALFA’s 2014 State Regulatory & Legislative Report.
02/09/2015
The Connecticut Assisted Living Association expands member value by creating fresh approaches to spreading the word about senior living, such as a partnership with a major media outlet and creating an education affiliate, the Institute for Senior Living Education.
02/06/2015
The National Council on Aging’s Institute of Senior Centers has partnered with the Music Performance Trust Fund and the Film Fund to provide grants for up to 500 live music performances at senior centers across the United States.


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