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Other featured senior living news stories include "Justice Department Offers New Guidance on Service Animals," "Uber Rolls Out Pilot Programs to Engage Older Adults," and "White House Launches Aging.gov."
Other featured senior living news stories include "State of the Industry 2016: An ALFA Provider Member Survey," "Poll: Most Americans 40-Plus Do Not Feel Prepared for Long-Term Care," and "Senators Ask GAO for Assisted Living Medicaid Investigation."
Other featured senior living news stories include "White House Conference on Aging Offers Ways to Get Involved," "Senator Questions FDA on Fraudulent Alzheimer’s Supplements," and "Study: Baby Boomers Shift the Homeownership Landscape."

Recent Senior Living News:

As Alzheimer’s becomes more prevalent among the nation’s older adults, senior living communities are creating innovative ways to create nurturing environments that support, inspire and enhance quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones.
The National Institutes of Health presented a special budget this week for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to the Health and Human Services Department, outlining the best approach NIH would take if it had no financial limitations in seeking a cure for these dementias.
Medicare’s hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2030, according to a new Medicare Trustees report. This remains largely unchanged from last year’s projections, but with an improved long-term outlook. The trust fund will remain solvent 13 years longer than the trustees projected in 2009.
The Administration on Aging, part of the federal government’s Administration for Community Living, announced the award of $4 million in new grants to expand falls prevention efforts. The funding will cover communities in seven states over the next two years.
ALFA executive report “ALFA Advocates for You” is now available for members, showcasing the many ways ALFA engages on the state and federal levels to ensure a favorable operating environment for senior living businesses through education, advocacy and development of the highest quality standards for senior living.
Asking for (and getting) a raise is about a lot more than whether or not you need more money. It's a time to prove that you're valuable to your company, and that you're worth the extra investment, as well as a chance to reflect on your overall performance as an employee. If you do it right, you may just get the raise you want.
The deadline to submit to the 2015 Senior Living by Design Awards competition is July 31. ALFA created the awards program to recognize innovative design solutions honoring resident choice and promoting independence. Unlike other design competitions, Senior Living by Design is highly tuned to functionality; aesthetic appeal is just one element of judging criteria. Architects/designers and senior living companies are invited to submit projects.
The Justice Department has issued additional guidance on the use of service animals in relation to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The guidance is meant to further assist people who use service animals as well as public places covered by the ADA such as retailers, hotels, medical facilities, hospitals and other places open to the public.
Ride-sharing company Uber launched a program during the White House Conference on Aging to further engage older adults by rolling out a pilot program in select cities for community-based senior outreach.
The White House has launched Aging.gov, an online resource designed for older adults, their families, friends and other caregivers to find government-wide information on helping older adults live independent and purposeful lives.
Errors on memory and thinking tests could signal Alzheimer’s disease up to 18 years before diagnosis, according to a new study from Rush University researchers. While a study out of Washington University shows that by studying brain scans and cerebrospinal fluid of healthy adults, scientists have shown that changes in Alzheimer’s biomarkers during midlife may help identify who will develop the disease years later.
The Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association (Mass-ALFA) board of directors has selected Richard T. Moore of Uxbridge as the new president of the organization, according to Sharon Ricardi, Mass-ALFA board chair and senior vice president of Burlington-based Northbridge Companies, a leader in independent living, assisted living, and memory care residences.
If you thought your test-taking days ended when you left school, think again. Recent research shows that about 76% of organizations with more than 100 employees rely on assessment tools such as aptitude and personality tests for external hiring. That figure is expected to climb to 88% over the next few years.
ALFA is partnering with US Against Alzheimer’s to support Dementia Friendly America, a new national initiative to build a more dementia-friendly nation by formalizing efforts in cities, states, and counties to include informed, safe and respected neighborhoods for individuals with dementia and their families.
Health Care Reform medical plan regulations in 2016 are different from what was permitted in 2015. What are senior living operators changing for 2016? Not changing? How do we benchmark against our peer members?
Most Americans age 40 and older do not feel prepared for planning or financing long-term care for themselves or a loved one, according to a new poll from the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
A bipartisan group of senators who sit on the Senate Special Committee on Aging have asked the General Accountability Office to prepare a report on the oversight and quality of care provided to Medicaid enrollees at assisted living communities.
The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care will be leading a three-year $1.5 million national trial to examine methods to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics in post-acute and long-term care communities.
So, you finally took the plunge and signed up for Twitter. You even got a little hard core and started tweeting regularly several times per day and following influencers in your industry. Now that you’re starting to feel more comfortable with the platform, you may be wondering what the next steps are to step up your Twitter game and really use it to benefit your career.
If you’ve been at the same job for some time, it’s all too easy to just assume that a promotion will come along every year, like a bonus for time served. But you have to do more than log hours to make it to the next level. More responsibility means actively showing (and sometimes telling) your boss that you’re ready to take on a new role.


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