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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

01/28/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "Join ALFA in Sharing Senior Living Stories With the White House," "Study: Declining Cognition Associated with Decline in Financial Literacy," and "Study Suggests Increase of Falls Among Older Adults."
01/22/2015
Other featured senior living news stories featured include "ALFA 2015: Relevance Like Never Before," "Retirement Planning Is About Family Collaboration, Conversation," and "Hospice Care Medicare Payments Skyrocket in Assisted Living."
01/15/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "New ALFA Resource: Regulatory Assessment Report," "Call for Inclusion in 2015 Largest Provider List," and "HUD Revises Reporting Guidelines for Senior Living Insurance."

Recent Senior Living News:

01/27/2015
Social Security announced that it will extend field office hours nationwide beginning March 16. The Social Security Administration said field offices now will be open until 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday and Fridays rather than closing at 3 p.m. Offices will continue to close to the public an noon Wednesdays to allow employees to complete work and reduce backlogs.
01/27/2015
Researchers analyzed data among individuals age 65 and over and found an 8 percent increase in falls, or about a 30 percent rise in falls, from 1998-2010, according to new findings from the University of Michigan published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
01/27/2015
The White House Conference on Aging is asking for senior living stories showcasing community activities and accomplishments as it helps shape the landscape for older adults in America over the next decade.
01/27/2015
Declining cognition is associated with a significant decline in financial literacy, according to a new study from the Center for Retirement Research.
01/27/2015
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.
01/26/2015
Q: Who can vote for the 2014 ALFA Hero Awards? A: Anyone! Employees, friends, family members, residents, the general public, even the nominees themselves can vote.
01/23/2015
The swelling ranks of the nation’s older adults are changing the face of the nation, creating a complex array of opportunities and challenges for issues including healthcare, lifestyle choices, healthy aging, and long-term care financing. The Assisted Living Federation of America is honored to be part of the solution, offering older adults a choice in where they call home and so much more.
01/22/2015
RF Technologies®, a leading provider of radio frequency identification (RFID) healthcare safety and security solutions, announced today the release of new products for their Sensatec® Fall Management Solution, enhancing safety to patients in hospitals and rehabilitation facilities and residents in senior living communities.
01/21/2015
The Assisted Living Federation of America, which advocates for excellence in senior living, applauds President Obama’s remarks in the State of the Union speech highlighting the need to hire veterans and support working families caring for children. We hope that as a nation we can also make progress on supporting those members of our growing aging population and the families who love and care for them.
01/21/2015
ALFA has been working diligently to evolve into an organization positioned and equipped to address the long-term needs of the senior living industry. We have realigned our priorities and programs, refined our focus at the state level, and are creating high standards for excellence in senior living through long-term investments in credentialing and partnerships that create greater value for our members.
01/21/2015
The American Health Lawyers Association is hosting its Long Term Care and the Law Conference February 23-25 at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel where participants will increase their knowledge of regulatory issues, learn practical information to increase operational effectiveness and understand challenges and risks for post-acute and long term care providers.
01/21/2015
Medicare payments for hospice care in assisted living communities has more than doubled in five years, totaling $2.1 billion in 2012, according to a new study from the Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Inspector General.
01/21/2015
It’s a difficult and murky place many adult children and their parents find themselves when it comes to discussing end-of-life planning. Author Tim Prosch is offering a solution through a new book “The Other Talk: A Guide to Talking with Your Adult Children About the Rest of Your Life.”
01/13/2015
ALFA is collecting data for the 2015 Largest Senior Living Provider list, which appears in the March/April edition of ALFA’s Senior Living Executive magazine.
01/13/2015
The government is seeking in put on the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020. The Office of the National Coordinators for Health IT is accepting public comments on a draft version of the plan.
01/13/2015
The Department of Housing and Urban Development has issued a final rule revising the financial reporting guidelines for operators participating in the Federal Housing Administration’s program for insurance of senior living communities.
01/13/2015
ALFA has just published the 2014 Top Ten Deficiency Report, which provides a state-by-state assessment of the most common regulatory citations in senior living communities.
01/13/2015
New York is one of the most diverse states in the nation, home to broad rural regions yet housing the nation’s largest city that boasts a population of more than 8 million. As the state’s older population grows, New Yorkers and their families have been looking for greater choice and solutions in finding places for older adults to call home.
01/07/2015
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released data last month showing that the flu is now widespread across the United States, although it’s unclear if this season will prove worse than prior years.
01/07/2015
Senior living online resource firms Caring.com and SeniorHomes.com have allied to ramp up their presence for sales leads. San Mateo, California-based Caring.com and Seattle-based SeniorHomes.com will continue to operate under their brand names, but will share back-end operations such as call centers.
01/07/2015
Willis Senior Living has unveiled its webinar lineup for 2015, including a roster of informative and educational sessions. The Willis-hosted event will feature experts on subjects including:
01/07/2015
China is unfurling ample opportunities to long-term care advocates such as Pennsylvania-based Genesis Healthcare, which opened a health center in Guangzhou in November and plans to expand across the country.
01/07/2015
Senior living experts will convene next month to participate in a three-day Senior Housing Institute hosted by the University of Southern California’s schools for gerontology and business.
01/07/2015
Congress recently signed a funding bill including the Alzheimer’s Accountability Act, enabling scientists at the National Institutes of Health to tell Congress the amount of funding they need on an annual basis to reach the national goal to prevent and effectively treat Alzheimer’s disease by 2025.
12/29/2014
ALFA has extended the deadline for the 2015 ALFA Awards to January 5, 2015. To learn more and submit nominations visit www.alfa.org/awards.
12/23/2014
The Administration for Community Living has unveiled its theme for Older Americans Month this May - “Get Into the Act.” The annual event recognizes older adults for their contributions to the United States. “In honor of this upcoming 50th anniversary of the Older Americans Act, we are focused on how older adults are taking charge of their health, getting engaged in their communities, and making a positive impact in the lives of others,” according to the ACL website.
12/22/2014
The Senate Special Committee on Aging released a report focusing on ways to increase the use of generic drugs within the Medicare Part D program, and it’s calling on a government watchdog to examine the cause of recent price increases for certain generic drugs.
12/22/2014
It is a truism in the senior care sector that if you’ve seen one community, you’ve seen (just) one community, because there is such a wide range of care models and service offerings available. While this diversity ensures a wealth of choices for consumers, it also can make “comparison shopping” that much more challenging.
12/22/2014
ALFA’s annual awards program is now open for nominations, but the window is closing fast. Please consider nominating your most innovative people, processes and ideas for the recognition they deserve. The call for nominations closes Dec. 31 (no extension).
12/22/2014
The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living has been ramping up its efforts to advance excellence in assisted living through a new vision, mission statement and guiding principles.
12/22/2014
As you begin the new year, make sure you don’t miss the biggest senior living stories of 2014. Last year’s most widely read topics include innovative programs for resident engagement, a CMS ruling on assisted living, senior housing supply falling immensely below future demand, and more.
12/18/2014
On December 15, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) published a final rule amending its representation case (i.e., election) procedures. The so-called “quickie elections” procedures will take effect on April 14, 2015.
12/17/2014
ALFA’s annual awards program is now open for nominations, but the window is closing fast. Please consider nominating your most innovative people, processes and ideas for the recognition they deserve. The call for nominations closes Dec. 31 (no extension).
12/17/2014
The first 90 days after move-in is a period of ongoing adjustment and mixed emotions for residents and families. It’s also a critical opportunity to leverage the relationship with the family into an enduring long-term partnership.
12/17/2014
Medical debt has a significant impact on consumer credit, with 43 million Americans having overdue medical debt on their credit cards, prompting the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to take action in this area.
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.
12/10/2014
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
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
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
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
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 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
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.
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
The Assisted Living Federation of America welcomes new President and CEO James Balda to its team, effective mid-January.
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.
11/25/2014
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
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 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.
11/18/2014
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
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.
11/18/2014
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.
11/10/2014
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
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
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.
11/10/2014
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
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.
11/04/2014
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
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
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
10/21/2014
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 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 Administration for Community Living is reorganizing, including expanding the Office of Elder Rights to become the Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services.
10/15/2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has issued infection prevention and control recommendations for hospitalized patients with known or suspected Ebola virus disease in U.S. hospitals and says that although this guidance focuses on the hospital setting, they are applicable to any healthcare environment.
10/15/2014
The White House has unveiled the website for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging. The site whitehouseconferenceonaging.gov includes information on the upcoming conference. The first such conference was held in 1961 with subsequent conferences in 1971, 1981, 1995 and 2005. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid, the Older Americans Act as well as the 80th anniversary of Social Security.
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
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.
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.
10/09/2014
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.
10/08/2014
Emeritus Senior Living with partner Benicia, Calif.-based Fischer Group created the innovative “smart store.” As a national company that has grown partly through major acquisitions, Emeritus needed a way to ensure consistent (and consistently up-to-date) marketing materials across all of its communities and departments.
10/08/2014
Florida ALFA has been poised for progress since its establishment in July 2012. The state is a haven for retirees who are attracted by the climate, close proximity to beaches and cost-of-living perks like no income tax. It also has a large population of Americans over 65, more than 4.25 million seniors, and it’s expected to be the home of 10 million seniors in the next 20 years. It’s a state ripe for senior living.
10/08/2014
The U.S. Health and Human Services Department is sponsoring the development of a lower-cost, next-generation portable ventilator that could be used during a pandemic or other public health emergency.
10/08/2014
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month in the United States and while nearly half of domestic violence victims first experience it between the ages of 18 and 24, a United Nations study estimates that 28 percent of women over the ages of 60 experience at least one form of violence and abuse.
10/08/2014
The National Institutes of Health announced a set of investments totaling $46 million to support the goals of the BRAIN initiative, a large-scale effort to equip researchers with necessary insights for treating a variety of brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s and traumatic brain injury.
10/01/2014
The National Center for Health Statistics is still conducting the 2014 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), which includes a sample of residential care communities in the United States.
10/01/2014
Thank you once again for volunteering as a judge in the 2015 ALFA Best of the Best Awards. Your assigned entries are now available for review through Friday, January 26.
10/01/2014
The Consumer Electronics Association a few years ago decided it wanted to give back to communities around the country and so created the CEA Foundation, which gives grants to organizations improving the lives of seniors and the disabled through technology.
10/01/2014
ALFA’s Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative products, services and programs advancing excellence in senior living, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. New Perspective Senior Living of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, shined in the Health and Wellness category, winning for its Living Life on Purpose with the Lighthouse Dining Experience.
10/01/2014
ALFA is now accepting nominations for the Hero Awards, Senior Living Community Leadership Award, and the Best of the Best Awards. The call for nominations will end on December 31, 2014.
10/01/2014
Age is the biggest risk factor for forgetfulness – and this can be perfectly normal, says Dr. Thomas Loepfe, a geriatrician with the Mayo Clinic Health System. But a new study in the American Academy of Neurology is making him reconsider just how normal it is after finding that study participants reporting memory problems at the beginning of the study were more likely to have dementia later on.
09/29/2014
4th Annual Retirement Living World China 2014, the longest-running and most influential senior living and aged care industry gathering in China, will be held from 21 to 24 October in Shanghai, China.
09/23/2014
ALFA’s Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative products, services and programs advancing excellence in senior living, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. Seattle-based Emeritus Senior Living was recognized as a program to spotlight for its partnership with New York-based Memory Training Centers of America.
09/23/2014
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is embarking on a vigorous campaign this flu season, specifically focusing on increasing the number of flu vaccinations for staff at long-term care communities who traditionally show a low vaccination rate compared to other health care professionals.
09/23/2014
An alarmingly high 95 percent of emergency room patients mistake their emergency contact as their designated medical decision maker for end-of-life care, according to a new study by Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital.
09/23/2014
Learn more about crafting a state plan to address Alzheimer’s disease through a free webinar discussion of the new white paper, From Plan to Practice: Implementing the National Alzheimer’s Plan in Your State.
09/23/2014
A person-centered, family-oriented approach honoring individual preferences and promoting quality of life through the end of life should be a national priority, says a new report from the National Academies’ Institute of Medicine.
09/16/2014
Long-term care communities now will be able to better assist in the disposal of prescription drugs belonging to current or former residents with the announcement of a new Drug Enforcement Administration regulation.
09/16/2014
Strategies are needed to improve community-based long-term care services and supports to aid older adults and their informal caregivers, say researchers after finding that nearly half of elderly Medicare beneficiaries have difficulty performing daily activities without assistance or receive help with such activities.
09/16/2014
The U.S. Justice Department has published an online resource to report elder abuse, the Elder Justice website.
09/16/2014
Falls Prevention Awareness Day is just next week, aptly celebrated on the first day of fall this year – September 23. This year’s theme is “Strong Today, Falls Free Tomorrow” and seeks to raise awareness about how to prevent fall-related injuries among older adults.
09/16/2014
ALFA’s Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative products, services and programs advancing excellence in senior living, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. Brookdale of Brentwood, Tenn., took the winning spot in the 2014 Sales and Marketing category for its national advertising campaign and brand activation.
09/09/2014
The United States is not prepared to meet the housing needs of its aging population, says a new study from the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies and the AARP Foundation.
09/09/2014
Independent living communities are now eligible to apply for the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star accreditation, joining assisted living and nursing homes.
09/09/2014
Health care spending is expected to grow this year and immediately beyond thanks to the combined effects of new federal health law, faster economic growth and the nation’s aging population, according to a new report published in Health Affairs.
09/09/2014
ALFA’s Best of the Best Awards recognize innovative products, services and programs advancing excellence in senior living, including independent living, assisted living and memory care. We invite members to share their insights, the challenges they face and the solutions created to dissolve them by visiting alfa.org/best.
09/09/2014
Residents of Emeritus’ Vinings community in Atlanta were the lucky recipients of a lobster bake provided by Life Care Funding early this month. The Maine-based financial firm hosted a contest with the prize of 100 live lobsters delivered to the senior living winner, whose name was drawn randomly from entrants.
09/02/2014
Health care is starting to organize around meeting resident needs instead of producing transactions such as doctor’s visits or surgical procedures, according to health care expert Dr. Thomas Lee.
09/02/2014
Training in “mindfulness,” which is learning how to focus on the present moment, could help improve the emotional wellbeing of those with early-stage dementia caused by Alzheimer’s as well as their caregivers, according to a new study reported by CBS News. P
09/02/2014
The Federal Trade Commission’s Consumer Protection Bureau is launching in early September a campaign designed to spur older Americans and their social networks to start talking about scams.
09/02/2014
The Food and Drug Administration has announced it plans to take concerted efforts to improve the collection and availability of clinical trial data on individuals divided by sex, race/ethnicity and age after considerable feedback from patient advocacy groups, health professionals and others.
09/02/2014
Sunrise Senior Living’s blog takes a look at a study finding older women prefer roommates. Women over the age of 65 are more likely to prefer a community or shared household as opposed to living alone - but the majority of older women do not desire living with a romantic partner.
08/26/2014
A top ALFA priority is to monitor legislative and regulatory activity throughout the states. By keeping a close watch on state activity, ALFA is able to advocate for meaningful laws and regulations while trying to prevent passage of reform that would negatively impact members and their residents.
08/26/2014
The U.S Health and Human Services Department’s Office of Inspector General operates a hotline accepting tips and complaints from healthcare professionals, family members, senior living residents and others about potential fraud, waste, abuse and mismanagement in HHS programs.
08/26/2014
Three new National Institutes of Health research awards totaling more than $19 million over five years will address the growing proportion of the U.S. population having multiple chronic medical conditions.
08/26/2014
In the last fiscal year, the United States Postal Inspection Service obtained more than 400 arrests and 410 convictions nationwide, and most of those schemes disproportionately targeted older Americans, a postal official said at an Indiana field hearing of the Senate Special Committee on Aging.
08/26/2014
Physician turnover remains high as more physicians retire, according to a new survey from the American Medical Group Association.

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01/22/2015
Health Care REIT has purchased a portfolio of nine Benchmark Senior Living communities containing 691 apartments for $360 million.
01/21/2015
Seven Holiday Retirement communities were selected as “Caring Stars” of 2015 as part of an annual nationwide program honoring service excellence based on consumer ratings and reviews posted on Caring.com.
01/20/2015
Chambrel at Pinecastle, a Brookdale senior living community, is expanding to meet the demand for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia-related services in the Ocala area. There will be a ribbon-cutting next week to mark the opening of the new $5 million stand-alone, purpose-built Alzheimer’s and dementia care community, which can meet the needs of 26 residents with various levels of Alzheimer’s and dementia in a home-like environment.
01/19/2015
Legend Senior Living is pleased to announce the release of its’  new 2015 calendar. The calendar, entitled “Hear a Story Share a Lifetime features 12 extraordinary residents.
01/13/2015
Today 805 assisted living and Alzheimer's care communities across the nation were named the "Caring Stars of 2015," a recognition for service excellence based on online reviews from older adults, family caregivers, and industry experts on Caring.com, a leading senior care website with 2.5 million unique visitors monthly and 70,000 consumer reviews.

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