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11/19/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "Ensure You’re Included in the 2015 Largest Providers List," "Tool Kit Available to Encourage Older Adult Research Participation," and "Watch Out for Scams During Health Insurance ‘Open Season’."
11/14/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "Senior Living Firms Emphasize Brain Health Initiatives," "Aging Advocates Call for More ‘Sophisticated’ Dialogue About End-of-Life Care," and "Best of the Best: Going Mobile for Emergency and Response."
11/06/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "Study: ICUs Could Improve Patient Information About Palliative Care," "Which Cities are Home to the Nation’s Seniors?," and "Best of the Best: The Fox Optimal Living Program."

Recent Senior Living News:

11/18/2014
Research studies and clinical trials help doctors and others understand more about aging and diseases affecting older adults and to help spread that message, a group of government organizations have developed a toolkit designed to encourage research participation.
11/18/2014
It’s now open season for people seeking to switch health coverage plans and that means watch out for scams, says the Federal Trade Commission. The agency offers tips to help consumers more safely navigate the open enrollment season.
11/18/2014
More than 200 senior living executives gathered in New Orleans last week to address myriad issues facing their industry and their professional development, including the state of the industry, leadership, technological advances, and achieving operational excellence.
11/18/2014
The Orchards at Southington in Southington, Conn., N.J., took home the top prize in the Resident & Family Engagement category in 2014 for its W.I.S.E. educational program. The Orchards at Southington and Central Connecticut State University are bridging the generation gap through a win-win “service learning” program called Working Together: Intergenerational Student/Senior Exchange, or W.I.S.E.
11/18/2014
Senior Living Executive each year combs through data to put together a list of senior living’s Largest Providers. The issue is one of the magazine’s most popular. For the 2014 list, the top 80 providers accounted for a total operational resident capacity of 528,099 versus approximately 514,000 in the 2013 list.
11/10/2014
The discussion about planning for end-of-life care or care for advanced illness is regaining traction among the health policy community and the public, and it should be refashioned, say two aging experts.
11/10/2014
Senior living residents are encouraging providers to put increasing emphasis on brain health initiatives, according to Senior Living Executive. Senior living consumers are more knowledgeable than ever before about how lifestyle affects brain health, and in turn are demanding brain fitness and memory preservation programs.
11/10/2014
Status Solutions of Charlottesville, Va., won in the Information Technology category in 2014 for its SARA eMessenger mobile, or Situational Awareness and Response Assistant, technology add-on.
11/10/2014
Although concerns over Ebola are abating in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to disseminate information about how to protect America from the virus.
11/10/2014
Design and aesthetics are an integral part of today’s senior living communities and the most recent issue of Senior Living Executive highlights the winning projects in ALFA’s third-annual Senior Living by Design competition.
11/04/2014
Which cities do most older adults call home? Forbes.com took a look at changes from 2000 to 2013 in the share of seniors in the populations of the largest metro areas in the United States to determine where they live and which regions have seen the biggest changes in age demographics.
11/04/2014
The National Institute on Aging’s Office of Special Populations is making efforts to recruit African-Americans for clinical trial recruitment and post mortem brain donation, reflecting a primary goal of the nation’s official plan to address Alzheimer’s disease – to obtain a better understanding of how it affects diverse populations.
11/04/2014
Half of older adults who sustain injuries so severe that they could die in the hospital or not be able to function independently are not asked in the intensive care unit if they wish to speak with palliative care specialists about preferences for end-of-life care, according to a new study reported in Medical News Today.
11/04/2014
Researchers have developed a blood test that could diagnose early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The University of Melbourne researchers previously identified changes in the brain occurring approximately two decades before patients show any signs of dementia. The new blood test could predict these changes much earlier than is currently possible.
11/04/2014
Fox Rehabilitation of Cherry Hill, N.J., garnered a Program to Spotlight award in 2014 for its Fox Optimal Living Program. Truly good health is as much about functional wellness as medical wellness. Fox Rehabilitation created a business/clinical model to provide senior care residents with access to unlimited therapy and wellness services, in conjunction with a physician, regardless of insurance limitations.
10/30/2014
The SCAN Foundation and Avalere Health have created a new comprehensive brochure “Establishing the Financial Sustainability of Your Organization’s Person-Centered Care Model.”
10/30/2014
California’s motto is simply “Eureka,” meaning “I have found it.” That sentiment reflects perfectly the many seniors who chose the Golden State’s many resources to enjoy their silver years, including its burgeoning senior living communities.
10/30/2014
The Alzheimer’s Association of America is hosting National Memory Screening Day, November 18. During the event, healthcare professionals are providing free, confidential memory screenings at sites across the country, including senior living communities, doctor’s offices, hospitals, libraries, pharmacies and Alzheimer’s agencies. T
10/30/2014
In 2013, 10.1 percent of post-9/11 era military veterans were unemployed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The jobless rate for military spouses was even higher, at 26 percent, while more than 80 percent of spouses reported wanting to work.
10/30/2014
Chocolate lovers rejoice – a new study found that a natural compound found in cocoa could reverse age-related memory loss. The study in Nature Neuroscience revealed that flavanoids improved neural connections in mice in parts of the brain related to memory formation.


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