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Weekly ALFA Update Archives:

11/19/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "Ensure You’re Included in the 2015 Largest Providers List," "Tool Kit Available to Encourage Older Adult Research Participation," and "Watch Out for Scams During Health Insurance ‘Open Season’."
11/14/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "Senior Living Firms Emphasize Brain Health Initiatives," "Aging Advocates Call for More ‘Sophisticated’ Dialogue About End-of-Life Care," and "Best of the Best: Going Mobile for Emergency and Response."
11/06/2014
Other featured senior living news stories include "Study: ICUs Could Improve Patient Information About Palliative Care," "Which Cities are Home to the Nation’s Seniors?," and "Best of the Best: The Fox Optimal Living Program."

Recent Senior Living News:

11/18/2014
Research studies and clinical trials help doctors and others understand more about aging and diseases affecting older adults and to help spread that message, a group of government organizations have developed a toolkit designed to encourage research participation.
11/18/2014
It’s now open season for people seeking to switch health coverage plans and that means watch out for scams, says the Federal Trade Commission. The agency offers tips to help consumers more safely navigate the open enrollment season.
11/18/2014
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.
11/10/2014
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 American Geriatrics Society and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration have teamed up to educate healthcare providers and the public about older driver safety.
10/21/2014
The National Quality Forum is embarking on a new two-year project to create a framework for quality measurement for residents living in a community who are supported by home and community-based services, or HCBS.
10/21/2014
News and information about the recent Ebola virus disease outbreak in the United States is constantly changing. Here’s a roundup of helpful websites and other information to keep senior living managers up-to-date on what you need to know.
10/21/2014
The Administration for Community Living is reorganizing, including expanding the Office of Elder Rights to become the Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services.
10/15/2014
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
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.
10/15/2014
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.
10/08/2014
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.
10/08/2014
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.
10/01/2014
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
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
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
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
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.
09/16/2014
The U.S. Justice Department has published an online resource to report elder abuse, the Elder Justice website.
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
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.
09/09/2014
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.
09/02/2014
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.
08/19/2014
It was a man named Henry, confined to a wheelchair, slumping and inactive that changed Michael Rossato-Bennett’s life, and in turn the lives of many others.
08/19/2014
Want to add in your two cents about Social Security? The Social Security Administration has issued a call for innovative and strategic ideas for how best to serve the public in 2025.
08/19/2014
States are taking a closer look at their growing rates of residents suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, and moving toward creating statewide plans, similar to the nation’s National Plan to Address Alzheimer’s Disease.
08/19/2014
The Senate Special Committee on Aging ventured outside of Washington, DC to hold a field hearing “”Alzheimer’s Disease: A Big Sky Approach to a National Challenge” addressing dementia and other issues in Montana.
08/19/2014
Low vitamin D is associated with a higher risk for Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, although it’s unclear whether low doses of the vitamin is a cause of the disorders, according to a new study published online in the journal Neurology and reported in The New York Times.
08/13/2014
Accreditation group CARF International is asking for input on its proposed new and revised standards for aging services dementia care specialty programs and other related aging services programs.
08/13/2014
The American College of Cardiology has released a free online self-assessment curriculum designed for specialists and other clinicians caring for older adults who have cardiovascular disease.
08/13/2014
The IRS released a warning this week about phone scams after receiving numerous complaints from taxpayers who have received unsolicited calls from individuals demanding payment while fraudulently identifying themselves as from the IRS.
08/13/2014
BMA Management’s Chicago-based Heritage Woods community welcomed U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) this week to meet residents and discuss Medicare fraud and his new legislation designed to combat abuse within the Medicare system.
08/13/2014
The White House along with many advocates of older Americans are gearing up for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.
08/05/2014
Democratic Reps. Gerald Connolly of Virginia and Matt Cartwright of Pennsylvania in a recent opinion piece made a push for legislation they introduced late last year that would protect veterans and federal retirees from pension advance schemes.
08/05/2014
Medicare should reconsider how it approaches patients who are admitted to a hospital as an inpatient versus those patients who are placed under “observation status” due to the financial consequences of each designation.
08/05/2014
The future of Social Security remains unchanged from last year although Medicare’s financial condition has improved considerably, according to this year’s annual report from Social Security’s trustees.
08/05/2014
America’s seniors are becoming more proactive in improving their health and while they intend to continue living in their current home, most would turn to assisted living communities if they were no longer able to care for themselves, according to a new extensive study out from the National Council on Aging.
08/05/2014
The National Diabetes Education Foundation has released a new guide to help adults address the emotional impact of diabetes via education and support groups.
07/29/2014
The Achieving a Better Life Experience, or ABLE, Act had its day before a Senate subcommittee recently, garnering strong bipartisan support among lawmakers and advocates of finding solutions to diminish challenges faced by those with disabilities, including dementia.
07/29/2014
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is altering rules designed to prevent it from paying twice for the same prescriptions for seniors who receive hospice care in response to criticism of its original plan.
07/29/2014
Hotel-like finishes, materials, and spaces become more commonplace. Share your innovations by entering the Senior Living by Design competition.
07/29/2014
The Office of Housing and Urban Development has made changes to documents in its Section 232 program, which provides mortgage insurance for assisted living communities.
07/29/2014
The Joint Commission has released an online educational tool designed to help in reducing infections in long-term care settings such as senior living communities.
07/22/2014
Mayor of Boston Martin Walsh announced a new Boston Alzheimer’s initiative, becoming the first large city to join the national Alzheimer’s Workplace Alliance. The alliance is a group of about 2,000 companies and organizations supporting employees with information on Alzheimer’s disease.
07/22/2014
The Administration for Community Living, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute on Aging at the National Institutes of Health have collaborated to host a webinar series to increase knowledge about Alzheimer's disease and related dementias.
07/22/2014
The nation’s Health and Human Services Department issued new guidance on person-centered planning and self-direction in June and a top official with the Administration for Community Living has offered some additional thoughts on guidance in a new blog.
07/22/2014
Residents, staff and family help make a senior living community the special place it is, but the design of a building inside and out can be just as important. The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America has released a report detailing the best design practices for residential care settings housing individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia.
07/22/2014
Northstar Senior Living is the latest senior living provider to create a new residence welcoming to members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender communities.
07/15/2014
Assisted living plays a crucial role in the lifecycle of many seniors, providing housing and care at a unique stage of life – but it is only one stage. The July/August Senior Living Executive magazine examines assisted living as a single link in a much longer chain. It’s part of a continuum of housing and care encompassing many phases of aging, including specialized communities for those 55 and up and independent living communities offering some medical support.
07/15/2014
California’s 2014-2015 fiscal year budget includes $820,000 of federal funds and legislative authority to implement a three-year Administration on Aging grant to coordinate care for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
07/15/2014
U.S. News and World Report has released its 2014 list of best hospitals across the country, including a look at the top hospitals for geriatric care.
07/15/2014
The deadline is approaching to enter this year’s Senior Living by Design competition. The annual design competition celebrates architects, design firms and senior living providers that achieve innovative architecture in senior living communities.
07/15/2014
Retirement planning is paramount for everyone and especially for families considering senior living options. Life Care Funding CEO and company co-founder Chris Orestis is an expert in the field. Orestis comes from a family with a “big senior living and long-term care background” as he describes it. His family is the largest owner and operator of assisted living communities in Maine.
07/09/2014
Smokers are 45% more likely to develop dementia than non-smokers, according to new information published by the World Health Organization in concert with Alzheimer’s Disease International.
07/09/2014
Approximately 54 million American adults age 50 and older are affected by osteoporosis and low bone mass, according to new data from the National Osteoporosis Foundation. Arizona and Nevada had the greatest projected increase in the number of older adults in this age bracket with these concerns, followed by Florida, New Hampshire and Utah.
07/09/2014
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is proposing a policy change that would remove a requirement for certain homebound Medicare beneficiaries and is recommending a new payment rate for home health agencies (HHA) for 2015.
07/09/2014
Senior living communities have gone way beyond bingo and bocce ball to create engaging, robust activities embracing the talents and interests of their residents.
07/09/2014
Anti elder abuse advocates released a new framework this week for addressing challenges to elder abuse prevention and prosecution.
07/01/2014
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released a set of materials designed to facilitate conversations with older Americans about brain health as part of the aging process.
07/01/2014
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled June 30 in Harris v. Quinn that non-union member workers in some public sector jobs represented by unions no longer have to pay fees to help cover union costs. This could lead to dues paying union members of these affected unions to leave their unions if nonmembers no longer have to share in union costs.
07/01/2014
In a lengthy opinion authored by Justice Stephen Breyer, and drawing heavily on historical practice of presidents and the Senate, the U.S. Supreme Court June 26 upheld the decision of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Noel Canning v. NLRB concluding that President Obama’s three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board in January 2012 (Sharon Block, Richard Griffin and Terence Flynn) were invalid.
07/01/2014
The biennial National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP), an initiative to monitor trends in the major sectors of paid, regulated long-term care services providers, is underway. The project has mailed questionnaire packets to about 11,600 assisted living and residential care communities.
07/01/2014
A new toolkit including questionnaires is now available to aid assisted living providers in benchmarking and monitoring their person-centered practices.
06/25/2014
A program that recruits and trains retired professionals and other older Americans to recognize and report instances or patterns of health care fraud helped bring in more than $9 million in Medicare and Medicaid recoveries, but total savings to beneficiaries and others decreased.
06/25/2014
About 80% of survey responders from 12 countries said Alzheimer’s is the condition they most fear experiencing, after cancer. In some countries such as China, India and Saudi Arabia, more than 80% of respondents said that Alzheimer’s disease is a normal part of aging.
06/25/2014
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.
06/25/2014
One of the most confounding laws faced by the senior living industry is HIPAA – the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act. To help ALFA members navigate changes to the 1996 law, ALFA has put together a toolkit Changes to HIPAA – How Privacy and Security Affect Your Business.
06/17/2014
Responding to consumer and operational demand, providers plan for technology in the design phase. Share your innovations by entering the Senior Living by Design competition.
06/17/2014
The Assisted Living Federation of America’s May conference in Phoenix was an outstanding success, complete with education, insight, networking and fun.
06/17/2014
On May 5, 2014, we wrote to you to share our views on the year-long effort to merge ALFA and ASHA, known as the One Voice task force. As you are aware, that work did not result in the merger of the two organizations, but in our view at ALFA, much valuable work of strategic importance to our industry was accomplished by the leaders from both organizations.
06/17/2014
A new study shines light on challenges riddling California’s diverse aging population when it comes to long-term care in the Golden State.
06/13/2014
Elder abuse comes in many forms, and senior living community members have a unique role to play in educating and raising awareness about preventing mistreatment of our nation’s older Americans.
06/11/2014
The Health and Human Services Department is kicking off a campaign dubbed “Recruiting Older Adults into Research” or ROAR to raise research awareness and expand the pool of older adults willing to participate in clinical studies and trials for Alzheimer’s disease and other health conditions.
06/11/2014
Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton has signed into law new measures revising the state’s system for criminal background checks and makes significant changes for newly hired employees who care for seniors and the disabled, according to the Aging Services of Minnesota newsletter “Advantage.”
06/11/2014
ALFA will be hosting a webinar this month featuring the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to discuss how to protect older Americans from financial abuse and a new CFPB manual.
06/11/2014
With an eye on reducing the statistic that one-third of adults age 65 and older falls each year, the National Institutes of Health and PCORI announced a $30 million, five-year clinical trial to test individually tailored interventions to prevent fall-related injuries.
06/11/2014
The older you get, the more likely you are to use additional medicines, which can increase the change of harmful drug interactions. The Food and Drug Administration recently offered four medication safety tips for older adults.

MEMBERS in the News

11/17/2014
For the first time in the 25-year history of the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s®, a participating team has raised $1 million in a single calendar year. The feat was accomplished by associates who work for Brookdale, which reflects their dedication to serving a leading role in contending with the Alzheimer’s epidemic.
11/17/2014
Caremerge announced the company has hired Terri Sullivan as Vice President of Sales. Sullivan has over 15 years of experience in software sales and account management.
11/10/2014
OnShift announced that George Chapman, retired Chairman, CEO and President of Health Care REIT, Inc. (HCN), has been named to OnShift’s board of directors.
11/10/2014
Holiday Retirement celebrated its resident military veterans with Walls of Honor. At more than 300 communities across the United States, the photos and names of each resident who served in a branch of America’s armed forces are proudly placed on public display for all to see.
11/06/2014
RF Technologies announced its partnership with EnGenius Technologies, a leading provider of high-performance, versatile networking and telecommunications solutions for businesses and consumers, as a value added reseller of the EnGenius DuraFon PRO Phone Solution with direct 2-way radio and paging capability.

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