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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

07/02/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "ALFA Design Competition Call for Judges and Submissions," "Report: Status of Women in the States Reveals Long-Term Care Challenges," and "Hearthstone Airs Local Cable Show About Alzheimer’s Disease."
06/25/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "Complete the ALFA Senior Living Compensation Survey," "Senior Living by Design Awards Accepting Submissions," and "New Interactive Tool Helps Prepare for Health Disaster Readiness."
06/18/2015
Other featured senior living news stories include "ALFA Supports ‘21st Century Cures Act,’" "ALFA 2015 Conference Education Sessions Now Available Online," and "Senior Advocates Participate in World Elder Abuse Awareness Day."

Recent Senior Living News:

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.
04/21/2015
Voting is now open for the 2015 ALFA and Sargent Art Senior Living Art Showcase, a competition recognizing the tremendous talent of senior living residents and the powerful resident activity programs at senior living communities across the country. Vote on Sargent Art’s Facebook page.
04/21/2015
Consumers now have a new way of choosing a hospital and understanding the quality of care thanks to a government website, Hospital Compare, which compares Medicare-certified acute care hospitals using a ratings system.
04/15/2015
Senior living companies are becoming increasingly savvy to the need to create even more incentives to create an engaged, stable workforce. There is expected to be a 60 percent increase in employment in the home health care services sector with a 30 percent increase in residential care communities over the next decade, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
04/15/2015
The White House Conference on Aging has issued a policy brief on healthy aging – the first in a series of briefs it plans to release this year. The Healthy Aging brief examines how Americans can enjoy long and healthy lives by maximizing their physical, mental, and social wellbeing. “Rather than focusing on the limitations of aging, older adults across the nation want to focus instead on the opportunities of aging,” say the brief’s authors.
04/15/2015
The Suicide Prevention Resource Center has published online a new information sheet, the Role of Senior Living Community Professionals in Preventing Suicide, which was developed with input from senior living staff.
04/15/2015
The National Institute on Aging has created a new online portal offering free clinical practice tools, training materials, and other resources for health professionals working with residents with cognitive impairments.
04/15/2015
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid recently revised rules relating to hospice care patients who are Medicare beneficiaries. Upon electing hospice care, the beneficiary now waives the right to Medicare payment for any Medicare services related to the terminal illness and related conditions during a hospice stay, except when provided by or under arrangement by the designated hospice or patient’s attending physician is that doctor is not employed by the hospice.
04/14/2015
One day left to participate in the 4th Annual 2015 ALFA and Sargent Art Senior Living Art Showcase, a competition recognizing the tremendous talent of senior living residents and the powerful resident activity programs at senior living communities across the country.
04/07/2015
Mid-March, ALFA launched the 4th Annual 2015 ALFA and Sargent Art Senior Living Art Showcase, a competition recognizing the tremendous talent of senior living residents and the powerful resident activity programs at senior living communities across the country.
04/07/2015
Join us in celebrating ALFA’s 25th anniversary at networking events during the ALFA Conference & Expo in Tampa May 4-7.
04/07/2015
Two senators last week sent a letter seeking more information from the Health and Human Services Department on its efforts to address the improper prescribing of antipsychotic medications to older adults with dementia and on the cost to taxpayers of paying for these medicines.
04/07/2015
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration last week released an update to its Guidelines for Preventing Workplace Violence for Healthcare and Social Service Workers.
04/07/2015
The Bipartisan Policy Center has launched its new Health and Housing Task Force designed to help policymakers meet the needs of the nation’s aging population.
04/03/2015
Negotiating with employers is rarely easy – whether you're weighing a job offer or looking for a raise at your current position. Every situation is unique, but some strategies, tactics, and principles can help you address many of the issues people face in negotiating with employers.
04/02/2015
ALFA’s Human Resources Roundtable heard from legal experts last week on how a new rule issued by the National Labor Relations Board taking effect April 14 will significantly shorten the time a union election can take place after an official petition is filed.
04/02/2015
Former Secretary of the Health and Human Services Department Kathleen Sebelius said much of the focus of the Affordable Care Act has been on providing access and affordable insurance to people who didn’t have it, but reform of the delivery system by aligning $1 trillion of public payments of quality and value-based outcome is more significant, especially for older adults.
04/02/2015
The Alzheimer’s Association has released its 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease facts and figures report including startling statistics such as one in three seniors dies with the disease or another dementia. By 2050, the number of people age 65 and over with Alzheimer’s could triple to a projected 13.8 million.
04/02/2015
Standards body CARF International has revised its standards for dementia specialty programs, available in the 2015 editions of the CARF-CCAC and Aging Services standards manuals.
04/02/2015
The Consumer Financial Protection Board has issued a consumer advisory listing three pension traps to avoid. Many retirees depend on a pension to cover daily and sometimes unexpected expenses such as health emergencies or home repairs.
03/25/2015
Pick any metric – occupancy, acquisition, inventory, new investments - and the end result is that senior living was hot in 2014, according to an analysis of the largest senior living providers from Senior Living Executive magazine.
03/25/2015
It’s that time of year again to invest in your professional development. Register for the ALFA 2015 Conference & Expo in Tampa, Florida and collaborate with thought leaders to advance quality care and services for seniors and their families. ALFA members save $150 per registration through March 27.
03/25/2015
Baby boomers are not necessarily healthier than previous generations, according to a new study published in the health policy journal Milbank Quarterly. While the generation overall has better education, higher income and lower smoking rates, they also have the negative impact of increasing obesity and related health problems.
03/25/2015
The National Council on Aging has announced this year’s theme for Falls Prevention Awareness Day, “Take a Stand to Prevent Falls.”
03/18/2015
The overall retention rate for assisted living staff was just over 73.1 percent in 2013 with a median turnover rate at 24.2 percent, showing improvements from the 2012 data, according the National Center for Assisted Living’s Vacancy, Retention & Turnover Survey.
03/18/2015
2015 marks ALFA's 25th Anniversary! 25 years of stories, laughter, inspiration and learning as a team. Share the moments that have helped define your passion for senior living, using hashtag ‪#‎ALFA25!
03/18/2015
Policy needs and implications of an aging society must be addressed through restructured workplace policies, more efficient public spending to accommodate the demographic shift, provide for the healthcare and retirement income security needs of older adults, and review patterns of ageist discrimination.
03/18/2015
Alzheimer’s Disease International has released a new report “Dementia Friendly Communities,” focusing on global examples of neighborhoods, towns, cities and countries that seek to preserve the safety and well-being of those living with dementia and empower members of the community to celebrate the capabilities of those with dementia.
03/11/2015
ALFA encourages the long-term care community to participate in the 2015 State of Seniors Housing Survey, a project that has captured and widely disseminated financial performance data for senior housing communities since 1992.
03/11/2015
ALFA recently commented on proposed rules from the Veterans Administration on its Aid and Attendance benefit. ALFA members are honored to currently serve thousands of veterans and their spouses in our assisted and memory care communities. Those veterans who benefit from the VA A & A program have enriched lives through the opportunity to live in a social environment that provides the needed assistance with activities of daily living and enriched quality of care and quality of life.
03/11/2015
Harvard University’s School of Government has recognized the Wisconsin Coalition for Collaborative Excellence in Assisted Living as part of its 2015 Bright Ideas Program recognizing programs in all levels of government that are at the forefront of innovative action.
03/11/2015
The National Institutes of Health and partner groups have embarked on a new data portal to speed Alzheimer’s disease drug discovery.
03/11/2015
ALFA has begun its fifth annual call for short films on ageism. Many older adults are mentally and physically active well into their 80s and 90s and have a great deal to contribute to society. However, societal norms frequently marginalize older adults, treat them with disrespect, generalize them, and make them feel unwelcome.
03/03/2015
ALFA recently published the 2014 Top Ten Deficiency Report, which provides a state-by-state assessment of the most common regulatory citations in senior living communities.
03/03/2015
The senior living industry has an opportunity to work collaboratively with hospitals, especially as it relates to post-acute care for older adults, writes John Manasso in Senior Living Executive’s “Post-Acute Care Collaboration.” Companies such as Silverado, for example, which has a hospital readmission rate of 0.7 percent, could dovetail nicely into the business plan of a hospital with a high readmission rate.
03/03/2015
The National Coalition on Care Coordination recently published an issue brief “Building the Business Case: Community Organizations Responding to the Changing Healthcare Environment for Aging Populations.” The brief reviews how community-based organizations can successfully adapt to changes in the healthcare and social service sectors to better meet the needs of the growing aging population.
03/03/2015
Today’s average retirement ages of 64 for men and 62 for women are about the same where they were a decade ago, suggesting that some factors spurring the trend toward working longer since the 1980s may have exhausted themselves, according to new research from the Center for Retirement Research.
03/03/2015
Scientists have found evidence of the amyloid protein found in Alzheimer’s disease in the brains of people as young as 20. Amyloid is normal in the brain and is an antioxidant promoting the brain’s ability to remain adaptable by forming new connections and reinforcing old ones, especially memories. However, the amyloid proteins start to clump together in some people, forming sticky masses in the brain that interfere with normal nerve function.
03/01/2015
ALFA is redesigning its website to make it easier for you to use, and we’re asking for your feedback. Please take our 10 minute survey now.
02/24/2015
This year marks ALFA's 25th Anniversary! Twenty-five years of stories, laughter, inspiration and learning as a team. Share the moments that have helped define your passion for senior living, using hashtag #ALFA25!
02/24/2015
ALFA recently submitted a statement for the record related to a hearing on financial exploitation of seniors before a U.S. Senate committee, outlining its interest in stemming this growing epidemic.
02/24/2015
The Centers for Disease Control has released new state web tables using data from its National Study of Long-Term Care Providers conducted in 2012.
02/24/2015
The number of Americans using mind and body approaches to improve health and well-being remains high, according to new data gathered from a National Institutes of Health questionnaire administered every five years.
02/24/2015
The Administration for Community Living has announced a new funding opportunity for the Senior Medicare Patrol program project cooperative agreements.
02/19/2015
The Assisted Living Federation of America, which advocates for excellence in senior living, commends the Senate Special Committee on Aging for its efforts to highlight the growing epidemic of financial exploitation of seniors.
02/18/2015
The Administration for Community Living is seeking to strengthen the Long-Term Care Ombudsman Programs with a new rule due to prior “significant inconsistency among states in the quality of ombudsman services provided to residents.”
02/18/2015
A new study crunching assisted living data lists the top 10 most expensive states with Washington, DC, topping the list. Washington is followed by New Jersey, Alaska, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Maine, Maryland, New York, Delaware and Hawaii.
02/18/2015
A new report from the Alzheimer’s Association focusing on the financial impact of Alzheimer’s disease in the United States cautions that costs could soar to more than $1 trillion by 2050.
02/18/2015
The National Mature Media Awards has opened the nomination process for its 2015 competition (PDF) recognizing outstanding marketing, communications, educational materials and programs for adults age 50 and older.
02/09/2015
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has revised some guidance to nursing facilities, now requiring hands-on practice and in-person skills assessment for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) training.
02/09/2015
In 2014, states across the country passed legislation and implemented regulations affecting assisted living providers. Do you know what changed in your state? Stay up to date on your state’s requirements through ALFA’s 2014 State Regulatory & Legislative Report.
02/09/2015
The Connecticut Assisted Living Association expands member value by creating fresh approaches to spreading the word about senior living, such as a partnership with a major media outlet and creating an education affiliate, the Institute for Senior Living Education.
02/06/2015
The National Council on Aging’s Institute of Senior Centers has partnered with the Music Performance Trust Fund and the Film Fund to provide grants for up to 500 live music performances at senior centers across the United States.
02/06/2015
Mass-ALFA invites you to submit a presentation proposal for our 2015 fall conference and trade show, the biggest annual conference dedicated to assisted living in New England!

MEMBERS in the News

06/26/2015
A landmark national summit on Affordable Assisted Living was held last week in Rosemont, Illinois. The summit, which was spearheaded by assisted living provider Gardant Management Solutions, was designed to create a national conversation on models for assisted living for low and middle income seniors who cannot afford many of the assisted living options that currently are available in the United States.
06/24/2015
Wellmore officially opened a $35 million luxury healthcare and wellness community in Tega Cay, S.C., on Monday, June 22, 2015. It is the first retirement community within Tega Cay city limits offering a full continuum of care, awarding community members the opportunity to stay in the city they call home as they age and to experience the benefits of emphasized wellness.
06/23/2015
Brandywine Senior Living at Upper Providence, officially opened its doors for business on May 29. Brandywine Senior Living at Upper Providence is located at the intersection of Route 29 and Black Rock Road, adjacent to The RiverCrest Golf Club & Preserve.
06/23/2015
ealth Care REIT announced it has completed the sale of its 49% interest in seven life science buildings located at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s University Park, a mixed-use life science campus, in Cambridge, MA.
06/23/2015
In May, Lancaster Pollard closed 21 seniors housing transactions totaling over $136 million. One of the transactions was a $23.5 million FHA Sec. 232 new construction loan for an assisted living/Alzheimer's care community in Virginia.

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