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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

08/27/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "Registration Now Open for ALFA Senior Living Executive Forum," "ALFA Encourages Members to Participate in National Memory Screening Week," and "World Alzheimer’s Report: Someone Develops Alzheimer’s Every 3 Seconds."
08/20/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "CFPB Unveils New State Guide for Managing Someone Else’s Money," "Report: Words Matter When Living Fully with Dementia," and "Alzheimer’s Association Partners with Shutterfly."
08/13/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "Learn More About Falls Prevention Awareness Day," "Award Aims to Create Dementia Research Network," "Volunteers Needed throughout the States for Alzheimer’s Clinical Trials," and "Change Leaders Program Accepting Applications."

Recent Senior Living News:

08/28/2015
If I can just get my foot in the door, I can get the job. This is a common thought as you go through the job search and application process. Getting called for an interview is a big step forward and one you should certainly be proud of, as it means you've gotten further than the majority of candidates. However, an interview is not the end goal of your job search – the job is the end goal.
08/26/2015
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has announced that National Memory Screening Week will take place the first week of November and participating sites can offer screenings one day during the week of Nov. 1-7 or multiple days.
08/26/2015
There are currently about 46.8 million people around the globe living with dementia with those figures expected to nearly double every 20 years, finds a new study “The World Alzheimer’s Report 2015: The Global Impact of Dementia.” There are more than 9.9 million cases of dementia annually worldwide, implying one new case every 3.2 seconds.
08/26/2015
More than 70 percent of Americans feel that drug costs are unreasonable and that drug companies are more concerned with profits than people, according to a new Kaiser Health Tracking Poll.
08/26/2015
Join fellow members of ALFA’s Executive Roundtables and President’s Council at the annual Senior Living Executive Forum, Oct. 21-22 at the Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
08/26/2015
Alzheimer’s disease is a national crisis: Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. There’s no cure – Alzheimer’s is always fatal. 5.3 million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s or dementia, and the number of individuals and costs of treatment are only expected to increase.
08/21/2015
When an employer asks for your references, you put down the names of three people who pretty much think you walk on water. Employers know that. And they know that when they call the list of names you gave, they’re going to get glowing reviews. Which is why, nowadays, they don’t stop there.
08/20/2015
The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau continues to roll out resources to help families and caregivers manage finances of older adults with a new suite of guides focusing on states.
08/20/2015
The Dementia Action Alliance has a released a new report outlining language use related to dementia, noting that these words currently used to describe people with dementia are “often not positively oriented” but instead usually derogatory and discriminatory.
08/20/2015
The Alzheimer’s Association has partnered with online photography firm Shutterfly to create a photo resources for families coping with Alzheimer’s disease.
08/20/2015
The Environmental Protection Agency is accepting applications for its 2016 Energy Star Award and encourages independent and assisted living communities to apply.
08/20/2015
Senior living providers are discovering that when it comes to serving residents with cognitive impairments, senior housing needs to do the things it already does well, just at a much higher level.
08/14/2015
Have you ever wondered how hiring authorities go about the process of figuring out who to interview and what to ask when they meet candidates face to face? Leslie Gurka and Joel Brodsky can tell you. They consult schools systems around the U.S. on a variety of issues, including how to effectively hire the best teachers and administrators, as part of the Executive Leadership Institute team.
08/11/2015
The population of older Americans is surging and that means so is the demand for people to care for them, including many positions available throughout senior living.
08/11/2015
The National Council on Aging is offering a webinar Aug. 13 on new resources and tools to use in falls prevention efforts and for Falls Prevention Awareness Day activities.
08/11/2015
Volunteers are needed for clinical trials focusing on Alzheimer’s and related research. To find out more, click on a trial name below and contact the study coordinator to learn more about participating. This information is provided by the National Institutes on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health.
08/11/2015
Applications are available for the 2016 Practice Change Leaders for Aging and Health, a program providing an opportunity to gain leadership skills and content expertise to positively influence care for older adults.
08/11/2015
US Against Alzheimer’s, the Mayo Clinic and two universities have been approved for a three-year contract of up to $1.56 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, or PCORI.
08/07/2015
Naturally, job candidates talk a lot during an interview. So does the interviewer (though in that case, less should be more). But there are a number of things interviewers wish they could say to job candidates before the interview ever takes place.
08/05/2015
The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia has rejected a challenge to the National Labor Relations Board rule that significantly shortens the time a union election can occur after an official petition is filed.
08/05/2015
The Administration for Community Living is offering a new online suite of resources related to brain health, including dementia care. The ACL’s Brain Health webpage offers evidence-based resources for professionals, older adults and others on Brain Health Basics, Brain Injury and Dementia.
08/05/2015
Older adults are most likely of all age groups to say they never go online, according to new Pew Research analysis of Internet adoption around the country. About four in 10 adults ages 65 and older, or 39%, say they do not use the Internet, compared with only 3% of 18 to 29 year olds. But the number of 65-plus using the Internet has greatly increased in the last 15 years. In 2000, 86% of adults 65 and older did not go online.
08/05/2015
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is focused on making falls prevention a routine part of clinical care through its initiative called STEADI (Stopping Elderly Accidents Deaths & Injuries) initiative.
08/05/2015
The Social Security Board of Trustees announced that Social Security’s asset reserves are projected to become depleted in 2034, one year later than projected last year, with 79% of benefits payable at that time.
08/04/2015
Do you remember being in college and trying to prepare for the final exam questions beforehand? To do so effectively, you needed to decide which things, of all that your professor talked about over the semester, seemed to be the most important and fundamental to the course.
07/31/2015
Are you raring to change careers? Break into a whole new line of work that makes you leap out of bed, happy to go to work every day? Parlay personal passions into professional endeavors? Or focus on a different clientele, type of product, or service?
07/29/2015
As Alzheimer’s becomes more prevalent among the nation’s older adults, senior living communities are creating innovative ways to create nurturing environments that support, inspire and enhance quality of life for people living with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones.
07/29/2015
The National Institutes of Health presented a special budget this week for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias to the Health and Human Services Department, outlining the best approach NIH would take if it had no financial limitations in seeking a cure for these dementias.
07/29/2015
Medicare’s hospital insurance coverage will remain solvent until 2030, according to a new Medicare Trustees report. This remains largely unchanged from last year’s projections, but with an improved long-term outlook. The trust fund will remain solvent 13 years longer than the trustees projected in 2009.
07/29/2015
The Administration on Aging, part of the federal government’s Administration for Community Living, announced the award of $4 million in new grants to expand falls prevention efforts. The funding will cover communities in seven states over the next two years.
07/29/2015
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.
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 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
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 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
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
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?
07/15/2015
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
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.
07/13/2015
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
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
The White House Conference on Aging will be held July 13 and there are a variety of ways to get involved.
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 will select approximately 10 design judges from the senior living industry to help determine the Senior Living by Design Winners.
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 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.
06/30/2015
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 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.
06/26/2015
“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
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
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
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 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.
06/24/2015
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.
06/19/2015
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
05/20/2015
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
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
National Center on Elder Abuse is hosting a webinar “World Elder Abuse Awareness Day: Toward a Global Framework on its 10th Anniversary.
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
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.
05/13/2015
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
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
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
05/07/2015
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 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.
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.
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 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.
04/28/2015
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.
04/21/2015
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
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
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.

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08/31/2015
Sagora Senior Living’s community, Briarview, will be located at 2699 E. Trinity Mills Road in Carrollton, a suburb of Dallas. The 70,521 sq. ft. location’s amenities will include spacious cottage homes, and assisted living and memory care apartments, offering restaurant-style dining with individualized choices and specialized fitness classes. Full-time nursing and care associates, transportation, and medication management will be available to residents in assisted living.
08/31/2015
Watercrest Senior Living Principal and CEO, Marc Vorkapich proudly announces Mariola Rodriguez as Memory Care Director of the premier Watercrest of Lake Nona Assisted Living and Memory Care Community, a 76,000 square foot, 80-unit, luxury senior living residence in the 7,000 acre, master-designed community of Lake Nona, Florida.
08/27/2015
Commonwealth Assisted Living at Front Royal announced today that it hired two new members of its senior leadership team at the community. Amber Printz is the new Executive Director and Doris (Dee) Grimmett, RN was appointed the Resident Care Director. These new team members bring a wealth of experience and knowledge to Commonwealth Assisted Living at Front Royal, which will help enhance the community's commitment to its residents and loved ones.
08/26/2015
PS Lifestyle announces a strategic partnership with Sodexo, Inc., a leader in delivering integrated facilities management and food service operations that improve individual, organizational and community performance in over 80 countries.
08/21/2015
Fort Worth-based Sagora Senior Living has announced its acquisition of Orchard Park of Murphy, a retirement community with 92 assisted and 33 memory care apartments in Murphy, TX at 304 West FM 544.

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Join fellow members of ALFA’s Executive Roundtables and President’s Council at the annual Senior Living Executive Forum, Oct. 21-22 at the Omni Rancho...
Alzheimer’s disease is a national crisis: Every 67 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. There’s no cure – Alzh...
Senior living providers are discovering that when it comes to serving residents with cognitive impairments, senior housing needs to do the things it a...
The population of older Americans is surging and that means so is the demand for people to care for them, including many positions available throughou...
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...