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05/26/2016
Other featured senior living news stories include: "US Against Alzheimer's Tells Post Office It's Time to Stamp Out Dementia," "Financial Bureau Partners with Meals on Wheels to Educate About Elder Abuse," "Mental Disorders Most Costly Condition in U.S.,"...
05/19/2016
Other featured senior living news stories include: "Study-Chronological Age Has Little Impact on Older Adults Health, Well-Being," "Labor Department Finalizes ‘White Collar’ Rule," "New Chair, Members Elected to Argentum Board of Directors..."
05/12/2016
Other featured senior living news stories include "Argentum Announces Community Leader, Six Hero Awardees," "Argentum Unveils Best of the Best Award Winners," and "Argentum Memory Care Peer Group Readies New Research on Innovation."

Recent Senior Living News:

05/25/2016
Argentum continues to encourage senior living leaders to seek credentialing through the Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC), an independent, non-profit organization committed to establishing credentialing programs for professionals working in senior living. Currently, the SLCC is conducting a provisional test to develop relevant questions and to review examination procedures, and is on track to release the initial Executive Director exam for certification this fall.
05/25/2016
US Against Alzheimer’s is urging advocates of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease to tell the U.S. Postal Service that it’s time to stamp out the awful disease.
05/25/2016
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is doing its part to celebrate Older Americans Month by collaborating with Meals on Wheels to offer a placemat including useful tips for older adults and their financial wellness.
05/25/2016
Mental disorders now tops the list of the most costly conditions in the United States at $201 billion annually, according to a new study published in Health Affairs.
05/25/2016
Hurricane season is here. After a disaster, it’s common for families and individuals to feel stress and anxiety over their health and safety and this affects people in many different ways, according to Dr. Dan Dodgen with the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in a blog post “Older Adults: Include Connectedness in Your Hurricane Plan.”
05/19/2016
While the costs of long-term care continue to rise, assisted living continues on a slower growth trajectory than other types of long term care, according to Genworth Financial’s 2016 Cost of Care Survey conducted by CareScout.
05/19/2016
Chronological age has almost no role in accounting for differences in older adults’ health and well-being, according to a new study out of the University of Chicago.
05/19/2016
The new Medicare system for reimbursing providers outlined in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act, or MACRA, may not adequately reward good performance for those providers dealing with residents and patients needing long-term or end-of-life care, according to a report in Modern Healthcare.
05/19/2016
The Department of Labor this week finalized the “white collar” rule, which increases the salary threshold for workers who qualify for overtime pay. The final rule raises the salary threshold from $455 per week to $913 ($47,476 per year) (which is less than the original proposal of $50,440). The rule also states the threshold will be automatically updated every three years based on wage growth over time.
05/19/2016
Argentum announced that Loren Shook, Chairman & CEO of Silverado, based in Irvine, California, was elected as the new Chairman of the Argentum Board of Directors. Most recently, he served as Vice Chairman of the Board. Shook officially assumed the Chairman’s position during the 2016 Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference held in Denver, Colorado.
05/12/2016
Argentum launched the first phase of professional standards for operators of senior living communities, complementing state laws and regulations governing the operation of those communities.
05/12/2016
Argentum announced this week that Vicki Conner, executive director of Greenfield Senior Living’s Greenfield of Woodstock, Virginia, was honored with the 2016 Argentum Senior Living Community Leadership Award. Conner was recognized at the annual Argentum Senior Living Executive Conference in Denver, Colorado.
05/12/2016
Argentum this week announced the winners of the Argentum 2016 Best of the Best Awards, which recognize innovative programs and services that are creating the future of senior living.
05/12/2016
Argentum’s Memory Care Executive Peer Group with the support of MatrixCare has commissioned a new project to recognize innovations improving resident care and quality of life for assisted living residents with dementia in five key areas: Environmental Design, Programming, Dining and Nutrition, Education and Training, and Technology.
05/12/2016
When the Assisted Living Federation of America was renamed Argentum last year, developing a new visual identity reflecting the association’s new direction, priorities, and updated focus was a key objective.
05/04/2016
Argentum will celebrate senior living heroes at the annual Hero Awards Ceremony with the help of journalist and ceremony emcee Soledad O’Brien, recognizing individuals who are ideal representatives of the hundreds of thousands of people serving in the senior living field.
05/04/2016
One of Argentum’s key imperatives is to assist the industry in navigating the challenges and embracing the opportunities in workforce development. The association has released its first Senior Living Industry Workforce Report, revealing industry trends in job growth, employment, wage growth and other metrics gleaned from government data.
05/04/2016
Tennessee Gov. Haslam has signed Tennessee S.B. 2383 into law. This new law will enhance the services provided to residents who need assistance with medications. Argentum’s Tennessee chapter (TN-ALFA) worked with a coalition of other provider associations to help pass legislation strengthening Tennessee’s Medication Aide program.
05/04/2016
The Centers for Disease Control has released “Health, United States, 2015” with statistics on an enormous amount of health issues and categories throughout the country.
05/04/2016
The aroma of rosemary essential oil reportedly can aid people over age 65 in their ability to remember events and to complete tasks at designated times. The test also used lavender, finding that it increased calmness and contentedness when compared to the no aroma control condition.


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