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Articles on senior living
For the past 20 years, the members of ALFA have exemplified the principles of choice, dignity and independence for seniors. To support these principles and to enhance quality of life for seniors, ALFA continually influences public policy, promotes business excellence, and ensures an informed public.

The following articles focus on the advocacy efforts of senior living professionals and ALFA. Thank you for advocating for the senior living residents that we serve.
8/13/2014
Elected Official Visits, Legislation, Medicare
BMA Management’s Chicago-based Heritage Woods community welcomed U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) this week to meet residents and discuss Medicare fra...
5/22/2014
AARP volunteers across the nation are flocking to Capitol Hill this week with a mission to fight ageism and to encourage Congress to pass a bill chang...
5/1/2014
New definitions, new funding, new friends, and the support of long-time allies: All these have manifested themselves in recent months. Taken together,...
4/15/2014
Advocacy, Health and Wellness, Memory Care Education
An exhilarating yet heartbreaking moment in CNN Chief Political Correspondent Candy Crowley’s career was when she strode on stage to moderate a 2012 p...
4/8/2014
Advocacy, ALFA Knight, ALFAPAC, cheatsheet, Engage, Webinars
A shared purpose brought you and your organization to ALFA, and a unified voice is a compelling tool for advocates like you. ALFA strives to provide ...
4/1/2014
Co-chairs of the Senate Alzheimer’s Task Force are urging fellow senators to sign on to their letter asking the Appropriations Committee to support re...
1/22/2014
Elected Official Visits
Senator Susan Collins toured Bay Square in Yarmouth, a Benchmark Senior Living community, and discussed improving the country's investment in Alzheime...
1/7/2014
Advocacy, ALFA Events, cheatsheet, Engage, Public Policy, Regulations
ALFA is hosting senior living executives at its annual Public Policy Institute mid-February to discuss high priority state and federal policy issues a...
12/10/2013
Advocacy, ALFA's Public Policy Positions, Allied Member, CEO, cheatsheet, Core Principles, Engage, Membership, Policy in the States, Provider Member, Public Policy
Legislation and regulation affect how you do business every day, and ALFA works hard to ensure there are effective laws and regulations supporting a s...
12/3/2013
The Assisted Living Federation of America has signed on to a letter sent by the Leaders Engaged on Alzheimer’s Disease (LEAD) Coalition to the U.S. Pr...
11/12/2013
Advocacy, cheatsheet, Consumer Intelligence
ALFA hosted 13 senior administrators from China’s National and Provincial Aging departments and committees in early November. The Chinese delegatio...
11/6/2013
Advocacy, ALFA Knight, Elected Official Visits, Engage, Public Policy
It’s the small things making a big difference that attracts Rick Banas to bettering senior living communities and the resident experience. “It’s en...
10/1/2013
ALFA’s elder abuse awareness efforts bring much-needed attention and education to a troubling issue. Under the banner “Older Is Wiser,” ALFA engaged i...
9/24/2013
Advocacy, ALFA's Public Policy Positions, cheatsheet, Policy in the States, Public Policy, Regulations
Over 140 senior living executives gathered on Capitol Hill to visit with 300 members of Congress and their staff to educate them about the senior livi...
9/18/2013
Advocacy, ALFA Knight, Award Programs, CEO, cheatsheet, Elected Official Visits, Engage, Public Policy, Public Policy Awards
This year, ALFA introduced the ALFA Knight program, designed to encourage year-round advocacy and reward top advocates with a special distinction for ...
9/18/2013
Advocacy, Policy in the States, Public Policy, Regulations
Serving as advocates for senior living, 140 senior living executives from across the country will gather in Washington D.C. this week to meet with mor...
9/4/2013
Advocacy, ALFA's Public Policy Positions, CEO, cheatsheet, Policy in the States, Public Policy, Regulations
Because assisted living is regulated on the state level, there are multiple efforts under way at any given time to update and refresh assisted living ...
7/24/2013
Advocacy, Advocacy Fly-In, CEO, cheatsheet, Public Policy
As the aging population expands to rely more heavily each year on assisted living, advocacy for the industry has become increasingly important. Today'...
7/11/2013
Advocacy, Advocacy Fly-In, ALFA Events, Engage, Public Policy
Registration is now open for ALFA members to attend the ALFA 2013 Advocacy Fly-In. The two-day event will take place September 17-18, 2013 in Washingt...
7/4/2013
At both state and federal levels, policymakers consider regulations that help ensure a fair playing field for senior living providers and a safe and a...
5/1/2013
Elected Official Visits, Illinois
The future of Social Security and Medicare benefits were on the minds of the handful of senior citizens who met with U.S. Congressman John Shimkus Mon...
4/16/2013
Accountable Care Organizations (ACO), Advocacy, Federal Agency Activity, Memory Care Best Practices and Research, Public Policy
With several new faces on the Senate Special Committee on Aging, the Assisted Living Federation of America’s (ALFA) top priorities continue to be educ...
3/27/2013
As ALFA rolls into the new year, accreditation issues at the state level are quickly rising to the fore as one of the industry’s most immediate govern...
3/12/2013
The recently passed Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 includes language that will help protect seniors from elder abuse. The law pro...
2/27/2013
Advocacy, CEO, cheatsheet, Congressional Outlook, Public Policy
If members of Congress do not act soon, dramatic reductions in federal funding (known as the sequester) for medical research for Alzheimer’s disease w...
2/20/2013
Advocacy, ALFA's Public Policy Positions, Policy in the States, Public Policy
After the Miami Herald uncovered hundreds of incidents of neglect and physical abuse within “assisted living” communities across the state in 2011, in...
1/29/2013
Advocacy, Advocacy Fly-In, ALFA Events, cheatsheet, Public Policy
Senior living executives put a necessary face and voice to quality care and service we at ALFA advocate for in Washington DC daily. That’s why we inv...
12/21/2012
Advocacy, Elder Abuse, Federal Agency Activity, Labor Relations, Legislation, Medicaid, Policy in the States, Public Policy
Throughout 2012, a variety of federal legislative and regulatory issues arose that will affect senior living communities and senior living residents a...
10/16/2012
Advocacy, Affiliate/Chapter, Award Programs, Public Policy
ALFA affiliate, Pennsylvania Assisted Living Association (PALA) honored Governor George M. Leader with the 2012 Advocate of the Year Award.
10/2/2012
Advocacy, cheatsheet, Elder Abuse, Falls Prevention, Legislation, Public Policy
Senator Sanders (I-VT) introduced legislation to reauthorize and expand the Older Americans Act, which provides federal funding for programs that supp...