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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

05/21/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "ALFA Applauds Texas Assisted Living Association for Successful Advocacy," "White House Conference on Aging Addresses Retirement Security Issues" and "Alzheimer’s Summit Experts Offer Research Agenda Framework."
05/14/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "HHS Branch Slams Tactics of Alzheimer’s Drug Maker," "Study: Use of Walking Aids Increases by 50% During Last Decade," and "ACL Hosts Webinar on New Rule for Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs."
05/07/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "ALFA Launches Senior Living 2025 Campaign," "ALFA Names Two New Directors to Board," and "ALFA Honors Exemplary Community Leader, Heroes."

Recent Senior Living News:

05/22/2015
We are witnessing an unprecedented transformation of the health care industry. There has been a rapid growth in jobs and an explosion in the number of start-ups. Physicians and nurses are being called upon to lead these new health care enterprises — and are assuming a higher level of influence in the business of health care than ever before.
05/20/2015
The National Institutes of Health recently released recommendations providing a framework for an Alzheimer’s disease research agenda that was developed at the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Summit 2015: Path to Treatment and Prevention.
05/20/2015
The White House Conference on Aging has released a retirement security policy brief focusing on issues related to Social Security, increasing retirement security and employer-based retirement savings options, and ensuring workers receive retirement investment advice in their best interest.
05/20/2015
National Center on Elder Abuse is hosting a webinar “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Toward a Global Framework on its 10th Anniversary.
05/20/2015
More Americans proactively will seek to reside in senior living communities, and the industry has a role to play in ensuring that consumers will be financially prepared for their retirement years. CEOs from the nation’s leading senior living providers gathered to address these issues and share their predictions for the industry’s future at ALFA’s Senior Living Executive conference in Tampa, Florida, May 4-7.
05/20/2015
ALFA applauds state partner the Texas Assisted Living Association for its success in advocating for meaningful assisted living legislation at the Texas Capitol. TALA recognized the prior law posed a significant barrier to resident choice and was pleased to work in particular with lawmakers Texas State Rep. John Zerwas (R-Richmond) and Senate sponsor State Sen. Carlos Uresti (D-San Antonio) to change the law.
05/19/2015
Your “best self” is the foundation of values-based leadership, which can be practiced by anyone from the cubicle to the corner office by following four key principles.
05/18/2015
The question that most people ask themselves as they walk into their boss's office to negotiate their salaries is likely some variant of "What am I going to say?" But according to hostage negotiator Chris Voss, that might be the least important thing to keep in mind when negotiating.
05/15/2015
Some people have all the career luck. You know the ones I’m talking about: They get to attend all the special conferences, give the important presentations, and land the high-profile assignments. And they never have to look for jobs—the best jobs seem to find them.
05/13/2015
Older adults using mobility devices such as canes, wheelchairs and scooters do not fall more than those who do not use them, according to a new National Health and Aging Trends study.
05/13/2015
To clarify ambiguities and resolve “long-standing issues” within the Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs, the Administration on Community Living has been working on developing regulations since 2011. It is hosting a webinar to review the provisions and provide an opportunity for questions.
05/13/2015
Federal and state policies generally encourage the use of available generic drug products as do private payers such as insurers and others, which is why a branch of the Department of Health and Human Services expressed concern over the recent actions of Actavis and Forest Laboratories regarding its product Namenda, a drug used to treat moderate to severe dementia from Alzheimer’s disease.
05/13/2015
The National Institutes of Health is encouraging people to volunteer for clinical trials that look for ways to prevent, slow and treat Alzheimer’s disease. The trials seek Alzheimer’s patients as well as caregivers and others
05/13/2015
Senior living communities are facing tremendous challenges in hiring and retaining employees to care for residents with sophisticated needs. Three companies shared their strategies for developing and supporting an engaged workforce at the 2015 ALFA Senior Living Executive Conference.
05/07/2015
Formalizing standards around memory care is the top priority for the newly formed ALFA Memory Care Roundtable. The group, which met in person for the first time May 4 at the 2015 ALFA Senior Living Conference in Tampa, is “not designed to be a support group,” but rather a “workgroup to put more effort behind the advocacy we do every day,” said Maria Nadelstumph, VP of organizational development and program excellence for Brandywine Senior Living, who moderated the meeting.
05/07/2015
The Assisted Living Federation of America announced that John Moore, founder, Chairman and CEO of Atria Senior Living, based in Louisville, KY, and William Pettit, Jr., President and CEO of Merrill Gardens, based in Seattle, WA, were elected to join the ALFA Board of Directors.
05/07/2015
The Assisted Living Federation of America announced that Donna Hester, executive director of Elmcroft of Sherwood in Little Rock, Arkansas, was honored with the ALFA 2015 Senior Living Community Leadership Award. Hester was recognized at the ALFA 2015 Senior Living Executive Conference in Tampa, Florida.
05/07/2015
The Assisted Living Federation of America announced the winners of the ALFA 2015 Best of the Best Awards in the May/June issue of Senior Living Executive magazine. These annual awards honor new innovations that promote resident quality of life and business excellence in the field of senior living. ALFA recognized the winning best practices at the ALFA 2015 Senior Living Executive Conference, May 4-7 in Tampa, FL.
05/07/2015
The Assisted Living Federation of America unveiled the Senior Living 2025 campaign, an initiative designed to coalesce the industry around major issues impacting senior living – workforce development, quality care, operational excellence and consumer choice.
04/28/2015
Senior living had a reason to celebrate in Florida this week with the passage of a meaningful assisted living reform bill by the state legislature.
04/28/2015
The average American is now spending about 20 years in retirement, noted Consumer Finance Protection Board Director Richard Cordray in remarks at a White House Conference of Aging Regional Conference.
04/28/2015
The top Democrat on the Senate Aging Committee this week asked the Government Accountability Office to conduct a study on the effects on senior households of garnishing Social Security benefits to recoup federal student loan debt.
04/28/2015
Social Security announced a new strategic plan, Vision 2025. The vision is designed to serve as a guide for the agency and show how it will accomplish and deliver three key priorities: superior customer experience, exceptional employees and an innovative organization over the next decade and beyond.
04/28/2015
The Bipartisan Policy Center recently released a white paper recommending creating standardized quality performance measures that are user-friendly, meaningful, and outcome-oriented that can be woven into the nation’s alternative payment and healthcare delivery reform models.
04/21/2015
It’s no secret that innovation and transformation in assisted living are largely what’s driving older adults and their families to look into and choose a senior living community as a place to call home. The resident experience is key, from life enrichment and dining programs to technology and safety.
04/21/2015
Cognitive aging is a natural process associated with advancing years and the Institute of Medicine recently released a report assessing the public health dimensions on the issue emphasizing definition, epidemiology, prevention and intervention, health professional education and public awareness and education.
04/21/2015
Genworth Financial has released its long-term care 2015 Cost of Care survey, revealing that the median cost of living in a private room in an assisted living community in the United States is $43,200 compared to $91,250 for a private room in a nursing home.
04/21/2015
Voting is now open for the 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. Vote on Sargent Art’s Facebook page.
04/21/2015
Consumers now have a new way of choosing a hospital and understanding the quality of care thanks to a government website, Hospital Compare, which compares Medicare-certified acute care hospitals using a ratings system.
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.
04/15/2015
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 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 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 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.
04/14/2015
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
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
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
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.
04/07/2015
Join us in celebrating ALFA’s 25th anniversary at networking events during the ALFA Conference & Expo in Tampa May 4-7.
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
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.
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.
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
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
The National Council on Aging has announced this year’s theme for Falls Prevention Awareness Day, “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls.”
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.
03/18/2015
The overall retention rate for assisted living staff was just over 73.1 percent in 2013 with a median turnover rate at 24.2 percent, showing improvements from the 2012 data, according the National Center for Assisted Living’s Vacancy, Retention & Turnover Survey.
03/18/2015
Alzheimer’s Disease International has released a new report “Dementia Friendly Communities,” focusing on global examples of neighborhoods, towns, cities and countries that seek to preserve the safety and well-being of those living with dementia and empower members of the community to celebrate the capabilities of those with dementia.
03/18/2015
2015 marks ALFA's 25th Anniversary! 25 years of stories, laughter, inspiration and learning as a team. Share the moments that have helped define your passion for senior living, using hashtag ‪#‎ALFA25!
03/18/2015
Policy needs and implications of an aging society must be addressed through restructured workplace policies, more efficient public spending to accommodate the demographic shift, provide for the healthcare and retirement income security needs of older adults, and review patterns of ageist discrimination.
03/11/2015
Harvard University’s School of Government has recognized the Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living as part of its 2015 Bright Ideas Program recognizing programs in all levels of government that are at the forefront of innovative action.
03/11/2015
ALFA recently commented on proposed rules from the Veterans Administration on its Aid and Attendance benefit. ALFA members are honored to currently serve thousands of veterans and their spouses in our assisted and memory care communities. Those veterans who benefit from the VA A & A program have enriched lives through the opportunity to live in a social environment that provides the needed assistance with activities of daily living and enriched quality of care and quality of life.
03/11/2015
ALFA has begun its fifth annual call for short films on ageism. Many older adults are mentally and physically active well into their 80s and 90s and have a great deal to contribute to society. However, societal norms frequently marginalize older adults, treat them with disrespect, generalize them, and make them feel unwelcome.
03/11/2015
ALFA encourages the long-term care community to participate in the 2015 State of Seniors Housing Survey, a project that has captured and widely disseminated financial performance data for senior housing communities since 1992.
03/11/2015
The National Institutes of Health and partner groups have embarked on a new data portal to speed Alzheimer’s disease drug discovery.
03/03/2015
Scientists have found evidence of the amyloid protein found in Alzheimer’s disease in the brains of people as young as 20. Amyloid is normal in the brain and is an antioxidant promoting the brain’s ability to remain adaptable by forming new connections and reinforcing old ones, especially memories. However, the amyloid proteins start to clump together in some people, forming sticky masses in the brain that interfere with normal nerve function.
03/03/2015
Today’s average retirement ages of 64 for men and 62 for women are about the same where they were a decade ago, suggesting that some factors spurring the trend toward working longer since the 1980s may have exhausted themselves, according to new research from the Center for Retirement Research.
03/03/2015
The National Coalition on Care Coordination recently published an issue brief “Building the Business Case: Community Organizations Responding to the Changing Healthcare Environment for Aging Populations.” The brief reviews how community-based organizations can successfully adapt to changes in the healthcare and social service sectors to better meet the needs of the growing aging population.
03/03/2015
The senior living industry has an opportunity to work collaboratively with hospitals, especially as it relates to post-acute care for older adults, writes John Manasso in Senior Living Executive’s “Post-Acute Care Collaboration.” Companies such as Silverado, for example, which has a hospital readmission rate of 0.7 percent, could dovetail nicely into the business plan of a hospital with a high readmission rate.
03/03/2015
ALFA recently published the 2014 Top Ten Deficiency Report, which provides a state-by-state assessment of the most common regulatory citations in senior living communities.
03/01/2015
ALFA is redesigning its website to make it easier for you to use, and we’re asking for your feedback. Please take our 10 minute survey now.
02/24/2015
This year marks ALFA's 25th Anniversary! Twenty-five years of stories, laughter, inspiration and learning as a team. Share the moments that have helped define your passion for senior living, using hashtag #ALFA25!
02/24/2015
ALFA recently submitted a statement for the record related to a hearing on financial exploitation of seniors before a U.S. Senate committee, outlining its interest in stemming this growing epidemic.
02/24/2015
The Centers for Disease Control has released new state web tables using data from its National Study of Long-Term Care Providers conducted in 2012.
02/24/2015
The number of Americans using mind and body approaches to improve health and well-being remains high, according to new data gathered from a National Institutes of Health questionnaire administered every five years.
02/24/2015
The Administration for Community Living has announced a new funding opportunity for the Senior Medicare Patrol program project cooperative agreements.
02/19/2015
The Assisted Living Federation of America, which advocates for excellence in senior living, commends the Senate Special Committee on Aging for its efforts to highlight the growing epidemic of financial exploitation of seniors.
02/18/2015
The Administration for Community Living is seeking to strengthen the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs with a new rule due to prior “significant inconsistency among states in the quality of ombudsman services provided to residents.”
02/18/2015
The National Mature Media Awards has opened the nomination process for its 2015 competition (PDF) recognizing outstanding marketing, communications, educational materials and programs for adults age 50 and older.
02/18/2015
A new report from the Alzheimer’s Association focusing on the financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States cautions that costs could soar to more than $1 trillion by 2050.
02/18/2015
A new study crunching assisted living data lists the top 10 most expensive states with Washington, DC, topping the list. Washington is followed by New Jersey, Alaska, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New York, Delaware and Hawaii.
02/09/2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has revised some guidance to nursing facilities, now requiring hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training.
02/09/2015
In 2014, states across the country passed legislation and implemented regulations affecting assisted living providers. Do you know what changed in your state? Stay up to date on your state’s requirements through ALFA’s 2014 State Regulatory & Legislative Report.
02/09/2015
The Connecticut Assisted Living Association expands member value by creating fresh approaches to spreading the word about senior living, such as a partnership with a major media outlet and creating an education affiliate, the Institute for Senior Living Education.
02/06/2015
The National Council on Aging’s Institute of Senior Centers has partnered with the Music Performance Trust Fund and the Film Fund to provide grants for up to 500 live music performances at senior centers across the United States.
02/06/2015
Mass-ALFA invites you to submit a presentation proposal for our 2015 fall conference and trade show, the biggest annual conference dedicated to assisted living in New England!
02/04/2015
The Social Security Administration is offering a new online service for replacing an SSA-1099 form for beneficiaries who maintain a “my Social Security” account.
02/04/2015
The Department of Veterans Affairs is proposing to amend regulations governing who is eligible to receive a VA pension in response to recent recommendations made by the Government Accountability Office. The updated regulations would affect senior living communities in multiple ways. ALFA is in the process of analyzing the suggested changes and plans to submit comments to the VA regarding its proposal.
02/04/2015
Lights, camera, action! ALFA has begun its fifth annual call for short films on ageism. Many older adults are mentally and physically active well into their 80s and 90s and have a great deal to contribute to society. However, societal norms frequently marginalize older adults, treat them with disrespect, generalize them, and make them feel unwelcome.
02/04/2015
Two departments of the Administration on Community Living are working on a project to build a national training, technical assistance, and resource center to explore and develop supported decision-making as an alternative to guardianship.
02/04/2015
Early onset Alzheimer’s disease is in the spotlight with the new movie “Still Alice.” The film is raising awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, although in the movie actress Julianne Moore plays a 50-year-old linguistics professor who experiences early-onset familial Alzheimer’s, which is thought to account for just a small fraction of the disease
01/27/2015
Social Security announced that it will extend field office hours nationwide beginning March 16. The Social Security Administration said field offices now will be open until 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays rather than closing at 3 p.m. Offices will continue to close to the public an noon Wednesdays to allow employees to complete work and reduce backlogs.
01/27/2015
Researchers analyzed data among individuals age 65 and over and found an 8 percent increase in falls, or about a 30 percent rise in falls, from 1998-2010, according to new findings from the University of Michigan published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
01/27/2015
Voting is now open for the ALFA 2015 Hero Awards, a program recognizing individuals who are ideal representatives of the hundreds of thousands of people serving in senior living communities.
01/27/2015
The White House Conference on Aging is asking for senior living stories showcasing community activities and accomplishments as it helps shape the landscape for older adults in America over the next decade.
01/27/2015
Declining cognition is associated with a significant decline in financial literacy, according to a new study from the Center for Retirement Research.
01/26/2015
Q: Who can vote for the 2014 ALFA Hero Awards? A: Anyone! Employees, friends, family members, residents, the general public, even the nominees themselves can vote.
01/23/2015
The swelling ranks of the nation’s older adults are changing the face of the nation, creating a complex array of opportunities and challenges for issues including healthcare, lifestyle choices, healthy aging, and long-term care financing. The Assisted Living Federation of America is honored to be part of the solution, offering older adults a choice in where they call home and so much more.
01/22/2015
RF Technologies®, a leading provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) healthcare safety and security solutions, announced today the release of new products for their Sensatec® Fall Management Solution, enhancing safety to patients in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities and residents in senior living communities.
01/21/2015
The Assisted Living Federation of America, which advocates for excellence in senior living, applauds President Obama’s remarks in the State of the Union speech highlighting the need to hire veterans and support working families caring for children. We hope that as a nation we can also make progress on supporting those members of our growing aging population and the families who love and care for them.
01/21/2015
ALFA has been working diligently to evolve into an organization positioned and equipped to address the long-term needs of the senior living industry. We have realigned our priorities and programs, refined our focus at the state level, and are creating high standards for excellence in senior living through long-term investments in credentialing and partnerships that create greater value for our members.
01/21/2015
The American Health Lawyers Association is hosting its Long Term Care and the Law Conference February 23-25 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel where participants will increase their knowledge of regulatory issues, learn practical information to increase operational effectiveness and understand challenges and risks for post-acute and long term care providers.
01/21/2015
Medicare payments for hospice care in assisted living communities has more than doubled in five years, totaling $2.1 billion in 2012, according to a new study from the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Inspector General.
01/21/2015
It’s a difficult and murky place many adult children and their parents find themselves when it comes to discussing end-of-life planning. Author Tim Prosch is offering a solution through a new book “The Other Talk: A Guide to Talking with Your Adult Children About the Rest of Your Life.”
01/13/2015
ALFA is collecting data for the 2015 Largest Senior Living Provider list, which appears in the March/April edition of ALFA’s Senior Living Executive magazine.
01/13/2015
The government is seeking in put on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020. The Office of the National Coordinators for Health IT is accepting public comments on a draft version of the plan.
01/13/2015
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a final rule revising the financial reporting guidelines for operators participating in the Federal Housing Administration’s program for insurance of senior living communities.
01/13/2015
ALFA has just published the 2014 Top Ten Deficiency Report, which provides a state-by-state assessment of the most common regulatory citations in senior living communities.
01/13/2015
New York is one of the most diverse states in the nation, home to broad rural regions yet housing the nation’s largest city that boasts a population of more than 8 million. As the state’s older population grows, New Yorkers and their families have been looking for greater choice and solutions in finding places for older adults to call home.
01/07/2015
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data last month showing that the flu is now widespread across the United States, although it’s unclear if this season will prove worse than prior years.
01/07/2015
Senior living online resource firms Caring.com and SeniorHomes.com have allied to ramp up their presence for sales leads. San Mateo, California-based Caring.com and Seattle-based SeniorHomes.com will continue to operate under their brand names, but will share back-end operations such as call centers.
01/07/2015
Willis Senior Living has unveiled its webinar lineup for 2015, including a roster of informative and educational sessions. The Willis-hosted event will feature experts on subjects including:
01/07/2015
China is unfurling ample opportunities to long-term care advocates such as Pennsylvania-based Genesis Healthcare, which opened a health center in Guangzhou in November and plans to expand across the country.
01/07/2015
Senior living experts will convene next month to participate in a three-day Senior Housing Institute hosted by the University of Southern California’s schools for gerontology and business.
01/07/2015
Congress recently signed a funding bill including the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act, enabling scientists at the National Institutes of Health to tell Congress the amount of funding they need on an annual basis to reach the national goal to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.
12/29/2014
ALFA has extended the deadline for the 2015 ALFA Awards to January 5, 2015. To learn more and submit nominations visit www.alfa.org/awards.
12/23/2014
The Administration for Community Living has unveiled its theme for Older Americans Month this May - “Get Into the Act.” The annual event recognizes older adults for their contributions to the United States. “In honor of this upcoming 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, we are focused on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others,” according to the ACL website.
12/22/2014
The Senate Special Committee on Aging released a report focusing on ways to increase the use of generic drugs within the Medicare Part D program, and it’s calling on a government watchdog to examine the cause of recent price increases for certain generic drugs.
12/22/2014
It is a truism in the senior care sector that if you’ve seen one community, you’ve seen (just) one community, because there is such a wide range of care models and service offerings available. While this diversity ensures a wealth of choices for consumers, it also can make “comparison shopping” that much more challenging.
12/22/2014
ALFA’s annual awards program is now open for nominations, but the window is closing fast. Please consider nominating your most innovative people, processes and ideas for the recognition they deserve. The call for nominations closes Dec. 31 (no extension).
12/22/2014
The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living has been ramping up its efforts to advance excellence in assisted living through a new vision, mission statement and guiding principles.
12/22/2014
As you begin the new year, make sure you don’t miss the biggest senior living stories of 2014. Last year’s most widely read topics include innovative programs for resident engagement, a CMS ruling on assisted living, senior housing supply falling immensely below future demand, and more.
12/18/2014
On December 15, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a final rule amending its representation case (i.e., election) procedures. The so-called “quickie elections” procedures will take effect on April 14, 2015.
12/17/2014
ALFA’s annual awards program is now open for nominations, but the window is closing fast. Please consider nominating your most innovative people, processes and ideas for the recognition they deserve. The call for nominations closes Dec. 31 (no extension).
12/17/2014
The first 90 days after move-in is a period of ongoing adjustment and mixed emotions for residents and families. It’s also a critical opportunity to leverage the relationship with the family into an enduring long-term partnership.
12/17/2014
Medical debt has a significant impact on consumer credit, with 43 million Americans having overdue medical debt on their credit cards, prompting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to take action in this area.

MEMBERS in the News

05/22/2015
The LaSalle Group, a national leader in residential memory care, opens Autumn Leaves of Arlington Heights this month at 1625 South Arlington Heights Road. The new location is the company's 10th community in the Chicago area.
05/21/2015
CVS Health will pay more than $10 billion for pharmaceutical distributor Omnicare in a deal primed to feed its fast-growing specialty drug business and tap a lucrative and growing market: care for seniors.
05/19/2015
Autumn Leaves, a leading residential memory care provider with more than 40 assisted living communities across the country, has launched its new "chair chi" exercise program for residents in all its communities as part of its unique resident engagement program called "So Much More."
05/18/2015
FL ALFA’s New Blended Core Training Program has been re-designed to provide students with specific information about Florida’s latest laws and rules. This new blended course has been months in the making, and provides the latest information to help participants familiarize themselves with Florida’s complex regulations
05/15/2015
With a dedicated focus to become an employer of choice, Tutera Senior Living & Health Care has hired Leslie Young as director of human resources operations. Young will lead Tutera’s expansion of human resource initiatives to better understand and respond to the distinct needs of its employees serving residents and families in Tutera’s 47 communities in 13 states across the country.

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