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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

04/16/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "Bipartisan Think Tank to Examine Long-Term Care Issues," "ALFA Urges NRLB to Keep Current Union Election Rules," "Webinar: Helping Future Residents Find the Right Community," and "Voting Open for Senior Art Showcase Competition."
04/09/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "Celebrate Seniors in May - Older Americans Month," "Hospice Organizations Invited to Try New Medicare Model," "Mature Media Awards Accepting Nominations," and "Learn More About ALFAPAC via Webinar This Week."
04/03/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "House Panel Chairman Kline Outlines Key Issues for ALFA Roundtable," "New Tools Curb Medicare Fraud, But Problems Persist," and "ALFA Urges Members to Ask Senators to Sign Alzheimer's Funding Letter."

Recent Senior Living News:

04/16/2014
With more than double the executive-level educational sessions of previous years, the ALFA 2014 Conference & Expo is a greater value than ever before. Senior living professionals who register by April 25 will enjoy a special discounted rate.
04/15/2014
The Assisted Living Federation of America filed comments last week with the National Labor Relations Board opposing a proposed rule that would shorten the length of time between the filing of a union election petition and the actual election.
04/15/2014
Voting for artwork entered into ALFA’s 2014 Senior Living Art Showcase is now open. Eligible entries that best embody the theme have been uploaded onto ALFA’s Facebook page for voting through April 22. Artists and staff are encouraged to tell their friends and family to vote online by clicking “like” next to the photo of their artwork.
04/15/2014
Some families begin to look for assisted living communities as a place for mom or dad to call home within a timeline of a few weeks while others may spend years researching the right spot. “Assisted living communities need to realize this and reach out to families in different ways,” said Kate Roper, Caring.com’s vice president of sales. “It’s important to establish relationships with both seniors and their adult children.”
04/15/2014
An exhilarating yet heartbreaking moment in CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley’s career was when she strode on stage to moderate a 2012 presidential debate. It’s heart-racing to fulfill such an important role but heartbreaking when the last thought she had as she crossed the stage was “mom will never remember this.”
04/15/2014
The Bipartisan Policy Center last week launched a new initiative to find a politically and fiscally viable way to improve the financing and delivery of long-term care.
04/08/2014
Assisted living communities remain one of the most cost-effective choices when searching for long-term care solutions, according to a new study conducted by CareScout for long-term care insurer Genworth.
04/08/2014
The National Mature Media Awards has opened the nomination process for the nation’s largest awards program annually recognizing the best marketing, communications, educational materials and programs for adults age 50 and older.
04/08/2014
Medicare soon will reimburse hospices offering palliative care and providers offering curative services, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently announced. Under the current system, a beneficiary must stop curative treatments to use Medicare’s hospice benefit.
04/08/2014
A shared purpose brought you and your organization to ALFA, and a unified voice is a compelling tool for advocates like you. ALFA strives to provide clear avenues to lead you toward becoming a more effective advocate. We realize that without you our cause becomes diluted and disappears among the din of the other 1.3 million associations vying to be heard.
04/08/2014
May is Older Americans Month recognizing older Americans for their contributions and to provide them with information to help them stay healthy and active. This year’s theme is “Safe Today. Healthy Tomorrow.”
04/01/2014
Senior living was on a roll in 2013 and ALFA’s Senior Living Executive magazine once again offers its annual look at the largest senior living providers.
04/01/2014
Members of ALFA’s Human Resources Roundtable met with the chairman of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce to exchange ideas and discuss key issues affecting senior living communities.
04/01/2014
Fruits like strawberries and mangoes containing flavonol fisetin may protect the brain against Alzheimer’s disease, a new study shows. Research from the Salk Institute for Biological Studies shows that mice that had been genetically engineered to develop Alzheimer’s retained their normal cognitive skills when they were fed fisetin.
04/01/2014
Co-chairs of the Senate Alzheimer’s Task Force are urging fellow senators to sign on to their letter asking the Appropriations Committee to support research for Alzheimer’s disease and related caregiver programs in a key 2015 appropriations bill.
04/01/2014
Despite some improvement and fraud-fighting tools used by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the country is still losing as much as $90 billion annually to Medicare fraud, according to Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL), the chairman of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
03/25/2014
End of life planning can be one of the most difficult discussions to have for any family, but deciding about that care when you are healthy can help those close to you when the time comes to make certain choices.
03/25/2014
A new wave of tech start-ups seeks to provide products and services helpful to seniors and their caregivers, PBS NewsHour reports. It’s a potential billion-dollar business that has barely been touched.
03/25/2014
A protein may hold the key to who gets Alzheimer’s, reports The New York Times, and it may have to do with stress.
03/25/2014
Diane Doumas has been named interim Executive Director for the Center for Excellence in Assisted Living, a collaborative of 11 diverse national organizations representing consumers, providers and stakeholders.
03/25/2014
Think you’re too old to donate an organ? Think again! Any age is the right age to sign up to be an organ donor, says the Administration on Aging.
03/19/2014
Florida ALFA, the Florida chapter of the Assisted Living Federation of America, has awarded a public service achievement award to Elizabeth Dudek, Agency for Health Care Administration secretary.
03/19/2014
The intimacy and sexuality of older Americans is a topic of great importance to senior living communities as they work to ensure residents are treated with respect, privacy and fairness.
03/19/2014
There could be as many as 16 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease in 2050 at a cost of $1.2 trillion with women at a much higher risk of developing it, says a new report released by the Alzheimer’s Association.
03/19/2014
A group of lawmakers last week urged the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to improve Medicare beneficiaries access to medicines. In a letter to center Administrator Marilyn Tavenner spearheaded by the chairman and top Republican on the Senate Special Committee on Aging, lawmakers urged Medicare to make it more difficult for plans to put drugs on the restricted specialty tier.
03/19/2014
While recent news reports trumpeted a new blood test designed to detect Alzheimer’s disease, the Boston Globe reports that the test is still years away. The test could be a potentially huge development considering more than 500,000 Americans are predicted to die from the disease annually. However, the blood test is likely not to be available for another five to 10 years.
03/11/2014
The National Center for Assisted Living is asking senior living communities to complete its 2013 Vacancy, Retention and Turnover Survey. This national study collects retention, vacancy and turnover information among assisted living employees in five major job categories and 16 job positions.
03/11/2014
ALFA and Sargent Art have launched the third annual ALFA Senior Living Art Showcase, a competition recognizing the talents of senior living residents and resident activity programs at communities across the country.
03/11/2014
An increasing number of older adults participating in a program designed to help transition Medicaid beneficiaries living in long-term care institutions into the community are being reinstitutionalized, according to a recent study from Mathematica Policy Research.
03/11/2014
Senior living communities just like all of us have to be smart shoppers. They purchase the obvious supplies that are seen and touched daily such as food, linens and cleaning supplies, but often it’s the things taken for granted that can be more complicated to procure at a good price – like electricity.
03/11/2014
Alzheimer’s disease is nearly as lethal as the two biggest killers in the United States, according to a new study. Approximately 500,000 people died in 2010 from causes attributable to Alzheimer’s disease, which is about six times more deaths from Alzheimer’s than previously thought. The Centers for Disease Control counted about 85,000 annual Alzheimer’s-related deaths in 2011. Heart disease and cancer each account for more than 500,000 deaths annually.
03/05/2014
The National Institute on Aging has released an updated version of its Alzheimer’s Disease Progress report.The initiatives, objectives, and advances detailed in the 2012-2013 Alzheimer’s Disease Progress Report seek to help meet the plan’s research goal—to effectively treat or prevent Alzheimer’s disease by 2025, if not sooner.
03/05/2014
Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) asked at a hearing about Alzheimer’s funding what the National Institutes of Health is doing to encourage more participation by minorities in research efforts related to Alzheimer’s disease.
03/05/2014
The Health and Human Services Department and the nation’s top attorney general said last week they have recovered a record-breaking $4.3 billion in taxpayer dollars in fiscal year 2013 from individuals and companies attempting to defraud federal health programs serving seniors. The government recovered $4.2 billion in FY2012.
03/05/2014
ALFA hosted 150 executives committed to advancing excellence in senior living at the ALFA 2013 Senior Living Leadership Forum last October in Las Vegas. For two days, plus a half day of pre-conference events, senior living executives sought solutions to the biggest challenges in facing the fast-growing senior living business, forged new relationships, and left with plenty of solutions to put to work back home.
02/27/2014
Alzheimer’s disease can affect people at any income level said Appropriations Chairwoman Barbara Mikulski at a subcommittee hearing on the rising cost of Alzheimer’s in America convening some of the nation’s top scientists, a former lawmaker who has Alzheimer’s, and a comedian.
02/26/2014
Scientists have found when adding compounds called advanced glycation end products, or AGEs, to the lifelong diets of laboratory mice, the animals developed higher amounts of beta-amyloid in the brain. Beta-amyloid can lead to the brain plaque seen in people with Alzheimer’s disease.
02/26/2014
A Health and Human Services Department office this week issued proposals for the 2015 edition of electronic health record technology certification criteria.
02/26/2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced that for the first time quality measures have been added to a website designed to help consumers research thousands of physicians and other health care professionals.
02/26/2014
The United States is ill prepared to meet current and future workforce needs for its aging adult population, according to the Eldercare Workforce Alliance.
02/26/2014
It’s never too late to pursue a dream. Artist Candy Chang became internationally known after she put together a public art project asking people passing by an abandoned house to use a piece of chalk and on a wall complete this sentence: “Before I Die…”
02/25/2014
The detailed compensation data included in the ALFA Senior Living Compensation Survey is the largest and most broadly representative database of pay and compensation/benefits in senior living.
02/21/2014
What’s involved in building up your career fitness? First, you have to see yourself differently and then you have to become that new person. It sounds like a lot, and I’m not going to insult you by telling you it’s not. Achieving and maintaining career fitness is a big undertaking, but it’s also the only way you have a real shot at winning your dream job.
02/19/2014
Nutrition is an important factor when considering the health of seniors with dementia, with a new report finding that up to 45 percent of dementia sufferers experience significant weight loss over one year.
02/19/2014
Five large national pharmacy chains overseeing more than 20,000 stores have agreed to use the Blue Button health information sharing initiative started by the Veterans Affairs Department in 2010.
02/19/2014
The Senate Special Committee on Aging held a joint hearing with the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee focusing on entrepreneurism and older Americans.
02/19/2014
Assisted living community directors are smart to work closely with their state’s long-term care ombudsman, cultivating that relationship and understanding a state’s specific policies and procedures relating to the ombudsman’s role.
02/19/2014
The Social Security Administration has decided to delay implementation of previously announced changes to services at its field offices.
02/13/2014
Q: When can I vote for the 2014 ALFA Hero Awards? A: The open voting period for the awards is midnight ET February 13, 2014 to 5:00 p.m. ET February 26, 2014.
02/12/2014
There are heroes who risk their lives for the greater good like soldiers who defend our nation, but there are also heroes who inspire others to be and do good and to rise above their limitations, says astronaut and military commander Mark Kelly.
02/11/2014
U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin introduced a bill recently that aims to rebuild the private pension system while ameliorating the growing retirement crisis. Harkin, an Iowa Democrat who chairs the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, offered the Universal, Secure and Adaptable (USA) Retirement Funds Act, noting that 75 million working Americans do not have a retirement plan and most Americans have less than $10,000 in savings.
02/11/2014
President Obama recently signed the fiscal year 2014 bill funding the federal government, including $5 million from the Prevention and Public Health Fund for falls prevention activities at the Administration for Community Living.
02/11/2014
A volunteer at Clare Bridge, a Brookdale Senior Living community in Overland Park, Kansas, writes in the Huffington Post about the 10 things people with Alzheimer’s have taught her. “I have learned so much from these people,” writes Marie Marley, the award-winning author of Come Back Early Today: A Memoir of Love, Alzheimer’s and Joy.
02/11/2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently unveiled a new website offering information to assisted living communities, nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities.
02/04/2014
The top lawmakers on the Senate Special Committee on Aging have introduced a bill seeking to reduce the cost and complexity of retirement plans, especially for small businesses, and encouraging individuals to save more for retirement.
02/04/2014
This year’s AHLA Long Term Care and the Law conference will convene some of the leading long term care lawyers in the nation who will present on topics ranging from fraud and abuse to how the post-acute market is changing. This year’s plenary session is titled “Acute and Post-Acute Integration: Insights from Both Outside and Inside the Long Term Care Spectrum.”
02/04/2014
Ten bill drug companies have joined with the National Institutes of Health to study Alzheimer’s, diabetes, arthritis and lupus. Under a five-year collaboration, the companies and the NIH will share scientists, tissue, blood samples and data. The cost is about $230 million, which pales against the approximately $135 billion a year on research and development. But by pooling their best minds and labs, participants hope to put together an unparalleled research system
02/04/2014
Americans are the least concerned that its population is aging compared to many other countries, according to a new survey by Pew Research Center’s Global Attitudes Project.
02/04/2014
Project Lifesaver CEO Gene Saunders learned more than a few things during his career as a police captain and SWAT team commander, including that finding Alzheimer’s patients who have wandered is tricky and serious business.
01/29/2014
The California Medicaid Research Institute has profiled California counties using Medicaid for long-term services and supports, finding that Medi-Cal’s coverage of LTSS recipients is characterized by a long history of fragmented financing and service.
01/29/2014
Can you imagine a way to show older adults with dementia that a stove burner has been left on or is too hot to touch? What about a better way to teach older mobile device users how to best use touch screen technology?
01/29/2014
Lights, camera, action! ALFA has begun its fourth annual call for short films on ageism. ALFA is looking for films illuminating specific discriminatory practices against seniors, prejudicial attitudes toward the aging process or institutional practices that perpetuate stereotypes about seniors.
01/29/2014
A few years ago, senior living communities saw scarce access to funding for capital improvements and expansion. The industry was overbuilt, census was stagnant, and belts were tightened. Today, senior living CFOs are enjoying a much better environment.
01/29/2014
It’s closing in on the financial fourth quarter for a Dallas Cowboys star with dementia. Hall of Famer Rayfield Wright, 68, is among more than 4,500 National Football League players who have sued the league, charging that the NFL knew about the dangers of repeated hits to the head.
01/23/2014
Although Medicare claims administration contractors have a goal to have only a 5.4 percent rate of errors in paying claims, Medicare claims administration contractors improperly paid an estimated $29.6 billion during federal fiscal year 2012, pushing the improper payment rate to 8.5 percent.
01/23/2014
Social media acceptance among seniors and their families has gone from a lukewarm embrace to a full-scale bear hug. As older Americans and their children connect with social media daily, so do senior living communities of all shapes and sizes.
01/23/2014
For most of 2013, at least 25 percent of contracts for the Medicare prescription drug benefit known as Medicare Part D had one or more plans suppressed from Plan Finder, the Medicare website seniors use to choose their drug plans, according to a new government report.
01/23/2014
The fiscal year 2014 bill funding the federal budget recently released by a bipartisan group of lawmakers includes $122 million dedicated to Alzheimer’s disease. It’s the largest funding increase in history dedicated to Alzheimer’s research and education.
01/23/2014
What kind of recordkeeping do you need to comply with OSHA requirements? Willis Senior Living Practice Group is offering a free webinar Jan. 27 at 1 p.m. CST that is designed to serve as a comprehensive guide to accurately maintaining OSHA 300 log, 301 forms and the 300A summary sheet.
01/23/2014
The Department of Health and Human Services has released a set of guides and interactive tools to help health care providers more safely use electronic health records and other e-health technology products.
01/14/2014
Memory care has come a long way. From a not-too-distant past when little was known about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia to the present day when the most developed nations have committed to wage the war on Alzheimer’s—and win it—by 2025, a lot has changed.
01/14/2014
ALFA applauds the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ decision to expand its definition of settings eligible for Medicaid reimbursement for home and community-based services, which will help assisted living residents experience the independence and dignity they deserve.
01/14/2014
The Justice Department announced it collected just over $8 billion in civil and criminal actions for the most recent fiscal year and its largest collections of $3.2 billion were related to health care fraud.
01/14/2014
SCAN Foundation CEO Bruce Chernof outlined his group’s new mission and new five-year plan this month. The foundation’s new mission is “to advance a coordinated and easily navigated system of high-quality services for older adults that preserve dignity and independence.”
01/14/2014
How much do you really know about the Affordable Care Act’s 500 provisions? The day Congress struck a deal to end the 16-day government shutdown, David Merritt treated Forum attendees to an in-depth discussion of the political environment around the Affordable Care Act, the sticking point in Congress’ budget deal.
01/14/2014
Aquatic pools offer a host of advantages for senior living residents. Here are four benefits of warm water therapy.
01/07/2014
Aging is often discussed in terms of problems such high healthcare costs, but there should be more talk of the longevity dividend such as the experience and energy that seniors contribute to society, panelists said this week at the Consumer Electronics Show.
01/07/2014
Many older Americans and their families face a host of new challenges when it comes to finances and aging. Along with opportunities to explore new hobbies and other activities while reaping the benefits of senior living communities, there unfortunately are financial scam artists or even family members who target seniors because of their home equity or net worth.
01/07/2014
ALFA is hosting senior living executives at its annual Public Policy Institute mid-February to discuss high priority state and federal policy issues and initiatives for 2014. The annual, daylong free event unites ALFA affiliate members, chapter executive directors and roundtable members to talk policy initiatives on the federal and state levels.
01/07/2014
The Assisted Living Federation of America is a co-sponsor of the upcoming American Health Lawyers Association Long Term Care and the Law conference. This year’s conference promises to be an exciting and informative meeting where some of the leading long term care lawyers in the nation will present on topics ranging from fraud and abuse to how the post-acute market is changing.
01/07/2014
Minimum wage increases begin to take effect in 14 states for 2014 and the changes can affect overtime pay calculations. For 2014, 21 states and Washington, D.C., have minimum wages above the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour, according to the National Conference on State Legislatures. Most of the increases took effect Jan. 1 although in California the changes begin July 1.
01/06/2014
Nominations for the 2014 ALFA Awards Program close Friday, January 10, 2014. The program offers a great opportunity to earn recognition for your company and colleagues. Let the world know about the great things you’re doing by submitting a nomination today.
01/02/2014
The National Institutes of Health has partnered with the National Football League to research the long-term effects of repeated head injuries. One of the projects will seek to define criteria for various stages of the progressive brain disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE.
01/02/2014
The nomination period for the 2014 ALFA Best of the Best awards closes Jan. 10. The program offers a great opportunity to earn recognition for your company and colleagues. Let the world know about the great things you’re doing by submitting a nomination today.
01/02/2014
CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics released the first in a series of National Study of Long-Term Care Providers reports recently. Long-Term Care Services in the United States: 2013 Overview includes general, descriptive information on the supply, organizational characteristics, staffing, and services offered by providers of long-term care services; and the demographic, health, and functional characteristics of users of these services.
01/02/2014
The Administration for Community Living, an organization of the Health and Human Services Department, has announced the theme for Older Americans Month 2014.
01/02/2014
As you begin the new year, make sure you don’t miss the biggest senior living stories of 2013. Last year’s most widely read topics include public policy updates on laws and regulations affecting senior living providers, the current state of the senior living industry and what to look for in the future, societal perceptions of residents, research into senior health topics, and more.
12/23/2013
The past year has seen an increasing willingness among senior living providers to embrace various forms of technology to drive operational efficiencies and enhance the lives of residents.
12/23/2013
The nomination for the 2014 ALFA Awards Program has been extended to Jan. 10. The program offers a great opportunity to earn recognition for your company and colleagues. Let the world know about the great things you’re doing by submitting a nomination today.
12/23/2013
Members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging discussed before a packed chamber how to best encourage Americans to prepare for their own long-term care needs and considered how to boost consumer adoption of long-term care insurance.
12/23/2013
The staff at Oregon-based Courtyard at Mt. Tabor fulfilled their holiday wishes by foregoing their holiday party to send party funds to help those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.
12/23/2013
The Social Security Administration announced that in mid-December it began processing some widow and widower’s claims by surviving members of same-sex marriages and paying benefits in certain cases.
12/23/2013
Here’s a list of the most widely read articles of 2013 in Senior Living Executive magazine online.
12/17/2013
Alzheimer’s Disease International, a federation 79 Alzheimer’s associations around the world, is calling upon all governments to develop a national dementia strategy. “Without a plan, nations risk operating in crisis mode, crippling health care systems,” the group said this month.
12/17/2013
The nomination for the 2014 ALFA Awards Program has been extended to Jan. 10. The program offers a great opportunity to earn recognition for your company and colleagues. Let the world know about the great things you’re doing by submitting a nomination today.
12/17/2013
Members of the Senate Special Committee on Aging pointedly asked the Food and Drug Administration why it has failed to spur the development of a simple, navigable and informative consumer-friendly medication document that could be dispensed with prescriptions.
12/17/2013
More than 8 million people in the United States, most of whom are women and older than 65, used the services of a long-term care provider in 2012, according to federal data compiled for the first time focusing on provider types and the people who use them.
12/17/2013
The Social Security Administration is doing away with offering printouts and benefit verification information at its field offices beginning in February. The agency says it is making the change to meet increasing demands for services while its budget has been cut by more than $1 billion in each of the last three years. It will continue to offer the services if requested until April.
12/13/2013
ALFA has extended the nomination deadline for the 2014 Award Program to January 10, 2014. Earn recognition for your company and colleagues by submitting a nomination today!
12/10/2013
Legislation and regulation affect how you do business every day, and ALFA works hard to ensure there are effective laws and regulations supporting a senior living philosophy of choice, dignity, independence and quality of life.
12/10/2013
The Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative new programs and services defining the future of senior living. What’s innovative? Take a look at a winning program from 2013 in last year’s category “Supporting Families of Residents During Transitional Times.” For more information on how to submit a nomination, categories and other information, see ALFA’s Best of the Best Awards page.
12/10/2013
Lawmakers recently met with physicians groups to offer updates on their proposal to repeal Medicare’s sustainable growth rate, or SGR, formula, MedPage Today reports.
12/10/2013
New data show that Alzheimer’s disease is going to be a greater epidemic worldwide than previously thought. A new report suggests a 17% increase in the number of people living with dementia, compared to original Alzheimer’s Disease International estimates from the 2009 World Alzheimer’s Report.
12/10/2013
The Health and Human Services Department has awarded $55.5 million in funding to strengthen training for health professionals and to increase the size of the nation’s healthcare workforce.
12/06/2013
Watch a video on owning your strengths, and view recent senior living and assisted living jobs.
12/03/2013
Family caregivers who also have jobs face stress in managing a set of complex tasks including administering medications, caring for wounds, meeting dietary needs, using monitors and operating medical equipment.
12/03/2013
The American Geriatrics Society has released new and updated guidelines on caring for older adults with diabetes. The 2013 guidelines emphasize individualizing and prioritizing treatment, with attention to quality of life and personal and caregiver choices related to healthcare.
12/03/2013
The Health and Human Services Department has appointed former U.S. Rep. Dennis Moore (D-KS) to the Advisory Council on Alzheimer’s Research, Care and Services to the National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease. Two years ago, Moore announced he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s after noticing difficulty remembering events and managing personal finances.
12/03/2013
The Assisted Living Federation of America has signed on to a letter sent by the Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD) Coalition to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force urging it to amend its draft recommendation “Screening for Cognitive Impairment in Older Adults.”
12/03/2013
The 2014 Best of the Best awards are now open, recognizing innovative new programs and services that are defining the future of senior living. What’s innovative? Taking a dining experience to the next level with Brookdale Senior Living’s signature sauces.
11/25/2013
Thanksgiving is a time for reflection, families and food, but most of all for senior living chefs, it’s all about the cooking and giving back to the communities they serve.
11/25/2013
While most Americans say there are some circumstances in which medical professionals should allow patients to die, a growing minority says doctors and nurses should do everything possible to save a patient’s life in all circumstances.
11/25/2013
During the next four years, the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Inspector General plans to focus on promoting quality of care in home and community-based settings as well as nursing homes, according to its newly released strategic plan.
11/25/2013
The Northeast houses more residential care communities with dementia special care apartments than other areas of the country, and that’s just one of the many findings in new data released from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
11/25/2013
What’s innovative? Take a look at Brighview Senior Living's SPICE program, designed to lower heathcare costs while improving the staff's overall health and well-being.
11/21/2013
Whether you are sending greetings to prospective resident, thanking a family for taking a tour, or just looking to spread some holiday cheer, the ALFA Print Shop has you covered.
11/20/2013
Physicians and policymakers generally agreed during a healthcare seminar that permanent reform of the Medicare physician payment system and a shift to alternative payment models is necessary for the health of the nation.
11/20/2013
The Senate Special Committee on Aging has established a new toll-free hotline to assist senior citizens who believe they have been subject to fraud.
11/20/2013
People familiar with more than one language showed a later onset of dementia, according to a new study from Indian researchers.
11/20/2013
It’s your time to shine. Show ALFA what you’ve got by nominating your new product, service or program advancing excellence in senior living for the annual Best of the Best Awards.

MEMBERS in the News

04/16/2014
Lancaster Pollard Chief Executive Officer Thomas R. Green has announced that Robert (Bob) T. Kirkwood has joined the firm’s senior leadership as chief operating officer (COO).
04/14/2014
National Health Investors, Inc. announced details for the release of its results for the first quarter ended March 31, 2014. NHI plans to issue its earnings release for the first quarter before the market opens on Monday, May 5, 2014, and will host a conference call on the same day at 10 a.m. ET.
04/14/2014
Health Care REIT, Inc. announced that Thomas J. DeRosa, 56, a Director of the company and former Vice Chairman and Chief Financial Officer of The Rouse Company, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.
04/09/2014
Committed to quality care for residents, Brookdale has joined the American Assisted Living Nurses Association (AALNA).
04/02/2014
Brookdale Senior Living, Inc. announced that Tricia Conahan has joined the company in the newly created position of Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer. Conahan has responsibility for all aspects of the Company's marketing, brand, communications, digital strategy, and creative services functions. She reports to Chief Executive Officer T. Andrew Smith and is a member of the Executive Committee.

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