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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

04/16/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "White House Issues Healthy Aging Policy Brief," "Resource: Role of Senior Living Professionals in Preventing Suicide," and "NIA Offers Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resources for Professionals."
04/08/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "Senators Seek Answers from HHS on Antipsychotic Drug Use in Assisted Living," "OSHA Updates Guidance on Protecting Healthcare Workers from Violence," and "Bipartisan Policy Center Launches Task Force to Address Aging Population."
04/02/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "Former HHS Chief Says Age in Place Model Provides Opportunity for Assisted Living," "Alzheimer’s Association: One in Three Seniors Dies of the Disease," and "CARF Revises Standards for Dementia Specialty Programs."

Recent Senior Living News:

04/15/2015
Senior living companies are becoming increasingly savvy to the need to create even more incentives to create an engaged, stable workforce. There is expected to be a 60 percent increase in employment in the home health care services sector with a 30 percent increase in residential care communities over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
04/15/2015
The White House Conference on Aging has issued a policy brief on healthy aging – the first in a series of briefs it plans to release this year. The Healthy Aging brief examines how Americans can enjoy long and healthy lives by maximizing their physical, mental, and social wellbeing. “Rather than focusing on the limitations of aging, older adults across the nation want to focus instead on the opportunities of aging,” say the brief’s authors.
04/15/2015
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has published online a new information sheet, the Role of Senior Living Community Professionals in Preventing Suicide, which was developed with input from senior living staff.
04/15/2015
The National Institute on Aging has created a new online portal offering free clinical practice tools, training materials, and other resources for health professionals working with residents with cognitive impairments.
04/15/2015
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently revised rules relating to hospice care patients who are Medicare beneficiaries. Upon electing hospice care, the beneficiary now waives the right to Medicare payment for any Medicare services related to the terminal illness and related conditions during a hospice stay, except when provided by or under arrangement by the designated hospice or patient’s attending physician is that doctor is not employed by the hospice.
04/14/2015
One day left to participate in the 4th Annual 2015 ALFA and Sargent Art Senior Living Art Showcase, a competition recognizing the tremendous talent of senior living residents and the powerful resident activity programs at senior living communities across the country.
04/07/2015
Mid-March, ALFA launched the 4th Annual 2015 ALFA and Sargent Art Senior Living Art Showcase, a competition recognizing the tremendous talent of senior living residents and the powerful resident activity programs at senior living communities across the country.
04/07/2015
Join us in celebrating ALFA’s 25th anniversary at networking events during the ALFA Conference & Expo in Tampa May 4-7.
04/07/2015
Two senators last week sent a letter seeking more information from the Health and Human Services Department on its efforts to address the improper prescribing of antipsychotic medications to older adults with dementia and on the cost to taxpayers of paying for these medicines.
04/07/2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration last week released an update to its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers.
04/07/2015
The Bipartisan Policy Center has launched its new Health and Housing Task Force designed to help policymakers meet the needs of the nation’s aging population.
04/03/2015
Negotiating with employers is rarely easy – whether you're weighing a job offer or looking for a raise at your current position. Every situation is unique, but some strategies, tactics, and principles can help you address many of the issues people face in negotiating with employers.
04/02/2015
ALFA’s Human Resources Roundtable heard from legal experts last week on how a new rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board taking effect April 14 will significantly shorten the time a union election can take place after an official petition is filed.
04/02/2015
Former Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department Kathleen Sebelius said much of the focus of the Affordable Care Act has been on providing access and affordable insurance to people who didn’t have it, but reform of the delivery system by aligning $1 trillion of public payments of quality and value-based outcome is more significant, especially for older adults.
04/02/2015
The Alzheimer’s Association has released its 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease facts and figures report including startling statistics such as one in three seniors dies with the disease or another dementia. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and over with Alzheimer’s could triple to a projected 13.8 million.
04/02/2015
Standards body CARF International has revised its standards for dementia specialty programs, available in the 2015 editions of the CARF-CCAC and Aging Services standards manuals.
04/02/2015
The Consumer Financial Protection Board has issued a consumer advisory listing three pension traps to avoid. Many retirees depend on a pension to cover daily and sometimes unexpected expenses such as health emergencies or home repairs.
03/25/2015
Pick any metric – occupancy, acquisition, inventory, new investments - and the end result is that senior living was hot in 2014, according to an analysis of the largest senior living providers from Senior Living Executive magazine.
03/25/2015
It’s that time of year again to invest in your professional development. Register for the ALFA 2015 Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida and collaborate with thought leaders to advance quality care and services for seniors and their families. ALFA members save $150 per registration through March 27.
03/25/2015
Baby boomers are not necessarily healthier than previous generations, according to a new study published in the health policy journal Milbank Quarterly. While the generation overall has better education, higher income and lower smoking rates, they also have the negative impact of increasing obesity and related health problems.


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