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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

03/26/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "Senior Living Art Showcase Open for Submissions," "Last Week for Early Discounts for ALFA’s Conference & Expo," and "Study: Baby Boomers Not Healthier Than Other Generations."
03/19/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "Call for Participation in Seniors Housing Survey," "Share Your Passion for Senior Living with ALFA," and "Study: U.S. Needs to Face Implications of an Aging Society."
03/11/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "ALFA Comments on Proposed Rules from Veterans Affairs," "Harvard University Honors Wisconsin Assisted Living Group," and "Public-Private Partnership Speeds Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery."

Recent Senior Living News:

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 Assisted Living Federation of America in partnership with Sargent Art is excited to launch 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.
03/25/2015
It’s that time of year again to invest in your professional development. Register for the ALFA 2015 Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida and collaborate with thought leaders to advance quality care and services for seniors and their families. ALFA members save $150 per registration through March 27.
03/25/2015
Baby boomers are not necessarily healthier than previous generations, according to a new study published in the health policy journal Milbank Quarterly. While the generation overall has better education, higher income and lower smoking rates, they also have the negative impact of increasing obesity and related health problems.
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.”
03/18/2015
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
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.
03/18/2015
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.
03/11/2015
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
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
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
The National Institutes of Health and partner groups have embarked on a new data portal to speed Alzheimer’s disease drug discovery.
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.
03/03/2015
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.
03/03/2015
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
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
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
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.
03/01/2015
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
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.
02/18/2015
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
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.
02/09/2015
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Declining cognition is associated with a significant decline in financial literacy, according to a new study from the Center for Retirement Research.
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
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.
01/26/2015
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
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
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.”
01/21/2015
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
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
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.
01/13/2015
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.
01/13/2015
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
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
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
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.
01/07/2015
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.
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
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 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
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:
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
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
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
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
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
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 future of disability among older American adults will be affected by how the United States prepares for and manages a complex array of fiscal, medical, technological and other developments that will unfold in the next several decades, according to authors of a new study from the National Institute on Aging.
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.
12/10/2014
SeniorAdvisor.com, a website showcasing thousands of families’ reviews of assisted living, memory care communities, retirement communities and other senior living homes, unveiled its Best of 2015 Awards this week.
12/09/2014
A new robot research project hopes to provide a solution for people who have limited hand functionality and who rely on wheelchairs for mobility. Researchers hope to create a system and chair that can be controlled by a user’s head movements and would be designed to adapt to an individual user.
12/09/2014
Legacy Retirement Communities of Lincoln, NE, does not build relationships with potential customers by inviting them to a prospect luncheon or traditional open house. In their experience, such events often entail expensive advertising and draw too few takers.
12/09/2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a long-term care toolkit with resources for senior living communities to provide access to flu vaccines for their workforce. It’s also designed to help employers in long-term care understand the importance of the flu vaccine for employees.
12/09/2014
New Hampshire recently hosted a conference to address aging issues in New England, attended by political and civic leaders from Maine, Vermont, and New Hampshire.
12/04/2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued an official health advisory due to the high frequency in the United States of the H3N2 virus, which in the past has led to higher overall hospitalization rates especially among older adults, very young children and people with certain chronic medical conditions.
12/03/2014
The National Institute on Aging offers holiday hints for caregivers of those who have Alzheimer’s disease. The tip sheet is available as an eBook and as a PDF. Information also is available in the publication Caring for a Person with Alzheimer’s Disease: Your Easy-to-Use Guide from the National Institute on Aging.
12/03/2014
Country Meadows Retirement Communities based in Hershey, Pa., took home top honors in the category of Resident and Family Engagement in 2014. Moving from a long-time family home to a retirement community can be a huge adjustment. One of the aspects of their former lives that Country Meadows Retirement Communities residents say they miss most is taking a vacation far from home.
12/03/2014
The Assisted Living Federation of America welcomes new President and CEO James Balda to its team, effective mid-January.
12/03/2014
Assisted living communities experienced occupancy levels of 89.4 percent, the best showing since late 2007, according to the National Investment Center’s top economist.
12/03/2014
Most people with dementia never have screening, according to a new study published in the online issue of Neurology. “These results suggest that approximately 1.8 million Americans over the age of 70 with dementia have never had an evaluation of their cognitive abilities,” said study author Vikas Kotagal of the University of Michigan Health System.
11/25/2014
Mark Hemingway steeled himself for what he might see on a trip to Vietnam to tour a senior living and orphan campus, paying his own way on invitation from a Texas church that discovered his background in senior living and had briefed him on what to expect in this charitable adventure.
11/25/2014
The government has proposed additional measure for ensuring that homeowners and struggling borrowers have more foreclosure protections, including expanded rules affecting surviving family members.
11/25/2014
New data shines a light on saying “I do” in the United States – remarriage is on the rise for Americans ages 55 and older and older newlyweds are among those most likely to be entering their third marriage.
11/25/2014
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.
11/25/2014
The Arbor Company in Atlanta, Ga., took home the top prize in the Dining category in 2014 for its Dining with Dignity program. Dining with DignityFavorite foods that once were forbidden are now back on the menu for residents of Arbor Terrace’s Engaged Living memory care program who cannot easily manage utensils or swallow solid foods.
11/18/2014
More than 200 senior living executives gathered in New Orleans last week to address myriad issues facing their industry and their professional development, including the state of the industry, leadership, technological advances, and achieving operational excellence.
11/18/2014
Senior Living Executive each year combs through data to put together a list of senior living’s Largest Providers. The issue is one of the magazine’s most popular. For the 2014 list, the top 80 providers accounted for a total operational resident capacity of 528,099 versus approximately 514,000 in the 2013 list.
11/18/2014
Research studies and clinical trials help doctors and others understand more about aging and diseases affecting older adults and to help spread that message, a group of government organizations have developed a toolkit designed to encourage research participation.
11/18/2014
It’s now open season for people seeking to switch health coverage plans and that means watch out for scams, says the Federal Trade Commission. The agency offers tips to help consumers more safely navigate the open enrollment season.
11/18/2014
The Orchards at Southington in Southington, Conn., N.J., took home the top prize in the Resident & Family Engagement category in 2014 for its W.I.S.E. educational program. The Orchards at Southington and Central Connecticut State University are bridging the generation gap through a win-win “service learning” program called Working Together: Intergenerational Student/Senior Exchange, or W.I.S.E.
11/10/2014
Design and aesthetics are an integral part of today’s senior living communities and the most recent issue of Senior Living Executive highlights the winning projects in ALFA’s third-annual Senior Living by Design competition.
11/10/2014
Senior living residents are encouraging providers to put increasing emphasis on brain health initiatives, according to Senior Living Executive. Senior living consumers are more knowledgeable than ever before about how lifestyle affects brain health, and in turn are demanding brain fitness and memory preservation programs.
11/10/2014
The discussion about planning for end-of-life care or care for advanced illness is regaining traction among the health policy community and the public, and it should be refashioned, say two aging experts.
11/10/2014
Although concerns over Ebola are abating in the United States, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention continues to disseminate information about how to protect America from the virus.
11/10/2014
Status Solutions of Charlottesville, Va., won in the Information Technology category in 2014 for its SARA eMessenger mobile, or Situational Awareness and Response Assistant, technology add-on.
11/04/2014
The National Institute on Aging’s Office of Special Populations is making efforts to recruit African-Americans for clinical trial recruitment and post mortem brain donation, reflecting a primary goal of the nation’s official plan to address Alzheimer’s disease – to obtain a better understanding of how it affects diverse populations.
11/04/2014
Half of older adults who sustain injuries so severe that they could die in the hospital or not be able to function independently are not asked in the intensive care unit if they wish to speak with palliative care specialists about preferences for end-of-life care, according to a new study reported in Medical News Today.
11/04/2014
Which cities do most older adults call home? Forbes.com took a look at changes from 2000 to 2013 in the share of seniors in the populations of the largest metro areas in the United States to determine where they live and which regions have seen the biggest changes in age demographics.
11/04/2014
Fox Rehabilitation of Cherry Hill, N.J., garnered a Program to Spotlight award in 2014 for its Fox Optimal Living Program. Truly good health is as much about functional wellness as medical wellness. Fox Rehabilitation created a business/clinical model to provide senior care residents with access to unlimited therapy and wellness services, in conjunction with a physician, regardless of insurance limitations.
11/04/2014
Researchers have developed a blood test that could diagnose early onset Alzheimer’s disease. The University of Melbourne researchers previously identified changes in the brain occurring approximately two decades before patients show any signs of dementia. The new blood test could predict these changes much earlier than is currently possible.
10/30/2014
California’s motto is simply “Eureka,” meaning “I have found it.” That sentiment reflects perfectly the many seniors who chose the Golden State’s many resources to enjoy their silver years, including its burgeoning senior living communities.
10/30/2014
The Alzheimer’s Association of America is hosting National Memory Screening Day, November 18. During the event, healthcare professionals are providing free, confidential memory screenings at sites across the country, including senior living communities, doctor’s offices, hospitals, libraries, pharmacies and Alzheimer’s agencies. T
10/30/2014
The SCAN Foundation and Avalere Health have created a new comprehensive brochure “Establishing the Financial Sustainability of Your Organization’s Person-Centered Care Model.”
10/30/2014
In 2013, 10.1 percent of post-9/11 era military veterans were unemployed, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The jobless rate for military spouses was even higher, at 26 percent, while more than 80 percent of spouses reported wanting to work.
10/30/2014
Chocolate lovers rejoice – a new study found that a natural compound found in cocoa could reverse age-related memory loss. The study in Nature Neuroscience revealed that flavanoids improved neural connections in mice in parts of the brain related to memory formation.
10/21/2014
Alzheimer’s is a transformative, thieving disease, robbing its targets of precious memories and much more and affecting women twice as often as men. To focus more on the issues special to women when it comes to Alzheimer’s disease, US Against Alzheimer’s launched the Women Against Alzheimer’s Network in earnest about two years ago.
10/21/2014
News and information about the recent Ebola virus disease outbreak in the United States is constantly changing. Here’s a roundup of helpful websites and other information to keep senior living managers up-to-date on what you need to know.
10/21/2014
The Administration for Community Living is reorganizing, including expanding the Office of Elder Rights to become the Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services.
10/21/2014
The American Geriatrics Society and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have teamed up to educate healthcare providers and the public about older driver safety.
10/21/2014
The National Quality Forum is embarking on a new two-year project to create a framework for quality measurement for residents living in a community who are supported by home and community-based services, or HCBS.
10/15/2014
The National Center for Health Statistics has released its latest data for mortality in the United States in 2012, revealing that life expectancy has reached a record high and the 10 leading causes of death remain the same.
10/15/2014
Stories and news about Ebola are omnipresent today and whenever there’s a health scare in the headlines, scammers are sure to follow close behind.
10/15/2014
Brookdale got back to the basics with the help of PeopleSoft software. It created a basic hiring template that ALFA recognized as a Program to Spotlight in its Best of the Best awards program in 2014.

MEMBERS in the News

03/30/2015
The LaSalle Group, a national leader in residential memory care, will break ground this month on The Whitley of Wheeling, located at 156 W. Dundee Road. The new community will be The LaSalle Group's first location designed for both assisted living and memory care residents.
03/27/2015
The LaSalle Group, a national leader in residential memory care, breaks ground on its first Kansas location at Autumn Leaves of Overland Park next month. The new community, located at 12701 Pflumm Road, is slated to open in late 2016.
03/25/2015
OnShift, a leader in human capital management software for post-acute care and senior living, today announced the winners of its Fourth Annual Scheduler of the Year Awards. OnShift clients submitted nominations detailing the organizational successes driven by schedulers in their communities. This year’s winners were selected from over 100 nominations across assisted living, skilled nursing and continuing care retirement communities.
03/17/2015
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. (NYSE: BKD) and HCP, Inc. (NYSE: HCP) have entered into a definitive agreement to acquire 35 private pay senior living communities from Chartwell Retirement Residences for $849 million.
03/17/2015
OnShift, a leader in human capital management software for post-acute care and senior living, today announced the release of a market research report on workforce issues in senior care. The research, Workforce Insights: Get Ahead, identified that current provider practices are trailing in the path to improving workforce quality and improving their human capital management strategy is a top organizational priority.

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