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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

07/22/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "Justice Department Offers New Guidance on Service Animals," "Uber Rolls Out Pilot Programs to Engage Older Adults," and "White House Launches Aging.gov."
07/16/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "State of the Industry 2016: An ALFA Provider Member Survey," "Poll: Most Americans 40-Plus Do Not Feel Prepared for Long-Term Care," and "Senators Ask GAO for Assisted Living Medicaid Investigation."
07/08/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "White House Conference on Aging Offers Ways to Get Involved," "Senator Questions FDA on Fraudulent Alzheimer’s Supplements," and "Study: Baby Boomers Shift the Homeownership Landscape."

Recent Senior Living News:

07/24/2015
Asking for (and getting) a raise is about a lot more than whether or not you need more money. It's a time to prove that you're valuable to your company, and that you're worth the extra investment, as well as a chance to reflect on your overall performance as an employee. If you do it right, you may just get the raise you want.
07/21/2015
The deadline to submit to the 2015 Senior Living by Design Awards competition is July 31. ALFA created the awards program to recognize innovative design solutions honoring resident choice and promoting independence. Unlike other design competitions, Senior Living by Design is highly tuned to functionality; aesthetic appeal is just one element of judging criteria. Architects/designers and senior living companies are invited to submit projects.
07/21/2015
The White House has launched Aging.gov, an online resource designed for older adults, their families, friends and other caregivers to find government-wide information on helping older adults live independent and purposeful lives.
07/21/2015
Ride-sharing company Uber launched a program during the White House Conference on Aging to further engage older adults by rolling out a pilot program in select cities for community-based senior outreach.
07/21/2015
The Justice Department has issued additional guidance on the use of service animals in relation to the Americans with Disabilities Act. The guidance is meant to further assist people who use service animals as well as public places covered by the ADA such as retailers, hotels, medical facilities, hospitals and other places open to the public.
07/21/2015
Errors on memory and thinking tests could signal Alzheimer’s disease up to 18 years before diagnosis, according to a new study from Rush University researchers. While a study out of Washington University shows that by studying brain scans and cerebrospinal fluid of healthy adults, scientists have shown that changes in Alzheimer’s biomarkers during midlife may help identify who will develop the disease years later.
07/20/2015
The Massachusetts Assisted Living Facilities Association (Mass-ALFA) board of directors has selected Richard T. Moore of Uxbridge as the new president of the organization, according to Sharon Ricardi, Mass-ALFA board chair and senior vice president of Burlington-based Northbridge Companies, a leader in independent living, assisted living, and memory care residences.
07/17/2015
If you thought your test-taking days ended when you left school, think again. Recent research shows that about 76% of organizations with more than 100 employees rely on assessment tools such as aptitude and personality tests for external hiring. That figure is expected to climb to 88% over the next few years.
07/15/2015
ALFA is partnering with US Against Alzheimer’s to support Dementia Friendly America, a new national initiative to build a more dementia-friendly nation by formalizing efforts in cities, states, and counties to include informed, safe and respected neighborhoods for individuals with dementia and their families.
07/15/2015
The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care will be leading a three-year $1.5 million national trial to examine methods to reduce unnecessary use of antibiotics in post-acute and long-term care communities.
07/15/2015
Most Americans age 40 and older do not feel prepared for planning or financing long-term care for themselves or a loved one, according to a new poll from the Associated Press and the NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
07/15/2015
A bipartisan group of senators who sit on the Senate Special Committee on Aging have asked the General Accountability Office to prepare a report on the oversight and quality of care provided to Medicaid enrollees at assisted living communities.
07/15/2015
Health Care Reform medical plan regulations in 2016 are different from what was permitted in 2015. What are senior living operators changing for 2016? Not changing? How do we benchmark against our peer members?
07/13/2015
So, you finally took the plunge and signed up for Twitter. You even got a little hard core and started tweeting regularly several times per day and following influencers in your industry. Now that you’re starting to feel more comfortable with the platform, you may be wondering what the next steps are to step up your Twitter game and really use it to benefit your career.
07/10/2015
If you’ve been at the same job for some time, it’s all too easy to just assume that a promotion will come along every year, like a bonus for time served. But you have to do more than log hours to make it to the next level. More responsibility means actively showing (and sometimes telling) your boss that you’re ready to take on a new role.
07/09/2015
Good news: You've probably heard by now that unemployment in the U.S. is at its lowest in seven years. Companies are actively hiring, and candidates are seeking new jobs. If you're ready to start your job search, how can you stand out from everyone else who is taking advantage of the positive situation?
07/07/2015
A top lawmaker on the Senate Special Committee on Aging has launched an examination of products, regulations and retailers in the dietary supplement industry that market to older adults with claims about improving memory and treating dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.
07/07/2015
Homeownership is in decline, according to a new report examining the state of the nation’s housing. The rate of homeownership was just 64.5 percent last year, which eradicates nearly all of the increase in the previous 20 years.
07/07/2015
ALFA convenes Executive Roundtables several times a year, which are made up of industry peers from different companies working in the same field. These peer groups discuss challenges and opportunities and share ideas to help raise the bar of excellence throughout the senior living industry.
07/07/2015
ALFA will select approximately 10 design judges from the senior living industry to help determine the Senior Living by Design Winners.
07/07/2015
The White House Conference on Aging will be held July 13 and there are a variety of ways to get involved.
07/06/2015
Doing your best work requires focus and energy. But it’s hard to stay focused for an 8-hour stretch. So how can you find the necessary energy to get your work done? How do you choose those precious moments when you think you’ll be feeling your best to do the most challenging work? And what’s the best way to ride out any lulls?
07/02/2015
Stellar design in senior living is more than local architectural identity. It goes beyond beauty, and transcends into comfort and wellness. It’s important to humanize and personalize the space and minimize the appearance of the clinical aspects of care in order to preserve the identity of “home.”
06/30/2015
Senior living communities search regularly for ways to cut costs in some areas and to boost resources in others in their mission to provide the best care and communication possible for residents and loved ones.
06/30/2015
The Labor Department released a proposed rule governing overtime by seeking to more than double the salary level under which most workers qualify for overtime when they work more than 40 hours per week.
06/30/2015
Hearthstone’s founder, John Zeisel, is broadcasting a new show on a local Massachusetts cable station called “Hopeful Aging with Dr. John Zeisel.” The first two programs aired in September with subsequently monthly programs. The local station, Bedford TV, posts the shows on YouTube. Local cable stations also can request the show as well.
06/30/2015
The new report “Status of Women in the States” takes a look at older women across the country and by state including demographics, opportunities, health, and employment and earnings.
06/26/2015
“We need someone with a higher energy level,” is one coded way of an employer saying: “I won’t hire you because you are too old.” There are many more excuses out there, and after hearing them over and over, talented older workers often give up looking in frustration.
06/25/2015
You know you’re supposed to customize your resume for each and every job application. But sometimes, it’s not so clear how you can give the employers what they’re looking for—at least, not without being in-your-face obvious.
06/24/2015
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.
06/24/2015
ALFA executive report “ALFA Advocates for You” is now available for members, showcasing the many ways ALFA engages on the state and federal levels to ensure a favorable operating environment for senior living businesses through education, advocacy and development of the highest quality standards for senior living.
06/24/2015
The 2015 Senior Living by Design Awards competition is now open. Nominations will be accepted through July 31. ALFA created the awards program to recognize innovative design solutions honoring resident choice and promoting independence.
06/24/2015
The National Council on Aging has offered 10 recommendations to promote healthy aging. Enhance access to family caregiver support programs for veterans and federal employees and chronic disease self-management education (CDSME), which has been proven to improve health and functional outcomes and reduce hospitalizations and emergency room visits.
06/24/2015
The Health and Human Services Department has unveiled an interactive online tool to aid community health agencies and emergency management officials in disaster preparedness as they plan ahead to meet the emergency needs of community residents who rely on medical and assistive equipment powered by electricity.
06/19/2015
You did it: You’ve made it to management! So, how can you take that one step further into a leadership role? First, let’s consider the difference between managing and leading. Managing involves overseeing daily, tactical office functions and activities, whereas leading involves building on the overall capabilities of your team.
06/17/2015
Communities and advocates for older adults from around the globe participated in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day June 15 to increase awareness of the problem and to empower those who seek to solve it.
06/17/2015
ALFA, through the soon-to-be launched Senior Living Certification Commission (SLCC), will be developing a certification program for assisted living executive directors. This will be a voluntary initiative that ALFA, SLCC and the senior living profession are championing to raise the bar of excellence for this critical position.
06/17/2015
The ALFA 2015 Senior Living Executive Conference & Expo offered 2,700 participants unique insight on the future of the industry and unparalleled access to senior living thought leaders from around the nation.
06/17/2015
ALFA has signed on to a letter written by the National Health Council supporting a patient-focused bill currently before federal lawmakers that advances the discovery and development of treatments, enhances the patient voice in the regulatory environment and increases funding for the National Institutes of Health and the Food and Drug Administration.
06/17/2015
Doctors discuss optimal eating plans for a woman with early stage Alzheimer’s disease in a CulinaryRx case report. In a lightly edited transcript from a Google Hangout discussion, doctors discuss the relevance of food in the treatment of a neurologic condition.
06/16/2015
As a former hiring manager who now helps clients with their own hiring, I look at a lot of résumés. Day after day, I see job candidates severely harming their own chances by submitting résumés that do a terrible job of highlighting their qualifications and making it easy for employers to spot why they might be the right person for the job.
06/15/2015
You’ve heard these sayings over and over: The early bird gets the worm, hard work pays off, be the first to arrive in the office and the last to leave. There are so many motivational quotes—cliché and otherwise—that it’s easy to buy into them all.
06/12/2015
During the first few months in your new role and workplace, you are technically on probation. To hold on to your job, you have to make the right first impression and get the approval of your peers and management. It's up to you to get things started on the right foot.
06/10/2015
There is a great demand for workers to provide long-term care to older adults in the United States between now and 2030, according to new reports, and ALFA offers resources to help address this trend.
06/10/2015
Dementia disproportionately affects women throughout the world and countries need to develop health and social care policies based on evidence of need within each country, according to the new “Women and Dementia: A Global Research Review” report from Alzheimer’s Disease International.
06/10/2015
Many people misunderstand reverse mortgages after viewing advertisements about them, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found after conducting a focus group study.
06/10/2015
No one wants to think about disasters affecting us, but they do happen. Natural disasters like hurricanes, earthquakes and tornadoes, or man-made disasters like mass shootings and train derailments, occur with some regularity around the country. When these unfortunate events occur, we need to be able to turn to each other to help our families and our communities respond and recover.
06/10/2015
The 2015 Senior Living by Design Awards competition is now open. Unlike other design competitions, Senior Living by Design is highly turned to functionality; aesthetic appeal is just one element of judging criteria. Architects/designers and senior living companies are invited to submit projects.
06/05/2015
Ah, the elevator pitch. A favorite tool of the networking masses. A rite of passage of sorts. You’ve heard the scenario: you step into an elevator and go up one floor. The elevator doors open and in walks the client of your dreams. They start some small talk and ask, “What do you do?” and you’ve got the rest of the elevator ride to respond. How do you answer that in 20 seconds in such a way that gets them interested?
06/03/2015
Some experts estimate that 85% of your financial success comes not from your skills or knowledge, but from your ability to connect with other people and engender their trust and respect.Within seconds, everyone you meet forms an impression that largely determines whether they’ll like, trust, and respect you.
06/02/2015
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.
06/02/2015
Assisted living communities, residents and their loved ones can learn from a new bulletin on financial planning for the future, especially for older adults who may develop cognitive impairments and may not be able to effectively manage money and property.
06/02/2015
A U.S. District Court judge recently issued a decision upholding a new rule crafted by the National Labor Relations Board that significantly shortens the time a union election can take place after an official petition is filed. It is the first major court victory for the regulation, which took effect mid-April.
06/02/2015
The 2015 Senior Living by Design Awards competition is now open. ALFA created the awards program to recognize innovative design solutions honoring resident choice and promoting independence. Unlike other design competitions, Senior Living by Design is highly turned to functionality; aesthetic appeal is just one element of judging criteria. Architects/designers and senior living companies are invited to submit projects.
06/02/2015
Since the government created the most recent Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act regulations in 2013, the senior housing world has seen a groundswell of change, writes Adam Stone in the May/June issue of Senior Living Executive.
05/29/2015
There’s a lot you can do to prepare for an interview. You can research the company, try to figure out what questions the hiring manager will ask, and—of course—practice. But, in the end, you still might be completely blindsided by how the interview progresses.
05/28/2015
Mistakes happen – after all, you’re human. But some mistakes are more critical than others. The ones that are most important are the ones that can derail your career. Those are the mistakes you simply can’t afford to make.
05/27/2015
ALFA has released a newly updated Labor Relations Guide & Tool Kit designed to aid senior living companies as they navigate the often changing field of labor law and regulation.
05/27/2015
Florida ALFA, the Florida chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America, announced that thanks to its collaboration with the Agency for Health Care Administration, a new policy initiative in the state has taken effect that creates an expedited initial licensure process for assisted living communities.
05/27/2015
The biggest workforce challenges in senior care today are finding qualified candidates, employee retention and staff satisfaction and scheduling staff to meet needs, according to new survey results from a partnership between OnShift and Long-Term Care News.
05/27/2015
The aging demographics in the United States have significant implications for the nation’s economy, but its Germany and Italy after only Japan that are already where the United States will be in 2050 – when a fifth of the country’s population is age 65 or older.
05/27/2015
More than one-third of people age 65 and older fall each year and those who fall once are two to three times more likely to fall again, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. However, falls are not an inevitable result of aging.
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
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
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
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.

MEMBERS in the News

07/22/2015
Legend Senior Living is proud to announce Chris Mahen has been selected as the Chief Operating Officer. In this position, Mahen will be responsible for operational and business functions at Legend Senior Living.
07/20/2015
Penrose Senior Care Auditors® new “Uber-esque” App provides a simple and easy way for families to hire certified professionals to check on their seniors in assisted living communities and report back to them real-time.
07/17/2015
Brandywine Senior Living's memory care and assisted living community in Colt's Neck, NJ announced that it has again been recognized as an Advanced Standing community.
07/16/2015
Lancaster Pollard announced today that Tom Green, CEO, and Brian Pollard, president, will transition day-to-day management of the firm and have announced a new leadership team. Nick Gesue, previously senior vice president and chief credit officer with Lancaster Pollard, has been named CEO and Kass Matt, most recently a managing director with the firm, has been named president of Lancaster Pollard Holdings Company, LLC.
07/14/2015
OnShift announced its Five Star Staffing Guide, new features that give post-acute care providers insight into their current staffing performance and guidance for achieving their Five Star staffing rating goals.

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The deadline to submit to the 2015 Senior Living by Design Awards competition is July 31. ALFA created the awards program to recognize innovative d...
ALFA is partnering with US Against Alzheimer’s to support Dementia Friendly America, a new national initiative to build a more dementia-friendly natio...
ALFA convenes Executive Roundtables several times a year, which are made up of industry peers from different companies working in the same field. Thes...
Senior living communities search regularly for ways to cut costs in some areas and to boost resources in others in their mission to provide the best c...
ALFA executive report “ALFA Advocates for You” is now available for members, showcasing the many ways ALFA engages on the state and federal levels to ...