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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

07/23/2014
Featured senior living news stories include: "HHS Offers New Guidance on Person-Centered Planning, Self-Direction," "Study: Building Design Principles Key to Supportive Environment," and "Government Health Agencies Host Alzheimer’s Webinars."
07/17/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "A Look at the Care Continuum of 55-Plus and Independent Living," "California Begins Dementia Initiative for Cal MediConnect Beneficiaries," and "Minnesota Houses Top Hospital with Best Geriatric Care."
07/10/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "Changes on Horizon for Homebound Medicare Beneficiaries," "Elder Abuse Prevention Advocates Release Framework to Move Dialogue Forward," and "Smokers at Higher Risk for Developing Dementia."

Recent Senior Living News:

07/22/2014
Residents, staff and family help make a senior living community the special place it is, but the design of a building inside and out can be just as important. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has released a report detailing the best design practices for residential care settings housing individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.
07/22/2014
Northstar Senior Living is the latest senior living provider to create a new residence welcoming to members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
07/22/2014
Mayor of Boston Martin Walsh announced a new Boston Alzheimer’s initiative, becoming the first large city to join the national Alzheimer’s Workplace Alliance. The alliance is a group of about 2,000 companies and organizations supporting employees with information on Alzheimer’s disease.
07/22/2014
The Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health have collaborated to host a webinar series to increase knowledge about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
07/22/2014
The nation’s Health and Human Services Department issued new guidance on person-centered planning and self-direction in June and a top official with the Administration for Community Living has offered some additional thoughts on guidance in a new blog.
07/15/2014
Retirement planning is paramount for everyone and especially for families considering senior living options. Life Care Funding CEO and company co-founder Chris Orestis is an expert in the field. Orestis comes from a family with a “big senior living and long-term care background” as he describes it. His family is the largest owner and operator of assisted living communities in Maine.
07/15/2014
Assisted living plays a crucial role in the lifecycle of many seniors, providing housing and care at a unique stage of life – but it is only one stage. The July/August Senior Living Executive magazine examines assisted living as a single link in a much longer chain. It’s part of a continuum of housing and care encompassing many phases of aging, including specialized communities for those 55 and up and independent living communities offering some medical support.
07/15/2014
California’s 2014-2015 fiscal year budget includes $820,000 of federal funds and legislative authority to implement a three-year Administration on Aging grant to coordinate care for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
07/15/2014
U.S. News and World Report has released its 2014 list of best hospitals across the country, including a look at the top hospitals for geriatric care.
07/15/2014
The deadline is approaching to enter this year’s Senior Living by Design competition. The annual design competition celebrates architects, design firms and senior living providers that achieve innovative architecture in senior living communities.
07/09/2014
Smokers are 45% more likely to develop dementia than non-smokers, according to new information published by the World Health Organization in concert with Alzheimer’s Disease International.
07/09/2014
Approximately 54 million American adults age 50 and older are affected by osteoporosis and low bone mass, according to new data from the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Arizona and Nevada had the greatest projected increase in the number of older adults in this age bracket with these concerns, followed by Florida, New Hampshire and Utah.
07/09/2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing a policy change that would remove a requirement for certain homebound Medicare beneficiaries and is recommending a new payment rate for home health agencies (HHA) for 2015.
07/09/2014
Senior living communities have gone way beyond bingo and bocce ball to create engaging, robust activities embracing the talents and interests of their residents.
07/09/2014
Anti elder abuse advocates released a new framework this week for addressing challenges to elder abuse prevention and prosecution.
07/01/2014
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a set of materials designed to facilitate conversations with older Americans about brain health as part of the aging process.
07/01/2014
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 30 in Harris v. Quinn that non-union member workers in some public sector jobs represented by unions no longer have to pay fees to help cover union costs. This could lead to dues paying union members of these affected unions to leave their unions if nonmembers no longer have to share in union costs.
07/01/2014
In a lengthy opinion authored by Justice Stephen Breyer, and drawing heavily on historical practice of presidents and the Senate, the U.S. Supreme Court June 26 upheld the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Noel Canning v. NLRB concluding that President Obama’s three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in January 2012 (Sharon Block, Richard Griffin and Terence Flynn) were invalid.
07/01/2014
The biennial National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), an initiative to monitor trends in the major sectors of paid, regulated long-term care services providers, is underway. The project has mailed questionnaire packets to about 11,600 assisted living and residential care communities.
07/01/2014
A new toolkit including questionnaires is now available to aid assisted living providers in benchmarking and monitoring their person-centered practices.
06/25/2014
A program that recruits and trains retired professionals and other older Americans to recognize and report instances or patterns of health care fraud helped bring in more than $9 million in Medicare and Medicaid recoveries, but total savings to beneficiaries and others decreased.
06/25/2014
About 80% of survey responders from 12 countries said Alzheimer’s is the condition they most fear experiencing, after cancer. In some countries such as China, India and Saudi Arabia, more than 80% of respondents said that Alzheimer’s disease is a normal part of aging.
06/25/2014
Senior living businesses work hard to attract, hire and retain top talent to offer residents the high quality care and experience they deserve. But among challenges in the field is the ability to understand the fair price of labor across a variety of roles and in different geographic and demographic settings.
06/25/2014
One of the most confounding laws faced by the senior living industry is HIPAA – the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. To help ALFA members navigate changes to the 1996 law, ALFA has put together a toolkit Changes to HIPAA – How Privacy and Security Affect Your Business.
06/17/2014
The Assisted Living Federation of America’s May conference in Phoenix was an outstanding success, complete with education, insight, networking and fun.
06/17/2014
On May 5, 2014, we wrote to you to share our views on the year-long effort to merge ALFA and ASHA, known as the One Voice task force. As you are aware, that work did not result in the merger of the two organizations, but in our view at ALFA, much valuable work of strategic importance to our industry was accomplished by the leaders from both organizations.
06/17/2014
Responding to consumer and operational demand, providers plan for technology in the design phase. Share your innovations by entering the Senior Living by Design competition.
06/17/2014
A new study shines light on challenges riddling California’s diverse aging population when it comes to long-term care in the Golden State.
06/13/2014
Elder abuse comes in many forms, and senior living community members have a unique role to play in educating and raising awareness about preventing mistreatment of our nation’s older Americans.
06/11/2014
With an eye on reducing the statistic that one-third of adults age 65 and older falls each year, the National Institutes of Health and PCORI announced a $30 million, five-year clinical trial to test individually tailored interventions to prevent fall-related injuries.
06/11/2014
The older you get, the more likely you are to use additional medicines, which can increase the change of harmful drug interactions. The Food and Drug Administration recently offered four medication safety tips for older adults.
06/11/2014
The Health and Human Services Department is kicking off a campaign dubbed “Recruiting Older Adults into Research” or ROAR to raise research awareness and expand the pool of older adults willing to participate in clinical studies and trials for Alzheimer’s disease and other health conditions.
06/11/2014
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed into law new measures revising the state’s system for criminal background checks and makes significant changes for newly hired employees who care for seniors and the disabled, according to the Aging Services of Minnesota newsletter “Advantage.”
06/11/2014
ALFA will be hosting a webinar this month featuring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to discuss how to protect older Americans from financial abuse and a new CFPB manual.
06/03/2014
More attention should be placed on advanced care planning in care delivery models, witnesses told lawmakers at a roundtable event hosted by the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
06/03/2014
Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Residential Care Facilities has issued a new Section 232 handbook including language of interest to assisted living developers.
06/03/2014
Minnesota tops the list of healthiest states for older adults for the second consecutive year, according to data compiled by UnitedHealth Foundation for its second America’s Health Rankings Senior Report.
06/03/2014
Federal, state and local government agencies, private health care and social service providers along with academia all lack basic information about elder abuse, according to the introduction written by a government official to “America’s Health Rankings Senior Report.”
06/03/2014
The Internet consumer is very different than other types of consumers and how senior communities interact with them should be well orchestrated, said experts at ALFA’s 2014 Conference & Expo in Phoenix last week.
05/28/2014
The Motion Picture Licensing Corporation, an independent copyright licensing agency, has partnered with the National Association of Activity Professionals to enable communities employing NAAP members to show movies and other programming in a copyright-compliant manner.
05/28/2014
The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Bed Handles Inc. are recalling about 113,000 adult portable bed handles after three women have died after becoming entrapped in their beds.
05/28/2014
As part of celebrating Older Americans Month in May, the National Institute on Aging is offering general principles for caregivers of a person with Alzheimer’s disease as part of this year’s theme: “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow.”
05/28/2014
Americans age 40 and over who have personal experiences with long-term care are more likely to be concerned about planning for it but less likely to think they can rely on family as they age, according to new report.
05/28/2014
The Facilities Guidelines Institute has released an updated document of standards for the design and construction of residential health, care and support community.
05/22/2014
Senior living design is never static. Tastes change, design trends evolve over time. As generations shift, the needs and wants of residents evolve too, with each iteration reflecting a new design aesthetic.
05/22/2014
The chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs asked President Obama in a recent letter to create a special commission to investigate mounting allegations of health care delays at Veterans Affairs hospitals.
05/22/2014
AARP volunteers across the nation are flocking to Capitol Hill this week with a mission to fight ageism and to encourage Congress to pass a bill changing age discrimination law.
05/22/2014
A roundup of recent news for senior living professionals.
05/22/2014
The active-aging industry is well poised to deliver lifestyle and wellness options for older adults, according to a new survey from the International Council on Active Aging.
05/21/2014
The ALFA Best of the Best award winners will present at the ALFA Plaza in the Expo Hall today, sharing best practices and lessons learned from their innovative initiatives. The show kicks off around 10:15 and wraps up in time to head over to the Hero Awards luncheon in Hall A honoring the five ALFA 2014 Heroes with the help of Captain Mark Kelly and his wife Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
05/21/2014
The ALFA 2014 Conference & Expo winds down today, but there is still more networking to be done and more educational sessions to take in. Marketing expert Kelly McDonald hosts the final general session and spearheads a host of breakout presentations before we bid farewell to Phoenix.
05/21/2014
Have you heard the stories of Beth, Corry, DJ, Rosario, and Vienna? Each of these heroes embody the soul of every senior living community looking to improve their residents' quality of life.
05/21/2014
ALFA 2014 attendees who purchased tickets for the Closing Night Reception at Corona Ranch were treated to an entertaining night in the desert.
05/20/2014
The ALFA 2014 Conference & Expo hits its stride today, starting with keynote speaker Sir Ken Robinson, followed by ALFA Hero Awards Luncheon featuring Mark Kelly and Gabby Giffords, and winding down with a fun and relaxing reception at Corona Ranch.
05/20/2014
Yesterday, Joe Huskinson was honored with the ALFA 2014 Senior Living Community Leadership Award. Rewatch his story and learn about the other ALFA Award winners being honored at the Conference.
05/20/2014
Best of the Best award winners will present at the ALFA Plaza in the Expo Hall today, sharing best practices and lessons learned from their innovative initiatives. The show kicks off around 10:15 am and wraps up in time to head over to the Hero Awards luncheon in Hall A honoring the five ALFA 2014 Heroes with the help of Captain Mark Kelly and his wife Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
05/19/2014
Whether your a first time attendee or a 10-year veteran, here's what you need to know to take full advantage of your ALFA 2014 Conference & Expo experience.
05/19/2014
We would like to take a moment to offer our sincere thanks to the companies who help make the ALFA 2014 Conference & Expo possible. The annual ALFA Conference & Expo is an excellent way to celebrate the time, energy and effort of senior living professionals, companies and supporters who make the programs and exhibitions you see at ALFA 2014 possible.
05/19/2014
The ALFA 2014 Conference & Expo continues today beginning with the opening keynote speakers Candy Chang and General Stanley McChrystal and ending with an opening night reception at the Expo.
05/18/2014
The ALFA 2014 Conference & Expo begins today with a few select events including the Ninth Annual ALFAPAC Golf Classic, the ALFA Executive Roundtable meetings, the invite-only President's Council Reception, and the first day of the Executive Director Leadership Institute.
05/18/2014
Welcome to Phoenix and the ALFA 2014 Conference & Expo. We look forward to hosting you! Our conference program offers professional education, inspirational speakers, networking opportunities and an all around great place to be as we work to advance excellence in senior living.
05/14/2014
There are many faces of elder abuse and ALFA encourages senior living communities to raise even more awareness of this devastating issue throughout June, Elder Abuse Awareness Month.
05/13/2014
Per capita health care spending for older Americans grew 4.1 percent from 2002 to 2010, which is the lowest among any other age groups studied, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Office of the Actuary.
05/13/2014
Older homeowners are carrying more mortgage debt that before and threatening the retirement security of millions of Americans, according to new research from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
05/13/2014
“Olive oil! Where’s the olive oil? I need olive oil!” was one of the many shouts and murmurs heard amid a flash of knives in a sea of dark blue Five Star Senior Living chefs’ uniforms during a cooking competition in Maryland last week.
05/13/2014
The Food and Drug Administration has released a new set of general safety recommendations for patient lifts.
05/09/2014
Please join us for this free webinar to learn how participating in a group captive can help improve Workers' Compensation costs and enhance your business strategies.
05/06/2014
The Department of Health and Human Services has revised and expanded a host of goals and action steps in the new, 2014 update to its National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease, including several measures of interest to senior living communities.
05/06/2014
Many seniors with a subtype of Alzheimer’s disease are often misdiagnosed and don’t receive proper treatment. Researchers said of the about 5.2 million Americans with Alzheimer’s, nearly 600,000 could have a variant of this subtype called “hippocampal sparing Alzheimer’s disease.”
05/06/2014
A group of state medical licensing boards has approved a model telemedicine policy emphasizing the use of video technology during a patient’s inaugural telemedicine visit. The guide approved by the Federation of State Medical Boards is nonbinding for its members but seeks to serve as a national approach to using telemedicine technology.
05/06/2014
The Senate Special Committee on Aging took a look at the perils of the precious metals market in a recent hearing, examining how scammers target the nation’s elderly through various scams, swindles and cons.
05/06/2014
The Commission on the Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities, which goes by the peppier CARF International, has issued new standards of quality applicable to independent living communities and revised standards for assisted living communities.
04/30/2014
The likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s or Parkinson’s disease is much greater for sufferers of a restless sleep disorder, according to new research. About 80 to 90 percent of people who develop Rapid Eye Movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder will develop degenerative brain disease within the near future.
04/30/2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reportedly is creating a five-star performance rating system for hospitals, home health companies and dialysis facilities similar to the grading system currently applied to Medicare Advantage plans and nursing homes.
04/30/2014
The ALFA Senior Living by Design awards program is back and revised for 2014. The annual competition honors architects, design firms and senior living providers that achieve innovative architecture in senior living communities. An expert panel of judges will review projects for a $250 entry fee (or $495 for nonmembers of ALFA). Judges award projects that best advance excellence in senior housing design.
04/30/2014
Every industry needs leaders and senior living is no exception. To help cultivate and innovate, ALFA offers the Executive Director Leadership Intensive for community executive directors.
04/30/2014
Helping a prospective resident and family find the right senior community is serious business that must be well crafted by sales and marketing professionals to ensure everyone reaches the collective goal of finding the right community for each individual.
04/23/2014
ALFA has announced the winners of the 2014 ALFA Senior Living Art Showcase, a competition honoring the passion for community and extraordinary talents of seniors in assisted living, independent living, and memory care communities across the country. Each senior living community was asked to submit one digital photograph of a piece of artwork created by the collaborative efforts of at least three residents.
04/22/2014
The senior housing and care industry has appointed its first chief economist, Beth Burnham Mace. Mace joined the National Investment Center as its top economist and as director of capital markets outreach earlier this month.
04/22/2014
The Senate Special Committee on Aging is investigating whether consumers are being misled by deceptive sweepstakes promotions from Publishers Clearing House and mulling over offering new legislation to better protect consumers, especially seniors, from email and online sweepstakes promotions.
04/22/2014
The National Center for Assisted Living is asking senior living communities to complete its 2013 Vacancy, Retention and Turnover Survey. This national study collects retention, vacancy and turnover information among assisted living employees in five major job categories and 16 job positions.
04/22/2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced a proposed rule adopting updated life safety codes affecting long-term care communities.
04/21/2014
Inspire Passion. Lead Change. ALFA Conference & Expo early bird registration ends THIS WEEK. The Conference, May 19-22 in Phoenix, will welcome thousands of senior living professionals from around the world for 4 days of executive education, networking, problem solving and idea development.
04/18/2014
Kisco Senior Living will develop Raleigh’s first licensed continuing-care retirement community. 165 independent living residences, plus 60 on-site, private apartments licensed for assisted living, memory care and nursing care.
04/16/2014
With more than double the executive-level educational sessions of previous years, the ALFA 2014 Conference & Expo is a greater value than ever before. Senior living professionals who register by April 25 will enjoy a special discounted rate.
04/15/2014
The Assisted Living Federation of America filed comments last week with the National Labor Relations Board opposing a proposed rule that would shorten the length of time between the filing of a union election petition and the actual election.
04/15/2014
Voting for artwork entered into ALFA’s 2014 Senior Living Art Showcase is now open. Eligible entries that best embody the theme have been uploaded onto ALFA’s Facebook page for voting through April 22. Artists and staff are encouraged to tell their friends and family to vote online by clicking “like” next to the photo of their artwork.
04/15/2014
Some families begin to look for assisted living communities as a place for mom or dad to call home within a timeline of a few weeks while others may spend years researching the right spot. “Assisted living communities need to realize this and reach out to families in different ways,” said Kate Roper, Caring.com’s vice president of sales. “It’s important to establish relationships with both seniors and their adult children.”
04/15/2014
An exhilarating yet heartbreaking moment in CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley’s career was when she strode on stage to moderate a 2012 presidential debate. It’s heart-racing to fulfill such an important role but heartbreaking when the last thought she had as she crossed the stage was “mom will never remember this.”
04/15/2014
The Bipartisan Policy Center last week launched a new initiative to find a politically and fiscally viable way to improve the financing and delivery of long-term care.
04/08/2014
Assisted living communities remain one of the most cost-effective choices when searching for long-term care solutions, according to a new study conducted by CareScout for long-term care insurer Genworth.
04/08/2014
The National Mature Media Awards has opened the nomination process for the nation’s largest awards program annually recognizing the best marketing, communications, educational materials and programs for adults age 50 and older.
04/08/2014
Medicare soon will reimburse hospices offering palliative care and providers offering curative services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently announced. Under the current system, a beneficiary must stop curative treatments to use Medicare’s hospice benefit.
04/08/2014
A shared purpose brought you and your organization to ALFA, and a unified voice is a compelling tool for advocates like you. ALFA strives to provide clear avenues to lead you toward becoming a more effective advocate. We realize that without you our cause becomes diluted and disappears among the din of the other 1.3 million associations vying to be heard.
04/08/2014
May is Older Americans Month recognizing older Americans for their contributions and to provide them with information to help them stay healthy and active. This year’s theme is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”
04/01/2014
Senior living was on a roll in 2013 and ALFA’s Senior Living Executive magazine once again offers its annual look at the largest senior living providers.
04/01/2014
Members of ALFA’s Human Resources Roundtable met with the chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce to exchange ideas and discuss key issues affecting senior living communities.
04/01/2014
Fruits like strawberries and mangoes containing flavonol fisetin may protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease, a new study shows. Research from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies shows that mice that had been genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer’s retained their normal cognitive skills when they were fed fisetin.
04/01/2014
Co-chairs of the Senate Alzheimer’s Task Force are urging fellow senators to sign on to their letter asking the Appropriations Committee to support research for Alzheimer’s disease and related caregiver programs in a key 2015 appropriations bill.
04/01/2014
Despite some improvement and fraud-fighting tools used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the country is still losing as much as $90 billion annually to Medicare fraud, according to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), the chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
03/25/2014
End of life planning can be one of the most difficult discussions to have for any family, but deciding about that care when you are healthy can help those close to you when the time comes to make certain choices.
03/25/2014
A new wave of tech start-ups seeks to provide products and services helpful to seniors and their caregivers, PBS NewsHour reports. It’s a potential billion-dollar business that has barely been touched.
03/25/2014
A protein may hold the key to who gets Alzheimer’s, reports The New York Times, and it may have to do with stress.
03/25/2014
Diane Doumas has been named interim Executive Director for the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living, a collaborative of 11 diverse national organizations representing consumers, providers and stakeholders.
03/25/2014
Think you’re too old to donate an organ? Think again! Any age is the right age to sign up to be an organ donor, says the Administration on Aging.
03/19/2014
Florida ALFA, the Florida chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America, has awarded a public service achievement award to Elizabeth Dudek, Agency for Health Care Administration secretary.
03/19/2014
The intimacy and sexuality of older Americans is a topic of great importance to senior living communities as they work to ensure residents are treated with respect, privacy and fairness.
03/19/2014
There could be as many as 16 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2050 at a cost of $1.2 trillion with women at a much higher risk of developing it, says a new report released by the Alzheimer’s Association.
03/19/2014
A group of lawmakers last week urged the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve Medicare beneficiaries access to medicines. In a letter to center Administrator Marilyn Tavenner spearheaded by the chairman and top Republican on the Senate Special Committee on Aging, lawmakers urged Medicare to make it more difficult for plans to put drugs on the restricted specialty tier.
03/19/2014
While recent news reports trumpeted a new blood test designed to detect Alzheimer’s disease, the Boston Globe reports that the test is still years away. The test could be a potentially huge development considering more than 500,000 Americans are predicted to die from the disease annually. However, the blood test is likely not to be available for another five to 10 years.
03/11/2014
The National Center for Assisted Living is asking senior living communities to complete its 2013 Vacancy, Retention and Turnover Survey. This national study collects retention, vacancy and turnover information among assisted living employees in five major job categories and 16 job positions.
03/11/2014
ALFA and Sargent Art have launched the third annual ALFA Senior Living Art Showcase, a competition recognizing the talents of senior living residents and resident activity programs at communities across the country.
03/11/2014
An increasing number of older adults participating in a program designed to help transition Medicaid beneficiaries living in long-term care institutions into the community are being reinstitutionalized, according to a recent study from Mathematica Policy Research.
03/11/2014
Senior living communities just like all of us have to be smart shoppers. They purchase the obvious supplies that are seen and touched daily such as food, linens and cleaning supplies, but often it’s the things taken for granted that can be more complicated to procure at a good price – like electricity.
03/11/2014
Alzheimer’s disease is nearly as lethal as the two biggest killers in the United States, according to a new study. Approximately 500,000 people died in 2010 from causes attributable to Alzheimer’s disease, which is about six times more deaths from Alzheimer’s than previously thought. The Centers for Disease Control counted about 85,000 annual Alzheimer’s-related deaths in 2011. Heart disease and cancer each account for more than 500,000 deaths annually.
03/05/2014
The National Institute on Aging has released an updated version of its Alzheimer’s Disease Progress report.The initiatives, objectives, and advances detailed in the 2012-2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report seek to help meet the plan’s research goal—to effectively treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease by 2025, if not sooner.
03/05/2014
Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) asked at a hearing about Alzheimer’s funding what the National Institutes of Health is doing to encourage more participation by minorities in research efforts related to Alzheimer’s disease.
03/05/2014
The Health and Human Services Department and the nation’s top attorney general said last week they have recovered a record-breaking $4.3 billion in taxpayer dollars in fiscal year 2013 from individuals and companies attempting to defraud federal health programs serving seniors. The government recovered $4.2 billion in FY2012.
03/05/2014
ALFA hosted 150 executives committed to advancing excellence in senior living at the ALFA 2013 Senior Living Leadership Forum last October in Las Vegas. For two days, plus a half day of pre-conference events, senior living executives sought solutions to the biggest challenges in facing the fast-growing senior living business, forged new relationships, and left with plenty of solutions to put to work back home.
02/27/2014
Alzheimer’s disease can affect people at any income level said Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski at a subcommittee hearing on the rising cost of Alzheimer’s in America convening some of the nation’s top scientists, a former lawmaker who has Alzheimer’s, and a comedian.

MEMBERS in the News

07/24/2014
Dr. Patrick Doyle has joined Brightview Senior Living as Director of Memory Care Services at Brightview’s Home Office in Baltimore, Maryland.
07/22/2014
Ventas, Inc. said today it has appointed Edmund M. Brady III to the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, effective immediately. In his new position, he will be a member of Ventas’s senior leadership team and will report to Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Debra A. Cafaro.
07/21/2014
MatrixCare® has licensed the Johns Hopkins Fall Risk Assessment Tool aimed at preventing falls. MatrixCare's two signature clinical decision support products - Clinical Coach™ and Clinical Guardian™ will now feature this assessment checklist.
07/17/2014
Bild & Company is launching a new look, logo and messaging to better reflect its integrated healthcare solutions and the vision of the company. Bild’s Chief Branding Officer, Jennifer Ruyle and her team wanted to create a new vibrant image with messaging that projects Bild’s best in class offerings as one seamless suite of services.
07/15/2014
OnShift introduced its newest release featuring a configurable dashboard with an intuitive scheduling task list. This actionable “to-do” list prioritizes the most critical scheduling tasks for fast resolution, so schedulers can more easily meet organizational staffing goals and quickly move on to other daily responsibilities.

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